Date: October 09, 2019 11:04AM
Elder Holland must have had some great vaping before stating this.
-When one goes to the holy temple for the first time, he or she may be somewhat awestruck by that experience. Our job is to ensure that the sacred symbols and revealed rituals, the ceremonial clothing and visual presentations, never distract from but rather point toward the Savior, whom we are there to worship. The temple is His house, and He should be uppermost in our minds and hearts—the majestic doctrine of Christ pervading our very being just as it pervades the temple ordinances —from the time we read the inscription over the front door to the very last moment we spend in the building. Amid all the wonder we encounter, we are to see, above all else, the meaning of Jesus in the temple.
Like so many others, I wondered what the heck was going on. It was NOTHING like any church ordinance or ritual. With all the hype about spiritual nirvana, I thought something marvelous was going to occur. Instead I heard a lot of pig Latin at the veil. And their stupid film was an insult to intelligence; it made no sense at all.
Date: October 09, 2019 09:47PM
The WONDER we encounter in the temple? Sure, I was expecting something marvelous--but it turned out to be 3 hours of a shitty movie, trying to suppress an erection from watching whoever the hottie was who played Adam prance around naked with Satan, a cultist prayer circle, and then repeating some mumbo-jumbo to a flustered old man at a curtain. The part that really did me in, though, was finding out that in order to get into Mormon heaven you have to know the f**king password.
The PASSWORD. To get into HEAVEN.
The whole time I WONDERED how this event to which I had looked forward my entire life could turn out to be such a letdown, a make-believe play session complete with baker's hats and aprons. All the adults in my life went on and on about how sacred this was supposed to be, and how spiritually and intellectually fulfilling. But I came out of it with only the new knowledge that all these people I had admired were, in fact, idiots.
Date: October 14, 2019 12:53AM
I myself would use the term "insulting & coerced-struck".
I could not believe that after hearing repeatedly how sacred, special and marvelous the temple experience was that I had really been corralled, cornered and coerced into buying into this ridiculously juvenile demeaning roadshow performance which insulted my intelligence and belief in right and wrong.
Given no warning I would be told, not asked mind you, that I was to give everything I had, plus my life, to the church if and when they wanted it did not sit well in the least, nor was it sacred, special or marvelous!
Lies and more lies is what I had been exposed to - Lies that would lead me right out of this CULT.