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Published: Monday, June 17 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Deep Space 9, Ut

To "Chris B" on the LDS web site there is a page that has a form you can fill out, and 2 nice young missionaries can come by your house and answer those questions for you.

If you want to know what goes on inside the temple without talking with the missionaries, you can go to the LDS web site and do some searches there.

Another thing that you and "Red Corvette" should do would be to go to a Temple Openhouse. There will probably be one for the new Provo Temple in a couple of years, and hopefully there will be one for the Ogden Temple when that is done in a couple of years. If you are more anxious, there should be an openhouse in Ft. Lauderdale Florida for the temple there later this year or early next year.

Rather than relying on what others say, why no go and see for yourself?


If Mormon beliefs are weird at all then the weirdest are those that derive from the Bible.

Indeed, believing that the Bible is the word of a god and not purely man-made may be the weirdest of all.

terra nova
Park City, UT

One of the best tactics Alex could have used when broad-sided by rapid-fire questions is to laugh out loud and say, "Oh! This is really funny. Some of the Brits I've met told to expect something like this. They warned me that some radio, TV and print journalists try to take you by surprise and ask questions that are way off topic. They asked me not be think all Brits like that. And I've learned that most of of the people in your lovely country are wonderful people. In fact, most of the strongest early members of my church came from England." Then wait a moment and, while they reload, laugh again and add, "Listen, I'm happy to direct you to people who can answer that question fully and completely. In fact, to those of you listening, go to LDS.org to find answers to these and other questions. That's LDS.ORG"

"As you know, I am not an official spokesman for my church. It is better by far to go to the source... Would you be offended if I redirected your questions to my career in music?"

Salt Lake City, UT

I still think my analogy holds. I'm aware of the "sacred not secret" argument, I just don't agree with it. To me the more accurate phrasing would be "secret because it's sacred". I think secret just has a negative connotation that is desired to be avoided. Fact is that you make a covenant to keep parts of the ceremony secret (obviously I won't say what it is out of respect) which is fine... just don't pretend you aren't doing something you're doing, that's all.

Riverton, UT



Boise, ID

Chris B, many of the mormon temple ceremonies are available via hidden camera footage on YouTube, if you really want to know what goes on in the temple. The ceremonies are sacred, not secret, so it doesn't really hurt anything for you to see.

Salt Lake City, UT

Okay, I'm pretty sure you, like most LDS members, do not discuss the endowment ceremony with non-members or even a lot of members who haven't been through the temple, at least not in great detail. The reason given for this is that it's sacred (hence all the comments here about "if you want to know then get baptized and be temple worthy"). I accept that it's considered sacred... but it's still a secret. Considering it sacred is just the reason for why it's treated in a rather secretive manner. I feel like it's kinda disingenuous to say there are no secrets but then say you have to be part of a particular group to know about it.

We might very well still disagree (I'm aware you might be at your comment limit here) but I guess our disagreement would be based on what the definition of a secret is. For me, a secret is something that is kept limited in access, it doesn't have to be anything nefarious or shady (my apologies if it sounded like I was suggesting that).

Provo, UT

A1994: Just so you know, People who are doing family history and run across relatives who were holocaust victims can and should baptize those relatives.

Riverton, UT

First, thank you for the honest discussion and candor. I did not take it in the nefarious or shady way, and I do appreciate you clarifying that.

Now, let me try another way. When I go to the doctor, isn't what I talk to the doctor about just between me and the doctor, or would you consider that secret also. I am not being facetious, just trying to understand your definition of secret, that way, we could come to an agreement.

If, indeed you find that as secret, then I agree with you, that we have sacred secrets. That just sounds wrong though and because it sounds wrong, I personally don't like to see it that way.

Personally, I like to see it that I have a sacred relationship with my Father in Heaven. Do you understand my point of view?

Mcminnville, OR

I think we all need to be ready to answer questions of the gospel, however in this type of situation you could just honestly say, " I think these are all great questions, but to try and explain the "how's" and "why's" in 30 seconds, I would simply say to those honestly seeking answers is to invite those missionaries into your home and ask them. They will be able to explain in greater detail, through scripture, the answers."

