The latest episode of Refinery 29’s World Wide Wed features a temple wedding of two members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the video tells the story of the courtship and marriage of Sergio and Melissa, a number of LDS Church doctrines and beliefs are explained.
The video outlines the requirements for temple worthiness and includes an explanation of temple garments. It provides clarity for viewers as to why Mormon weddings take place in temples.
“The wedding ceremony is the most sacred ritual in Mormonism and isn’t allowed to be filmed or spoken of in detail outside the temple,” the narrator says. “This can make the wedding or sealing ceremony seem mysterious or shrouded in secrecy. But to Mormons, it’s just sacred, not secret.”
Melissa explained that her father told her he wanted to try to be worthy to receive a temple recommend in order to be there for his daughter’s wedding.
“I was like, ‘Dad, you know what that means. That’s a lot of sacrifices,'" she says. "He has some relatives who sometimes when they get together all have a glass of wine and that’s part of the health code is that we don’t drink alcohol. And there’s an undergarment that we wear to remind us of the promises that we make when we go to the temple so he started to wear those. He said he was sure he wanted to do it. I’m really grateful that he’s going to be able to be there.”
World Wide Wed is a web series that “explores the customs and traditions that define weddings around the globe — and shows how multi-cultural couples are making their ceremonies uniquely their own.” The series is followed by over 32,000 people despite being relatively new and only having had five episodes. Other episodes include a look at a wedding in the Jewish Orthodox faith and a Hindu wedding.