TempleStudy.com Fireside Discussion – Introduction

Welcome to our first fireside discussion at TempleStudy.com!  This discussion is taking place with a new innovative tool from Google called Hangouts, and specifically Hangouts on Air.  This allows up to ten panelists to take part in a discussion with full video/audio of each participant.  The “on air” portion means that it is streamed live to the world, and will be recorded also for later for viewing.  It will be streamed live on TempleStudy.com, and wherever else it is embedded.  See the original post about the idea.

The text we will be using as a springboard for our discussion in these firesides is Temple Worship: 20 Truths That Will Bless Your Life, by Andrew C. Skinner.  Deseret Book and BYU Religious Education note Dr. Skinner’s background:

Andrew C. Skinner is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, was dean of Religious Education and the first executive director of BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He holds master’s degrees in Biblical Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and European History, specializing in Judaism.  He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications.

We will have several great panelists participating in our discussion tonight, including myself, Frederick M. Huchel, Gary N. Anderson, Steve Reed, and Tevya Washburn. I thank them sincerely for participating in tonight’s discussion.  Thank you for coming!


  1. jenvan
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Really fabulous “fireside.” I would enjoy having something like this once or twice a month. So much great info.

  2. Robert Dishroon
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Dear Google Temple Fireside Chat Team:

    Great job on putting together something original. Firesides have gone by the wayside in recent years since I going the church. I always enjoyed the presentation of the scriptures, great text, discussion and a general desire to ‘seek ye the best things” (D&C 109:7).

    The conversation got to a slow start but once it picked up; it was worth it. One item I liked the most was the citing of sources: books, articles and discourses by modern prophets.

    I have read Skinner’s book a while back, but this group has engaged me in reading it again as you use it as the base text for the conversation.

  3. Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    No women panelists?

  4. Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I wish we did. Are you volunteering?

  5. Posted August 18, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately not, but I know there are many great women temple scholars.

  6. jack
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I would like to view the discussions
    all i get is a black box
    i cannot seem to find a play button
    what do i do

  7. Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    There should be a play button directly in the center of that black box. If you don’t see it, you can try viewing the discussions directly on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/hesadanza

    You may also want to try a different internet browser, update your current one, and/or reinstall Adobe Flash plugin.

  8. Coln Ramsbottom
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink


    Just to say that your templestudy.com site has fans on this side of the Atlantic (UK). I have enjoyed the first two firesides about the temple and look forward to listening to the next one you’ve just posted. I can’t remember if it was during the firesides or one of your web pages that the recommended reading for a forthcoming Temple symposium was suggested – “Temple Theology- An Introduction” by Margaret Barker. I ordered it, it arrive this morning and I’ve finished it already! – I couldn’t put it down…Amazing reading…what insights from someone who is not even a member!
    I particularly liked her comparison about the days of creation with features/layout of the Temple (pg16-19). I don’t know what you make of it, but may I suggest this might be an interesting addition to your Temple blog?
    Thanks for your great site and the insights you have shared about Temple related matters.

    Colin Ramsbottom, Yeovil, England

  9. Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Thank you Colin. To be quite honest, I haven’t read Temple Theology yet. I know, it’s a shock to myself as well. I’m still trying to get to Temple Themes in Christian Worship, although perhaps I should start with Temple Theology. If only I could go home and read. Sigh.

  10. Sean W
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I just can’t see it, but are there show notes? I know there were quite a few quotes read and some books that were referenced. Can we get some show notes?

  11. Posted August 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    @Sean, I wish we had the resources to make show notes.

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