1. This is a great website! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Since the first time I went through the temple I’ve had questions about where things in the ceremonies originated and why we did them. I look forward to more posts from you.


  2. Thanks guys! I hope that we can have a respectful and scholarly look here at our ritual practices. It must be done with great care, but I think our scholars have produced much more work about the temple than most of our members are aware of. Unfortunately, when some of our members get wind of anti-Mormon literature, they are blinded by their lies and distortions, and some fall away. There are mountains of evidence in support of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, even our rites and ceremonies as restored by Joseph Smith. I hope to be able to bring to the forefront some of that best research, so that our members and members of other faiths alike might be enlightened and acknowledge the normalcy of ritualistic worship as it has existed since the beginning of time. As Church members, we understand that the reason for these ritualistic patterns in all parts of the world is because it was revealed by God to our first parents.

  3. Was Nibley saying in the beginning that the Book of Mormon has support since it mentions “atonement” multiple times and purports to be from Old Testament times in the beginning?
    Interesting stuff!

  4. Brian

    I have always liked what Nibley says regarding the Temple and the Book of Mormon:
    “In the temple we are taught by symbols and examples; but that is not the fullness of the gospel. One very popular argument today says, “Look, you say the Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the gospel, but it doesn’t contain any of the temple ordinances in it, does it?’ Ordinances are not the fullness of the gospel. Going to the temple is like entering into a laboratory to confirm what you have already in the classroom and from the text. The fullness of the gospel is the understanding of what the plan is all about – the knowledge necessary to salvation. You know the whys and wherefores; FOR THE FULLNESS OF THE GOSPEL YOU GO TO NEPHI, TO ALMA, TO MORONI. Then you will enter into the lab, but not in total ignorance.” (Nibley Hugh, Temple and Cosmos pg 26.)

    I like the idea here, that the Temple is a place for us to better understand what we already know, what we come to understand as we study God’s revealed word give us from prophets in all ages. This is why the I believe that Joseph Smith literally meant what he said: ” I told the brethren the the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding its precepts, than by any other book.”

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