This 32,000-square-foot temple sits next to Interstate 84, but its soaring spires can be seen from even farther away. ... More
Boise Mormon Temple
This 32,000-square-foot temple sits next to Interstate 84, but its soaring spires can be seen from even farther away. Reaching 112 feet into the sky, the tallest spire stands in front of the church, and a bubbling fountain is nearby on the well-kept grounds. Opened in 1984, the Temple's speckled walls surround the building. Be sure to walk to the eastern side of the building where you will find a hidden door, a characteristic of many Mormon temples. According to Mormon beliefs, Jesus Christ will return through this door. Unfortunately, the interior of the temple is only open to church members.
I normally don't write things like this but after reading one review now I have to. The review does not make sense or add up in any way with my experiences! My boyfriend and I decided to do planning meetings once a week and we found out it was ok for us to go there. We dressed up in a dress and dockers type casual dressy, so as not to stand out but to our surprise lots of people came and walked around in casual clothes. We went once a week all through the nice weather. We sat on the grass or on the bench by the East side by the "secret" door.
I asked a member and he said it's a maintenance door! Unless he's planning to come in with the Janitor, he says he's never heard anything like that from his religion. I have a friend who is from Jamaica. She is a member of that church. She was really surprised that anyone would claim a temple worker would say something like that. She says the most annoying thing about the LDS church is she gets so much extra attention from people who are bending over backwards to make her feel comfortable, since she came from Jamaica, not the color of her skin. She says while she's not ever experienced racism in her church, she has experienced it with Idaho guys of different religions who told her they would ask her out, but her skin is the wrong color. However, her boyfriend is caucasian and I've never seen her without guys asking her out.
It's too bad some people feel they need to make up stories. It misleads people and perpetuates ignorance, contention and misunderstandings between religions. In the current atmosphere, all religions need to be hand in hand unified in bringing good, not trying to misalign or blackball another religion that is trying to bring peace and good.
Wonderful peaceful place. You do have to hold a temple recommend to enter. But they have no problem with anyone NO MATTER WHAT YOUR RACE! And to the person who said "Never go there" you and I both know they never said ANYTHING about your "kind" not being welcome there. If you would like to find out about getting a recommend so you can enter the temple you can go to ANY LDS church or talk to the LDS missionaries NO matter what race you are.
It is wonderful the atmosphere and the people everyone is kind and genurous. I understand things better there and I know you can to. Go do Baptisms for the dead. I know I want to get married there and be sealed to my family. Come on I love it and I'm only 12. You'll love it trust me! Have love in your heart and the spirit. Amd don't forget your heavenly father!You'll defantly feel the spirit here!
Please, don't take it personally, because only LDS church members with current recommends can enter the temple itself. No one is allowed to go any further than the front desk, no matter what race he or she might be, without a current recommend. This is standard at every LDS temple.
To explain a bit more fully, recommends are issued only to LDS church members who are living strict LDS church standards such as paying 10% to the church in tithing annually, going to LDS Sacrament meetings regularly, being morally clean, not smoking and drinking, etc.
LDS members who can meet these requirements are issued a recommend by their Bishop, regardless of race. It is the holiest place on earth to a Mormon, the House of the Lord, so they must strive keep all these commandments in order to enter. Just like you, not all Mormons are allowed to go in, only those with a current recommend.
Well, I was told by the guy in charge that my kind was not welcome. He was blatantly racist, but in the nicest way. He didn't yell and he did it with a smile. I won't give his name incase he was just having a really really bad day. I thought minorities were welcomed into the mormon religion over a decade ago, but I guess I was mistaken. Its not like I wasn't respectful. I was dressed well and very modest, and as polite as possible and just wanted to learn about their somewhat isolationistic religion.I think its good to learn about other religions and it strengthens your own religion. I don't usually write about this stuff, but I felt I should warn anyone that might not fit into their status quo. Maybe I am thinking about it too much and they (him and the couple others that probably worked there) just felt offset by someone with dark skin and no accent or maybe he just wanted a donation or something? You would think people would be a little more tolerant in this day and age. People like this are giving Idaho the reputation as a backwards state. I should probably not leave my name incase someone decides to be vindictive. Sorry, but it had to be said. People shouldn't get away with this stuff.
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