During our branch council, several folks talked about the need for members to get to the temple.
We are constantly being told we need to attend the temple regularly.
During the missionary meeting, the branch mission leader focused on getting less-active members to go to the temple.
I'm not even suppose to have my current calling because I don't have a TR, and the church is making "temple worthy" a requirement for more and more ordinances and callings.
Temples worship seems to be the cure all, end all in the LDS church right now.
WHY? Really, why do we need the temple, and what is the deal? Even if one gives the church the benefit of the doubt that the church is "true" and one must get their endowment to go to heaven. But still, why have "we" made it a temple requirement? The saints spent years without a temple. Many many people got their endowment and CK marriage without the temple. And yes, I know that it's the policy now, but really, does it need to be so? Do we really believe that god cares that folks get married in an elaborate building? Maybe we could save a gazillion dollars and help the poor and needy rather than build these lucrative buildings, and just do the temple ordinances in the basement of the stake center.
I really question how the LDS version of temple worship fits into gospel concept.
I get how it fits into the masonic and cultural and traditional concept of Mormonism, and why it would be valueble to some---- but not the gospel or necessary for salvation. I really just don't think that god would set those kind of limitations and rules on himself and mankind.
Also - we hear stories about folks who live too far away from a temple, and have to sacrifice everything they have to go to the temple. Like the GC talk where the guy who left his home and family for four years to save up money to take his family to the temple. Why? That really is not what we want fathers doing today - we want them home taking care of his kids. If we really wanted them to get the blessings of the temple, then lets bring the idea of the temple to them, and give them the ordinances wherever they are.
I guess what I am saying, it really bothers me and makes me question that our church has the attitude that we have to "go to the temple" to really commune with god and be in his presence." I don't believe that. I think god's temple is inside each one of us, and that we can commune and walk with god at anytime and any place we and he/her so chooses.
I don't know, maybe I'm just feeling a little grouchy tonight.
And even if we do need to go to a temple - why are spending so much resources on them? Have we become vain and gaudy in our attempt to "please god?" I really have a difficult time with our concept of temple worship.
The Dalia Llama says it so well and elegantly,
From the depths of my soul, I really wish the LDS church would put more focus and emphasis on constructing temples on the inside, and perhaps not so much emphasis on constructing big temples on the outside.This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
Thank you for letting me vent.