It was announced in General Conference (like a State of the Union address only it’s about church) this weekend that an LDS (Mormon) Temple is going to be built in Indianapolis. It will take a few years, but one is really coming.
This is huge for the Indianapolis LDS community.
The closest temple to us now is in Louisville. There is also ones nearby in Chicago and Columbus.
Before 1985 the closest temple to Indianapolis was Washington DC.
A temple is different from a regular church meetinghouse.
It is very, very sacred to us.
And sacred is much different than secret.
Have you ever tried to explain what being in love is like to someone who thinks love is a waste of time? Or explaining the joys of parenthood to a single, carefree person who thinks kids are a waste of time and money? I know the one that gets me is when people talk about the “high” of running. I loathe running unless it’s to get away from bears, and no matter how much you tell me running is amazing and life changing? I’m not sure I’ll ever really understand.
And I fully admit that is my own ignorance and dislike with running that will keep me from not understanding, but if you like it?GOOD ON ‘YA! Keep it up, I admire you for it. I’m just not going to be training for a marathon along side you. (However I will wait at the end with Gatorade.)
This is how temples are for members of the LDS church. Amazing things happen in temples. They are beautiful, an escape from the outside world. A place where one can feel so close to God you’d swear you could feel Him standing right behind you.
But I realize a lot of people feel about religion the way I feel about running.
And that’s fine.
Just as I respect runners, I would ask you to respect my beliefs. Or anyone’s beliefs for that matter.
Being mean isn’t going to get us anywhere. (Well, anywhere good at least.)
To (almost) everyone who isn’t LDS in Indianapolis the temple is just going to be another building to you, albeit a very beautiful, well maintained and landscaped building.
But for those of us who are LDS? This means so much.
(I compared it to an Ikea on twitter, maybe not the best comparison, but given there are some people who believe Ikea to be the holy of holies when it comes to home decor? Ikea it is.)
I can tell you that I have had experiences in various temples that simply sit in my heart and glow. Last February when I was in NYC the security guard at the Manhattan temple let me just stand inside the entrance. The quiet and the warmth and the light that I felt just one foot inside the doors of a temple was overwhelming.
That same feeling is going to be here, right here. Where I live.
The other fantastic part? After it is built and before it is dedicated to temple service, anyone can tour it. Meaning I can take my friends into the temple and show them how peaceful and lovely it is. It doesn’t mean they will understand it, but they will get to see it. To feel it.
Just as google should be avoided for medical diagnosis? Google should generally be avoided for religious questions as well (thanks.)