The Lord gave me a temple
to live within on earth.
Once in Heaven I was spirit, but
I left my home at birth.
I’ll make my temple brighter;
I’ll keep my spirit free.
My body is the temple my Father
gave to me.
(Children’s Songbook, page 153.)
This Primary song tells us that our bodies are temples that Heavenly Father has given us. The scriptures tell us this, too: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).
How do we make our temples brighter? How do we keep our spirits free? How do we keep ourselves clean and pure so that the Spirit of God can be with us? We can begin by thinking, saying, and doing good and uplifting things.
When President Spencer W. Kimball was nine years old, his job on the family farm was milking from two to nine cows every day. Milking cows can become boring, so he thought of things to do while he milked that were interesting and good and fun. He practiced squirting a stream of milk into the mouths of the cats that gathered around at milking time. He memorized every word of the Articles of Faith and the Ten Commandments to the beat of milk squirts hitting the pail. He copied most of the songs in the hymnbook on sheets of paper and memorized them. On a one-legged stool, his head pressed against a cow’s side, he sang them to the cows.
President Kimball made his inner temple brighter and kept his spirit free by filling his mind with worthwhile things while he worked. Can you do the same?