“And inasmuch as my people build a house unto me in the name of the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it; yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God.”
“We are here to prepare to live, and to teach our children how to live after us; and to teach the world the same lesson if they will only receive it. We know that our spirits existed with the Father before we came here. We know that we are immortal as well as mortal beings, and that we have had to do with another world as well as this. We know that the world abounds with corruption; but it is our business to keep ourselves from it, and to progress in virtue, truth, integrity and holiness” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 187).
In a small town on the west coast of the north island of New Zealand lived just such a lady. She and her husband had served as building missionaries in the 1950's at the temple near Hamilton. Now, many years later, they were living in a nice but humble home on the beach in Waitara enjoying retired life.
Jesus tells us that in the last days, “the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). We see this all around us in every aspect of our lives, but most especially within families where love should reign supreme.