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Each month, the Church News publishes a message to complement the Relief Society visiting teaching message found in the Ensign magazine. This article is based on the August 2010 theme, "Our responsibility to be worthy of temple worship."
Madelyn Manning of the Orem University 12th Ward, Orem Utah University 1st Stake, determined a year ago that she wanted to go to the temple.
"I just had a feeling one night," she said, noting that she wanted to take an active role in family history and temple work.
She met with her bishop and he agreed that she was ready to make the sacred covenants associated with the temple.
Still, she wanted to be prepared.
So during the next 12 months, she met regularly with her bishop. She read the scriptures and prayed. He gave her homework.
"This entire year my spiritual growth has been tremendous," she said. "I knew that this July was the time I should go to the temple."
So when her immediate family was in town, she went to the temple for the first time.
"I read my scriptures all year long," she said. "That is the first time I have ever done that consistently. I felt like each time I picked up the Book of Mormon I understood a little more. And I prayed. The prayers have helped me be at peace with this decision and every other decision I have ever made."
Now she has set a goal to attend the temple often.
"The reason I wanted to go to the temple is because I know deep down the work that goes on there is extremely sacred," she said.