Category Archives: Temple Symbolism

The Creation

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Joseph Smith once made a statement to the effect that if we start right, it is easy to continue right, but if we start off wrong it is very hard to get things right later (The Words of Joseph Smith, 356). Ancient Egypt had a prophecy which held that “a time will come when…human beings will become weary of life… Read more »

The Temple Threshold

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A threshold forms a boundary. Together with the posts, lintel and door, it separates what lies outside from what lies within. In ancient times, a home’s threshold was considered sacred and highly symbolic. One who crossed over a threshold was entitled to the hospitality and protection of those who were within the house while they remained. In the case of… Read more »

7 Divisions (Realms) In the Temple

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LDS Scholar Hugh Nibley once observed that the temple is a scale model of the universe. At least in part, he seemed to have had the physical structure in mind. In other words the buildings themselves having something to testify of and to teach about. Many of our modern temples have three levels (basement, ground and upper floors). The Mount… Read more »