The temple has a unique and distinctive approach to its teaching and covenant-making. When we know this pattern, we will have an improved context for our spiritual experience there. This understanding enables us to move past the “mechanics” or the outward performances and move on to the “symbolism” or inward spiritual meaning as that understanding grows. What we take from the temple will likewise grow.
Temple purposes provide the texture and richness that deepen our experience because we understand why we are there. A more profound understanding of the purpose for the temple and its ordinances creates the lasting impressions which ensure the temple goes through us, rather than us merely going through it. It moves us past “memorization” and on to “application.” It takes us past “process” and gives us “power.”