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Published: Saturday, Jan. 10 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Re: Anon 7:37 am

We have very little recorded of what Jesus did or didn't do, so you're right, we don't know if He did have any buildings built in his 3 year ministry in the Holy Land. But that doesn't mean He didn't think temples should be built.

On the issue of tithing, that commandment has been around possibly forever. Certainly, the mention of it in Malachi was not an introduction, but a chastisement for not keeping this commandment. So it's clear it was around long before this revelation in the O.T.

BTW, the church/Jesus does not "require" tithing - it is completely voluntary. And I am aware of many (in fact most) other churches who also have tithing, annual commitments, collection plates, etc.

I think the evidence of temples in Jesus' life and ministry is everywhere. If you've ever been to the temple, the connection between His life and teachings and what is taught in the temple is undeniable. Did God not command temples to be built in the OT, BofM and other times? If then, why not now?


To Re: Anonymous | 9:36 p.m

Wow, a bit harsh don't you think? Someone asks some sincere questions and you accuse them of making "ignorant assumptions" and call them "stubborn"? Is that how you share the gospel?


I was going to write something on here but decided It's not necessary with all the hateful know it alls from both sides blabbing away.


I can't wait for the new temple!!! I get to go see it in about a week! and to all of those who are leaving nasty comments i just want to say that that is so rude! you shouldn't say stuff like that! and if you don't like Mormons so much, why are you reading this article? But, i really hope that everybody (even non-mormons) goes to the open house of this temple! i bet that you will feel the spirit so strongly and you will not be able to turn away from the church because of the spirit.

The temples of the Bible

were little like the temples in the Mormon church. And further, they certainly didn't require a "recommend" to go inside. Sure, it's great they have "open houses", but it's not cool that they then close them except for people who "qualify"

I have had the "spirit"

that you speak of and it is nothing more than good feelings that you can get in a variety of areas. When a person finally decides to study the issues closely with another point of view other than your church's point of view...that's when you find the "truth".


I'm not LDS, but I'm going to see the temple next week. I think its pretty impressive and even if I'm not a member of the church I still want to see. I wonder if I'm in a minority.


God Bless the members to hold their tounge and to simply turn the other cheek, as those not of our faith heap scorn and ridicule on us. the command of the Lord is clear to "love one another" and to pray for those who despitefully use us.I hope that the members will engage in being kind to others and to going about the work of the temple and to make sure that our actions as curch members will always speak louder than our words.The saying that talk is cheap is true, show others the joy and happiness that come from living the gospel by your very lives.I would counsel our members to stop this at once the making snide and stupid remarks in response to those who post negative comments. Stop it!!! bite your tounges and do what is right, love your enemies and go about your business and ignore the hate and ignorance of others, don't just talk about your religion...LIVE IT !!!

Paul in MD

To Since @7:08 1/10

Yes, LDS temples are different than buildings used for Sunday worship services, whether LDS or "mainstream Christian" churches. What goes on in other churches, goes on in LDS chapels as well, and everyone is welcome to come and see for themselves, anytime the chapel is in use. Since we don't have paid clergy, no one lives at our chapels, so they are not open all the time.

Many of the larger temples have visitor centers next door, so anyone who is curious can find out what goes on inside, and see pictures of the inside. Some things are not discussed outside the temple, because they are sacred. I've been attending the temple for 25 years, in and outside the US. There is not some great cover-up, some big PR white-wash. The general information is freely discussed.

You seem to make a distinction between Christians and Mormons. If you'd take the time to find out what we really believe and what is truly important to us, you'd see the differences are far smaller than the similarities.


Why must any church be required to fullfill all the charitable spending or service required the help the poor? There are countless churches all doing charitable works. There are also government programs providing for the basics needs of their citizens in need of assistance.

Churches spend a far greater percent of their revenues on humanitarian efforts than governments and corporations and are more efficient.

One more church keeps another liquor store from going into business and keeps at least the membership occupied and less likely to get into michief. Two public goods.

