I’ve been going to the temple for a number of years now. I’m always stopped at the “recommend desk” where my recommend is checked for ????? To see if it’s expired!
The first time I went to the temple I was a scared young missionary. I was worried that the temple worker would be so inspired that he would know if I was completely worthy. What about that cuss word I said when I tripped on my way up the stairs, or that fight I had with the jerk companion I was assigned to….or whatever. I kind of expected the temple worker to “catch” those elders who hadn’t repented, or seen the mission president to straighten things out. I thought they’d be found out and not allowed in.
Obviously my recommend doesn’t really tell the temple worker whether I’m currently worthy to enter or not. I was worthy when the recommend was issued (unless I lied in my interviews), but it says nothing about my present worthiness.
I know, I know – if I’m not worthy then I shouldn’t be going to the temple until I am. But wouldn’t it be scary if the temple worker really could tell and every once and a while someone was asked not to attend until they straighten things out.
I guess I like the system as it is, at least I can work on some of those areas when I’m inside and hopefully the spirit can work on me.
Just a thought.