Friday, February 7, 2014

238: TEMPLE RITES.... and movies.

For those who not have attended the Temple in the last few weeks might not be aware that an entirely new movie with a completely new cast is now being shown. Six months ago, the LDS Church began using the first new film for temple instruction in 20 years. Sources have shared that in addition to these two new Temple movies, that a third movie that has also been filmed and edited. The release of the third movie has not be released , but my guess that it will be probably be later this year.

In a recent Deseret News article reports, “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.


The new film amplifies the different emotions and personality characteristics. While the first released movie focused on the cunning and more deceitful nature of one of the main actors in the film, this second film focuses on his joker and trickster characteristics.


I found this quote interesting in the Ecclestiastical History by Mosheim.

“There is no institution so pure and excellent which the corruption and folly of man will not in time alter for the worse. Many unnecessary rites and ceremonies were added to the Christian worship, the introduction of which was extremely offensive to wise and good men. These changes, while they destroyed the beautiful simplicity of the gospel, were naturally pleasing to the gross multitude, who are more delighted with the pomp and splendor of external institutions than with the native charms of rational and solid piety, and who generally give little attention to any objects but those which strike their outward senses." The church leaders of that day sought to give splendor and add to the rites and ceremonies and ordinances "by way of accommodation to the infirmities and prejudices of both Jews and heathen."

Mosheim, Ecclestiastical History, Century II, Part II, chapter 4. 


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A friend of mine sent me the following quote from Hugh Nibleys book "Eloquent Witness: Nibley on himself, others, and the Temple" pg. 334.

verse 35: "To carry us over we receive "anointing... sealed.. with power from on High. Without that power we have nothing, as we clearly see when we try to put on our own show, such as Church films of various kinds, including much sentimental kitsch with professional, non-LDS actors waxing emotional about situations that they have never experienced. Illustrations in study manuals, tear-jerking stories, photographs of sacred ordinances suffused with frosted light to make them spiritual - do we need all this rhetorical and theatrical Hollywook and Disneyland if we have the real thing? The most impressive temple sessions I have attended have been at Manti, where elderly farm people put on far more intelligent display than the slick professionals. Do we take the real thing seriously enough?"