Also people who donate regularly tend to be better at handling other areas of their budget in normal times. Anyone can have trouble with an illness or job loss. But all in all if you can live on 90% you tend to also save as it's just as easy to live on 80%. More people disciplined is also a good. Church is good for people, buildings are necessary.

God talked all over the old testament about buildings/how they are to be built and how he wants to be worshiped there. Jesus went to temple and other than the money changers and the hypocrites, didn't object to buildings.

Too Proud


It's called ATTENTION!!!


Actually if you read the Bible you will find that Christ did teach about tithes and offerings. The Old Testament is as relevant today as the New Testament. Many Christians fail to understand that what is written in the Old Testament is relevant and were taught by Christ. He did not abolish the Law of Moses but fulfilled it. The ten commandments were not abolished but made stronger.

Temples are where sacred ordinances are done. The Lord's Church prospers because of the sacrifice of its members. Remember what is Ceasar's is Ceasar's but what is the Lord's is the Lord's. Think of the parable of the mother who gave all she had and how Christ said to his disciples her place is greater than those who give a little, because she gave all she had. Think of the rich man who asked about the kingdom of God and how Christ stated how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom. Christ told him to give all he had to the Church. The rich man declined.

The priesthood of Aaron and the Melchezidek priesthood is taught exceptionally well in the Bible. You just need to read it.


***I love to see the temple, I'm going there someday, to feel the Holy Spirit, to whisper and to pray***

lds architect

Unique design? What?! It looks like every other temple. This temple has a simlar massing and spatial composition as the Bountiful and Mt. Timpanogos (sp) Temples. It's just a little smaller. Personally, I would like to see LDS chapels and temples have more individual designs. The temple/chapels hardly recongize and respect their surroundings more than a few applied decorations. For example, this temple has the Sego Lilly and Wasatch Front applied to the building.


I am from Tasmania .Our nearest Temple is in Melbourne 1 hour flying.We try to go every year and all our grandchildren have been to the Temple when they turn 12 years of age . It is very sad that people who know so little about the Temple and the true doctrine of Jesus christ say unkind things about it.I am a convert and feel so blessed to have the true gospel restored to the earth. What a wonderful life it is.

Re: Anonymous | 10:25 a.m.

If you were to make the assumptions I was talking about then that would classify you as ignorant, if you didn't experience it for yourself. Everyone has a choice to visit and check out what a temple is like. If you go in with a neutral heart, then you can get an honest and true opinion, whether you like them or not in the end, at least its an honest opinion.

When someone jumps to conclusions before they experience the reality of something, then it is an ignorant assumption. That's just the name of it in the English language. If that offends you or seems harsh, "the guilty taketh the truth to be hard."

My offer is test it out. Try it. What have you got to lose? You know they are not going to harm you, kill you, or ask for money. A temple walk through is harmless, it just takes a few minutes and a little walking. That's all. So, why not try it? See what all this discussion really is about. Until you try something for yourself, how can you be so sure of your opinion?

That's a summary of what I meant.


Could the ANTI trolls please find another post. You are not welcome here.

We can see the temple from our backyard.


I think the new temple is beautiful. I spent a few hours there the other day, it was very peaceful and nice. I hope that everyone who visits will experience those feelings of comfort and security. The temple is a great blessing to Utah and to all those who will visit it.


We attended the Jordan River Temple on Friday, man was it packed. It's wonderful that additional temples are being required. It shows that the work is progressing.

Paul in MD

To LDS architect @10:37 1/11

I have seen some unique chapels in recent years. The Kentlands, Maryland chapel was built on land donated by the developer of the surrounding neighborhood. The donation allowed more funds to be used in construction that is typical - the church allocates a specific amount for each chapel, depending on the active membership in the area it will serve.

The site was not flat, so the design had to be altered from the usual. Also, the developer stipulated that the chapel had to fit the neighborhood's design standards. That fell within the church's standards, so it was done that way. The chapel is beautiful and unique.

However, coming up with a unique design for every chapel would drive up the costs, something the church tries to avoid. They are, after all, trying to do as much as possible without incurring debt, something they've been able to do successfully since the late-1800's.

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