You may think this really strange, but I had a person that I had become very best friends with create such anxiety about going to the temple that I didn’t even want to go. At every turn she was cautioning me about what not to do and what not to forget. I was so uptight about it that my first time through for my endowments was a nightmare for me. When the temple worker walked up to me and extended his hand to lead me to the veil I nearly screamed. I had a panic attack trying to get my robe on, and felt absolutely none of the spiritual uplifting that I thought I should have.
To this day I have a hard time going to the temple and have to do a lot of meditating in the parking lot to get myself through it. The only temple that I have gone to that I don’t feel that way is the Monticello, Utah temple. It is one of the small ones and for some reason I can actually breathe there.
**In the new era of ministering, how can we better prepare and help members feel at ease in the temple? How can we overcome our anxieties and help others do the same? What are some mental exercises you have found to be helpful in new and unfamiliar settings?