1. Raven

    Hey, Bryce. Great post!
    I think we, as temple-going members of the Church, do not understand enough about our own rituals. It’s posts like yours, and authors like Nibley, that really make me go, “Wow. That is amazing!” and that really strengthen my testimony. And I don’t know if I would figure these things out on my own–probably not. I don’t think it is wrong to learn about your own rituals and their meaning and precedence. It’s the attitude that we can’t say anything about the temple outside of the temple that leaves most of the Church confused about the temple. It makes the temple seem like an oddity, something strange and unrelated to normal doctrine and practices. The whole point of sites like yours is to teach us that it is not an oddity or strange–it is the core of all doctrine and beliefs and its rituals reflect that. I am glad for people like you who are willing to dig deeper than most of us so that we can learn about our temple rituals and have our testimonies of its eternal nature strengthened.

    Of course, there are lines we should not cross. But I reread your piece and I do not think you crossed any of them.

  2. Wow. I find quite a few of what you point out in the psalms to be found in Catholic Mass and ceremony, from what I remember of it. For instance, we would always repeat after the Catholic priest uttered something, “Lord, hear our prayer.” Also, if I remember correctly, there would be times when that priest would raise up his hands. I read my little sister’s catholic religion book, and it encouraged people to pray to the Lord with arms raised to welcome the Spirit, or something to that effect.

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