A recent reply I shared on an online forum:
Catholics are heavily immersed in ritual, so I think they “get” ritual more than most, or are at least more accustomed to it. Latter-day Saint Sabbath services and surroundings at church are nowhere near as elaborate as the richly meaningful proceedings conducted in ornate cathedrals.
Maybe we wish that church and the temple were equally as rich in symbolism and ritual, it’s a captivating thought, but I kind of like it the way it is. If we were around the temple all the time, would we appreciate the contrast? How wonderful it is to go to the temple and experience stepping out of one world and into another (which is intentional). Home after a long journey is never the same, but it hasn’t changed, you just see it with different eyes.
A temple is a model of the cosmos; the cosmos above which holds all of creation, and the cosmos below which is man. That which is common is profane, but contrast parts light from darkness, revealing everything in between. Worlds without end for us to explore, and we think this only refers to orbiting planets. The endowed are veiled with a garment, a reminder of where the true temple is. How many dwell perpetually in the outer courtyards of consciousness, never setting foot inside the Holy of Holies within.
- 1 Nephi 2:16 – First, the Lord softens our hearts.
- “That our garments may be pure, that we may be clothed upon with robes of righteousness, with palms in our hands, and crowns of glory upon our heads, and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.” – D&C 109:76
- Philosophy – 1. …an explanation of the reasons of things; an investigation of the causes of all phenomena both of mind and matter.
- Mingle – 1. To mix; to blend; to unite in one body… 2. To mix or blend without order or promiscuously.
- A grateful person will not pray for burdens to be removed but for strength to bear them.
- Priesthood works only upon persuasion.
- The word “priesthood” appears 7 times in the Book of Mormon and 6 of those times in one chapter, Alma 13. In all cases, the phrase “high priesthood” is used.
- “Soil is broken to make wheat, wheat is broken to make bread, bread is broken to…make us whole.” – Randy D. Funk
- “The Lord sees weaknesses differently than he sees rebellion” – Richard G. Scott
- We are given separate and distinct blessings as men and women so that it becomes necessary that we work together as one to become one.
- There is only comfort at the end of the iron rod, never in the false complacency found in the mocking masses of the great and spacious building.
- Without adversity, there can be no empathy.
- The power of language is its ability to transfer knowledge back and forth across the veil, through time and space and all eternity.
- Christ called us his ‘body’. If a part of our body is sick or injured, we don’t forget it or ignore it, we direct all of our attention to helping it heal and become restored.
- Rite – a formal act of religion or other solemn duty.
- Ritual – pertaining to rites, consisting of rites