This is an awesome marketing move; however a statue of Joseph Smith would be
more appropriate. The Italians are to smart to fall for this slight of hand,
You could just go see the original...
This is a nice gesture and an effort by the church to offer something of local
cultural significance. Architecturally, this is preferable to a cookie-cutter
temple in a major international city.I don't see these statues as a
sleight of hand effort to fool the Roman Catholics. I see it as a sign of
respect for them and a signal that Mormons have some common ground with them.A bit of trivia: One replica is located in the pavilion at Johns Hopkins
Hospital and has been a fixture there for over a century. Patients, visitors
and doctors alike pass by and rub the toe in hopes of receiving a blessing or a
miracle. Flowers and cards are left at the base in gratitude.
Hutterite,The original is in Denmark. Even in Europe such travel is
not cheap.Mightymite,The temple is not about Joseph.
And there is no slight of hand.
This is truly inspired!The status of the Twelve Apostles represent
the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These status
will symbolize two things: first, our reverence for the apostles in the New
Testament: second, the restoration of Christ's church. Today we have
prophets and apostles again.I hope I can someday go to the Rome
temple and I hope those who visit the temple will see these status and may
perhaps better understand the importance of having the same church structure
Christ established. Jesus Christ restored His church for the benefit of man. He
bled for us, died for us, and established a church for us so that we can come
unto him and thirst no more.This temple will bless and uplift all
those who visit. Italians understand the importance of family and community and
I'm sure this will serve them and the region well. This is truly a
It's actually "sleight" of hand.
I think the bigger story on this page is at the bottom, where the link points to
the article explaining that the LDS Church finally has been granted official
status in Italy.
If you knew the story behind the statues in the Church of Our Lady in
Copenhagen, you would understand why they were selected for the Rome Visitors
Center. Some years back, President Kimball visited the church in Copenhagen and
bore powerful testimony to the caretaker there about the "living
apostles" who were also present there. The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints holds the keys of salvation today, not Peter or the Pope.
Thus, the Rome visitors center can be seen as a very subtle dig at the Church of
Rome.There are only two churches on earth today that claim Apostolic
authority directly from God: The Catholic Church, and the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. And only one of the two has living Apostles.