Banbury Ward of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints





Message from the Bishopric


Dear Banbury Ward,

What will the celestial kingdom be like?  

It's an interesting question to ponder.  I've spent some time this week with this question, and want to share a small glimpse of what it might be like.

The YW of our ward have had several temple retreats this year, in place of a girls camp in the summer.  Early in the year they went to the Meridian Temple, then in May they visited Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello.  In October they'll go to the final operating temple in Idaho, the Boise Temple, and will have been in every temple in Idaho this year.

The fourth temple excursion happened Wednesday, in a Sunup to Sundown youth conference that included both young men and young women.  Having been with the young women on the two earlier temple trips, and having felt the unifying power of being together in the temple, I wanted all the young people to experience this.

I knew it would be a good experience, but the feelings I had as we gathered afterwards on the temple grounds left me in awe.  It was both sublime and deeply stirring spiritually, and I felt for a few moments a peacefulness and longing for my heavenly home that I haven't experienced for a long time.  I did not want it to end.

This summer has been quite busy for our family.  We were hosting, planning or helping with some event almost every day from June 4 - July 4.  Perhaps the starkness of that month of busyness contrasted against those few minutes of soul-cleansing peace on the temple grounds is what brought the realization: This is the rest that Jesus promised to the faithful:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-29)

My hope is that everyone can find this rest, even if it lasts only a few moments, and recognize the promises of the Savior are real, and can be ours.  Take a step towards the Savior: by praying, by studying His words, by learning His ways.  Decide how to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ, and then take action (e.g. exercise faith).  He will inspire the right changes in your heart.  Come meet with me if something is troubling you.  Hold fast to the covenants you have made with Him.  Endure.  He will give you rest, and you will have a glimpse of the celestial realm.

Love,

Bishop Price

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