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Published: Sunday, Aug. 4 2013 12:17 a.m. MDT

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Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

I don't understand the point of pretending that the Temple rites are a hidden secret when it's all easily available on the Internet. Public revelation by the church would enable them to correct errors promulgated by those sites and address misconceptions and misunderstandings.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

Their's alot of comments posted, that remind me why we keep the temple sacred.

Danite
Tooele, UT

To faithful Latter-day Saints,

It is useless to wrestle with individuals who do not, (nor want to) understand our most sacred beliefs, on a message board. If they really want to learn, this setting is not the most appropriate place to share our beliefs. We have many wonderful Brothers and Sisters not of our faith who want to know, but being antagonistic on the Internet does not warrant a response from us. It is better to leave certain people unanswered or outright ignored.

To those that sincerely want to learn of our beliefs,

How we love you and would love to speak with you given the chance in an appropriate setting and spirit. Maybe a more intimate setting other than a message board would be best to communicate sacred truths we hold dear to us. May God bless you, please ask your questions to a LDS friend or neighbor.

JayC
Provo, UT

@Brother Ben @ChrisB,LDS Members Or anyone that is interested.

First, I believe there were many LDS members that quickly got offensive with the comments about why things of the temple are not revealed to outsiders. But making offensive comments, or quickly biting back is only going to produce more tension and dispute.

It is enough to say that it is not anyone's will here on earth, neither is it the member of the Quorum of the 12 nor the President of the church himself that can make the call of revealing things of the temple. This is an instruction that members of the LDS church believe came directly from God. It is his will that these things be kept to members of the church that are worthy to enter. He has already prescribed what is to be done within the temple and what the requirements are to participate of these things.

And who are we to argue against that? Members or no members. There is no need to explain further

Lastly, I would like to thank @Brother Ben for his honesty and his visiting the temple which greatly enhanced his concept of it for the better.

CortM
HOUSTON, TX

It's very difficult, in a culture that thinks there is no information, no detail, no place that should be free from the glare of public attention, to explain a place like the Temple. There will always be those who mistake the place set apart for something secret, exclusive and shameful.

The other side of the "open the Temples to everyone" argument is far more important. Temple-going Mormons have an unique obligation to preserve and protect the sacred places of those not of their faith.

We have a tendency to be insular, to think that we are the only people who wear clothing representative of our covenants to God, to have sacred places, set apart from the world, reserved for our most sacred expressions of faith. We aren't. I believe that part of my obligation as a Latter-Day Saint is to respect the faith traditions of those who don't share my faith.

Disco Vega
MoTown, CA

There are a few minor changes in the script in the new film.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

The first principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is faith. Would you like more knowledge and help from God? Are you willing to ask for help His way?

I assume you follow your conscience when making important decisions, and have a of right and wrong. Now just exercise a little faith. Even if you don't believe in God, please accept my assurance that He does live. He has answered my prayers, so He will surely answer yours.

The beginning of faith is to exercise a little believe that I am right. Or even just have a little desire to believe. That is enough to start. Use that desire to ask God in private prayer to know more about Him.

He will hear you. His Spirit will encourage you to go on, and you will know if it is good or bad to do so.

This faith is not blind. It is based on what you already know to be good. This exercise of faith will lead you to know how to make life better for you and yours. Don't take my word for it. Ask Someone infinitely smarter and more loving.

GeoMan
SALEM, OR

An interesting discussion here. It is indicative of the fact that our culture is losing sight of what "sacred" and "reverence" mean. So far, it appears to me that both the law and the majority still feel that some expressions of human intimacy should be kept private. LDS people would actually say they are sacred and thus should be kept private.

Those that want everything "public" to satisfy their curiosity (at best) just need to realize that some people have a different concept of privacy, reverence, and the sacred than they do. They are free to not understand, but they shouldn't obsess over something that doesn't concern them. Do they also worry about the color of the floor coverings in their neighbor's master bathroom?

The same can be said with regards to symbolism as a part of religious worship. Many "modern" people don't seem to have an appreciation of meaningful symbolism. For many, symbolism seems to be confused with wanting a "swish" or "bitten apple" symbol on your consumer product.

Converted Minister
Pima, AZ

I have been reading the comments in here and would like to say that there is no reasoning with people who want to find fault with the LDS people. As a former non-denominational minister who converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just over a decade ago, I tell you to take the time and actually read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, the Holy Spirit will leave no doubt about it being God's word.
I gave up my church, my friends and my family to join the true church. When I first went to the Temple, there was a lot to learn, a lot to understand... I am still learning... No one can tell you what you will learn in the temple, and seeing the video or reading about the covenants will have no meaning to you unless you do so under the instruction of the Holy Spirit. Mat. 13:11 "He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

CVgal
You are so very, very accurate in your statement. On any LDS/DN news report there are a dozen or so self-proclaimed sincere,inquisitive, critics of anything relating to LDS faith, beliefs, and practices. Nothing on earth will convince them. More temple information is NOT forthcoming. Do NOT hold your breath. Purple is not likely your best color.

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