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  1. elizabeth-w

    I went this AM, and due to a wedding party, the 9:30 session was full. I could have waited for the 10, but would have been watching the clock the whole time–I’d worry I would miss picking up my kindergartner in time. I tried to do some other work, but all workers were otherwise engaged. :( But I don’t wear my watch, either. I want to be able to spend time without feeling rushed.
    As an aside, and a person who is only recently endowed, I would note that among women, there are some who appear way more equal than others. Do you know how much money some women spend on dresses?! I think you could expand this idea to not just watches but women’s jewelry, too.

  2. This is a great post! I agree with the suggestion. I second the “indiglow” mention. In the past, I have seen many of these glows (including handheld devices, and even texting). Once we enter the temple, it is imperative that we leave the world behind, and everything that connects to it. Not only should we be doing this for our sake, but all of our other brothers and sisters joining us.

  3. TARA

    I have the privilege of being an ordained temple worker, and ironically the ONLY place I wear a watch is in the temple. It helps me get to where I need to be on time to serve others there. That said, I love being there as a patron without my watch and to just be at rest and to ponder, to learn and to pray.

  4. Dan Knudsen

    Having been a set apart temple worker for more than 19 years, my watch is essential for me to do I need to do, and to be where I should be serving. The only time I remove it is when I’m doing the veil demo, as that could be distracting. When I’m a patron my watch doesn’t bother me because I know what I’m doing and have allotted the time needed so that I don’t have to worry about anything else–it doesn’t exist for awhile. I understand that for some, wearing a watch could be a distraction. I agree with Elder Scott about the need for not worrying about the time, or being distracted by any worldly cares–whether you remove your watch or not. Whatever works for you.

  5. Randy Robin

    It’s not the same as a watch but I have sometimes thought that neither patrons nor ordinance workers should wear tie chains or tie clasps, either. It is a small thing, and I’m sure there are different reasons why they are worn. And I wouldn’t want the temple “overregulated”. I wonder what your thoughts are on the accessory. They’re usually Angel Moroni or temples or just gold or silver bars or chains. But it seems like an optional accessory that could possibly be taken (interpreted) the wrong way. It has a possible implication of distinguising oneself above others (are those the right words?), although that my not be the intent. Church yes, temple not so much.

    Also, as I am changing from street to temple clothes, especially taking off my street (dress) shoes, I almost always hear the words “Put off the shoes from thy feet for the ground whereon thou standest is holy” in my mind. I could see that changing slightly to “and put off thy watch from off thy wrist….” And I absolutely do not mean that in a sacreligious or disrepectful way.

    I do have to say that on a busy Friday night as a veil worker my watch is helpful but nothing for which the temple clocks coudn’t compensate. They are the only clocks that matter in that case.

  6. Steve

    I always appreciate suggestions on how to improve our temple experience. I realize that it may be more important for workers in the temple to have watches but I think the comments were directed at the public in general. I use my phone as a watch as well, but when I used to wear a watch a few years ago, I would take it off in the temple. I love the ‘detachment’ that comes with attending the temple. I am more that happy to leave behind anything that would remind me of the world when in the temple; I’m intentionally trying to focus on something higher. Personally, when I’m in the temple, I try to ignore the PEOPLE there as much as possible as well. When I’m at the temple, it’s me and the Lord – that’s it. He’s the teacher and I am the learner; there are no opinions or interpretations from the minds of men, I get my education straight from the source. That’s what I love about the temple.

  7. Greg Nelson

    Thanks for the great article, I haven’t worn a watch in the temple for years due to reasons #1 – #5, I always felt the temple was a timeless place. I hadn’t thought about reasons #6 and #9 but they fit. One thing that has bothered me in the temple is in the celestial rooms at larger and busy temples (Jordan River on a Friday night especially) there seems to be a need to chatter about everything outside of the temple. What is the latest with your job? We just bought a new car! Hey, let’s all get together and go to dinner, where would you like to go but Sally can’t get Chinese because it has MSG and she is pregnant? . . . Leave it outside, maybe the lobby or the temple grounds to talk about that. Let the eternal be eternal and timeless while the cares of the world flutter about outside of the temple.

  8. Ben

    Thank you for you views. I have recently been endowed and took Elder Scott’s advice to heart immediately. As a patron, there is no need for a watch. I would remind me so much of things outside of the temple, when what is on the inside means so much more.
    Greg, I would agree with you. Some people do not always respect the reverence that the Temple deserves. But one thing which I do very much enjoy is discussing, with another very good friend of mine, is our progress concerning our spiritual preparation in serving our missions (we both have our calls). One thing that I will always try to endeavour to do in the House of the Lord is maintain a more ‘Celestial’ mode of discussion. I feel that it highlights my experiences there even more.

  9. Mark

    I am a temple sealer. Unfortunately, I have to keep track of the time to help maintain the temple schedule. I suppose that will always be something necessary for temple workers. However, while a patron, I can follow this excellent advice. I had done this on my own in the past but now have even more reason to remove worldly distractions from my temple worship.

  10. Andrew Lacayo

    I was a set apart temple worker and served as a veil coordinator for about a year and never wore a watch in the temple. There are plenty of other clocks. I think watches are pointless because the time is displayed on cell phones, computers, in cars and everywhere else you can think of. People that still own watches are just being illogical and vain.

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