Mormon Temple Wedding: A Ceremony Centered in Christ...

May 11, 2011 by

“Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord?” Open Access with Preparation Just this last week a friend of mine told me about her friend’s friend’s description of their exclusion from a Latter-day Saint Temple wedding ceremony. (How’s that for degrees of separation?) This friend of a friend of a friend said he had to wait outside the Temple because he was “unclean.” It was a joke at which both my friend and I laughed because that’s not  how Latter-day Saints view it. If I had to choose one word describing those waiting outside the Temple during a wedding ceremony, it wouldn’t be “unclean,” it would be “uncovenanted.” Latter-day Saints believe that in every “dispensation” in which God has dispensed the gospel of Jesus Christ, He has made a covenant with His people...

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Since you have a rockin’ mustache, will you be my Valentine at FHE?...

Feb 8, 2011 by

In October of 1964, the then prophet, David O. McKay reintroduced an emphasis on holding Family Home Evening (FHE).  Before this time, families were supposed to choose one day a week to teach their children the gospel in their home. Because the Church depends on a lay ministry to function, this was difficult for many families.  President McKay designated Monday nights as the day when no other Church responsibilities will be held so parents can teach their children the gospel in their own homes and strengthen their family relationship.  There is a great emphasis on how the Church exists to support the family, not the other way around. Congregations comprised of single folks, like mine, called “singles wards,” also hold Family Home Evening on Monday nights. My 300 person ward is divided into smaller...

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