Posts Tagged ‘ Temple ’

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

April 3, 2014
Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

I’ve been reading a book, Your Endowment by Mark A. Shields.  The book claims to be from “an experienced gospel teacher, casts new light on the symbolism inherent in the temple ordinances and provides a wealth of insights that well change the way your worship.”  I was intrigued by a story early in the book. […]

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2nd New Temple Movie Released

January 23, 2014
2nd New Temple Movie Released

It appears that the 2nd new temple movie was released this week.  From what I understand, it is the same length as the first new movie released.  However, I was told that the beginning of the movie is slightly faster paced, and then slows down later.  Can you share anything?  Are the actors any different? […]

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Mormon Marriage Equality

November 26, 2013
Mormon Marriage Equality

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.  In the book, she talks about several things we can do to help women truly achieve their potential and to help men and women within their personal lives and in the workplace be more equal and personally satisfied.  This list includes things like: As women “lean […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, economics, Faith, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Segregating Men and Women

September 5, 2013
Segregating Men and Women

On my mission, my companion thought it would be fun to attend a Jewish Synagogue.  We knew Jews worship on the 7th day, rather than the first, so he called on Friday night to find out when “church” would be on Saturday.  To our surprise, the Jewish Sabbath runs from sundown Friday to Saturday, and […]

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Posted in Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Pledges, Clubs and Covenant-Making

September 3, 2013
Pledges, Clubs and Covenant-Making

Deseret Book has just published a new children’s book by E. Nelson’s wife, Wendy Watson Nelson.  The book encourages children to sign a pledge to be in the “Not Even Once” club and abstain from a specific list of sins, including Word of Wisdom violations, lying, cheating, stealing, doing drugs, bullying, dressing immodestly, breaking the […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 46 Comments »

New Names

August 23, 2013
New Names

In the Bible, people change names.  Two examples are:  Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel. In the Catholic Church, a pope picks his new name:  Josef Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, Karol Józef Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II. In the Mormon Church, we are given a new name in the temple, but it is […]

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New Temple Movies

August 4, 2013
New Temple Movies

It’s been more than 20 years since the LDS Church updated the temple movie for the endowment ceremony, and this time, the church has produced 3 new movies.  When I first attended the temple, Gordon Jump of WKRP in Cincinnati and later the Maytag Repair Man portrayed the apostle Peter in the temple dramatization. When […]

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Temple Talk

July 30, 2013
Temple Talk

I recently substitute taught Relief Society in our Singapore ward.  The lesson was from the Lorenzo Snow manual, and it was called “Come Into the Temples.”  Probably half the women in the room had not been endowed, and 4-5 of the 15-20 women were investigators.  How do we talk about the temple when we aren’t […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

The Lord’s Anointed: Weekend Poll

July 20, 2013
The Lord’s Anointed:  Weekend Poll

Is the caution not to speak ill of the Lord’s anointed meant to prevent blasphemy or to prevent criticism of leaders’ actions?  Is it meant to create community cohesion or does it enforce loyalty to unhealthy degree?   This idea comes from the Old Testament (Psalms 105) and is not unique to Mormonism.  Is it […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Jesus, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Temple Trips: Weekend Poll

May 4, 2013
Temple Trips:  Weekend Poll

How much is too much?  How much is not enough?  How often do you go to the temple?  Do you think you should go more often?  Why or why not? Discuss.

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Is it good to be King?

April 19, 2013
Is it good to be King?

1 Sam 8:18-22 18  And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day. 19  ¶Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; […]

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Will Women Pray in Conference?!

April 6, 2013
Will Women Pray in Conference?!

Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune said “that LDS women are scheduled, as of now [Mar 18, 2013], to offer invocations or benedictions at next month’s General Conference”.  Which session will it be?  Will it be an invocation, or benediction.  My bet is a benediction for the last session, so there won’t be […]

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Before/In the Presence of God

February 28, 2013
Before/In the Presence of God

I participated in temple sealing recently.  For those not familiar with a “Sealing” ordinance, Mormons believe that we can be bound to our spouses and families for not only this life, but the next life as well.  I participated in an early morning session and there was just one sister there, so she had to […]

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Temple as a University

February 7, 2013
Temple as a University

There is a saying that the LDS Temple is the University of the Lord.  Unlike a traditional university, there is no opportunity to ask questions, do homework, or take tests to evaluate if we are learning.  The learning in the temple is supposed to be personal.  What would you say are the biggest things you […]

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Names on the Prayer Roll

January 31, 2013
Names on the Prayer Roll

Mormons have the opportunity to submit names for special prayers in the temple.  The names are placed on the altars of the temple, and God is asked to bless those whose names lie on the altars of the temple.  I believe they are there for about 2 weeks before they are removed.

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Temple Sealing

January 17, 2013
Temple Sealing

I was paying extra special attention to the words of the Sealing ceremony at the temple.  The words are nearly identical for both the man and the woman being sealed, but there is one interesting difference.  When a man is sealed to a woman, he is asked to “receive her unto yourself.”  When a woman […]

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Temple Worship and Exodus

December 27, 2012
Temple Worship and Exodus

Exodus 40:12-13 says 12  And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and wash them with water. 13  And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him and sanctify him;

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Women and Veils

November 29, 2012
Women and Veils

Once again, I’m thinking about the temple.  Why do women wear veils, and why are they supposed to veil their faces when participating in the true order of prayer?  At a wedding, many women wear veils for the ceremony.  For a wedding, it seems to hold a bit of romance.  In Islam, it is a […]

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The True Order of Prayer

November 15, 2012
The True Order of Prayer

I’ve recently had occasion to attend the temple more often, and I have some questions.  In the temple, we have the opportunity to participate in the true order of prayer.  What exactly does that mean? Dictionary.com has 37 definitions that might fit.  I picked these 9.  How do you think they apply? What do you […]

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