Jerry Earl Johnston: 2 paintings, 2 poles in the life of Jesus

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  • oddman ,
    April 2, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Nice try but what went on in the temple during Christ reign? Some things are so dear that they would be ridiculed and scoffed at by those without an understanding. The covenants made in the temple are with the Savior and Father in Heaven and would be belittled by many. Have you no experiences you hold dear and do't share with others? I think we all do. Reluctance to discuss the temple ordinances with nonmembers is fair. I would'nt share the intimacies between my wife and me. I can discuss all the ordinances performed in the temple with you if you are in the temple with me. I suspect you hesitate to share some things you hold as being private. Do you discuss your income?; most people don't. Those who attend the temple feel the same way, that some things are best when held private
    One of the ten commandments is "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain". Have you thought about why? Perhaps the overuse of the Lord's name borders on blasphemy and so His name is spoken only in spiritual settings. The same for the temple ceremonies.

  • dogchow1 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    Re: sharrona

    Your comment seems like nothing more than complaining about Mormons not giving you the inside scoop, and all the while you are dismissing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Info regarding the temples is on the internet to be found by anyone seeking this (for better or worse).
    The scripture regarding "casting pearls" seems applicable.
    The idea you presented of how "sacred" should be defined does not reflect the true depths of the word, or the Word.
    For those seeking with true intent, repentance and humility, the Lord will answer.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    April 2, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    RE: The Sacred Gifts exhibit. …. offer glimpses into the life of Jesus.

    When I talk to Mormons about what goes on in the temple? They claim they can't talk about it because it's Sacred. I ask them what is the most important and Sacred thing about their gospel, Is it not Jesus? In their eagerness to prove themselves to be Christian, they inevitably say yes. To say otherwise is to make their claims to be Christian seem ridiculous, for nothing can exceed the importance and sacredness of Jesus Christ. Then if they are willing to openly discuss the most sacred aspect of their belief, why then can't we discuss something much less sacred openly with respect?

    The bottom line is that they are sworn to Secrecy not to reveal what goes on in their temples. They are not sworn to Sacredness. When you are forbidden to discuss something, it is Secret. When you can openly discuss something with reverence, it is Sacred

  • oddman ,
    April 2, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    We are going to Utah tomorrow for the purpose of viewing this outstanding exhibit again. I will go with a different perspective this time, however, and thank you for your insightfulness. How I love these three artists and contemplate the kind of men they must have been with deep apiritual insight and the ability to share that insight through their paintings, with those of us less gifted.

  • Jillian West Jordan, UT
    April 2, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    Thank you for the sweet tutorial. I needed this today.