The Power of Covenants and Lack of Temple Access
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles makes an essential point that we should always remember but is particularly important considering our current conditions.
Although our access to the temple right now is limited, it doesn’t change the impact that the temple can have on us in our lives. Through our covenants and ordinances, we have access to the power of godliness in our lives—no matter our circumstances.
That power of godliness comes because we’ve entered into a covenant that’s been part of an ordinance. And as we keep that covenant, then the power of godliness can be in our lives.
When we go to the temple, we don’t renew our covenants as we do proxy temple work. Rather, we are reminded of the covenants that we once made. It’s by keeping those covenants that we access the power of godliness in our lives—whether we’re able to physically go to the temple or not. We should not limit the ability of God to invoke the power of godliness in our lives. Our ability to access the power of godliness depends on us keeping the covenants we’ve made with Him.https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/how-we-can-access-the-power-of-the-temple-during-covid-19
The covenants we have made are with God, and they do not depend upon restrictions imposed by man or governments.
While having access to temple worship may be discouraging to many, we have total access to our covenants and their promised blessings.
We are meant to be a covenant people “at all times and in all things, and in all places.” (Mosiah 18:9)