Temple architecture

Yigo Guam Temple: Why is this Latter-day Saint temple different?

The newest Latter-day Saint Temple features the latest developments in temple design.

The Yigo Guam Temple, dedicated on Sundays by David A. Bednar, is the second smallest temple in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6,861 square feet. It is not a limit.

It is the first temple with rooms that can be converted into sealing rooms or rooms of instruction, depending on the needs of church members visiting on a specific day.

The Guam Temple has two of these halls. One is designed as a sealing room, but can be converted into an instruction room. The other is an instruction room that can be converted into a sealing room, if needed.

Sealing rooms are where ordinances that seal or bind families, such as marriages, are performed.

Instruction or staffing rooms are where the staffing order takes place. During an endowment, a group of church members are reminded that life is part of an eternal journey. They also make sacred promises, or covenants, with the Lord.

This new flexibility in temple design is attractive because convertible parts make it easier for the church to build smaller temples in remote areas like Guam or in places where the church has a concentration of church members far away. from another temple.

The Guam Temple is 61 feet taller than the smallest, Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple. But it still offers all the ordinances, covenants, and blessings of other temples.

“We don’t have small temples,” Elder Bednar said. “A temple is a temple. Covenants and ordinances are exactly the same in every temple, regardless of size.

“The size and architecture of the temple are interesting, but the building is not the focus,” he added. “What happens inside the temple, when we receive covenants and ordinances worthily, is what the temple is for.”

The Yigo Guam Temple will serve 9,600 Latter-day Saints in Guam and the islands of Micronesia.

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what i read

I am a writer largely because I read Roger Angell as a child. He died on Friday, and it strikes me now that I wish I had said that day, “There’s the greatest baseball writer that ever lived.” He was much more than that too – a legend at The New Yorker, just like his mother and stepfather, EB White. The magazine has deployed no less light than David Remnick to write him a tribute to his death.

Angell loved baseball. Like. “He was a Mets fan, a Yankees fan, and a Red Sox fan. Anyone else would have been unforgivable,” Remnick wrote. I particularly liked “Agincourt and After”, Angell’s feature film about the 1975 World Series, a watershed moment in my life. But since we’re not all baseball fans here, let me do the one quote I share from Angell writing the one about love:

“Getting older is the second biggest surprise of my life, but the first, by far, is our unrelenting need for deep attachment and intimate love. I believe everyone in the world wants to be with someone another tonight, together in the dark, with the gentle warmth of a bare hip, foot, or shoulder at hand. (From “That Old Man: All in Pieces”)

I highly recommend Angell’s baseball books, which are collections of his amazing magazine articles.

I also highly recommend this fascinating read about Pulitzer Prize-winning Latter-day Saint journalist Jack Anderson. I loved all the details.

In the wings

This sealing room at Yigo Guam Temple can be converted into an instruction or endowment room depending on the needs of local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is part of a new design for some temples to increase temple flexibility.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The New Yigo Guam Temple features a new design for temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The New Yigo Guam Temple features a new design for temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its sealing room can be converted into an instruction room and its instruction room can become a sealing room so that if members’ needs require more of one than the other, the temple can accommodate them.

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