Temple Prep

The Power of Covenants and Lack of Temple Access

Aug 6, 2020
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Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles makes an essential point that we should always remember but is particularly important considering our current conditions. Although our access to the temple right now is limited, it doesn’t…

Thoughts About Temple Recommend Interviews

Oct 7, 2019
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The Church recently released an updated/clarified version of the temple recommend interview questions. And for the first time that I can remember, the President of the Church read them out loud over the pulpit in General Conference. It used to…

Covenants, Ordinances and Ceremonies

Jun 20, 2018
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Every covenant we make with God involves an ordinance and every ordinance involves a ceremony. These ceremonies use symbols to illustrate what the promised blessings are. Some ceremonies are long, some are short, and some will be missed if you…

Put on the Identity of God

May 4, 2018
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The following is reposted from JRGanymede.com The Lovely One brought up the idea that Jacob getting the birthright from Isaac by deception was a type of us and Christ. We inherit all that our father hath by assuming our older…

Retro Video: Scripture Symbolism

Jan 21, 2017
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Thanks to my friend Richard Nobbe for bringing this video to my attention. It’s a bit dated in many aspects but the information is very good, and I geek out on just about anything that has to do with symbolism.

The Grace of Contrast

May 2, 2016
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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…

Finality Robs Symbols of Their Meaning

Nov 1, 2015
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This quote brilliantly sums up a critically important key to understanding symbols. “One explanation of a symbol that has been given does not preclude someone else seeing beyond that. Symbols were intended to expand our freedom of expression and feelings, not limit…

The Eye of God or Man?

Jul 21, 2015
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I was looking at this picture of the Salt Lake Temple the other day and had a thought. Typically, the “all-seeing eye” of God is depicted within a triangle and not an oval. This version also has a veil-like curtain…

Tutorial on How to Use LDS Symbol Cards

Jul 20, 2015
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I created LDS Symbol Cards but didn’t really do much in the way of providing instructions. I thought I’d put together a little video that explains their origins and how I use them personally. Even if you don’t have any cards,…

An Amazing Creation Sequence With a Surprising Twist

Jul 19, 2015
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I have not yet seen the film The Tree of Life although the title alone draws my interest. This particular sequence depicts the creation in a manner that is very similar to the creation sequence in the presentation of the…

Climb

Jul 16, 2015
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CLIMB, verb intransitive 1. To creep up by little and little, or step by step; to mount or ascend, by means of the hands and feet; to rise on any fixed object, by seizing it with the hands and lifting…

Profane

Mar 1, 2015
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Consider the origins of the word “profane”: Profane: late 14c., from L. profanare “to desecrate,” from profanus “unholy, not consecrated,” from pro fano “not admitted into the temple (with the initiates),” lit. “out in front of the temple,” from pro- “before” (see pro-) + fano, ablative of fanum “temple” (see feast). Related: Profaned; profaning. The…

David O. McKay Temple Address

Feb 16, 2015
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An address on the Temple ceremony by President David O. McKay given Thursday, 25 September 1941, at 8:30am, Salt Lake Temple Annex (Manuscript in BYU Library Collections.)

The Questions the Temple Creates

Feb 14, 2015
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“In God’s great wisdom he has deliberately made the symbols of the temple unique, because their very uniqueness demands the mind ask the questions: Why do we do that? What’s the meaning of that? What’s the significance of this? These…

Ritualized Reality

Feb 5, 2015
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I loved this quote from Jeffery Bradshaw’s talk at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference. I’ve been trying to find a way of saying the same thing, but now I can just quote someone who hit the nail on…

Constructing the Universe With Four Categories of Number

Jan 23, 2015
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“One and two are considered the parents of numbers, not really numbers themselves. And they give birth to the digits three through nine, in other words, trinity to the trinity of trinities. And with that and zero you can create…

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

Dec 5, 2014
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Source: TempleStudy.com The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now…

Most Temples Have a Theme

Mar 17, 2014
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“According to Keith Stepan (former Managing Director of Temple Construction), many LDS temples are thematic, making use of a single visual motif to unify the exterior architecture and interior design and furnishings. These unifying motifs potentially point to a particular doctrine or concept.  At the Mt….

Why President McKay was “Disappointed in the Temple”

Mar 10, 2014
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President David O. McKay once said that he was “disappointed” when he first went through the Temple and he explains why. I think this could be helpful to any who are preparing for the temple, or who are still trying to…

“The Lady Of The Temple” Conference via the Academy of Temple Studies

Dec 5, 2013
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This conference which took place on October 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah was filmed and posted here at the Academy of Temple Studies and at TempleStudy.com. First off, let me just say that I was really blown away by this conference; the…