The Purpose of Temples and Their Rituals and How I Would Change Them, Part 4: Conclusion

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:

Part 1: History of Temples

Part 2: Examining the Purpose

Part 3: The Changes

Part 4: Conclusion

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.

  1. Do you agree with the conclusions I’ve made about the temple and its rituals? Why or why not?
  2. Do you agree with the changes I have proposed?
  3. Is there anything else you would change?
  4. Is there anything else that you’d like to say about this series of posts?