I have been in the army for some time now. I remember using drafty canvas tents that weighed a ton and literally took an army to erect. They were unbearably hot in the summer and drafty in the winter. Many of them leaked like a sieve. It is amazing how much they have evolved over the years. Now we use tents that are air conditioned and comfortable year round. They have electricity, running water, and even internet connectivity. By using modular, interconnecting tents, command centers and hospitals can be erected from nothing in hours, and the whole package can fit neatly into one or two shipping containers.
What if the Church could utilize this technology? We could have a Latter-day Tabernacle (or tabernacles) like the Hebrews in the wilderness. It would be possible to bring portable temples to places where the nearest temple might be 1000 miles away. Younger “service” missionaries could be used to setup the structure and it could stay in place for a week or months. The only difficult element would be the baptistry and that wouldn’t be impossible to engineer or it could be left out completely. There could be a separate and connected tent for each ordinance / sealing room and even changing rooms. The modular design would mean that extra rooms could be added if one location needed to serve more people than another. It could be dedicated once as a traveling structure or perhaps a general authority or mission president could be delegated to dedicate the structure at each individual site.
What are your thoughts? Other than the 1st Presidency receiving revelation permitting this, are there any doctrinal issues that would prohibit a portable temple? Do you think this would be useful or appropriate? Or is it better for some people to sacrifice so much to receive the blessings of the temple? (I understand there is some value in sacrifice, even with portable temples some would still have to travel a bit to get to them)
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Edited by Saints Alive, 26 July 2012 - 11:23 AM.