Saturday, March 7, 2009

Big Love - Temple Ceremony Portrayal [UPDATE]

I realize I have many LDS readers and lurkers who come to my blog. Some of you may find this post offensive. Please know I mean no disrespect. This is something that is going to appear on the HBO series "Big Love." This article appeared in the TV Guide. I am amazed that the doors have been opened, so to speak, to the temple and the endowment ceremony. I have read through a few discussions at LDS message boards about this upcoming episode of "Big Love." Those discussions can be found here, here and here.



Big Love Mormon Temple Ceremony

What is your reaction?

UPDATE: Here is a link to the statement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to "Big Love" and a link to HBO's response to the controversy.

22 comments:

Stephanie said...

I was shocked the first time I saw the whole temple ceremony written out on the internet. I had always thought that the temple ceremony is a "secret" and that we weren't supposed to talk about it because then Satan would hear and know what we do. Of course I soon realized how naive that was. The temple is sacred, and those of us who believe and respect need to treat it that way. I really don't know that this HBO thing changes anything for those of us who hold the temple sacred. I think that we still need to be careful not to talk about sacred things.

Tim & Alyssa said...

I've heard this was a hoax, and I really hope it is! It makes me sad how evil the world is becoming.

Michael said...

Apparently, HBO is editing the finale after issuing an "apology in advance" to members of the LDS church.

"I'm going to kick you in the face, so I want to say I'm sorry first, before I hurt you."

It's really sad and pathetic that the show would sink this low to get some viewers. What they wanted to happen is exactly this... people talking about it, so that people are curious, and someone tunes in.

Anonymous said...

The big deal about airing the LDS temple ceremony to the unworthy ones is that we might actually find out that its just no big deal. Learn some handshakes, promise everything you have to the church, dress up in some goofy looking clothes...

Even those who've been to the temple can't talk about it with each other, even spouses, because then you might discover that everyone thought it was kind of dumb, pointless and boring, and just didn't live up the all the hoopla.

Hannah said...

I think it's amusing that the only negative/ignorant post (obviously a non-LDS or LDS antagonist) was posted by Anonymous. We can talk about the ceremony all we want within the walls of the Celestial Room ... with our husbands, too. Most of the things we learn and do can be found in the Old Testament. It is a beautiful ceremony. The reason we don't talk about it outside of the temple is because we have been instructed not to cast our pearls before swine. That is not meant as an insult. It's a parable. Swine wouldn't know how to treat or what to do with pearls. I have a feeling that the 'Big Love' episode is not going to be accurate by looking at the inaccurate picture above. I am curious who this so-called "advisor" is and how "familiar" he really is with the temple ceremony.

Katie Lyn said...

Although I am saddened by this turn of events... I put my faith and trust in God knowing that no amount of explaining or describing will ever come close to being there with the Holy Ghost witnessing to me what is true.

I am grateful for my testimony of the truth and I respect the rights of others to believe what they may.

Without the Spirit involved, it is just a bunch of actors in costumes.

Anonymous said...

As a former (and endowed) member of the LDS church I can appreciate and respect Stephanie, Hannah and Katie Lyn's (and other's) perspectives. I can certainly agree that a tv show is not the best context to learn and understand what happens in the temple. However, I must say that it is unfortunate that the prevailing LDS mindset believes that the rest of humanity is incapable of understanding and respecting the temple ordinances.

The "pearls before swine" parable is as insulting to those outside of Mormonism as a depiction of a sacred ritual without permission is to the adherents. Swine cannot be taught to appreciate pearls. A pig wearing pearls is still just a pig with pearls. But people can learn appreciation and respect. People can understand things foreign to them and grow from that understanding. The parable strips non-mormons of their humanity while mormons seek godhood in their temples. This is partly why there remains a strong divide between the LDS Church and the wider culture.

I hope that the LDS people realize someday that it is really only small portions of the endowment that must be hidden to keep its esoteric nature. The rest can be shared to the benefit of all and the harm of none. As Hannah rightly points out, most of it can be found in LDS scripture anyway.

Jeremy said...

The thing that I don't get is that HBO, many times, has said that the show "Big Love" is not about an LDS family, but rather a family that is part of the FLDS church. Showing of a temple cerimony that has always been a part of the LDS Church and has never been a part of the FLDS church shows otherwise. The cerimonies are meant for worthy members of the LDS church. It is sacred and should be kept so. HBO has said that they are trying to keep it as sacred as possible, but this information is not meant for everyone. In response to the post that, "As Hannah rightly points out, most of it can be found in LDS scripture anyway." 98% of this information cannot be found in any LDS scripture, it is information that a person can only recieve be worthily entering into the temple and making sacred promises with God, and the information that HBO is giving out to people should not be given to anyone unless they are willing to make the same promises/

Eric said...

That's it -- I've had it with Tom Hanks (exec producer) and with Time Warner.

"Stand for Something" - I am. No more Tom, no more anything related with Time Warner.

One thing Dr. King showed the US is that if you want anything to change, you hit them where it hurts the most, the pocket book.

Get the word out -- quit giving your money to individuals or companies that show such blatant disregard for basic, common decency of acknowledging and respecting another's need for the sacred and the divine.

beth said...

One of the most beautiful things about the Latter-day Saint temple ceremony is that no one tells you how to interpret it. It's a time for each individual to receive their own personal revelation from god with out that information being tainted by anyone else's opinions. It's beautiful to be BECAUSE we don't talk about it. I have read some ridiculous interpretations by non-Mormons who read the endowment out of context. In context, it is so empowering and comforting. It's very tasteless of HBO to cross such a sacred line.

Kalola said...

I want to thank each of you for leaving your comments. Your perspectives have given me much to think about, especially Beth's comment that "... no one tells you how to interpret it (the temple ceremony)."

If any readers of this blog watch "Big Love" tomorrow night, I would welcome your feedback. We do not subscribe to HBO, so we will not be watching the show.

Peace and love. Kalola

Anonymous said...

I look at it the same was as I look at someone spitting on/ stomping on/ burning my nation's flag. It upsets and makes me sad that they have so little respect as to do such a thing. But it does nothing to change how I feel about my country.

Matt said...

"To give truth to him who loves it not is to only give him more multiplied reasons for misinterpreting" - George McDonald

Anonymous said...

This, from what I gather, is a flashback from the wedding of Bill and Barb, pre-polygamy when they were still LDS. Given the fact Bill and Barb have been married for 20+ years, what are the chances they will reenact the blood oath?

Anonymous said...

The reason Mormon's are afraid to talk about the temple is that their were and still are severe penalties (different ways of being killed) associated with talking about the "sacred" oaths outside the temple.

CurtisandMindy said...

Anonymous - you are PROFOUNDLY misinformed.

Anonymous said...

[i]"The reason Mormon's are afraid to talk about the temple is that their were and still are severe penalties (different ways of being killed) associated with talking about the "sacred" oaths outside the temple."[/i]
wow....you don't honestly believe that do you?

Anonymous said...

They changed the ceremony in 1990 to no longer include the penalties. It is VERY MUCH TRUE that there used to be penalties (slashing your own throat, miming your own guts being slashed out) in the temple ceremony. CurtisandMindy, YOU my dear, are the one who is profoundly misinformed and/or naive.

Hannah said...

Anonymous,

It's just a parable, which means he who has ears to hear will hear. If the swine begins to understand the pearls/ know how to use them he will no longer be a swine, he will become something else ... like one of Christ's sheep. As I said before, I meant no insult to others. And, NO, not ONLY Mormons are considered part of Christ's sheep ... but I doubt that EVERYONE who watched the Big Love show was one of Christ's sheep.

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