Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LDS Church begins using another new temple film

By Tad Walch, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Jan. 15 11:08 p.m. MST

 The Brigham City Temple is pictured prior to the dedication Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Another new film will be used in temple worship, according to a spokesman for the LDS Church.

The Brigham City Temple is pictured prior to the dedication Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Another new film will be used in temple worship, according to a spokesman for the LDS Church.

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Six months after the LDS Church began using the first new film for temple instruction in 20 years, a second new film is in rotation.

“An additional temple film is now in use," said Cody Craynor, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "As with previous films, this second instructional presentation is rotated with the film released this past July to give variety.

"Like the first film in use there have been no changes to the script. English-language copies of the new film are being sent to temples over the next few weeks and will subsequently be translated into other languages.”

Since the 1970s, a portion of LDS temple instruction has been provided through pre-recorded media, including film.

Mormon temple worship occurs in 141 dedicated temples around the world. LDS temple worship differs from regular Sunday worship services held by 29,014 congregations in buildings called chapels or meetinghouses.

Instead, temples are used for the faith's highest and most sacred ordinances, such as marriage, and making covenants with God to be more like Jesus Christ. Due to the sacred nature of temples, they are reserved for active church members who are observing the basic principles of the faith, whereas weekly Sunday services in meetinghouses are open to people of all ages and faiths.

Out of reverence for what Latter-day Saints consider the sacred nature of temple worship, Mormons are admonished to be circumspect about discussing the details of temple instruction.

The church's 142nd temple will open this spring in Gilbert, Ariz. The public is invited to tour the new temple during an open house beginning Saturday and running through Feb. 15. That temple will be dedicated on March 2.

More information about LDS temples is available at mormonnewsroom.org/topic/temples.

Email: twalch@deseretnews.com

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1. Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT,
Jan. 15, 2014

My husband just came home from the Temple today and announced there was a new film. We had just been to the Temple yesterday with the other film and I thought he was nuts when he told me there was another new one. I'm excited to see it. I'm going tomorrow.

2. Serenity
Manti, UT,
Jan. 15, 2014

Because I belong to a temple which has live sessions, I just saw the first new film on Saturday. Now they have another one. This is great! I can hardly wait to see it.

3. Sean R Jackson
Provo, UT,
Jan. 15, 2014

I recently went through for my first time as an adult. Went to Manti and Loved it! I hope Manti and Salt Lake always stay the same. In any case, love it!

4. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 15, 2014

Heidi,

Mormon missionaries have wanted to chatter with me in numerous occasions. Your baptisms are sacred right? And yet the missionaries always want to chatter about those. And your scriptures are sacred are they not? And yet you Mormons have no problem chattering about those.

Why is it when something that would be very controversial in Mormonism is discussed, you people bring out the "it's sacred" or "it's in the past" or "he was speaking as a man" excuses?

Lets chat about the temple. Just as you people want to do about other sacred Mormon topics

5. Trouble
Vancouver, WA,
Jan. 15, 2014

Chris,

You asked the same questions six months ago in the comments section that announced the first new film, and several commenters posted well constructed responses. Please go back and review those posts for answers,