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"But Thou, When Thou Prayest," Matthew 6:1-13

Matthew 6:1-13

There is a very powerful Spirit that testifies of the truthfulness of what the Savior teaches in these verses. Even the angels in heaven shout glorious praises to the great King Emmanuel when they are brought to consider such doctrines as these.

There is an indescribable portal or connection between this world and the next. The reality of this connection cannot be disputed or contested. It is so perfectly veiled in faith as to not be discernible to any of the human senses, save it be our spirits which are in us. Yet, those who have experienced its power know that at the other end of the line is our Father in Heaven, who stands ready to listen and give instruction as we turn to Him.

"The Truth Shall Make You Free," John 8:31-32

John 8:31-32

How often I have heard this scripture used out of context. I believe I've even heard it used by atheists. The full context of the scripture reveals the true power of this statement.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (verses 31-32)  There is an even broader context for this discussion which starts at the beginning of the chapter.

Jesus is found in the temple, teaching. For Latter-day Saint context, a temple is place where those who have prepared themselves for sacred instruction and to perform ordinances of eternal significance. It is a holy place on all counts where one should prepare both spiritually and physically to enter therein. A major facet of that preparation is the cleansing of sin that one must undertake. Scriptures such as are found in Psalms 79:1, or maybe even 1 Corinthians 3:17, help to illustrate the sacred natur…