It is so silly of the LDS church not to let non believers in. I've always
been fascinated by churches and I had the chance to visit the Oquir Mountain
temple open house, and it was a great experience.The Vatican still
lets people into the Sistine chapel. I've been there. It's a zoo
during tour hours. The whole Vatican museum is. I really don't see what
would be so sacrilegious to let visitors in LDS temples too. If you are worried
about people being disrespectful, then just do tours by appointment. It's
not like the entire world is traveling to see it. It's not like they have
one of the most famous pieces of art in the world inside.Organizing
tours of 20 or so, by appointment, with strict behavior enforcement by the tour
guides really can't be that hard...
Zaruski,From mormon.org: The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints has more than 100 operating temples around the world. Visitors
are welcome to visit the temple grounds at all of these temples and attend open
houses prior to dedication. However, only baptized members who are qualified and
prepared are allowed to enter a temple after it is dedicated.In
temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their
families together forever and help them return to God. In the temple,
members:Learn eternal truths.Receive sacred ordinances,
including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as
join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6).Provide ordinances such as
baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of
Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6)Please go to the
website, click on "Chat" for more information. God Bless.
The Church does allow visitors to Open Houses. Once a temple is dedicated, it is
not only too busy with patrons and ordinance workers performing ordinances but
the sacred nature of that work would be violated by those who would not be
prepared to comprehend its significance at the time.
Zaruski:An LDS friend of mine attended the Washington DC temple.
While he was there he wanted to "look around", so he went to the temple
president's office to ask he he could conduct a self-guided tour. The
president, in a very kindly way, informed him that temples are "working"
buildings, with hundreds, if not thousands, of ordinances going on all
throughout the building. Every space is utilized for that purpose. Temples are not museums filled with religious artifacts. They aren't
meant as places to display a religious point of view, but instead have a divine
purpose in the work of salvation. These are reverent, spiritual oasis to be sure
filled with quiet reflection, but they are also very busy places. A tour would
be like conducting curious on-lookers through the oval office in the middle of
important meetings. You'd never get anything done.
I really enjoyed the pictures of nature that were included. Nature is my temple
and where I feel closest to god and the universe.
Beautiful photographs! Thank you for this article on Phil Monson. I also
enjoyed his nature photographs, especially the Zion photo in the starlight.
Wow! Those magnificent buildings sure must cost a fortune to build and
operate!And if we figure less than half of LDS are "active",
and only half again of those are regular temple attenders, then these buildings
are used by only the elite 20% of Church members. Is that about right?
Only members in good standing with a valid recommend are allowed into the
temple. Visitors can attend church in a local chapel if they so desire. Consider
the distinction, one is a temple, the other is a chapel.
Scientist, your comment implies that the church is wasting money on a slight
percentage of its adherents. Those who wish to attend the temple are the ones
who make the effort to be there. The numbers shouldn't matter to you since
you are not helping pay to build or maintain the LDS temples. This is a much
more equitable system then say the U.S. government and their use and expenditure
of our taxes. I always feel very good about giving the church my money because I
know it's not ever going to pay for fancy vacations or private airplane
rides or the like.
owersjl wrote:"The numbers shouldn't matter to you since
you are not helping pay to build or maintain the LDS temples."Jump to conclusions much? I am married to an active LDS woman who pays a full
tithing on our household income. I AM helping to build and maintain these
buildings! But I am not allowed inside.
The Scientist said: "I am married to an active LDS woman who pays a full
tithing on our household income."Good for you! I know you have
commented much on many articles about your less than happy feelings about
anything LDS. so now to learn the fact that you allow her to pay a
full tithing is seriously amazing! I salute you!You
have--what some would say--is the hardest part of the qualifications already met
for entrance into dedicated temples. You're on your way there!
@Zaruski"The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple.
They are beautiful. They are sacred. They are kept confidential lest they be
given to those who are unprepared. Curiosity is not a preparation. Deep interest
itself is not a preparation....Once you have some feeling for the value of
temple blessings and for the sacredness of the ordinances performed in the
temple, you would be hesitant to question the high standards set by the Lord for
entrance into the holy temple."
@ScientistThank-you for your sacrifice! I, too, salute you! I hope
that one day you will be able to receive the full blessings of the temple. God
bless you and your family.
Thank you Scientist for your support of your wife's church in such a way
that others can benefit. For all your anger at anything LDS this is impressive.
Wow. This must have taken a very long time. I guess, if you have a passion for
photography and for temples, it is probably worth it.