Thursday, May 16, 2013

Not Far from Home

An artist rendering of the Meridian Idaho temple
Not far from where I grew up another beautiful Mormon temple will soon be completed. Once the groundbreaking takes place, it'll probably only be another 18 months before the temple opens to the public for an open house, after which it will be dedicated for use by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In temples we are taught about God and his plan for his children and the central role of Jesus Christ in that plan. We enter into covenants to live good, clean lives, and to serve the Lord with all our hearts.

Temples too are where Mormons aspire to be married for time and all eternity, hence Mormonism's heavy emphasis on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family. Family relationships are meant to endure, and Mormons believe in the literal fulfillment of this sentiment through the ordinances of the temple, where the the power of God to bind on earth and in heaven is manifest.

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