Bishop N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. He is considered one of the world’s foremost theologians. Last night he was interviewed by Martin Bashir on ABC’s Nightline program about his new book “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church,” in which he gave his perspective on death and what heaven is like. Borrowing a Niblyism, Latter-day Saints will “hear the ringing of familiar bells” in what Bishop Wright has to say. [Read more…]
A short video produced by the LDS Church explains the difference between a temple and a meetinghouse and how each is used by the members of the Church.
I just watched an excellent documentary on BYU Television entitled “Sacred Stone: Temple on the Mississippi.” It was all about the building of the Nauvoo temple, and included video of the rebuilding of the current temple from just a few years ago. Here is the description from BYU broadcasting:
In September 1846, the last of more than 12,000 Nauvoo, IL residents were forcibly driven from their homes to begin their journey to the Great Basin, blazing what is now known as the Mormon Trail. Their presence in Nauvoo accounted for one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Illinois and the construction of its stately temple. In 1848 the same unruly forces that drove them out also sacked and burned the temple. Today, more than 150 years later, the Nauvoo Temple rises on the very footprint of its original. Please join narrator Hal Holbrook for this remarkable story – a historic chapter from 19th-Century America.
Not only did this documentary outline the history of the Nauvoo temple, but the history of temple building among the Latter-day Saints in general. Many interviews were conducted with LDS scholars and other scholars from prominent universities all across the country. Some of the comments from non-LDS scholars were very interesting as it relates to the purpose of temples on earth. I will see if I can pull some of those quotes for a future post.
You can watch this documentary online at www.byu.tv. Just follow the instructions to install the Movie Media Player, and then scroll back to 12:00pm on today’s date, February 16, 2008. You can watch the entire program online. If you have BYU-TV you can also watch the program be rebroadcast on February 18th, 2008, at 8:30am MST. Or if those options don’t work out, you can also purchase the DVD of the program from Deseret Book.
Here is another short video of the inside of LDS (Mormon) temples. This video was found shared by Mike Batie, and was compiled from official published photographs by the LDS Church of the inside of temples. Usually these photos are taken by the Church during its public open house, and before the dedication, after which the temple is closed to the public and set apart for performing sacred saving ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The excellent music is entitled “The Power of Heaven,” with words and music by Steven Kapp Perry, arranged by Greg Hansen, and from the 1999 album “As Temples Fill the Earth.” The vocalist is Tammy Simister Robinson. You can buy the album at the BYU Bookstore or at Deseret Book.
What the inside of an LDS (Mormon) temple looks like is not a secret. Before the dedication of each new temple, they are opened up to the public in a several week-long open house. Many thousands of people are freely allowed inside to see the different rooms and feel the Spirit of the Lord that resides there. Pictures of the outside and inside are published by the Church. Then the building is closed to the public and is dedicated to the Lord and set apart for the work of performing gospel ordinances for the salvation of the living and the dead, the Atonement of Jesus Christ making it all possible.
See a short video inside the newest temple of the Church in Rexburg, Idaho, compiled from published photographs from the LDS Church.