Sunday, February 15, 2015

"Why should I treat my body like a temple?" lesson helps




Why should I treat my body like a temple?:
#1--    ”The primary blessing that comes from obedience to the Word of Wisdom is spiritual in nature, not necessarily physical.   Certainly, we all recognize the physical benefits of adhering to the lifestyles and dietary guidelines contained in the Word of Wisdom.  But please notice how {it is} emphasized that the link between what we take into our bodies and our ability to receive spiritual communication.  And secondarily the Word of Wisdom also produces physical benefits.  Just as only worthy persons are permitted to enter into the house of the Lord, so we should likewise be careful to take into our bodies only those things that will positively affect us both spiritually and physically. “   Elder David A. Bednar


#2--  “The body that has been given to us was for the purpose of allowing the spirit to exalt itself to a nobler condition. The lightning that is seen flashing from cloud to cloud, from mountain top to mountain top, is an electrical force that may tear down buildings, set fire to property, and destroy life. Conduct electricity through the dynamo wire, and motor, and behold its wonderful results working for the service of man, accomplishing something under the control of a physical instrument, it thus becomes a power for good. So with steam, if allowed to evaporate freely it does little good, but restrain it in the boiler, send it through the engine, and under its power you may travel across the continent or sail from shore to shore. And so, too, with this highest, most potent of all spiritual forces, the intelligence that is in man; enshrine it in a spiritual body, that it may have the experiences of spiritual life; and then give it a physical body, that it may enter into and obtain the joy and experiences of physical life, and you have enlarged its powers immeasurably” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1912, 107).


#3-- “Satan learned these same eternal truths about the body, and yet his punishment is that he does not have one. Therefore he tries to do everything he can to get us to abuse or misuse this precious gift. He has filled the world with lies and deceptions about the body. He tempts many to defile this great gift of the body through unchastity, immodesty, self-indulgence, and addictions. He seduces some to despise their bodies; others he tempts to worship their bodies. In either case, he entices the world to regard the body merely as an object. In the face of so many satanic falsehoods about the body, I want to raise my voice today in support of the sanctity of the body. I testify that the body is a gift to be treated with gratitude and respect.”   Susan W.  Tanner


#4--  "When we become other-oriented, or selfless, we develop an inner beauty of spirit that glows in our outward appearance. This is how we make ourselves in the Lord’s image rather than the world’s and receive His image in our countenances. President Hinckley spoke of this very kind of beauty that comes as we learn to respect body, mind, and spirit. He said:
“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth” (“Understanding Our Divine Nature,” Liahona, Feb. 2002, 24; “Our Responsibility to Our Young Women,” Ensign,Sept. 1988, 11).
#5--  “We are not less, but more like Heavenly Father because we are embodied. I testify that we are His children, made in His image, with the potential to become like Him.   Let us treat this divine gift of the body with great care.”     Susan Tanner



2 comments:

Boo Ludlow said...

Thank you for collecting these quotes!

Anonymous said...

Very nice worksheet. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it!