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Academy of Temple Studies

The newly-formed Academy for Temple Studies is comprised of a relatively small — and growing — group of scholars, including Gary N. Anderson, John F. Hall, and John W. Welch, who are familiar with the work of Dr. Margaret Barker, and her approach to temple studies, and who have been working with Dr. Barker and Rev. Dr. Laurence Hemming for some time in starting an organization in the U.S. similar to the Temple Studies Group in the United Kingdom, and extending the discipline of temple studies to the United States.

The Academy for Temple Studies has as its objective the study and understanding of the ancient temple — as typified by the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem — and its antecedents and successors in various cultural settings, from deep antiquity to ancient Egypt to Israel, and later temple traditions. The Academy’s study will focus on both the physical temple and the teachings and rites of the temple, through the ages, in varied and diverse religious traditions.

Part of the Academy’s mission is to hold conferences which fall within the purview of its stated objectives, and to publish materials relevant to its mission, including occasional papers, the proceedings of its conferences, and a periodical.

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Ancient Temples: What Do They Signify? (by Hugh Nibley)

What most impressed me last summer on my first and only expedition to Central America was the complete lack of definite information about anything. Never was so little known about so much. We knew ahead of time that of the knowledge of the ancient cultures there wasn’t much to be expected, but we were quite unprepared for the poverty of information that confronted us on the guided tours of ruins, museums, and lecture halls. It was not that our gracious guides knew less than they should. It is just a fact of life that no one knows much at all about these oft-photographed and much-talked-about ruins.

In the almost complete absence of written records, one must be permitted to guess, because there is nothing else to do; and when guessing is the only method of determination, one man’s skill is almost as good as another’s. An informed guess is a contradiction of terms, so our initial shock of nondiscovery was tempered by a warm glow of complacency on finding that the rankest amateur in our party was able to pontificate on the identity and nature of most objects as well as anybody else.

One would suppose it to be a relatively easy thing to decide whether a given structure had served as a hospital, a monastery, a palace, a storeroom, a barracks, a temple, a tomb, or an office. But it is not easy at all, with everything stripped completely bare and all the interiors looking just alike. Usually, we do not even know who the builders were or what their names were or where they came from.

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I Love To See The Temple

I love to see the temple.

I’m going there someday

To feel the Holy Spirit,

To listen and to pray.

For the temple is a house of God,

A place of love and beauty.

I’ll prepare myself while I am young;

This is my sacred duty.



I love to see the temple.

I’ll go inside someday.

I’ll covenant with my Father;

I’ll promise to obey.

For the temple is a holy place

Where we are sealed together.

As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:

A family is forever.

Doctrine and Covenants 124:39–41

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There will be an open house before the temple officially gets dedicated, which will let you visit and check out the inside without being a member.  It takes a while to build a temple, and open houses last a few weeks, so you’ll have plenty of advance notice!

shepherdmoon:

I drove on 116th and/or Springmill road every single day for the past 4 years in high school. I lived, worked, and went to school only a few blocks from there. I always wondered what was going to happen in the big field that the city of Carmel had been clearing out for awhile…

They’re building the first Mormon temple in Indiana! Groundbreaking is at the end of September…I wonder what it will look like when I get home from college in the middle of November.

It’s going to be a very nice and pretty addition to the busy intersection (where I’ve almost gotten into an accident hundreds of times because people don’t know how to drive in roundabouts)!

I’m not a Mormon but if I’m still interested in and believe in the religion then maybe I’ll convert in a few years. I’ve studied it a lot and I find it very interesting. It seems to fit with my lifestyle. So there that is.

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We need short responses (from youth ages 12-18 only) that may be published in an upcoming issue of the New Era.

We need short responses (from youth ages 12-18 only) that may be published in an upcoming issue of the New Era. Being worthy to enter the temple is a constant blessing! Let us know what you are doing today to prepare yourself for temple blessings.

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