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For MORMON moms...have a question please

My friend's niece is getting married in June and I was wondering a couple of things. First is, why can't nonMormons be in your temple? Second, what is a ring ceremony? Is it a blessing of the marriage or another marriage ceremony? I have been told 2 different things and just want to know for sure. Thank you for your help.


Asked by tyfry7496 at 7:42 PM on Dec. 3, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • a ring ceremony is simply the exchanging of rings. in most wedding ceremonies, that takes place, just as a normal part of what the priest says. the ceremony that happens in the temple is an ancient one, one that does not involve rings. however, most couples still want rings, so they often will do a simple ring exchange at the reception. when you attend your friend's niece's wedding, you'll see that its nothing out of the ordinary.
    the temple is a sacred - not secret - place. only someone that has committed themselves to living all the commandments of god are permitted past the visitor's foyer. even some members of the church are not permitted to attend, because they do not try to keep those committments. it's not to say that only the cool members go, or only the perfect ones. it's not an exclusive club. anyone can enter, provided they are willing to live the way god intended. like a prerequisite.

    Answer by AngryBob at 8:06 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • what you could do is find out if the temple they are planning to get sealed in has a visitor's center. if they do, then you are free to learn more about our religion, or take a tour of the grounds. you can take your time and ask as many questions as you want, and then you will be there when the happy couple comes out, and take pictures with them. the ceremony is in no way exclusive, or designed to make anyone feel inferior. it is the ultimate sacred bonding between two people and god, and so we regard it in that light. you can learn more about the ceremony on (which is the church's official website). feel free to pm me with any other questions, if you like.
    hope that helps!

    Answer by AngryBob at 8:10 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • i think its sad that non mormans cant be in the temple. so many mother of brides/grooms cant see their babys get married. Its sad

    Answer by Sheraymonet at 11:55 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I have to correct one thing the PP said...its not that some members dont try to follow the commandments so they cant enter. You have to be interviewed and follow certain "rules" to get a temple recommend which allows you to enter.

    SOME members want to enter but have to do repentence things first or they arent old enough or arent able to enter til their wedding day.
    Not all members without recommends are as bad as the PP made them sound.

    Oh and YES the temple is sacred to members but its also secret, they cannot talk about the goings on inside because of the belief that its sacred. However, if you are an outsider looking in, you could say its secret and you'd basically be right.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 PM on Dec. 3, 2010