I love temple-like places! They are holy and sacred places where you feel the Spirit of what once happened there. I absolutely love being in those kinds of places!! If I could give our Church History workshop/tour a THEME, I was say TEMPLES. Our theme throughout the whole week was temples....building temples, being temple going and covenant keeping people, and being in temple-like places.
What were the temple-like places?
What makes a place feel temple-like?
There are many temple-like places. If you look at your life and some of the experiences you have gone through, you can start to pick out temple-like places.. special and unique to you and your family.
In speaking of the early Saints as well as Joseph Smith and the other leaders....I stood in many of their temple-like places....places where something strengthening, sacrificing, and refining occurred. Some were places where prophecy is attached to them and the holiness of these spots is already evident. These places all have a special special feel to them...a very powerful spirit. In essence, when you are in these places, they feel holy, and temple-like in the spirit you feel when you are there.
Some of these temple-like places that we visited on this tour were:
the Independence Temple lot
|This is the place of a future Temple, and the place of the Garden of Eden.|
|This is where Joseph Smith and others lived for 6 months and where Joseph suffered the greatest. Sections 121-123 were written from this place.|
Far-West Temple lot
|The corner stones are still there, but a temple was never built.|
Parley's Street in Nauvoo