Esotericism and the Mormon temple

I am taking a Mormonism class this summer as part of my university studies. One of our assignments is to write a 10–12 page report on an aspect of Mormonism. On Monday, we talked about the similarities of esoteric traditions and how many of them have carried over into (or parallel) symbolism and practice in Mormon temples.

This fascinated me, and I have decided this is the direction I want to take my paper.

Does anyone have any suggestions on more specific threads in this area or places to look?

Mothers of the scriptures, where art thou?

It goes almost without fail that if someone stands up to give a Sacrament talk on Mother’s Day, s/he will use the story of the 2000 Stripling Warriors as a scriptural support for amazing mothers.

This kind of bugs me though.

There are several mothers in the scriptures who we can use as example in our own lives, whose actions and character mirror that of Jesus.

Here are a couple.

Eve’s desire for knowledge eventually resulted in our becoming mortal. Rebecca was an example of charity and hard work. Rachel showed us the virtue of patience. Mary, the mother of Jesus, had a simple faith and was determined to do the Lord’s will no matter the cost. Sariah was convinced of the power of the Lord.

Why is it we never hear about these great examples on Mother’s Day?

Conversion of the Servant, Or, Abish’s Past Experiences

What  a fascinating read!

Unlike the conversions of the queen and the king, which take place before our eyes in the course of Alma 19, Abish’s conversion is already past when she comes into the story. The effect is interesting. While we are left to study only the post-conversion confessions of the queen and king—knowing little or nothing about what they saw in vision—all that we can study in the case of Abish is the report of her vision.

Unfortunately, though, Abish’s conversion story is told in the briefest of brief terms. Nonetheless, a good deal can be read into those brief terms. To work, then!

Read the entire post at Feminist Mormon Housewives.

I need to change

After reading my scriptures tonight, I took some time for some personal introspection. I came to a realization that I need to change.

I am afraid what my eulogy would read if I died today. Would I be remembered for being the person I think I should be, or would I be remembered for the person I really am?

I need to be less critical, and I need to be more compassionate. I need to be less judgmental and more tolerant. I need to lift others up, and not tear others down. I need to be less prideful and more humble. I need to be less selfish and more charitable. I need to be less contentious and more inspiring.

For the longest time, I have wanted to make a difference in the world. That being said, I am afraid that if I keep along the path I am, that I will make hardly any difference at all, and very few people will be better off having known me.

I also realize that changing myself needs to be about changing who I am and not what I do. Trying to change behaviour will never result in changing character.