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New ‘Temples’ booklet coming to Church magazine subscribers   Leave a comment

By R. Scott Lloyd
Church News staff writer

Published: Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010

Ensign and Liahona magazines subscribers soon will be greeted withsomething special in their mailboxes. In place of the regular Octoberedition of either magazine, they will receive a new, updated version of thebooklet “Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

As with previous editions, cover of new “Temples” booklet shows the Salt Lake Temple. Photos featured in the updated edition are recent.

The 81-page, full-color publication includes updated photos of many ofthe Church’s existing temples, plus doctrinal articles by President ThomasS. Monson and other Church leaders present and past.

In place of the regular October edition of the Ensign and Liahona magazines, subscribers to the Church magazines will receive a new, updated version of the booklet “Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” The booklet will be provided in 45 languages.

A wraparound cover that encloses the booklet for mailing purposescontains an explanatory message. It notes that the decision to revise thebooklet was made more than a year ago.

“The booklet was out of print in some languages, and members were askinghow they could get a copy,” the message explains. “Rather than reprint abooklet that did not contain a message from President Thomas S. Monson andignored the scores of temples that have been built since the last editionwas printed, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostlesapproved the creation of an updated edition.”


Displaying a copy of the new publication, Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi of theSeventy said the temples booklet originated as the November 1955 issue ofthe Improvement Era magazine, forerunner to today’s Ensign. Since then, ithas been updated eight times, the last in 1999, published in 30languages.

The updated booklet will reach Church members simultaneously in 45languages, Elder Kikuchi said. After it has been mailed out, it will beavailable for purchase from LDS distribution centers.


Elder Kikuchi highlighted these additions to this newest revision of thetemples booklet:

An eight-page photo essay of temples with quotesfrom Church leaders that tie temple work to Jesus Christ and HisAtonement.
New photos of several of the Church’s 134currently operating temples. (There are even exterior and interior photosof the temple in Kirtland, Ohio, the first one constructed in thisdispensation, but which is not currently operational.)
A new article, “Blessings of the Temple,” byPresident Thomas S. Monson. “The temple lifts us, exalts us, stands as abeacon for all to see, and points us toward celestial glory,” PresidentMonson declares in the article.
An article by Elder Russell M. Nelson of theQuorum of the Twelve, “Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” adaptedfrom an earlier article appearing in the March 2002 Ensign.
Another photo essay, “Things Pertaining to theHouse of the Lord,” featuring interior photos of temples.
Two articles, “Our Temple Marriage Was Worth AnyPrice” and “Our Boys Were with Us.”

Carried over from previous editions of the booklet are the articles “WhyThese Temples,” by President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Holy Temple,” byPresident Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve, and “ATemple-Motivated People,” by President Howard W. Hunter.



“A History of Temples,” an article by Elder James E. Talmage, a memberof the Quorum of the Twelve from 1911 until his death in 1933, has beenshortened from previous editions.

A children’s section has been revised to make it more interactive andeasier for children to read, and a youth section has been revised to makeit more engaging. A list of “Commonly Asked Questions” has been updated.
Asked how Church members might best use the new booklet, Elder Kikuchi,who served as president of the Tokyo Japan Temple from 1994 to 1997 hadseveral suggestions:

For already endowed members, “it is an aid toremembering the sacred temple experience, the associated covenants andblessings, and the individual responsibilities of members to do familyhistory work to identify their ancestors and to provide essential templeordinances for them by actively participating in temple service.”
“It will be a wonderful review for a couple whoare planning to get married,” he said.
The booklet may be used in a ward or staketemple-preparation class.
“If people not of our faith ask what the templeis, this will be very great material to respond to their question.”

President Monson has made a point of urging the rescuing of those whohave fallen away, to help them come to the temple and be sealed as aneternal family, Elder Kikuchi noted, saying that the new temples bookletcould be used to help them in their return.

“For Church members, for children, for youth and for those not of ourfaith, this is a great product,” he said. “I can say that as you read it,you feel the warmth of the Spirit.”

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