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8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.

(I promise this is my last CNN link for at least a little while)

Salt Lake Temple Dedication Day

Salt Lake Temple Dedication Day.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mormon_Temple_under_construction_Salt_Lake_City.jpg

CNN has a Summer Travel series and they recently posted about 8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.. I don’t know if it is any particular order, but the Salt Lake Temple is listed as number 6. There is a picture and the following brief description:

The Neo-Gothic Salt Lake Temple, which was dedicated in 1893, took 40 years to construct.

Then further down in the article are a few more paragraphs about the temple and Temple Square:

The Neo-Gothic building, which was dedicated in 1893, took 40 years to construct. Except for some of its hardware and glass, the temple was built completely of native materials. With five floors, six spires — the tallest standing at 210 feet — and a granite facade, the structure is definitely imposing.

I’ve never been to Salt Lake City before other than when I flew in and out of the airport when I was a missionary. There was no opportunity to visit Temple Square, and I’ve never made it back. I hope to visit someday…

180th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning Session

Another  General Conference is here. Time sure does fly by. Somehow or other it has worked out that I’m working again today, so I watched this session at work. I will be able to get home before the afternoon session starts.

I have no idea what the messages will be. The economy is slowly improving, but I’m sure there will still be some messages about being wise with our finances. I’m sure there will be messages about reaching out to less-actives. Of course, since it’s Easter weekend, I’m sure we’ll hear some good messages about Christ. A missionary from my ward is serving at Temple Square and helped at a General Authority luncheon. She got to meet President Monson, and he told them what he would be speaking on Sunday morning. This missionary wouldn’t tell us what it was, but said it starts with the letter “R”. We’ll see tomorrow if she’s right 🙂

As it has before, the Move Networks plug-in is amazing. It couldn’t get it to work with IE8 or Firefox 3.6.x, but I downloaded a portable version of 3.5.x and it worked fine.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Sweet Is the Work

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted the session

The choir sang Come, ye children of the Lord

The invocation was offered by Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi

President Thomas S Monson

  • 180 years since Church was organized
  • Grateful for Prophet Joseph Smith
  • Reach out to the new convert or those making their way back
  • Surround them with love
  • Church humanitarian efforts are going around the world. It’s been around for 25 years.
  • Those who suffer are in our prayers
  • We will continue to build temples as our membership grows
  • His wife is recovering well

The choir sang There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today

President Boyd K Packer (sat in his chair)

  • Speaking to the fathers
  • Correlation and restructuring started under President Lee
  • Priesthood was the key
  • Gideon’s army was successful because every man stood in his place
  • It’s not easy to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t easy in His time. It wasn’t easy when the Church was first organized
  • The priesthood will lose great power when the sisters are neglected
  • The priesthood will not be successful until the power of the priesthood is secure in the homes
  • We need to activate the power
  • Power comes from faithful living

Sister Julie B Beck

  • Has met with thousands of sisters
  • There is much distraction, not enough peace and joy
  • No one is rich enough, beautiful enough, or clever enough to avoid a mortal experience
  • Relief Society teaches and inspires women to be strong
  • If we don’t get all the appreciation we think is do, what does it matter?
  • Refine and cultivate in ourselves in all that is good
  • It is important to seek appreciation and affirmation from the proper sources

Bishop Keith B McMullan

  • This is a troubled world
  • God helps us to forgive
  • Duty does not require perfection, but it does require diligent
  • It isn’t just what is legal, but what is virtuous
  • Rests on personal responsibility, integrity and courage
  • Prayer gives us the guidance we need
  • Our path of duty is clearly marked

The choir and congregation sang Guide us, O thou great Jehovah

Elder Wilford W Andersen

  • Visited Nauvoo with his family
  • The early Saints were filled with hope
  • Hope does not depend on circumstance
  • The Haitian Saints are filled with hope for the future
  • Christ has overcome the world and will not forget or abandon us

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • Mothers and daughters play a critical role, despite the undermining influence of the world
  • Men cannot do what women can do in nurturing and influencing
  • Don’t look to contemporary culture for your role models and mentors
  • Do not model yourself after celebrities
  • Trust your mother
  • “Hold your tongues about the things of no moment”
  • Teach your daughters the importance of keeping covenants and then show them how to keep them
  • Teach them to repent and stay worthy
  • Parents and children need to learn from one another

