Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he often charged people to “tell no man” in regards to what had just been experienced.
“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” (Matthew 8:2-4, emphasis added)
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.” (Matthew 16:19-20, emphasis added)
“And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
“And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.” (Mark 9:2-9)
Experiences such as the ones mentioned above, and even some of our own experience are to be kept safe in our minds and hearts, otherwise the memory and respect of such events can be diminished by the opinions of the world.
A person’s faith is not defined by the experiences they have had, but by the experiences they believe the can have. A person’s testimony is defined by the experiences they’ve had. These experiences, especially to Latter-day Saints, are very special, holy, even sacred.
Experiences such as these are often associated with the temples of the Church. Such buildings are built with great sacrifice, with full intentions toward glorifying God. The atmosphere and spirit felt around and inside these buildings is beyond comparison to anywhere else on earth. There are sacred ordinances and ceremonies that take place within the walls of the temples. Members are charged to refrain from discussing the details of these ordinances outside of the temple walls.
The charge to tell no man is the same charge the Savior gave to his disciples as they came down from the Mount of Transfiguration. What happened on that mountain and what happens in the temples are in no way secretive. Because of the sacred nature of ordinances that occur within the walls of these buildings, they are meant to be enjoyed only there.
Before I experienced the beauty of the temple, I had no idea what to expect. There are so many rumors told, some amazingly uplifting, some very much the opposite. However, the only way to get answers was to go directly to the source and experience it for myself.
The temple for me is a home away from home. It is a place where I feel close to my Heavenly Father. It is heaven on earth.
The sacred beauty of these buildings deserves the reverence and respect of all of God’s children. Anyone is welcome to walk to grounds of the temple, member of the Church or not. Many temples have a visitor’s center on the grounds with information about the temple.
This weekend I’m happy to participate in a social media initiative to share the beauty of these special buildings. Search for #TempleWeekend on Instagram to follow along and enjoy beautiful pictures of God’s houses across the world.
My Instagram – @themormonlife