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Mormons Engage in Uplifting Temple Service

Mormons Engage in Uplifting Temple Service

Lies permeate or infect various media points about Mormon worship. Many are perpetrated by disaffected Mormons, and the first photos attempting to distort and convey falsehood about the temple were shared by the same, disgruntled ex-Mormons, attempting in vain to bribe Church officials. Their response showed total disinterest in anything so acquired. We, as Mormons, have nothing to hide. The temple is sacred–just as baptism and prayer and private communions with the Lord are sacred–most sacred. The temple ordinances are not to be trifled with and shared indiscriminately outside of the temple, but they are available to all who want to come unto Christ through baptism into His Church–the re-established Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Talmage’s concise, open statements about the nature of the Mormon temple endowment are helpful to friends of other faiths seeking to understand more of what Mormons learn and do in these Houses... Read the rest of this article »

Testimonies of Mormon Temple Marriage

Testimonies of Mormon Temple Marriage

Uniting Families Forever I came across the following photo and statement of faith regarding Mormon temples by a visually-impaired Mormon educator (member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and published author on the subject of temple history,expressing so simply his gratitude for his eternal union with his family, after having been sealed in the Los Angeles Mormon Temple. The Los Angeles Temple  is the second largest Mormon temple, after the Salt Lake Temple, and was dedicated to the Lord–as each temple is through sacred prayer offered by a member of The First Presidency (the Prophet, or one of His two counselors)–in 1956. Brother Cowan taught at BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. While there, he was especially interested in visiting the site of Solomon’s and Herod’s Temples and studying more about them from materials available only in Israel. I don’t know when I first became interested... Read the rest of this article »

Houses of the Lord and Our Conception of God and Self

Houses of the Lord and Our Conception of God and Self

I recall my first experience in a Mormon temple. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (became a Mormon), in 1980, after a long quest to understand my life’s purpose and mission.  About a year later, on a beautiful spring day, I attended the Washington, D.C. temple — its castle-like beauty strikingly noticeable from the DC Beltway — prior to serving an 18-month mission to Germany. I’m not sure if the cherry blossoms in the area were quite in bloom, but I remember hoping they would be. While there’s much to absorb on a first visit to the Lord’s house, and much I had yet to learn, I remember and treasure the profound feelings of joy I had in being among friends dressed in white when I entered the chapel prior to entering what is known as the endowment room (place of instruction and revelation). “In the temples all are dressed alike in white. White is the symbol of purity. … Besides, the uniform dress symbolizes... Read the rest of this article »

Reflections on Temples

Reflections on Temples

Mormon Temples: Spiritual Centers Temples. When I see that word now, after having attended the Lord’s House as an everyday Mormon in service and worship for two decades, a few images and phrases come to mind spontaneously, including these: template, center, presence, and home.  The temple provides a template for living–not any, but Christ’s. In the temple, His ministry and His mercy, His blessing and His commandments, are laid before us symbolically, and we feel His love and His ways and are impelled to live more and more by them. Additionally, temples are, in a real sense, the spiritual center of our individual and community worlds, a place, as one put it, “where we get our bearings,” and from which, as Ezekiel shares in a lovely vision, from which healing flows as a river to all through whom its influence courses. Temples, undefiled and holy, only lift–individuals, families, and communities. Moreover, temples are... Read the rest of this article »

What Is the Difference between Churches and Temples?

What Is the Difference between Churches and Temples?

Sunday Worship Mormons (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) worship both in chapels (also called “meetinghouses”) and temples.  Chapels are for Sunday worship.  A Mormon meetinghouse will contain the chapel, plus classrooms, kitchen, multipurpose rooms, and a cultural hall.  Artwork depicting the life of Christ may be found in classrooms and in hallways, but otherwise, Mormon meetinghouses are very plain.  There is no statuary or other artwork in Mormon chapels.  Mormons use no icons in their worship. Mormons go to church on Sundays for three hours, during which they participate in several types of meetings.  The first lasts for one hour and ten minutes and is called “Sacrament Meeting.”  True to its title, the most important part of this meeting, which takes place in the chapel, is the partaking of the Sacrament, the emblems of the body and blood of Christ.  By partaking of the Sacrament worthily,... Read the rest of this article »

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