I've always been fascinated by architecture, and most recently built LDS
temples have always struck me as architectural masterpieces. The older ones,
not so much. But the new Rome temple is really beautiful. The integration of
curves and straight lines in its shape is spectacular.
The article states pre-recorded media have been part of temple presentations
since the 1970s, but that doesn't go back far enough. Film presentations
have been part of the endowment since the late 1950s, when they began operating
in the Bern Switzerland Temple, the London England Temple and the Hamilton New
Zealand Temple. They've also been used in the Oakland California Temple
Happy to hear so many more buildings bringing temple work closer to the people.
With so many temples (especially in Utah) the temple experience doesn't
seem as special to me as it used to be.
@dalefarr: "With so many temples (especially in Utah) the temple experience
doesn't seem as special to me as it used to be."That
comment takes my breath away... It seems you don't understand the purpose
nor blessing of having a temple close by. Those of us who used to live at
distances that meant only occasional attendance and "temple hopping"
becoming our treasured vacations, I much more appreciate now the proximity that
allows me to attend at least every week. It's fascinating to me to hear of
new temples being built. I ache for people who still have a hard time getting to
any temple at all. This proliferation is prophecy in action that we can see and
recognize. It's as special as it comes.
Your article says they have used media since 1970. When I was on my mission in
New Zealand I assisted Gordon B. Hinckley in installing it in one of the first
three temple to use media. This was in 1958.
Dalefarr, I think I understand what you're saying about the temple
experience being less special because there are so many temples. I guess if I
had a big turkey dinner with stuffing and cranberries once a week, Thanksgiving
might not seem as special. But I hope you won't let the easy availability
of temple worship make it seem less important or less holy. I hope you'll
take advantage of the opportunity to visit teh temples that are very near you,
as well as some others farther away, and to contemplate the deep and symbolic
teachings you receive there. Maybe variety will help. Even though the
endowment presentation is very standard, especially when presented using film,
yoiu might get some new insights by having it presented differently, as it is
the Salt Lake and Manti Temples. I wish you the best, and hope you will take
advantage of that blessing often.
The days of temple building have been over for almost 2000 years since the
death, burial, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ in April of 30 A.D. As
the scripture sayeth: "The Most High God dwelleth not in temples made with
hands" (Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24). The temple of God is the heart of a
righteous man or woman.
To Michigander:The day of temple building is far from over. While
Heaven is God's throne, and earth His footstool, and nothing that man
build's can match heaven or earth in grandeur, God has given by revelation
that temples be built, both anciently and in modern times, mostly as edifices
for 1) the rights and ordinances of the priesthood, 2) where man can turn his
thoughts to God, and 3) for man to make sacred covenants with Him.Perhaps you too can learn one day of the blessings of temples.