Never before have we lived so close to a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In Scotland, it is a 4 ½ hour drive to the temple in Chorley, Lancashire.
Today, we live only a short distance away in Leidschendam, a 20-minute drive from the temple in Zoetermeer.
Temples are different from the thousands of Church meetinghouses located around the world.
Meetinghouses are where Sunday worship services, youth gatherings, service projects, and other community events take place.
Temples have a more specific purpose.
They are places specially set apart for sacred service and ceremonies.
They are the House of The Lord.
The House of the Lord is the most sacred place of worship in the world — a place where heaven touches the earth, a place where marvellous blessings are bestowed, and a place where we can feel closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as we strive to become more like Them.
In recent weeks the temple grounds have become a favourite place to walk and talk.
The grounds are a place of beauty, serenity, and reverence.
The grounds attract many local visitors.
They have become a sanctuary to rest, to contemplate and to consider the deeper purpose and meaning of life.
The grounds have also become for me, a place to listen to, meet with, talk with, read with, laugh with, study with, walk with, pray with, reflect with, ponder with and counsel with our missionaries.
As we walk and talk, we learn together as our thoughts are elevated heavenward.
In my professional coaching career, I have also found that breakthroughs occur in our thinking more easily when surrounded by nature, open space, and a tranquil environment.
Walking and talking just make good sense!
My wife and I take time to walk and talk every day.
We take in the surroundings and breathe in fresh air. By so doing, we are using all our senses to be in the present and soak up the natural world.
“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.”- Charles Dickens
Imagine for a moment your favourite walking spot.
How does it make you feel when you walk there?