This year, we have challenged every Young Woman to ALWAYS have and keep a current temple recommend.
Of course, temple recommends are necessary to enter the temple, but they also represent a commitment to live the commandments and maintain a standard of worthiness…things that keep us close to our Savior and on the path that leads to true happiness. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the time set aside for temple recommend interviews before church every 2nd Sunday of the month so that each Young Woman can develop a lifelong habit of keeping a current temple recommend.
We also encourage families to provide opportunities for youth to attend the temple outside of the planned youth temple trips. Boyd K. Packer said, “Our labors in the temple cover us with a shield and a protection.” President Gordon B. Hinckley promised that “if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed; life will be better for you.” More than ever, our youth need protection from the many temptations and challenges they face in the world, and they can find that strength and refuge in the temple. We know keeping a current temple recommend and attending the temple will be a great blessing in their lives as they prepare to make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.