This past week I received a new calling as a temple preparation teacher. My job is to prepare people to enter the House of the Lord. Whether they are going on a mission, getting sealed (married), or are just curious, they have all been previously prepared by learning the basics of the gospel. It has often been questioned of the Mormon faith why the temples are so secret. I am here to tell you it is not a secret, it is sacred. I like to think of the temple in this analogy. Think of my nephew, he is 5 years old and has just entered kindergarten. Preschool has prepared him for it and he is thriving. However, imagine if he had just finished preschool and was required to enter the 9th grade. In no way would he be prepared. He would not have been taught the necessary information, and had enough experience to pass the 9th grade. To relate it to the temple, the reason not everyone can go into the House of the Lord is because they are not fully prepared. To prepare, a member must have already learned to make covenants starting with baptism. In the temple, a member makes very serious and sacred covenants, that they must be prepared to honor. What happens inside is not a secret, we make covenants for those who have passed on, so that they may have the same opportunity that we have. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or check out mormon.org. On their website you can request missionaries who would do a great job at explaining!