I’m going to be talking about temples, including some details of the ceremonies. If you’re not interested in reading about these, I’d suggest you stop reading.
Other parts in this Series:
Temples are places that are set aside for headquarters, education, worship, rituals, weddings, dancing, singing, and music. I don’t think that it is appropriate for them to be lavish and expensive buildings; something that is modest will do the same job.
The temples’ rituals are nothing more than human made rituals that provide a communal sense of belonging, celebrate and/or mark passages of time or a coming of age, interrupt the ordinary flow of life, mark a commitment, and/or provide a sense of renewal. They are a ritual that evolves and changes with modern attitudes and understanding.
I am a big proponent of reclaiming our Mormonism and unapologetically expressing it on our own terms. I think that since we are inheritors of these rituals we have the right to breathe a new life into them and express them in ways that are meaningful to us today.
I have taken a lot of time expressing what the purpose of temples and their rituals mean to me. I am interested in hearing what others have to say.
- Do you agree with the conclusions I’ve made about the temple and its rituals? Why or why not?
- Do you agree with the changes I have proposed?
- Is there anything else you would change?
- Is there anything else that you’d like to say about this series of posts?