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Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple: An Affront to Modernism

The Philadelphia Weekly Press has a mostly positive article about the new temple being built there. It’s worth a read:

When it comes to church or temple architecture, Mormons have it all over Catholics and mega-church Protestants, whose modern churches frequently overemphasize cold, hard lines and sterility.

The proposed Mormon temple at 18th and Vine Streets near the Philadelphia Parkway won’t be a utilitarian warehouse. The design is one of many temple designs currently in use throughout the Mormon world. Currently there are 133 Mormon Temples in operation. When the Philadelphia Temple is completed, that number will rank in the high 130s. The Temple will have two spires, one hosting an image of the Angel Moroni, the angel whom, according to Mormon belief, appeared to Mormon founder Joseph Smith in Palmyra, New York, sometime after Smith asked God which church he should join.

178th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning Session

My postings from the April General Conference sessions brought a lot of visitors (although no comments), so I figured I’d do the same this time. I already take notes anyway and include them in my journal, so this is just an extension of that.

  • When I first got to the church, there was only 1 person sitting in the chapel. Within a few minutes, there were about 55 people there (not a bad turnout)
  • President Monson conducted. He had a typical dark conservative suit on. This might not be note-worthy, but given that he wore a very light coloured suit at the RS broadcast (that was the first thing my wife told me when she got home that night), I wondered what he would wear.
  • President Thomas S. Monson
    • during the last 6 months they have dedicated 3 more temples
    • he recounted the cultural celebrations
    • 5 new temples announced to be built in the greater Kansas City area; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Calgary Alberta, Canada; Córdoba, Argentina; and Rome, Italy
    • he asked us to pray for areas of the world to be opened
  • Elder L. Tom Perry * might be used as a 4th Sunday lesson *
    • endure
    • be positive and optimistic
    • “the best is yet to be”
    • he shared the story of Henry David Thoreau and his life on Walden Pond
    • Thoreau said that we only needed 4 things: food, clothing, shelter, fuel
    • we need a simplified lifestyle
    • Food – read from the Word of Wisdom
    • Clothing – simple & modes; dress and grooming sends message to others; casual dress brings casual manners
    • Shelter – live within our needs; stay out of debt; save for a rainy day
    • Fuel – spiritual fuel
  • Sister Silvia H. Allred
    • the Lord’s church has responsibility to preach the gospel
    • she was taught when she was 14
    • missionary work is in the life blood of the church
    • how can I assist or participate?
      1)have a clear understanding that God loves all his children
      2) our message is the most important gift that we have to give
    • every member can help
    • be a good neighbour
    • be specific in your efforts
  • Elder Neil L. Anderson
    • “you don’t know everything, but you know enough”
    • we have moments of spiritual power, as we do, we have personal storage that we can go to in moments of doubt
    • faith is not just a feeling, it is a choice/decision (my favourite line of the session)
    • questions and doubts are normal
    • “be not afraid, only believe”
  • Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis
    • 2-Jun-1940 was an important day in his family. It is the day his father was baptized
    • reading the Book of Mormon brings great promises
    • NOTE: There was a brief power outage near the beginning of the talk, so I’m not sure what the exact topic of the talk was
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks * might be used as a 4th Sunday lesson *
    • we live in perilous times spoken of by the apostle Paul
    • D&C 59:9-10
    • sacrament meeting is the only Sunday the whole family attends
    • importance of individual reverence
    • prepare for ordination of the sacrament
    • he read from Elder Nelson’s training from WWLT broadcast in 2003
      bring broken heart and contrite spirit
      be seated early
      have quiet time before sacrament meeting; prelude music should be subdued
    • appropriate dress (like going to the temple)
    • concentrate on worship
    • music is for worship, not for performance
  • President Dieter F. Uchtdorf * might be used as a 4th Sunday lesson *
    • shared a bit of the story of his family leaving Germany
    • his mother had faith and hope which led to action
    • he spoke of the infinite power of hope
    • hope is 1 leg of a 3-legged stool (faith and charity being the other 2)
    • if we have hope, why despair?
    • there must be opposition in all things
    • faith/doubt, hope/despair, charity/failure to act
    • the hope of Israel, Jesus Christ
    • hope is trust and confidence

Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference: