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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You're Right, It Doesn't Look Medieval

Occasionally, I've been able to show people what one of our meetinghouses looks like. Usually, when I ask them what they think, they say, "It looks . . . modern."


I don't know if that is bad or good. I suspect they are saying it doesn't look like a typical church which usually means it does not look medieval.


You won't find leaders, or choirs, in any type of robes either. Attire is modern. Leaders wear suits and ties and look like businessmen.


We don't have a lot of religious relics or symbols around either. Decoration is usually just framed paintings or prints. There will be bulletin boards with announcements, flyers and other information, though.


Access, "What You Will Find When You Step Inside a Mormon Chapel," to find an explanatory narrative.
A common misperception among those not of the Mormon faith is that only Latter-day Saints can enter their chapels. This is most likely based on a misunderstanding about temples and chapels. While temples, of which there are 151 (including existing ones and those announced or under construction) worldwide, are open only to members of the Church who are fully engaged in their faith, anyone can enter a Mormon chapel to visit or worship with their Latter-day Saint neighbors. There are over 17,000 chapels throughout the world.
If you want more, then take a virtual tour of a typical meethinghouse. Feel free to visit any meetinghouse. For locations and times enter information on L.D.S. Maps and it will direct you to one close to you.

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