It’s true.

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.

Want to know more? Here’s some FAQ’s about the temple. More here. Or here.

Just as google should be avoided for medical diagnosis? Google should generally be avoided for religious questions as well (thanks.)

Comments

  1. My best friend is (once again) LDS and I get to be a part of some of the things she does with the church. It’s a fascinating and lovely religion and you are very lucky to have such a temple coming your way. I’m excited for you!

  2. I’m not LDS. I had a friend who was. She was the sweetest person ever. I am an open person (being brought up a Lutheran with a Jewish father). She took me to the temple here in San Antonio just so I can see the outside. I was just in awe of it. It was gorgeous. How I would love to see the inside of that beautiful building and feel the warmth and love that is obviously in there.

  3. This sounds wonderful, I’m so glad for you. I hope when I stay with you after it’s built you’ll take me there. 🙂

    Steph

  4. Casey-Thank you for this post! More truthful info about different religions will make people realize we have more in common than not!

  5. I admit I do not know much about LDS and I do like how all you want is respect for your religion while you are willing to show respect to other religions. Thank you for that!

    My question since I first heard about the temple (from you on Twitter actually!) and then looking in to what the temple actually is for LDS, how does one become eligible to enter the temple or deemed worthy? I mean no disrespect, it’s just an honest question that I can’t seem to find the answer to. Thank you!

  6. @Casey, Thank you!
    This is all so interesting to me!

  7. Oh good heavens! I don’t have my temple recommend yet, so the only way I can -go- to the temple is at “open house” viewing time…. I would so love to be there …..

  8. I’ve never seen a picture of the temple in Salt Lake City before – that is GORGEOUS. Wow.

    And I know what you mean. I can’t explain to you what it’s like to be in front of the consecrated host in a Catholic Church… but that doesn’t make it any less miraculous for me.

    I’m so happy for you that you’re going to have that so close by!

  9. Next time the Sluiters are in Indy? We would like a tour! this is fantastic news!

    What a blessing indeed!

  10. Casey, has anyone been speculating about the temple’s location in Indy? I know the Church hasn’t said yet, but I wondered if the locals have started their always-faithful “Mormon rumor mill” about where it will be built. I lived in Fishers in high school (about eight years ago) and would love to see it on the north side, but that’s just me. Regardless of where it goes, congratulations to the faithful members in the Hoosier State!! I can’t wait to get back and see it.

  11. @Casey,

    I respect your views but feel like you dodged Amy’s question in your response. Or maybe my question is a little different to Amy’s.

    The clergy isn’t paid, the temple staff isn’t paid, and don’t forget the 53,000 missionaries in the world all pay their own way, too. So it seems like a lot of tithing is being paid into the Mormon church that’s not finding it’s way back out again. So they build these lavish temples. Which are admittedly important to the members but, like Amy says, wouldn’t it be better if they were using that money to fight homelessness in Indy? To help single moms? Or the addicted? I get that the members need this special place, but the lavishness of it seems inappropriate when so many people – so many church members – could use that money to meet the more basic needs in life.

    I mean, what is it that makes you feel so close to God there? Is it because of the lavishness? Because of the exclusivity – that us sinners are kept out? I just don’t believe millions of dollars need to be spent on a building to invite God in. God lives in homeless shelters too.

    Casey Reply:

    @kalisa, I believe this will answer some of your questions as far as “where does all that money go”

    http://tinyurl.com/24gs7tr

    http://tinyurl.com/blq2am

    It also goes to building church meetinghouses worldwide, to having storehouses in each state where food is readily available to those who need it most.

    When there is a Natural Disaster the Humanitarian Aid center in Salt Lake can easily pack up a truck of thousands of blankets, supplies and food and have it to the people who need it in however long it takes to drive to where it is needed.

    On top of being able to deliver actual goods to those in need they are able to write a check, which they do, immediately. This happened with Katrina, with the Tsunami and with the earthquake in Haiti.

    There is also the Perpetual Education Fund that allows those who would be unable to attend college in other countries the opportunity to gain higher education.

    I’m sorry if you feel I dodged the issue. My husband even said last night I should have mentioned the humanitarian efforts of the church because they are plentiful. I am perfectly proud of the efforts put forth by the church and with the humanitarian aid they provide.

    Yes, we build pretty temples. Catholics build pretty cathedrals. Other churches build huge mega churches that cover three city blocks. The top temple is in Salt Lake, one of the first ones started and the one that took the longest to build, it is not what all temples look like. Most, including the one in Indy will be much smaller and much more modest, but no less well maintained.
    And well maintained doesn’t have to mean lavish and expensive.

    Never did I say you were a sinner. And that was a cheap uncalled for shot.
    Period.

    I am willing to answer questions but it’s so much easier when someone is not instantly assuming the worst about you.

    kalisa Reply:

    @Casey,

    Sorry. I didn’t mean it as a cheap shot. But you have to know the rest of us feel that way when you have an exclusionary policy. I imagine commenter Michelle’s relatives who were kept out of their own family members’ wedding felt the same.

    I’m glad to know of your church’s humanitarian efforts. I would ask the same questions of the religions who build the megachurches as well, so I wasn’t singling the Mormons out. I feel like organized religions have a bigger responsibility to their communities that they’re not really living up to. As for the Catholics, I have A LOT more questions than just where the money’s going, but that’s for another post, another day.

  12. @Casey, I felt like you answered my question. My “issue” is not just with LDS. I have doubts about all those catholic churches and megachurches that are built as well. My current church just bought an old grocery store as another campus and we use extra services and video to let more people hear the service.

    We are working towards 50% of all money going out to the community locally and globally. I’m not trying to
    come down on anyone, I was just genuinely curious what it would provide and I think you satisfactorily addressed it.

    I’m happy you and many others do not have to drive so far to attend!

  13. Church architecture, when done right, is stunning. Your temples are certainly “done right”. The pictures are stunning.

    I am in your fair state now. I am visiting Carmel for training. Everything is so new and shiny! I am in my own little heaven now that I found decent tex-mex chains. Whew hoo!

  14. AWESOME Casey! I thought of you when it was announced. Our temple (Laie, HI http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/laie/) will be rededicated in November and I can’t wait. Believe it or not- I can see the temple from my bedroom window!! I am going to go as much as I can before baby comes.
    Oh- and good job explaining to your friends about the temple- you are my hero. It is hard to explain- yet the reason for everything we do in the church.

  15. Rose jorgensen says:

    I’m so thrilled that you’ll have a temple so close to you again!! We will be about 20 minutes away once the temple in Philly is built. I do miss going twice a week when I lived in SLC. The 2 hr drive to DC & going once a month is worth it!!

  16. Erik Sonderrs says:

    “Feelings” are not truth!
    God does not dwell in temples “built by hands”, but will dwell in you if you trust Jesus Christ alone for your eternal life!Otherwise you will last only as long as that building full of dead rituals! PLEASE read the BIBLE Mormon friend!

  17. I really enjoyed your runners analogy. And I’m impressed with the respectful questions and answers in your comments. I never quite know how to respond to questions about the temple, but you are so articulate.

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