What nice words Rev. Danielle Tumminio wrote about her experience in the temple!
The movie Courageous has some interesting scenes about preparing for and then
making a resolution to be a great father. AS I watched these scenes, I thought
to myself, Welcome to the temple! I think we mortals have an innate longing for
sacred spaces in which to commune with God and make sacred covenants. For me,
the temple is the best place to leave the world behind and approach God in
worship and committment.
While I do not normally read the Huffington Post I did read the original story
and found it very interesting and well written. I believe this is one minister
that will not be preaching Anti-Mormonism in the future. It is also clear from
the original story that she understood much of the symbolism of the Temple. She
speaks about going from the first instruction room with a mural of the Missouri
River cutting through the plains and its earth tones to stepping up a step to go
to the next room and the change to white. She spoke of it as climbing a step
closer to heaven and then stepping up again a step when leaving the second
instruction room to go to the Celestial Room were she mentioned feeling the
presence of God. Clearly she understood the symbolism.I also enjoyed how
she pointed out that no rooms were hidden from the tour and that any and all
questions were answered. This kind of story will go along way toward fighting
I loved this story the first time I saw it. I especially love that as impressed
as she was, she took the time to put it all on paper and give an interview. I
agree with KC that her public views will do much good for the reputation of the
Church, especially in Missouri!
A wonderful story. I hope she will eventually come to the realization that the
spirit was testifying to her of the truthfulness of the restoration of the
Gospel and the heavenly nature of the Temple. I hope it will open the door to
WhipAnother interesting point she did mention that I found was the motif
for the Temple. While it is normal for Temples to take their motif from the
surrounding area this is not the case with our New Temple here in KC. The only
sign of the surrounding area is the mural in the first instruction room with the
Missouri River cutting through the plains and a common sight in Missouri a Red
Bud Tree. Everything else is the OLIVE TREE. On the outside of the Temple is
carved olive branches, when you enter and approach the recommended desk you see
a stained glass window behind it of an olive tree. Every exterior window has
olive branches etched into them, olive branches were hand carved into some of
the carpets, and it goes on. The entire motif is a symbol of peace between the
LDS Church and the people of Missouri.
Sorry I missed a word"Another interesting point she did mention"
should be "Another interesting point she did NOT mention"
KC-That is indeed interesting, since years ago one of the 'temple
department people' told me that decorators (windows, walls, colors, etc.)
have free reign when designing temples. Makes me wonder if there were some
"suggestions" given, or someone was really in tune with the whole
history and saw a wonderful opportunity! I like it!