I think we as Latter-day Saints forget the rule of "inviting" to meet with the missionaries. This reminds me of when Brandon Flowers, lead singer for "The Killers" was ambushed on Norwegian TV show when they also invited famous atheist Richard Dawkins and watch the reaction of a very uncomfortable Flowers. Flowers was invited under the pretense of talking about his music as was I'm sure Alex Boye' was.

Shelley, ID

With regard to Mr. Boye's experience with the reporter, he wasn't given enough time to answer in a satisfactory way. He should have brought that to the attention of the questioner, whose motivation obviously was not to acquire information or knowledge. You can refute "barrage" type questioning by asking what the intent of the questioning is, ask for enough time to answer. If that is too much to ask of the reporter, then the reporter isn't doing their job.

Poplar Grove, UT

OK, So I don't get the temple thing. I mean, I don't get why anyone who isn't mormon cares. I mean, I know you do baptisms and marriages for the dead, not really my thing, but hey, if it makes you feel better go for it. The real issue is the whole black people are inferior to whites and can't hold the priesthood thing(pre 1978)There have been no good answers, leaving people to draw their own conclusions. Joseph Smith ordained black people with the priesthood, then Brigham Young stopped the practice. For the next 100 plus years no blacks were allowed to hold the priesthood. Then there was a revelation, and poof, black people are equals. There are some issues that are unavoidable, the biggest being that most religon(and all atheists) don't believe in direct revelation. To them it seems like a PR stunt, maybe the church was getting popular in Brazil, and many people there have african heritage.....

Syracuse, UT

The African American's hold the priesthood, go to the temple and are welcome in every detail as any other person inthe LDS Church. Why they weren't accepted or allowed to attend Christian churches during the 50's and 60's was a much greater problem in my eyes.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

@ atl134 - Salt Lake City, UT, @The Caravan Moves On
"we can know that Satan is scared by what we are achieving in the Lord's vineyard and smile thinking about our eventual victory over all that is evil"

Someone's being overdramatic today..."

Nope, not over-dramatic...just speaking the truth. Someday you'll see that for yourself.


Eagle river , AK

Dear Julie,
I just wanted you to know how thankful I am for your sacrifices so your hubby can continue on this journey. We were stationed with the Air Force in Ft Walton Beach, FL, the first time I had ever heard of your husband. He did a free concert for our stake and I didn't attend because my hubby was deployed and I had small kids. BUT, he attended our sacrament meeting the next morning and it was fast Sunday. He was asked to sing and he chose "How Great Thou Art" and melted my heart! I had been really struggling with my own testimony and was so strengthened by his. I had to bear my testimony as I could feel it swell inside me! I am a convert of almost 26 years and would have a hard time answering those questions. Sometimes all we can do is bear that amazing testimony and say we don't have all the answers but we cannot deny the gift and knowledge we have received from God. Please know how thankful we all are for you and your husband and all you have done!
With love,
Holly :o)

David W.
Brigham City, UT

Could someone please provide the link to the BBC World Service interview with Alex Boye. It does not appear to be in the story. When searching on Google, an older interview with Alex comes up but not the combative one mentioned in the Deseret News article.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

It's ridiculous that someone is being grilled over something such as this.

to Malihini & Mayfair

I thought I had some of the answers. They were probably identical to what you two got.

Turns out, I still have have not found what I'm looking for.

That is the beauty of life is the beauty of life; its dynamic and fluid not static and absolute.

GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

to Number6

Didn't watch Religulous w/ B Maher did you?

layton, UT

@LDS Revelations,President J Reuben Clark once said of the LDS Church: "If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed."

RE: MoJules, one of the reasons Mormons were driven out of areas was because they did not support slavery?

RE: History of the Church, Volume 5, pages 218-19

Sandy, UT

Far too many media people in every country get a few "sound-bite" tidbits, and then automatically come across as experts on any given topic. It's the way it is there, it's the way it is here, it's like that everywhere. If you've ever had first-hand experience with a situation and then seen how it can be skewed in publication, you know how the game works.

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