Topic Pages: Temples

July 25, 2021

2019: Margaret Blair Young, “Patience, Faith, and the Temple in 2019Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1(2019): 169–178.

Young shares her testimony of temple work even though she found some wording in the endowment ceremony sexist.

2019: Interview, “LDS Women’s Authority and the Temple: A Feminist FHE Discussion with Maxine HanksDialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1(2019): 45–76.

A Feminist Family Home Evening discussion with Maxine Hanks regarding women in the church as seen through temple theology.

2019: Jody England Hansen, “Condemn Me Not” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1(2019): 1–16.

Hansen carefully expresses her feelings about the 2019 temple endowment changes.

2014: Hugo Olaiz, “The Kirtland Temple as a Shared Space: A Conversation with David J. Howlett” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 47 No. 1 (2014): 104–123.

An oral interview between an LDS Member and a Community of Christ member regarding the history of the Kirtland Temple. They explain that despite differences in religious beliefs, people can still form friendships and cooperate.

2012: Walter E. A. Van Beek, “The Temple and the Sacred: Dutch Temple Experiences” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 47 No. 1 (2012): 104–123.

First, the history of the temple project will be shown from the Dutch perspective, with a discussion of some ofthe observable effects on the Dutch saints, one of them being alarge drop in temple attendance.

2007: Kim B. Ostman “The Other” in the Limelight: One Perspective on the Publicity Surrounding the New LDS Temple in FinlandDialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 40 No. 4 (2007): 70–105.

The purpose of this article is to begin filling that gap by discussing some of the publicity accompanying the recently built Helsinki FinlandTemple, located in the southern Finland city of Espoo.

2003: Todd Compton “Kingdom of Priests”: Priesthood Temple and Women in the Old Testament and in the RestorationDialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 36 No. 3 (2003): 41–59.

Compton considers priesthood as portrayed in Old Testament texts and how women are underrepresented in today’s discourse.

2003: Bryan Stuy “Come Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord”: The Salt Lake Temple DedicationDialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 31 No. 3 (1999): 101–122.

Stuy looks at “the dedication of the Salt Lake temple constituted one of the most important events in the history of the world.Due to the sacred nature of temple dedications, the church does not grant access to the official records of these events; however, by readingthe diaries of Saints who participated in the Salt Lake temple dedication,one can almost attend the ceremonies vicariously. 

1996: Kent Walgren, “Inside the Salt Lake Temple: Gisbert Bossard’s 1911 Photographs” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 27 No. 3 (1994): 1–43.

For faithful Mormons, the thought that someone had violated the sacred confines of the eighteen-year-old Salt Lake temple, which he desecratedby photographing, was “considered as impossible as profaning the sa-cred Kaaba at Mecca.”

1994: Edward Ashment, “The Temple: Historical Origins and Religious Value” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 27 No. 3 (1994): 289–298.

Over time Joseph Smith changed his stance on freemasonary, which led to him being included as part of the group. Some of the common aspects of freemasonry introduced into the endowment ceremony.

1991: Richard Brown, “The Temple in Zion: A Reorganized Perspective on a Latter Day Saint Institution” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 24 No. 1 (1991): 86–98.

In prepartion for the Independence Temple that was dedicated in 1994, an RLDS member shares ideas about temples in general.

1990: Mark Grover, “The Mormon Priesthood Revelation and the Sao Paulo, Brazil Temple” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 23 No. 2 (1990): 39–55.

Few Brazilian members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints will forget 1978, the year when two events significantly changedthe Church in this South American country.

1990: Grant Underwood, “Baptism for the Dead: Comparing RLDS and LDS Perspectives” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 23 No. 2 (1990): 99–105.

Underwood discusses why two religions who share the same exact upbringing have different opinions about the temple rituals.

1990: M. Guy Bishop, “What Has Become of our Fathers?’ Baptism for the Dead at Nauvoo” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 23 No. 2 (1990): 85–97.

Chronicling the history  of baptizing for the dead during the Nauvoo Period, this article introduces the practice from the first baptizers to how it was altered after Joseph Smith’s death.

1990: Roger D. Launius, “An Ambivalent Rejection: Baptism for the Dead and the Reorganized Church Experience Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 23 No. 2 (1990): 61–83.

Launius shares how the Reorganized Church has changed their stance on baptisms for the dead.

1987: Armand Mauss, “Culture, Charisma, and Change: Reflections on Mormon Temple Worship Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 20 No. 4 (1987): 33–76.

Mauss encourages an openess about the temple to help better prepare future endowment holders and to create a better understanding among members and nonmembers.

1987: David Buerger, “The Development of the Mormon Temple Endownment Ceremony Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 20 No. 4 (1987): 77–83; Reprined in Vol 34 No. 1 (2001): 75–122.

Bueger outlines the history of the endowment ceremony but does not share anything that he has covenanted not to divulge.

1981: Paul Anderson, “The Early Twentieth Century Temples Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 14 No. 1 (1981): 9–19.

Anderson shares how temple architecture changed starting with the Salt Lake Temple.

1968: Douglas Bergsma, “Mormon Architecture Today: The Temple as a Symbol Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 3 No. 1 (1968): 9–19.

Bergsma argues that, to anybody passing by the temple, even if they are not a member, that the temple stands as a a symbol of our devotion to the faith



Dialogue Topics Pages Podcast: Temples

Other Resources:

David Buerger, Mysteries of Godliness (Signature Books, 2002).

Devery Anderson, Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History (Signature Books, 2011).


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