The choir sang He Sent His Son

President Henry B Eyring

  • We help children most by helping them build faith
  • The Lord has put rescuers in place
  • Some of the best rescuers work with people in their teenage years
  • Learn what you should learn, do what you should do, be what you should be
  • We need to make plans that are not only wishes but covenants
  • The YW Personal Progress program recently was revised. AP Duty to God is also revised and there will be one common book for all quorums/ages

The choir sang How Firm a Foundation

The benediction was offered by Elder Erich W Kopischke

Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

The Mormon Channel

First off, I’m sorry for the lack of posts. As I mentioned before, we’ve moved, and I’ve been so busy patching/sanind/priming/painting/laying floor/changing outlets and of course, working at a job and serving in my calling, I just haven’t had a chance to post much. It seems that things are settling down now a bit, and so posts should become more regular.

Anyway, there have been an awful lot of posts over the last couple of days about the new Mormon Channel. This is a radio “service” that the Church has started up. It will be broadcast online, as well as via HDRadio in markets where the Church/Bonneville owns/runs regular stations.

mormon_channel_logo

The official site describes it this way:

The Mormon Channel is the official radio station of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The channel originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Content for the station comes from the vast archives of the Church, along with several new series created specifically for this station. The Mormon Channel also features great programming from various partner organizations, including Deseret Book, Bonneville International, Deseret News, LDS Business College, and the campuses of Brigham Young University.

I’m curious to see what kind of content they use. They of course have to be careful with using non-official material, as then they would in effect be approving it. It would seem that everything would have to be Church-produced. In some cases this is a good thing, in others it might make it a bad thing. Only time will tell.

The site runs on a sub-domain of the main LDS.org domain. I’ve added Radio.LDS.Org to the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page.

Religulous

Have you seen the Bill Maher “documentary” Religulous? I’m generally not a fan of him, but I still went ahead and watched the movie a couple of weeks ago. I’m not really sure what to say about it. I thought there were many thought-provoking things in the movie, but they were all clouded by Bill Maher’ obviously disdain for religion. He blames religion for essentially all the violence in the world and spent much of his time mocking (in a covert manner) the people he was “interviewing”. There is no attempt at all to have any balance in the movie. If you are religious, you must be crazy. If you do not believe in religion, then you are intelligent. It probably wasn’t very fair, but he chose some interesting places to visit and people to interview which made the movie a little more entertaining. He even interviewed his mother and his sister and there were clips of that at a few points in the movie.

Surprising, out of all of the religions that were highlighted, I thought the short segment on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the least offensive. He originally tried to film on Temple Square, but they were told to leave. He didn’t interview anyone official (as he did with almost all other churches he mentioned) and ended up interviewing a couple of ex-Mormons… Tal Bachman and Bill Gardiner. They made fun of the Church, but it seemed easy to disregard the opinion of a disgruntled ex-member.

After looking information on Religulous on IMDB, I found another interesting thing… as of the time of this writing, there were 6 “Goofs” highlighted, and 5 of them had to do with our Church. A member must have submitted some updates to the page, and then a moderator accepted them.

Let me just say, that as a piece of entertainment, it was enjoyable. Religion can be pretty wacky sometimes. However, as a piece of accurate “reporting”, it distorted the truth, spread misconceptions, and is critical of almost all things religious. You won’t miss out if you never see it.

Report ranks Temple Square 16th for tourist attractions

Back in January I posted an ad for Temple Square that a co-worker had given me out of a travel trade magazine. At the time I asked why the Church does this… money? converts?

Well, now there are reports that Temple Square is the 16th most-visited attraction in the United States. That’s very impressive and good news for the Church. Whatever the reason for the marketing, it is bearing fruit.

The original Forbes Traveler write-up says the following (with credit given to the LDS Newsroom):

The Mormon church’s headquarters are here, but Temple Square is more than just a destination for Latter Day Saints. In 2008, visitation to the square, which is festooned with lights for the holiday season, numbered around five million, making it Utah’s top tourist destination.

Temple Square ad

Someone at work saw this in a travel trade magazine. He’s commented before that he will occasionally see information promoting Salt Lake City as a destination for conferences. The ad has a nice illustration of temple square. I didn’t say this to my co-worker, but it made me wonder why the Church does this… Is there any money in it? Is it strictly a missionary tool?