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The Fortaleza Brazil Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Image via Church News.
Ephesians 4:11–14 is a well-known passage that declares that Christ called apostles, prophets, and other leaders for “the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” In this analogy, various leaders and members of the Church are like various body parts and...
The celestial room in the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Photo via Church News.
When writing to the saints in Corinth, Paul strongly emphasized that there should “be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” ( 1 Corinthians 1:10 ). He tried to teach them that there should be no contentions among them, and that “Christ” should not be divided ( vv. 11, 13 ). The preaching of Christ should serve to unite them and...
The Rome Italy Temple. Image via the Church Newsroom.
“Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declare that a temple is literally a house of the Lord. Each temple is a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances of the gospel are performed by and for the living and also on behalf of the dead.” So said President Russell M. Nelson in his introductory remarks for a new video tour of the Rome Italy Temple released by the...
Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness by James Tissot
Many Christians are aware that Jesus was tempted by the devil when He was in the wilderness for 40 days. However, the Bible can only get us so far in understanding what was really going on while Jesus secluded Himself in the desert. Additional scriptures from the Restoration can go a long way in helping unveil some of the mysterious things in this story. The Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great...
Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1899. Photograph by William Henry Jackson. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
The scriptures show that from dispensation to dispensation, and from time to time, God and his appointed prophets and apostles have adjusted the practices of God’s house to bless His children and guide them lovingly in the path of righteousness.
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The temple is seen as the holiest place on earth, the sacred house of the Lord. Patrons can receive revelation and inspiration there, and they can find a peaceful refuge amidst a chaotic world. However, it can sometimes be difficult to feel the inspiration of heaven when confronted with unfamiliar or confusing symbols. These beautiful and multifaceted symbols of the temple are perfect for deep,...