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Minyan Man wrote: ↑
14 Oct 2018, 08:21
screwloose wrote: ↑
14 Oct 2018, 07:15
In order to goto the temple my church said I need to attend church every Sunday for a year. It's too hard, pretty much impossible. I'm not a crowd person. Going where there are tons of people gathered, is like information overload to my senses. I get extreme anxiety and need to leave for air.
Attending the temple can have the same effect. It sounds like you haven't been to the temple yet. For your first visit, It can be a 2 to 3 hour program.
Depending on which temple you attend, it can be very crowded. Some of the places you go in the temple can be very confining. You dress in small
cubicles much like a locker room. You do initiatory work in small confined places with 2 other people present. Some ordinance rooms can seem small and confining. If you have a period of anxiety, it is difficult to get outside. You would have to change from temple clothes to street clothes.
My advice would be: think about it very carefully. And talk to people you trust who are willing to talk about their experience of going through for the first time.
Probably best to go during the week in the daytime. Saturdays is when they get really busy. Other days are slower. You'll need an escort for your first time through the endowment... but...
It might be best to discuss your issues with your bishop, and request a part-recommend which will get you in for baptisms. Unfortunately you go in as part of a group, so it is busy but the baptistry is my favorite part of the temple.
Part recommends are much easier to get. If you go during a quieter period it is possible to "chill" in some parts of the temple. Especially if it is quiet. There aren't really windows on temples. Well, there are, but they are often stained glass or smoked. Most of the rooms are windowless, so it's easy to lose track of time.
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I wasn't thinking about the limited use recommend Sam. That's a good point. You don't necessarily have to go with a group, at least not at our temple. The baptistry has times they're open for people to come in and appointments are also possible. Sometimes there might be a group there and you just get added in (much more likely on a Saturday) but sometimes not. In our area there has been a push to get new converts to the temple in the first two months because supposedly when that happens they tend to stay active (I think it's "everybody who has ever eaten a pickle has died" sort of data, but whatever). So those people have been able to go without being part of a group. Ours is one of the small temples so going to the baptistry does get you into the "main part" of the temple and there is a particular feature in ours that they like to show off that even people going to the baptistry are usually shown.
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