Church begins using a 3rd new temple film, By Tad Walch , Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:55 p.m. MDT
The LDS Church began showing a new film for temple
Temples, such as this one in Gilbert, Arizona, are
dedicated to sacred worship. (Photo courtesy of John Power, Mormon
SALT LAKE CITY — A year after the LDS Church began using a new film
for temple instruction for the first time in 20 years, and six
months after introducing a second, a third new film is in rotation.
The latest film presentation began showing Tuesday in 30 of the 143
operating temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, a church spokesman confirmed.
The new film is only in English for now. Like the others, its use
will expand to other temples around the world over time and as
translations are prepared.
The script in each of the films is the same. The films are shown in
a rotation to provide variety to temple instruction.
Temples, such as this one in Bountiful, are dedicated to
sacred worship. (Mormon Newsroom)
The church released the first of the
three new films in
That version also was released on a smaller scale, but it is now
widely used in temples around the world in multiple languages.
The second new film entered the
portion of LDS temple instruction has been provided through
pre-recorded media, including film, since the 1970s.
Mormon temple worship occurs in 143
dedicated temples around the world.
LDS temple worship differs from regular Sunday worship services
in buildings called chapels or meetinghouses.
Temples are reserved for the faith's highest and most sacred
ordinances, such as marriage, and making covenants with God to be
more like Jesus Christ. Because of the sacred nature of temples,
they are reserved for active church members who are observing the
basic principles of the faith, whereas weekly Sunday services in
meetinghouses are open to people of all ages and faiths.
Latter-day Saints consider temple worship sacred, so they do not
publicly share the details of temple instruction.
The church dedicated and opened new temples in March in Gilbert,
Arizona, and in May in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The public is invited to tour temples before they are dedicated. The
renovation of the Ogden Utah Temple is nearly complete, and a public
open house is scheduled to run from Aug. 1 to Sept. 6, except for
The temple will be
rededicated on Sept. 21.
Several new temples are under construction and could have open
houses in the next 18 months, including the Phoenix Arizona Temple,
the Rome Italy Temple, the Payson Utah Temple, the Cordoba Argentina
Temple and the Provo City Center Temple.
More information about LDS temples is
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