“The Holy Invitation: Understanding Your Sacred Temple Endowment,” by Anthony Sweat is a concise and simple introduction to the temple endowment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“The aim of this small book,” writes Sweat in the introduction, is to provide “ a ‘big-picture’ perspective of the endowment ordinances” for anyone wanting to learn from, better understand and appreciate their temple experience.
Dividing the book into three main parts, “A History,” “A Metaphor” and “An Invitation,” the author approaches the topic through three lenses, each helpful in teaching key concepts regarding the temple endowment.
Part 1 provides some definition and historical background based in scriptures, mainly from the Doctrine and Covenants. Part 2 presents a metaphorical story, and Part 3 offers suggestions on how to better learn from and participate in each temple experience.
Sweat has identified and filled a need — especially for young people or new converts entering the temple for the first time. The topic is treated with reverence and respect. Everything discussed can be found in the scriptures or has been taught by modern-day prophets and apostles. He draws heavily from LDS Church history and the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Although it can be a quick read, it is a reference that bears repeated and thoughtful consideration. Seven pages of end notes provide additional insights and resources for further study.
The small format of the paperback book makes it easy to carry in a purse or backpack. It’s also available as an e-book, an audio book or CD.
Sweat and his family live in Utah where he works as an artist, presenter and assistant professor of LDS Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He has authored several books, including “Christ in Every Hour” and “I’m Not Perfect, Can I Still Go to Heaven?”
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.