Official Church Video on Temple Garments and Robes

The Church has released a new video explaining the temple garment, and the temple robes.  This is also the first time that the Church has publicly displayed what the clothing looks like.  See the video above, or click through to the Church’s newsroom.

[via Millennial Star]

The Temple on Mount Zion 2014 Conference

logo2-300x214The Interpreter Foundation has announced a forthcoming conference, the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference to be held in 251 TNRB (N. Eldon Tanner Building) on the campus of Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, on 25 October 2014.  More details can be found at the Interpreter website, and a schedule of presentations is also available.  The event is open to the public, and is free.  It will be video recorded, and videos will be made available in the weeks following the conference.

LDS Women Hold and Exercise Priesthood Authority

LDS woman being set apart for a calling in the Church.

LDS woman being set apart for a calling in the Church.

“We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be?” —Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,” April 2014 General Conference. Emphasis added.

I’m a Sunday School teacher in my ward, and today I taught about women and the priesthood. I thought I’d share a few thoughts from that lesson, especially in light of current events.

“Simple” Questions

I started my lesson by asking a few “simple” questions about the priesthood:

  • Do women have responsibilities in their callings in the Church?
  • Do women have authority in their callings in the Church?
  • Do women have priesthood authority in their callings?
  • Do women exercise priesthood authority?
  • Do women hold priesthood authority?

The questions start out relatively easy, and most in the class knew the answers, and were ready and willing to respond. But I knew as I progressed through the questions that there was some confusion. Perhaps many of us are likewise stumped when it comes to these questions, or we may think we know the answers when we don’t. Read More »

Sistine Chapel in Official Virtual Reality Simulation

The Vatican's 360 degree photographic virtual reality simulation of the Sistine Chapel.

The Vatican’s 360 degree photographic virtual reality simulation of the Sistine Chapel.

Several years ago I build a computer generated three-dimensional model and virtual reality walk-through of the Sistine Chapel for a class at BYU. I wrote about this on TempleStudy here.

It appears that the Vatican has commissioned an official virtual reality simulation of the Sistine Chapel that I just stumbled upon, which you can see at this link (  This is a bit different than a true 3D walk-through, however. It is a stationary 360 degree photograph that you can pan/rotate and zoom with your mouse.  Still incredible though, far more accurate than my reconstruction, complete with choir music.

The Sistine Chapel remains one of the most spectacular artistic masterpieces in the world.

One interesting detail of the chapel is the screen or partition in the middle of the room, also known as a transenna. Wikipedia describes how this screen creates separate and distinct areas:

A screen or transenna in marble by Mino da Fiesole, Andrea Bregno, and Giovanni Dalmata divides the chapel into two parts. Originally these made equal space for the members of the Papal Chapel within the sanctuary near the altar and the pilgrims and townsfolk without. However, with growth in the number of those attending the Pope, the screen was moved giving a reduced area for the faithful laity. The transenna is surmounted by a row of ornate candlesticks, once gilt, and has a wooden door, where once there was an ornate door of gilded wrought iron.

“Because of Him”: Share the Easter Message This Week

The Church is launching a worldwide initiative today, Palm Sunday, that will run through this week, ending Easter Sunday, “focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” The initiative is titled “Because of Him.”

A new website has been created exclusively for this at, which redirects to A video has also been produced, which is embedded here below:

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