You want a wake-up call? Visit the LDS temple on a night when Saints from other cultures are there. You'll see the world through a new set of lenses.

I, for one, don't do that enough.

The temple, of course, is about purity and light. But other cultures often add other ingredients — they add a dash of heat, for instance. Something about a dark complexion sets a white shirt ablaze. The clothes burn with starlight, or moonlight, or maybe it's the sun's white halo. They're like ignited candles. And like kindling in a campfire, the languages get to sputtering and crackling. The people have to remind each other to tone it down.

In short, if many of us are "chilly" Mormons, they're "chili" Mormons. And their passion for the temple warms the bones.

Read the full column online at