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On each Temple will be the engraved words:
What are the standards for recommend holders? The Psalmist reminds us:
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?“He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart.”
The first step inside an LDS Temple will be to show the recommend at a desk to those who are charged to protect the sanctity of the Lord's holy sanctuary. Here is an example from the Vancouver British Columbia Temple from the official mormontemples.org. website that all interior pictures will originate.Worthiness to hold a temple recommend gives us the strength to keep our temple covenants. How do we personally gain that strength? We strive to obtain a testimony of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the reality of the Atonement, and the truthfulness of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration. We sustain our leaders, treat our families with kindness, stand as a witness of the Lord’s true Church, attend our Church meetings, honor our covenants, fulfill parental obligations, and live a virtuous life. You may say that sounds like just being a faithful Latter-day Saint! You are right. The standard for temple recommend holders is not too high for us to achieve. It is simply to faithfully live the gospel and follow the prophets.
Beyond this is a waiting room where those dressed in Sunday best who will be going in or just finishing sit until ready for whatever they will do next.
The final step before temple activity participation is to dress out of regular clothing and into white. Elder Russell M. Nelson explains the significant:
In the temple, all are dressed in spotless white. “The symbolic purity of white likewise reminds us that God is to have a pure people.” Age, nationality, language—even position in the Church—are of secondary significance. I have attended many endowment sessions when the President of the Church participated. Every man in the room was accorded the same high regard that was extended to the President. All sit side by side and are considered equal in the eyes of the Lord. Through a democracy of dress, temple attendance reminds us that “God is no respecter of persons.”Part II will continue with discussion of endowment rooms for ordinances and covenants.