June 14th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Sacred Spaces: Mormon temple in Vancouver

From time to time the CNN Belief Blog will take a look inside sacred spaces from different faiths. CNN's Chris Ford brings us this look inside a Mormon temple in Canada:

For years, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in British Columbia had to travel either to Seattle, Washington, in the United States or to Alberta, Canada, to visit a Mormon temple.

No longer.

The church recently dedicated a new temple in Vancouver, British Columbia, the 131st Mormon temple in the world.

Unlike many religious buildings, Mormon temples do not serve as the main gathering place for worship and social events.

Instead, they are quiet, solemn places used for personal prayer and meditation and certain important sacred rituals or ceremonies, such as baptisms and marriages - for which the temples have separate, designated rooms. Also of importance is the Celestial Room, specifically designed for prayer and meditation.

Mormon chapels are where church members gather to worship, sing hymns, and receive communion. There are more 20,000 Mormon chapels around the world.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (459 Responses)
  1. MarvinP

    very well done short video. Many of my family are LDS. They have their faults and difficulties but you can certainly see they have a much more meaningful life and happy countenances. I will never understand why so many hate so few (13 million LDS in 6 billion world) Truly committed LDS people are great citizens and a wonderful credit to their communities. To you mormon bashers – get a life!

    January 12, 2012 at 5:18 am |
  2. Jonathan

    What a beautiful building. I got a chance to go through the open house and I could definitely tell that it was made for the purpose of praising the Lord.

    November 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  3. BedlinerBob

    Whats up, hows everyone at this amazing excellent website doing currently? Glad I can be a component of the group and I look ahead to numerous beneficial encounters here!

    August 14, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  4. verify

    Joe Toewater: "They are all quoting hearsay". Until you produce the golden tablets, you are quoting hearsay also - most likely hearsay of a man's delusions and hallucinations, or a mere con scheme.

    July 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Moroni Lemes

    mormonis is true

    June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  6. brian

    Funny how other Christians so readily rip on Mormons for believing silly things... As if believing a guy can die and come back to life isn't high up there on the crazy list. Its like two elephants arguing over who looks fatter. You should all just hold hands and get along.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:35 am |
  7. Willie12345

    It seems that this conversation has become one focused on the Mormons and their religion and not the temple described in the article. The Mormons need to be allowed to practice their religion in peace. If you disagree with the doctrine, don't join them. They have opinions, which they should be allowed to express. If you disagree with the opinion, argue against their position. Name calling, etc. does not win the argument. It seems that they try very hard to do what is right, although there is considerable disagreement about what is right in any group of people. There is where the debate should take place.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  8. zwei

    I was raised at a very young age in the Mormon Church (LDS) but once I got older and actually read and understood the teachings of the Mormon religion, I found it to be a fairy tale. I thank God that I converted and I am now a Catholic. This religion(LDS) is lead by blind faith and if told they will all drink the koolade.

    June 21, 2010 at 8:19 am |
    • FreeWilly

      Thank goodness you weren't young while a Catholic. Those poor children.

      June 23, 2010 at 1:23 am |
  9. Toom

    I find all the trash talking about Mormons very interesting. No doubt JS had some interesting ideas and was far from a perfect man, but at the same time accomplished quite a feat - a quick study of LDS history and where the church is now is amazing. That said, most religious leaders have had many interesting histories that can be well short of items worth bragging about - the recent escapades of Ted Haggard come to mind, and the Bakkers were also a lesson for those who listened to them to tend to the messages while not worshiping those that spoke the words.

    June 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  10. Ex-Utahn

    there's a quotation I heard just after the Olympics in SLC...
    "Mormons aren't the most moral of people, but perhaps the most self-righteous".

    June 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  11. Mary

    It's nothing more than a cult shrine!

    June 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  12. Scholar

    Why someone would take this artificial BS "religion" seriously is beyond me. For example, their Book of Mormon is available ONLY in English–there is no original manuscript precisely because it was all written in English. And THEN the church sees fit to EDIT the translation at certain points over the years (just do a Google). How can you edit a translation when you don't have the original?

