The Mormon Temple Ceremony is often painted as solid evidence that the Mormon Church is a demonic cult. While people rant against the “Mormon Cult” (and I’m talking about sites far nastier than, say, MormonCult.org with it’s “proof” that Mormons are a cult). Yet for many intelligent Latter-day Saints, the Temple truly seems to be a House of God, a sacred space for contemplating our relationship with God and Christ, a place for making beautiful covenants to follow Christ, a place the takes us out of the mess of mortality and the world into a realm where we contemplate heaven and feel closer to the Lord.
For some of us, the Temple really is the powerhouse of the Gospel. Many testimonies are strengthened there. Many marriages are made stronger there. Many people find answers to some of the biggest questions of life in the Temple. The Mormon temple ceremony and the entire “cult” of the Temple is far more Christ-centered and inspiring that our critics imagine. And some of us find it interesting how strongly linked the Mormon temple ceremony is to practice in ancient Christian and Jewish religion. Barry Bickmore’s page, “Early Christianity and Mormonism: The LDS Temple Endowment is the introduction to a series of pages showing the links to ancient practices, far more interesting than the links to modern practices in Masonry. But even more interesting is Barry’s chapter on the Temple in his book, Restoring the Ancient Church, now available free online at FAIRLDS.org. Please study that well-documented and intelligent survey before assuming that a “secret” Mormon temple ceremony is somehow non-Christian and evil.
But the Temple is a sure sign of a cult, I’ll admit – after facing the harsh reality in the exposé at MormonCult.org.