I came across something interesting while reading my scriptures last night. In Mosiah 1:18, Mormon states that Mosiah issued a proclamation to the Nephites from King Benjamin to meet at the temple for some instruction.
And now, it came to pass that Mosiah went and did as his father had commanded him, and proclaimed unto all the people who were in the land of Zarahemla that thereby they might gather themselves together, to go up to theÂ temple to hear the words which his father should speak unto them.
What is interesting is that nowhere in the instruction Benjamin gives his son (Mosiah 1:10â€“14) does he mention gathering at the temple.
I am left wondering whether Mormon forgot that part during his compiling, or whether it was an assumption Mosiah made. We read in Jacob 1:17; Alma 16:13 and 3 Ne. 11 that temple was a place of instruction. In each of those scriptures, repentance is a part of the message from each of the speakers.
That leads me to wonder if temples then were different from the LDS temples today. Even the Kirtland Temple was different from what our temples are like today.