New website for Phoenix Arizona Mormon temple

The Mormon church has just launched a new, official website for the Phoenix Arizona LDS temple. You can visit the site at the following link:

http://www.phoenixmormontemple.com/index.html

Background of the Phoenix Temple

On the website you can see the new re-design of the proposed temple plans, with an artists rendering as well as an overhead view and an in-context aerial view. The original plans for the Phoenix Mormon Temple were for a 2-story building, 40-feet tall (minus the steeple.) The new re-design reduces the height to be within existing zoning by making the building a single-story design.

Residents in the area had voiced concerns over the previous temple design, and the issue went through a process of approval and many city and county meetings where the people of the community were very active participants. Concerns about exterior color, lighting, parking, traffic and noise were all addressed. The Mormon church remains dedicated to being a great neighbor in this existing community.

What does the new website above offer

The new website linked above has a Frequently Asked Question section that answers questions about the new temple and its impact on the community. The answers are based on months of 3rd-party studies carried out during the temple design phase. There are also several pictures of what the new temple will look like.

Even more importantly, the new website above contains information that explains why temples are so important to the Mormon people. There is even a section with specific information about the Mormon church and its history in Phoenix and in Arizona.

Questions about Temples or Mormons?

If you have more questions about Mormon Temples, or about Mormonism or Mormons, please feel free to ask them here! I try to answer all questions personally, and never post your question or information on the site.

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Why should we protect marriage?

A basis for Mormon beliefs on marriage

Before going into this topic, I want to encourage you to read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” This is a document that the Mormon church released several years ago, and it answers many questions concerning how Mormons feel about families and marriage. You can read it online here:

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

If you take the time to read the above document all the way through, you’ll quickly see why Mormons feel marriage is worth protecting: We believe it was instituted by God, and that it is a central part of His plan for us on this earth.

God has a Plan for His children

So many people have asked themselves, “Why am I here?” We are here on earth for a reason, and that reason is part of what Mormons call “the Plan of Salvation.” Here is short quote from LDS.org on this Plan:

We are now experiencing mortal life. Our spirits are united with our bodies, giving us opportunities to grow and develop in ways that were not possible in premortal life. This part of our existence is a time of learning in which we can prove ourselves, choose to come unto Christ, and prepare to be worthy of eternal life. It is also a time when we can help others find the truth and gain a testimony of the plan of salvation.

In a nutshell, our life on earth is a time to learn and grow. We are created in God’s image, and He wants us to become more like Him. He has commandments, or rules, that He knows will help us achieve that goal.

Life after death, and families after death

Part of our life on earth is death, or the separation of our spirit and mortal body. Our body dies, but our spirit continues on, and returns to our Father in Heaven. Mormons believe that an important part of God’s plan for us is the opportunity for our family relationships to continue on, even after this life. We believe that families can be together even after this life is over, and after the resurrection.

When you take this larger picture into account, you can start to see why marriage is so important and sacred to the Mormon people. Marriage is not just about unions between people, it is about eternal bonds between husbands, wives, and children: marriage is about families.

Honoring marriage in society

In the link at the top of this article, you will read that:

individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Those who believe in God, and believe that He has given us commandments, also believe that breaking His commandments will bring consequences. This is not because God is harsh, but often a simple reality of choice and consequence; action and reaction. When we tell our children not to touch a hot stove because they’ll get burned, we are not threatening to burn them, but only warning them of a natural consequence.

It is impossible to overstate how important God’s laws concerning the marriage relationship are. Immorality, child-abuse, and the disintegration of the family are not light matters, and they do not carry light consequences.

Marriage is worth protecting

Mormons believe that marriage between a man and a woman is worth protecting. It is not a technicality, nor is it simply a title: marriage is an eternally important union. I know that if we as a nation continue to uphold the importance and sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, we will continue to enjoy the blessings that come from honoring that union. It is my sincere hope and prayer that we do so.

If you have questions or thoughts on marriage or any other topic, please feel free to ask here.