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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15 2014 6:20 p.m. MST

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Somewhere in Time, UT

My husband just came home from the Temple today and announced there was a new film. We had just been to the Temple yesterday with the other film and I thought he was nuts when he told me there was another new one. I'm excited to see it. I'm going tomorrow.

Manti, UT

Because I belong to a temple which has live sessions, I just saw the first new film on Saturday. Now they have another one. This is great! I can hardly wait to see it.

Sean R Jackson
Provo, UT

I recently went through for my first time as an adult. Went to Manti and Loved it! I hope Manti and Salt Lake always stay the same. In any case, love it!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Mormon missionaries have wanted to chatter with me in numerous occasions. Your baptisms are sacred right? And yet the missionaries always want to chatter about those. And your scriptures are sacred are they not? And yet you Mormons have no problem chattering about those.

Why is it when something that would be very controversial in Mormonism is discussed, you people bring out the "it's sacred" or "it's in the past" or "he was speaking as a man" excuses?

Lets chat about the temple. Just as you people want to do about other sacred Mormon topics

Vancouver, WA


You asked the same questions six months ago in the comments section that announced the first new film, and several commenters posted well constructed responses. Please go back and review those posts for answers,


Heidi the temple worker, if the Deseret News publishes an article about this doesn't that make it fair game to discuss it? My understanding is that the new film contains more non-white actors. That will be a welcome change for the non-white members of the church which are probably the majority of the membership by now.


Oh, come on, Heidi. You're just as interested in it as the rest of us. Enough with the admonitions already. We're all adults.

Eldersburg, MD

Chris B.

Heidi offers caution for sacred temple ordinances and experiences. It's up for discussion whether mentioning a new movie is a good idea or not.

It is natural for non-members to ask about the temple and wonder why only members can attend. There should answers available without spoiling potential future blessings as a member if a person asking decides to convert. The temple is not secret but sacred, which is why details are not discussed outside. So, why is this so?

Consider the following analogy. Would you tell a young child about the joys of sexual relations in marriage when they are clearly not old enough to receive such information, without it causing confusion and the possibility of distortion with resultant thinking and emotional patterns?

Likewise, truly understanding and appreciating the blessings provided by temples requires sufficient spiritual progresison or such could easily be misconstrued to the determinent of a person who is not ready to receive the experience spiritually. That's why new members wait a year for most temple ordinances.

So, what do you want to know? As I ask this, please understand there many things I cannot discuss because of promises made to God.

Danbury, CT

Chris B,

I'm not sure you'll get a very satisfying answer to questions posted in this forum. I suggest you talk to a Mormon you already know and trust they will try to answer. Plus, a dialog is a better way to talk vs. these comments (we're limited anyway on the number of posts per article).

South Jordan, UT

I know this is nearly heresy but I don't like the newest film (saw it Tuesday night). I'll keep my reasons to myself except to say that it had little to do with cinematic style and more to do with the way I felt as I watched it.

That being said, I cannot deny the experiences I've had and continue to have. If every other Mormon in the world left the church, it would not change what I know to be true through my own revelatory experiences. Because I know this church and its doctrines to be true, I will still attend the temple and participate in the ordinances.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I go to the Temple to do vicarious redeeming work for the dead,
not to be entertained...


I gotta admit,
just like having different "actors" in every live session --
switching it up the film "actors" every 20 years keeps an old dog like me on my toes,
and I actually learn something new simply because it IS different.


I have enjoyed the new film immensely. The depth of emotion and spirituality it conveys are truly beautiful. Can't wait to see the even newer one!

Boston, MA


While there are some things that cannot and ought not be discussed outside of the temple, there is much that can be discussed. If you are interested in learning more, I'd start here:
If you still have questions, please feel free to ask.

We don't discuss details of the temple ceremonies or wording because those things are indeed sacred and must be experienced in that sacred location to be fully understood and appreciated. The words and other aspects of the ceremony are only parts of the experience. The Holy Spirit cements all of those pieces together to provide the participant with a refining and instructional spiritual experience. The teaching that occurs in the temple is done primarily by the Spirit, using the symbols of the ceremony to provide very personal and enriching instruction. Outside of the temple, one will neither get the full experience nor appreciate the full import of what is being shared, and confusion will often result. It is a disservice to someone to share specifics of the ceremony outside of that sacred location.

1.96 Standard Deviations

Chris B:

I remember you asking this question about the temple a while back. Will you just get baptized already? Then you can prepare for 1 year and we'll go to the temple together and discuss everything you'd like.

In the meantime, for your initial temple preparation lessons, here are some suggestions Elder Russell M. Nelson (an apostle) gave in his talk "Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings" in April 2001:

'I like to recommend that members going to the temple for the first time read short explanatory paragraphs in the Bible Dictionary, listed under seven topics: "Anoint," "Atonement," "Christ," "Covenant," "Fall of Adam," "Sacrifices," and "Temple." Doing so will provide a firm foundation.'

Do you know how to access the Bible Dictionary through LDS.org? Let me know what you think about this reading and we can go forward from there.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Jesus said, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." Keep that in mind when you discuss sacred things. If some think that not giving that with is holy to dogs and swine means we are being "secretive, or hiding something", so be it!

Lake Havasu City, AZ

To the comment on the missionaries chattering about the Gospel, I would say to this person, please listen. They have a lot to tell you.

Doug Zumbrun
marion, IN

If Deseret News decided to #1, report the new film and #2, allow comments on it, it is obviously not up for discussion whether we should mention it or not. I'm sure they trust us to be appropriate and considerate in our discussion. Although I do agree that Chris will probably not get a satisfactory answer based on previous comments on other articles. And that's as it should be. And your analogy is a good one as well.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

There is an artistic element to the video presentations. Music...special effects, etc. are NOT part of the sacred ordinance.
You might say that a more modern script (1990s) and modern AV effects hold the interest of patrons, but do nothing for the dead.
If we wanted to accelerate the work, would we not create a video that is shorter and more to the point? It has been reported that the longer films are to allow translation of foreign phrases. Would it be that hard to make a video for English only that is shorter? The six room temples could then get more work done.



As a member of the church there is a big difference between the sacredness of the temple and the sacredness of baptisms and scriptures. Don't get me wrong, baptism and scriptures are very sacred but it's not the same thing.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Having seen many different films going back to 1980, I do like the change and variety available. It is particularly important for these films to have not only beautiful scenery but beautiful music as well. I also 2nd what Sean Jackson said. Keep the Salt Lake and Manti Temples as live sessions.

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