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Published: Friday, Jan. 24 2014 8:30 p.m. MST

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Zaruski
SLC, UT

It is so silly of the LDS church not to let non believers in. I've always been fascinated by churches and I had the chance to visit the Oquir Mountain temple open house, and it was a great experience.

The Vatican still lets people into the Sistine chapel. I've been there. It's a zoo during tour hours. The whole Vatican museum is. I really don't see what would be so sacrilegious to let visitors in LDS temples too. If you are worried about people being disrespectful, then just do tours by appointment. It's not like the entire world is traveling to see it. It's not like they have one of the most famous pieces of art in the world inside.

Organizing tours of 20 or so, by appointment, with strict behavior enforcement by the tour guides really can't be that hard...

IdahoGirl
Pocatello, ID

Zaruski,

From mormon.org:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 100 operating temples around the world. Visitors are welcome to visit the temple grounds at all of these temples and attend open houses prior to dedication. However, only baptized members who are qualified and prepared are allowed to enter a temple after it is dedicated.

In temples, Church members participate in ordinances designed to unite their families together forever and help them return to God. In the temple, members:

Learn eternal truths.
Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6).
Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6)

Please go to the website, click on "Chat" for more information. God Bless.

idahojohn
Nampa, ID

The Church does allow visitors to Open Houses. Once a temple is dedicated, it is not only too busy with patrons and ordinance workers performing ordinances but the sacred nature of that work would be violated by those who would not be prepared to comprehend its significance at the time.

Dr. G
Bountiful, UT

Zaruski:

An LDS friend of mine attended the Washington DC temple. While he was there he wanted to "look around", so he went to the temple president's office to ask he he could conduct a self-guided tour. The president, in a very kindly way, informed him that temples are "working" buildings, with hundreds, if not thousands, of ordinances going on all throughout the building. Every space is utilized for that purpose.

Temples are not museums filled with religious artifacts. They aren't meant as places to display a religious point of view, but instead have a divine purpose in the work of salvation. These are reverent, spiritual oasis to be sure filled with quiet reflection, but they are also very busy places. A tour would be like conducting curious on-lookers through the oval office in the middle of important meetings. You'd never get anything done.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

I really enjoyed the pictures of nature that were included. Nature is my temple and where I feel closest to god and the universe.

jrgl
CEDAR CITY, UT

Beautiful photographs! Thank you for this article on Phil Monson. I also enjoyed his nature photographs, especially the Zion photo in the starlight.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Wow! Those magnificent buildings sure must cost a fortune to build and operate!

And if we figure less than half of LDS are "active", and only half again of those are regular temple attenders, then these buildings are used by only the elite 20% of Church members. Is that about right?

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

Only members in good standing with a valid recommend are allowed into the temple. Visitors can attend church in a local chapel if they so desire. Consider the distinction, one is a temple, the other is a chapel.

fowersjl
Farmington, Utah

Scientist, your comment implies that the church is wasting money on a slight percentage of its adherents. Those who wish to attend the temple are the ones who make the effort to be there. The numbers shouldn't matter to you since you are not helping pay to build or maintain the LDS temples. This is a much more equitable system then say the U.S. government and their use and expenditure of our taxes. I always feel very good about giving the church my money because I know it's not ever going to pay for fancy vacations or private airplane rides or the like.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

owersjl wrote:

"The numbers shouldn't matter to you since you are not helping pay to build or maintain the LDS temples."

Jump to conclusions much? I am married to an active LDS woman who pays a full tithing on our household income. I AM helping to build and maintain these buildings! But I am not allowed inside.

Mayfair
City, Ut

The Scientist said: "I am married to an active LDS woman who pays a full tithing on our household income."

Good for you! I know you have commented much on many articles about your less than happy feelings about anything LDS.

so now to learn the fact that you allow her to pay a full tithing is seriously amazing!

I salute you!

You have--what some would say--is the hardest part of the qualifications already met for entrance into dedicated temples.

You're on your way there! :)

Mayfair
City, Ut

@Zaruski

"The ordinances and ceremonies of the temple are simple. They are beautiful. They are sacred. They are kept confidential lest they be given to those who are unprepared. Curiosity is not a preparation. Deep interest itself is not a preparation....Once you have some feeling for the value of temple blessings and for the sacredness of the ordinances performed in the temple, you would be hesitant to question the high standards set by the Lord for entrance into the holy temple."

islandboy
Honolulu, HI

@Scientist

Thank-you for your sacrifice! I, too, salute you! I hope that one day you will be able to receive the full blessings of the temple. God bless you and your family.

jeanie
orem, UT

Thank you Scientist for your support of your wife's church in such a way that others can benefit. For all your anger at anything LDS this is impressive.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

Wow. This must have taken a very long time. I guess, if you have a passion for photography and for temples, it is probably worth it.

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