    As I said, a completely bogus "religion." And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

    June 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • K Ann

      The Book of Mormon has been translated into 72 languages.

      June 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
    • LDSguy

      The original Book of Mormon record was obtained by Joseph Smith with permission from a heavenly messenger named Moroni. After translation was done (in a couple of months by an adolescent without an elementary school degree, compared to the years PhDs need to do similar work), Moroni took them back. The first translated edition was in English because that was the only language Joseph Smith knew at the time. Later, *minor* changes were made to modernize punctuation and spelling (English has evolved) because the original scribe manuscripts were written *without* punctuation. By inspiration the Apostles who succeeded Joseph Smith authorized the changes in order to better reflect the original scribe manuscript while maintaining the intended meaning of all passages.

      June 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
    • numbersofpi

      I have a few comments:

      the Book of Mormon not available only in english, but has been translated into 86 other languages (although I suppose that's not exactly what you were referring to). If you click on a few of the google links you found about the multiple editions of the book of mormon, there are some that explain why (spelling or grammatical issues that would make it harder to understand, and also the separation of the text into chapters, the addition of chapter headings and footnotes, etc). If you were an editor for a publisher, and you found a few typos in a book, you'd want to clean them up, right? or would that change the inherent meaning of the book? There's also a book on Amazon that is a typographical facsimile of the original manuscript, and I know that if you compared it with the edition in print now, the doctrines taught in it would be the same. To me, that's what matters.
      While Joseph Smith only had temporary possession of the Gold Plates, I don't feel that that discredits the work. The accounts of witnesses who saw it–and defended their testimonies with their blood–is more than enough physical evidence of the existence of the plates and the divine way they were revealed. There are multiple ways to come to a knowledge of some things: we can know of things through seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, smelling, but that's not all. Perhaps some would believe the book of mormon if they could see or touch the original plates, but if that was all we depended on for our beliefs, that would be highly unfair to those of us who were unable to travel to wherever they were. That is why God has provided a way for us to come to a knowledge of it, through a means that depends only on our inner selves: we can come to know of it's truthfulness through answers to our heart when we exercise faith, and then we may, if we so desire, let this faith in the teachings of the church, lead us to change our lives to follow the doctrines outlined in the book. While many may think such faith is un-intelligent or insane, I've seen it lead me to feel more peacefulness, happiness, and a much greater capacity to love my neighbors and my God. How bad can that be?

      June 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  13. Billy

    Religion is a prison for the mind. All religions were created by the elite bloodline families in order to control the masses through fear and indoctrination. Keeping a persons mind trapped inside a box is the easiest way to control the masses without using force. At least in principle. There were those times when the church killed people for not believing or saying the wrong things. But overall it has been mind control that has ruled the day. God does not publish books. God does not write books. God does not need churches. God does not need your money. God does not need holy wars. Wakeup, its 2010.

    June 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  14. UtahChristian

    I have lived in Utah for a little while now. Though I am not Mormon, I must say that the Mormons I know are very good people. They treat their neighbors with respect and are quick to help people in need.
    Mormons' religious beliefs are different from mine, yes, but that is okay. We have freedom of religion in this country. If you don't believe in Mormon doctrine, you don't have to. Just let Mormons continue to live their life and believe as they choose to just as you wish to continue to believe and live your life the way you wish to. In doing so you would be fulfilling a duty that I believe is rather universal among the major religions.

    June 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  15. HLee

    Very interesting debate. What I find the most amazing is the one thing that seems to be missing. I see to primary groups of "believers" posting here – Latter Day Saints and Christians of other denominations.

    The missing piece – while both beliefs are supposed to show love for their fellow man, instead it seems that a large majority of the posts seem angry, argumentative and simply set on "proving their point". What happened to "Love your enemies" and "turn the other cheek".

    For the most part the posts from the Latter Day Saints are the most coherent, most tolerant and most rational. They at least have a working understanding of the tenets of their faith – while the non LDS posters illustrate an air of intolerance, lack of knowledge and are extremely judgemental – "Judge not lest you be judged".

    No one knows the mind of God.

    Score: LDS 1
    Non LDS )

    June 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
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