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  1. That “Temple Institute” website is pretty interesting. They have a section on the Urim and Thummim and how it was used. If you haven’t read it…check it out. The way they said it was used closely mirrors what Joseph Smith and the various witnesses to the Book of Mormon translation process have said.

  2. Yes, it is a interesting website. Lots of information about the ancient Israelite temple. The Urim and Thummim page is good. I like this part:

    He gazes at the breastplate, and by meditating upon the holy names of G-d, the priest was able to receive the answer through a prophetic vision-the letters on the stones of the breastplate, which would shine forth in his eyes in a special manner, spelling out the answer to the question. The priest then informs the questioner of the answer.

    This sounds very similar to the manner in which Joseph Smith used the Urim and Thummim to translate the plates.

  3. Lucky for Joseph Smith he had that vast “frontier library” with all this research and information in it when he “made it all up”.

  4. Yes, of course. lol… And don’t forget all those trips Joseph made to the Near East to gather Hebrew customs, language, worship, history, locations, and practices. ;) How could he have done it without all that?

  5. David Larsen

    Unlike Joseph Smith, who only saw these things in vision, I have had the blessing of going to the Temple museum (I guess it must be run by the Temple Institute) in Jerusalem and have seen the instruments that they have made for use in the future Temple. They truly are preparing for the time when they will be allowed to go in and build the House of the Lord. I believe this is in fulfillment of ancient and modern prophecies.

  6. Marie dinapo

    Yes, the days will come that the 3rd temple will be rebuilt as what the Bible said and I believe it’s soon. We know that almost all the prophecies in the Bilbe has already fulfilled and we believers are looking forward fot the rebuilding of this temple. God bls you and shalom!

  7. james

    Gidday bryce.

    A mission experience. About 20 years ago-a general authority came and spoke to our mission in new zealand. He asked us a question that took us by surprise. “Who will rebuild the temple in jerusalem?” Some nervous voices from the congregation of missionaries replied ” we will!” I cant remember exactly what he said next or how he said it but I will never forget the content of what he said and what he was implying. As far as I recall he said something to this effect. “Have you ever seen the BYU building in jerusalem?-it looks like a temple dont you think?” “How hard would it be for the church to refurbish the entire interior of that building, put in baptismal fonts, sealing rooms, initiatory rooms etc, and then dedicate it to the Lord as his temple?”

    We were stunned. We understood what he was saying. I have never forgotten that experience. The structure itself is wonderfully situated in jerusalem overlooking the city/valley. I hope this helps someone. The story surrounding the approval and construction of that building has a few miracles attached to it. But im sure you already know this.

    cheers

    james

  8. Kayla

    I want the rebuilding of the temple to be soon. I have been looking all over, seeking information about the last days. It is interesting to see the many different ideas people have. I think that the temple will be rebuilt soon because whatever the Lord says will happen, will happen. It will be in his own time, but it will happen. We do not know many things, but luckily we have to mouth piece of his words. The Prophets tell us things the Lord wants us to here, and he gives us the revelation and answers we need. He guides us, and we should follow. Never doubt, because what he says will happen, will come to pass.

  9. It’s interesting that the discussion of the temple being rebuilt in Jerusalem, but I had reason to believe that a Jerusalem would be built in the United States of America, and a Temple too! So what or where is it really going to happen?

  10. We have been discussing the Second Coming here at work and have been looking at all of the signs around us. I am so glad I came across this in my Google search!

  11. Melissa Rhodes

    I love this comment I had a long discussion with my husband about this same topic. We thought about how easy it probably would be to make a few changes and the Jerusalem center could be a Temple! I also read the article on its building and how the mayor had such a big hand in its being approved to be built. The jews themselves had to approve and be instrumental in its building! I love that! I would also love to see the Jews themselves asking God if they should build or rebuild the Temple now. I also wonder what they would do in it? What do they still believe in? james
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 6:45 am | Permalink
    Gidday bryce.

    A mission experience. About 20 years ago-a general authority came and spoke to our mission in new zealand. He asked us a question that took us by surprise. “Who will rebuild the temple in jerusalem?” Some nervous voices from the congregation of missionaries replied ” we will!” I cant remember exactly what he said next or how he said it but I will never forget the content of what he said and what he was implying. As far as I recall he said something to this effect. “Have you ever seen the BYU building in jerusalem?-it looks like a temple dont you think?” “How hard would it be for the church to refurbish the entire interior of that building, put in baptismal fonts, sealing rooms, initiatory rooms etc, and then dedicate it to the Lord as his temple?”

    We were stunned. We understood what he was saying. I have never forgotten that experience. The structure itself is wonderfully situated in jerusalem overlooking the city/valley. I hope this helps someone. The story surrounding the approval and construction of that building has a few miracles attached to it. But im sure you already know this.

    cheers

    james

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