How Mormons build temples, step-by-step guide

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  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    May 5, 2014 8:44 a.m.


    "He assured us there were never any of the blood oaths they talk about on the internet. If want to know the truth. Go to the source and not the internet."

    Who is "he" you refer to JD?

    Also, it appears you are not familiar with what the ceremony was previous to the changes. This further proves my point, especially since you seem to argue that something that did indeed take place for many years never took place.

    Denial of the truth further proves my point. I encourage you to go speak with someone who will give you a straight answer. Yes, the internet is right about what used to happen

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    May 4, 2014 11:33 p.m.

    The Most High God dwelleth not in temples made with hands. For He is the God of the living, not of the dead.

  • crimendelsiglo Spanish Fork, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    a few occasions when God "changed" His mind
    i exceeded my 200mph limit:

    peter, shown in a dream assorted foods which jews were prohibited from eating. purpose of the vision was not to change cuisine; it didn't suddenly (2000yrs in planning) but it changed beliefs-practices of christian jews

  • crimendelsiglo Spanish Fork, UT
    May 3, 2014 8:05 p.m.

    a few occasions when God "changed" His mind

    an instance when God suddenly changed His mind. moses had ascended the mount and received a covenant for the israelites/hebrews. moses descended the mount and found the nation in a frenzy of idol worship. moses broke the stone tablets and ascended the mount and returned with the ten commandments

    another involved moses who as a young man killed an egyptian. as an octogenarian he led the israelites thru foreign territory. moses had received the commandments on the mount, but the Lord commanded that 600,000 (i counted the numbers) people (sometimes just men, sometimes men+women, sometimes including children, sometimes including animals !)

    making the commandment a little more accurate Jesus quoted it, "Thou shalt do no murder." big difference between killing a person and murdering a person. jewish talmudic-protestant vs catholic-lutheran orders the 10 differently

    God reveals a little here, a little there, tweaking what He will; fine-tuning to make them better because we can do better. btw does thinking include that the ten commandments belong to the OT and done away with by the death and resurrection of Christ as some people belive ?

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    May 3, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    @Chris B.

    I understand there are things out there, but you can't trust the internet. Our leadership made us aware that the length of the ceremony was difficult on the elderly and access into the temple was a problem for them. Hence the reason for the changes. In no way did the ceremony changes take away from the central message though and He assured us there were never any of the blood oaths they talk about on the internet. If want to know the truth. Go to the source and not the internet.

  • donn layton, UT
    May 3, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    Re; Philippine Bonita. They do discuss seeking inspiration through prayer in design, location selection, etc.

    Soon after the 1988 survey, plans were underway to change the endowment ceremony again (the ceremony had been modified many times since its introduction in Nauvoo, Illinois in the early 1840's). In 1990, the revised ceremony became effective, and the Protestant minister was eliminated from the film

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    May 3, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    @Chris B

    These were only minor changes Chris and were made to make it easy on the elderly. I can't go into more detail than that about sacred things, but we can be sure that these rites were practiced in Solomons temple long ago.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    May 3, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    What a wonderful peek into the inner workings of temple making. The very existence of temples around the world strikes a blow at the stranglehold of the destroyer. I always feel peace while at the temple, and I love it. Thank you for sharing. May each individual who enters these sacred edifices grow in understanding and love.

  • Philippine Bonita Sammamish, WA
    May 3, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    GFuller, watch the accompanying video. They do discuss seeking inspiration through prayer in design, location selection, etc.
    Chris B, no real changes, just clarified and simplified a few things, making it take less time.

  • GFuller Mattoon, IL
    May 2, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Unfortunately, unless I missed it, this article does not seem to mention inspiration and the direction of the Lord in making these decisions. Maybe we have reached the point where the Prophet does not need to be commanded in all things?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2014 9:27 p.m.


    Why were there changes? Did God suddenly change his mind?

    If those things that were taken out of the temple process were true, why would there be need to change?

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    May 2, 2014 4:30 p.m.


    I really believe the cermony changes made in 1990 diminished allot of the criticism and made people much more comfortable.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    May 2, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    I hope this might help others to appreciate more these projects and might somehow diminish some of the criticism against them.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    May 2, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    Very well done, nice that they showed a variety of photos and also different phases.