An Attitude of Wholeness
Kathy Robinson of Independence, MO, USA
In the many places where you are called to labor, the forces of darkness and destruction are active indeed, and seem to hold sway. Your hearts are burdened by the magnitude of the tasks that are yours in bringing the light of my gospel into such darkness. -Doctrine and Covenants 157:16
Many of us recall the years of hope and sacrifice as the church moved toward building the Temple. We know well the scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 156:5 that tells us “the Temple shall be dedicated to the pursuit of peace…reconciliation and healing of the spirit…By its ministries, an attitude of wholeness of body, mind, and spirit as a desirable end toward which to strive will be fostered.”
So, as we approach the anniversary of the dedication of the Temple, it is not surprising that we begin to think again about what an “attitude of wholeness” really entails…for each one of us. And, that wholeness is a “desirable end toward which we ideally are striving”!
For me, as a long-time member of the church and as a nurse, I wonder: Am I striving towards wholeness (and well-being) of my body, mind, and spirit? I begin to reflect on how I am a created being of God-and how much God loves me (and you)…and how much God wishes for each of us to be as whole as we can be.
One of our Enduring Principles is that God wants all people to experience wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. As a church, we have long believed this, but are we really “living for wholeness”? Are we careful about what we eat and drink, how much we rest and exercise, how we handle our emotions and stimulate our brains…and how we relate to others, hopefully with love and compassion? Hmm. I’m not sure I am doing this too well!
As I prepare for the anniversary and celebration of the Temple, I am committing myself to focus more on my health and wholeness. Will you make this commitment with me? Let’s truly celebrate the Temple and its meaning in the world-and also be reminded how much our loving God hopes for our wholeness!
Week One: Sacred Anticipation
What does World Conference mean to you? How has World Conference been an experience of blessing and transformation in your own life? Where do you sense the Spirit’s movement and invitation as we anticipate this upcoming World Conference experience, in whatever ways you plan to participate (whether remotely or in person)?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.