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By Five Solas
The point of this thread isn’t to discuss the particulars of the LDS temple and the practices therein. And I’m not generally in favor of people being recorded without their knowledge. But whether content is secret (e.g., government documents disclosed via “WikiLeaks”) or sacred (temple content, in the eyes of believing LDS)—the internet seems an irresistible magnet that sooner or later makes pretty much everything accessible on the broadest imaginable scale.
I recently watched a video recorded inside an LDS temple on YouTube (I’ve watched a few things related to LDS, mostly debates between LDS and evangelical Christians & its all-knowing algorithm made a recommendation). What struck me most were the theological implications of the content I was hearing. Having never been “endowed” it quickly became evident to me that there’s a bit more to LDS doctrine than what gets discussed in church or on message boards. There appears to be another layer to it I really don’t know much about. But perhaps if I did understand it better--it would help me to better understand extended family members who carry a “temple recommend card.”
So I’d like to ask some questions about it and have dialogue with those who adhere to such things. Obviously I can’t do it here. But the bigger question (and no doubt better discussion) is this: Thanks to the internet, lots more people are going to get familiar with temple content, including investigators and membership candidates. They’ll have questions about what they’ve seen & heard. There will need to be answers. Simply condemning the posters (or the viewers) of such content will be inadequate.
What should the response be?