Greetings from Truth in Love Ministry!
Beautiful manicured lawns. Multitudes of spring flowers basking in the sunlight. Granite stone foundations carved over a century ago meshed with modern-day buildings each designed to invite a story. Temple square in Salt Lake City was warm and inviting on this glorious spring day — a perfect day to take a tour and observe first-hand the pillars of Mormonism.
It was an amazing experience!
Temple square is located in the heart of Salt Lake City and within walking distance from the state capitol building. Located on a plot of land the size of a city block, the temple is gloriously displayed as it rests on granite blocks hand-carved over a century ago. Upon entering the gated grounds, you are immediately drawn to two large visitors centers located at opposite ends of the square.
Immediately inside the south visitors center there is a large mural containing a variety of illustrations of a man and a woman faithfully obeying the commandments and ordinances of the LDS church. At the end, the man and woman are clothed in radiant white joyfully interacting with their children. The sign shares that by becoming LDS and obeying the commandments of the church, a man and woman can eternally progress toward exaltation. In essence, man has the opportunity to become a god if they make the right choices in life. And one of those choices is to become a faithful Mormon.
Only a few minutes into our personal tour, we were greeted by two nicely dressed young ladies who invited us to take a personal tour of temple square. They introduced themselves as Sister Rios from Mexico and Sister Kim from South Korea. Our first stop was the tabernacle where the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs Thursday evening and Sunday afternoons. From there, we were shown displays about the book of Mormon and how it came into being. We also saw displays on how a young Joseph Smith found the book and translated it to become another testament to the Bible. All a person needs to do is to pray about the restored truth in the book of Mormon and the Spirit will tell you that it is all true and there is a better life ahead for those who aspire to attain it.
The most interesting aspect of the tour is that everything presented is within the backdrop of Christianity. There are references to the Bible, exhibits of important figures of the Old Testament and a few pictures of Jesus Christ. Yet, Christ is not the central point of the message of Mormonism. Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and the living prophet of today command center stage of all that is true about Mormonism. Obeying the gospel of Mormonism, the restored truth of the church, is the key to your eternal progression. That is the message of the tour and if anyone is interested, you can fill out a card and nice young missionaries in your area will be more than happy to visit you.
For one has put their trust in the completed work of Jesus Christ; who are 100% assured of being perfect in Christ; and who are fully forgiven because of His death on the cross; tears can’t help but form in the eyes to the false teaching being presented.
And people are buying into this message.
In the latest statistical report presented by the LDS church, there are now over 13.8 million LDS around the world. Last year, there were 280,000 new converts to Mormonism with over 84,000 in the United States alone. Furthermore, of the new converts, Brazil had 42,000 new members, Mexico with 39,000 and 17,000 in the Philippines. (Salt Lake City Tribune, April 16, 2010)
Staggering numbers. But with each statistic, there is a face. A person with a lost soul crying out for help. We saw them at temple square. Young women missionaries with individual names on their tags and the country’s flag for which they came. And they were not the only ones. Well over a dozen pairs of young women missionaries from all over the world roam around temple square ready to answer your questions or take you on a tour. My heart goes out to them because they don’t know the truth that will not only set them free, but save them from the consequences of unsaving faith.