Temple Prep

The Struggles of Approaching Symbolic Learning

Dec 3, 2013
8 min read

I’d like to give an internet high-five to the Church for this great page they put up for the youth called “Symbolism and Temple Preparation“. We do a great job of teaching “that the teaching in the temples is done in…

Keep the Temple Sacred, but Don’t Keep it Secret – by J Washburn

Oct 23, 2013
5 min read

The following is a guest-post from J Washburn: In December of 2012, I toured the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Washington D.C. (thanks to having recently read Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol). Our guide led us upward through that Masonic…

Early Analysis of the Potential Symbolism of a New South Jordan Meetinghouse

Oct 16, 2013
4 min read

Link to the Deseret News article I was listening to the This Week in Mormons Podcast when I heard this chapel mentioned. As I looked at the photos, some things stuck out to me. I wish there were some better photos…

Happy September 22nd, the Day of the Sign

Sep 22, 2013
3 min read

Today was the day, 186 years ago that the Nephite record known as The Book of Mormon passed from immortal to mortal hands. Interestingly enough, that night as these events unfolded to the knowledge of a few, the Jews blew…

Karate Kid Perspective on Ordinances

Aug 9, 2013
3 min read

For those who have seen the original Karate Kid movie you’re probably familiar with the famous “wax on, wax off” lesson that Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel. I like the updated version of this lesson presented in the new Karate Kid movie…

Thoughts on the Five Core Sacramental Symbols

Jul 12, 2013
2 min read

There are at least five core elements that are used in the ordinance of the sacrament. Back on June 16th of this year I took down some ideas in my notebook concerning them so here they are. I will also…

Symbols, Images, Types, Metaphors, Similes, Parables, Motifs, Archetypes and more!

Jul 1, 2013
1 min read

Perhaps most of us throw around the word “symbolism” without understanding the various nuances of the subject. I created ldsSymbols.com with reference to the word “symbols’ because that is what most people understand. Alonzo Gaskill’s book “The Lost Language of Symbolism” defines…

On Mysticism, Transcendence, Meditation, Seers & Stones

Jun 30, 2013
32 min read

Originally posted at TempleStudy.com What is mysticism? That is the million dollar question. It is incredibly difficult to define. Wikipedia defines it as the “pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth,…

Through the Veil: Pondering the Temple Experience Through Scripture

Jun 24, 2013
1 min read

I’m excited to announce the official publication of a little temple-related project that I’ve been working on. It all began with this idea: “What would it look like if you reconstructed the temple experience purely from scripture alone?” As I…

Kids and the Temple

Jun 10, 2013
2 min read

I posted this photo on Instagram yesterday and have been thinking about kids and the temple. According to Val Brinkerhoff in an interview with temple architect Keith Stepan, the Las Vegas and Portland Oregon temples were the first for over…

How Will Governs the Cosmos

Apr 22, 2013
4 min read

I like to understand how things work. I do this by trying to see relationships and patterns between things to see if they make any sense. I’ve been pondering the subject of desire for quite a bit now and in…

The Relationship Between The Ancient Israelite Temple And The Endowment via TempleStudy.com

Apr 8, 2013
2 min read

The following article is from TempleStudy.com Professor William J. Hamblin has offered some good starting points in considering the relationship between the ancient Israelite temple ritual and the modern day LDS temple endowment.  It is from this vantage point that we should…

Symbolism of the Bee: “The Deseret Connection” by Hugh W. Nibley

Mar 25, 2013
59 min read

In response to an email question about the meaning of beehives sent in by Cameron to ldsSymbols.com, I dug up some information that I had read several years ago. I located the article I was looking for here, which contains a…

First oneClimbs Documentary: “Reading Temples”

Mar 21, 2013
0 min read

Did you know that you can “read” temples? What if all of the temples around the world today constituted a vast library of new scripture just waiting to be read if we had eyes to see? This presentation covers some basic…

The Nephite Interpreters

Mar 18, 2013
7 min read

Pictured above is my latest rendering of the Nephite Interpreters that were in the possession of Joseph Smith for a time. I have always wondered what these instruments must have looked like so I began by creating a few simple illustrations. Over…

You Cannot Stay on the Summit Forever…

Mar 11, 2013
1 min read

In the very quote that inspired the title of this blog, Rene Daumal penned a profound though: “You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again.” The purpose of the climb is to reach the summit and…

Why Every Latter-day Saint Needs to Own This Book

Mar 9, 2013
3 min read

A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe is probably one of my favorite books in the whole wide world. Is it the be-all, end-all, of all things ever? Nope. So what’s the big deal about it? It is a “switch-flipper”…

“Putting on the Names”: A Jewish-Christian Legacy

Jan 28, 2013
36 min read

by Truman G. Madsen Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Reprinted by permission from By Study and Also By Faith: Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book and FARMS,…

A Few Notes About Temple-related Clothing From the Temple Institute

Jan 14, 2013
4 min read

All of the notes below are taken directly from the Temple Institute which is an organization seeking to rebuild the third temple on Mount Moriah. Moses was instructed by G-d that the garments of the priests were to be both…

Piercing the Veil: Temple Worship in the Lost 116 Pages

Jan 7, 2013
20 min read

Below is a transcript of a presentation by Don Bradley on some temple-related themes that may have been present in the lost 116 pages via fairlds.org. He makes some really interesting points and I was fascinated with the relationship between…