President Thomas S. Monson has said, “Until you have entered the house of the Lord and have received all the blessings which await you there, you have not obtained everything the Church has to offer. The all-important and crowning blessings of membership in the Church are those blessings which we receive in the temples of God” (Thomas S. Monson, “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World,” Ensign, May 2011).
In the past there has been a waiting list for temple patron housing at the Johannesburg Temple. However, recently the waiting list has been reduced and nearly eliminated. We currently have space at the temple for families, groups, and individuals. The General Temple Patron Assistance Fund is also available for those who meet the guidelines. We invite each of you to come to the temple. Please meet with your bishop or branch president to begin the process and make the necessary arrangements.
President Monson has reminded us, “The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified.
“Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive those blessings. There are never too many miles to travel, too many obstacles to overcome, or too much discomfort to endure. They understand that the saving ordinances received in the temple that permit us to someday return to our Heavenly Father in an eternal family relationship and to be endowed with blessings and power from on high are worth every sacrifice and every effort.” (Thomas S. Monson, “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World,” Ensign, May 2011).
It is our hope and prayer that you and your family will set goals and make plans to attend the temple, that you may receive all of the sacred blessings that await you.
The Africa Southeast Area Presidency