New Harmony: A place where every pauper is a prince

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  • Tzadikim Bakersfield, CA
    May 30, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    This is a lovely reminder. But all children of God are sons of the King, temple-goers or not, according to God's original Word.

    From the LDS perspective, I agree that all temples should resemble castles. Do you concede the same freedom of expression and belief to the FLDS, whose temples and ceremonies are very similar, and closer to Joseph's original endowment ceremony? I do hope so.

    For pure Biblical believers (evangelicals, literalists) nothing in the LDS temple is close to the O.T. temple. That was all about cleansing through the sacrifice for sins. All about the smells of blood dripping from freshly slaughtered lambs, goats and bulls. The Holy of Holies was a much more serene and holy place, but inhabited by one human only- the High Priest...

    Definitely not a castle picture in reality and history. But those who believe in Jesus as The Word, have the "power to become the children of God"- John 1:12-13. Make sure you are in the right castle with the true King. The Creator of all knows no other gods anywhere in His Universe: Isaiah 40-47.

    May 29, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    Yes. We have all done silly things. Thank God for the Savior's Atonement, so we have the chance to repent and overcome our silly moments--even our serious sins, for all have fallen "short of the Glory of God." The temple, in its outward appearance and inward ordinances, should remind us of those right things we should be doing to be worthy of God's Grace.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    May 29, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    This article was very thought provoking. I think we tend to sell ourselves short, but I think we also tend to be too eager to belittle others as well. Do we regard our fellow ward members with such great potential, or do we note the labels on their clothing and decide that the paupers in our midst may not inherit quite as many blessings as we ourselves feel in line to receive?

    The notion was well addressed in the article that within the temple walls, worldly degrees and titles are of no importance as people from all backgrounds and histories sit together; dressed in white. In a way then, our temples are much better than castles where servants waited upon their masters. In our temples, the master waits patiently for us.