What Do You Want To See on TempleStudy.com?

Some of you may remember the survey I posted here on TempleStudy.com back in May.  It was a huge success.  Many of you responded to my request for feedback, even those of you who don’t normally comment.  Some of you gave me great compliments, for which I am very thankful, and many also gave suggestions of improvements to the blog and topics that you’d would like to see addressed here, including many “other” requests.  I have taken those suggestions to heart and have already written on several of the topics that you submitted.  Thank you for your participation!

The feedback went so well that I would like to make it a more permanent feature of the site.  I have integrated a service called skribit that will allow just that.  This new service will facilitate interaction with all of you in multiple ways, including the following:

  • Submit Suggestions – You may submit any topic that you’d like to see addressed on TempleStudy.com – i.e., themes you’d like me to write about, ideas that you have, questions you may have, suggestions for improvement to the site, etc.  I have already added 15 suggestions that were given in the prior feedback (some of which I’ve already blogged about somewhat).
  • Vote – Once suggestions are added, you can all vote on them.  If you see a suggestion that you’d also like to see written about or changed on the site, then just click the little green arrow next to that item to add your vote.  Those items that receive the most votes will be higher on my list to write about or do on TempleStudy.com.

All of the above can be done anonymously.  You don’t need an account or a login to submit suggestions or vote on them – anyone can add suggestions or vote.  If you sign up for an account with skribit, you can also do the following:

  • Discuss – Each suggestion allows a discussion for that item.  If you’d like to add your comments to a suggestion, click on the suggestion or on the “discuss” link next to it, and then add your comments in the box provided.
  • Notification – If you submit a suggestion or question while you are logged in, then you will be notified by email when I write a post about it, or do whatever thing the suggestion is about.  This will help you easily stay on top of whatever you submit, and be made aware if I ever address it.

To access the suggestions feature, go to this link, or just click on “Suggestions” on the top navigation bar.  I only ask that you skim the already listed suggestions first before adding a suggestion, in case yours has already been added by someone else.

Let me know if you like this new feature or not in the comments below.


  1. Hans Benson
    Posted July 9, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryce,

    I voted for Calling and Election, but wanted to add a nuance to it if it wins out. I would like to discuss the relationship between Calling and Election (whether it is a priesthood ordinance), and the Second Comforter (seemingly follows) the CaE. At the risk of ruining any ideas that you may have, I’ll stop here in hopes that you post that and can share my ideas later when it is discussed.

  2. Posted July 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Hans,

    Good topic. There is a lot that could be said about it. In fact, I’ve already written once about the priesthood ordinance associated with it at my post entitled, “The Culminating Sealing Ordinance of the Temple” that you might want to read. But there is much more to discuss. Robert L. Marrott has put together a good compendium of quotes on the subject on his webpage at BYU Idaho. I’m sure we’ll discuss it more here also in future posts.

  3. Hans Benson
    Posted July 9, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I will definitely take a look through your old posts to catch up. I stumbled across your blog only yesterday (and our discussion on FAIR) so I will try and work my way from oldest to newest later tonight so I stay caught up.

    BTW, I’ll try not to be so “atemporal” in future postings but I am just an amateur :) that is interested in hearing what others have to say. I don’t want to cause anyone borderline pain.

  4. Posted July 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    No worries. We’re all amateurs here, but being an amateur is not a bad way to be (“The Day of the Amateur,” Hugh Nibley).

  5. AM
    Posted July 20, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Dear Bryce,
    Thank you for your amazing posts and uprightness. The Blogs have needed someone upright like yourself for awhile. My suggestion would be, instead of printing a magazine and selling a subscription, compile one in PDF, that way people can print it out (thus removing the cost of printing and postage from you) eliminating the need for cost.

  6. Posted July 20, 2008 at 7:18 pm | Permalink


    Thank you for your suggestions and compliments. I appreciate your ideas. The idea behind printing a magazine will be further addressed in a future post, but it boils down to allowing an easy monthly hard copy for readers who would like one, as well as other form of income for the time I spend on TempleStudy.com. While a PDF would be nice, it wouldn’t allow either of those objectives.

  7. Anastacia Prisbrey
    Posted July 26, 2008 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    the Language of the Prophets was symbolism. A greater understanding, not of the Hebrew language, but of the language behind the language would be a great subject. Hebrew is ideology based. Instead of being based on words, each idea was tucked away in one of the many layers of the letters. By the context, two speakers could understand what layer the other spoke of.
    Two teachers could teach each other through understanding the language, just knowing that they were speaking on another layer.

    The whole point was, that by these symbols, each person who understood the deeper layers, would instantly understand the mind of another. Words cannot do this. They only convey ideas that are already understood.

    I know it has increased my testimony of the Book of Mormon and strengthened my belief in Joseph Smith and the foundation of this wonderful gospel based Church we enjoy.

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