3 And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.
This week I’m studying the role of the temple in the gospel. Even before the first mention of the temple in the Book of Mormon, while Nephi’s family was traveling in the wilderness, he found a sacred place to communicate with God. The mount he mentions in the verse above was the very place the Lord had previously commanded him to build a ship. After receiving this commandment, and while the building of the ship was in progress, Nephi visited the mountain frequently to pray. As he relates, the Lord showed him great things on that mountain. The implication is that the mountain provided an environment which was particularly appropriate for praying and receiving revelation from God.
Ezra Taft Benson taught that the temple can fulfill a similar function for us:
Temples are places of personal revelation. When I have been weighed down by a problem or a difficulty, I have gone to the House of the Lord with a prayer in my heart for answers. These answers have come in clear and unmistakable ways (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, Chapter 13: “Priceless Blessings of the House of the Lord“).
This week, I will remember the importance of finding appropriate places to pray–places where I can speak to my Heavenly Father without distractions and where I can recognize the answers to the questions I ask. I will remember that one of those places is the temple, and I will ensure that I schedule time to visit the temple “oft” so that I can receive answers to my prayers with the clarity the temple brings.