This sounds like a welcome revision to the open house experience. But what about
a missionary presence? Will there be missionaries and/or other hosts? There had
been in most temple open houses I've attended, at least up until Brigham
City--I was not impressed that a missionary presence was absent there; and I
hope, unless there are very good reasons for this, that that was an anomaly,
that having people available to whom to ask questions will remain a constant
part of temple open houses.
Let's be perfectly honest. Exposes on what we do in the temple have been
published since the 1840s. More recently, less than honorable members of the
Church has secretly recorded what goes on in the temple and uploaded these
sacred rituals on youtube.
The temple is a powerful icon lending an air of mystery that feeds an intense
public mystique about esoteric Mormonism. I don’t think much of using the
temple as a missionary approach that’s all about we know something you
don’t know and if you want to find out what it is, you’ll just have
to join us.A cynic might conclude that LDS missionary endeavor is
fast becoming the only real role of the temple in what Mormonism touts as its
version of the gospel plan.
The only true temples of the Lord on the face of the earth today are the hearts
and minds of the current members and future members of The Church of Jesus
Christ (WHQ: Monongahela, Pennsylvania). This is where the Holy Ghost dwells
forever, if we keep true and faithful to the end of our days on earth.
@ Bloodhound 9:59 a.m. ----I recommend you go back and re-read this
article. I'm afraid you totally missed the gist of the story. 8DThe purpose of the new "tent theme" is NOT --as you've
interpreted the article-- to explain *all the hairy details* of what goes on in
Mormon temples (an "expose").As Elder Richards said,
"Previously it was just a nice message of the Savior and his life, but we
want them to connect that to temples and families and see how it all plays out
in our religious beliefs."Try re-reading the article with that
new reference point!
@ Michigander, 1:52 p.m. ---While we members of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints respectfully disagree with the views and beliefs of
the "Rigdonites", I do wish you all the best in your efforts to spread
the Gospel, help bring others to Christ, and go about doing good in this world.
InspectorC,"While we members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints respectfully disagree with the views and beliefs of the
"Rigdonites", I do wish you all the best in your efforts to spread the
Gospel, help bring others to Christ, and go about doing good in this
world."______________________________Healing of old rifts
takes time and the passage of generations, even between the Rigdonites and
Brighamites, hopefully even for the FLDS. I hope these are positive signs that
diversity might actually be starting to catch on in Zion.
Craig Clark,That healing will only begin to occur after the Choice
Seer, the future full-blooded American Indian Moses comes forth out of this land
of the 48 states. How long we have patiently waited for him - "the
Deliverer out of Zion" (Rom. 11:26).