Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Efficacy of Salt Lake Temple Dedicatory Prayer?

 Here is an excerpt from the Salt Lake Temple Dedicatory Prayer given on April 6, 1893 by Wilford Woodruff. 
"Preserve these buildings, we beseech Thee, from injury or destruction by flood or fire; from the rage of the elements, the shafts of the vivid lightning, the overwhelming blasts of the hurricane, the flames of consuming fire, and the upheavals of the earth-quake, O Lord, protect them."

 Do we no longer believe in the efficacy of our dedicatory prayers for our Temples? Have we found evidence that the Lord is not preserving our temples and so we need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to solve the problems of cracks in the foundations? flooding? lightning strikes and fires? 

Here are a few photos I took of what the Salt Lake Temple looks like today and the new foundation the Church is installing.

Just in case you want to go down to Temple Square  this holiday season, the Church just released this statement: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/christmas-temple-square-2021
"Attendees at any events on Temple Square are required to wear masks and be vaccinated if in the eligible age categories."
So the list continues to grow. The Church/First Presidency has set forth these "vaccination" mandates thus far -

* ALL people attending ANY events on Temple Square are required to be "vaccinated".
* ALL members of the Tabernacle Choir are required to be "vaccinated".
* ALL stake patriarchs and their wives are required to be "vaccinated".
* ALL missionaries entering any of the MTC's are required to be "vaccinated".
* ALL missionaries going on foreign missions (regardless of the country they are going to) are required to be "vaccinated".

I would not be surprised in the near future for those wanting to attend the Temple (including the youth doing baptisms for the dead) will be also required to be vaccinated. 



a speck of dust on a pale blue dot said...

President Nelson's temple talk from this most recent GC is on the lesson docket in my ward during the next six months. As I listened to him give that talk live and re-read it since, I find myself wondering if it was mocking or challenging God when Pres. Nelson said the Salt Lake Temple will be the safest place to be during an earthquake and that it will be able to withstand the forces of Nature--like "earthquakes, corrosion, high winds, and...settling." I keep wondering why he would say something like that...

Also, I wonder about a possible correlation between his description of the temple's past and future foundations and the church itself. It is as though he is saying the past was flawed and damaged, but "we" are able to correct all of that today.

But maybe I am over-analyzing. I pray for a spirit of repentance to take hold.

Rhone said...

I'm just waiting for them to go full authoritarian and mandate vaccines and masks in church buildings in all regions, no exceptions. What's stopping them?

Anonymous said...

Possible loss of tithing revenue would be my guess.

Dave P. said...

The main mission of "the church" is to protect its image at all costs. The secondary mission is to keep the tithing funds incoming.

When I worked for the church, the head of its statistics department outright told us that they want young people to marry because they're far more likely to stop paying their tithing after age 30 if they remain single.

gruden said...

@a speck of dust on a pale blue dot

Nelson will discovery his foolishness when the SLC temple is caught in the deluge of a flood. It will be standing perfectly in place as the water washes through it.

Sylvie said...

When I worked for the LDS church I was told that the misuse of tithing funds will get a person fired sooner than breaking the law of chastity.