President Lewis and I took Hermana Hawkins and her companion, Sister Streuling to the Columbia River Temple today. We continue to pray that Hermana Hawkins will be restored to full health and be able to stay here in the Yakima Mission. She’s doing really well and we are grateful. The new meds are helping a lot. Every day is a bit better. We are surrounding her with love and prayers. Everyone loves Hermana Hawkins.
The Temple is a Place of Healing
In OT days, the prophet Ezekiel was shown 7 visions of our latter days. In one, he was carried away by the Spirit to a future day, where he was shown the city of Jerusalem and the temple that will one day be built there. In ch. 40 of Ezekiel, a heavenly messenger walked him through this future temple, pointing out every measurement and detail.
The temple of Ezekiel’s day lay in ruin, after Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion. Ezekiel was shown that in a future day, the children of Israel would once again be faithful enough to have a temple, built on that exact piece of ground. After seeing the temple, Ezekiel is shown and taught an important doctrine: the temple is a place of healing. Turn to ch. 47 in Ezekiel.
1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
This spring of water formed a river which began to flow down through the wilderness of Judea until it finally emptied into the Dead Sea. Before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, this area was one of the most fertile lands in the known world. Now it is very desolate.
The amount of water that will flow from the future temple in Jerusalem is described in vs. 8-10 as enough to heal the Dead Sea. Here we read that “every thing shall live wither the water cometh” and that fishermen will gather there to spread forth their nets. Verse 12 describes the lush foliage that will grow on its banks.
The Dead Sea is a desolation of desolations. The water is so full of minerals and brine that nothing the sea touches lives. The sea lies 400 meters below sea level–the lowest point on the face of the earth. It’s a barren God-forsaken place. What a miracle it will be when the water from the temple heals it!
9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
What will be true of this temple some future day in Jerusalem is true now of all the Lord’s temples: healing flows from their doors. The fountains built in front of most temples are symbolic of this healing water. The temple will give life to and heal families, marriages, heal ancestors, heal employment, heal individuals, –it will heal every area of our lives that we allow it to touch.
Being at the temple today was a gift. We have a Heavenly Father who loves us and we love Him. Temples are evidence of that love.