I find this very disturbing. That a television show would willfully violate what we hold and sacred and dear. It is further demonstration of what religious intolerance there is in this country. When I was trying to prepare for the temple, I went up there one day. I inadvertedly went towards the temple instead of the Visitors Center where I was able to enter. As I walked towards it, I realized I was about to go into the temple and quickly turned around and went back the other way. I later learned that I wouldn’t have been able to enter without a temple recommend anyway. That was not the point though, the point was that something in me felt a reverence for that building and instinctively I wouldn’t allow my ownself to enter because I knew I wasn’t worthy…yet. I respected what the temple meant even if I didn’t completely understand it at the time.
When I did a talk for Silent No More at a Catholic church, everyone was lining up to take communion. I stood there reverently as they all went up there and partook of it. I did not however because I felt it would be betrayal to both their religion and mine. I had enough respect to know this wasn’t simply a drink of wine and a wafer but it meant much more. So I abstained from participating in the ceremony. Not because of any ill feelings towards the Catholics but the exact opposite. Because I respected them enough not to make light of their ceremonies. I could’ve said well I am not taking my sacrament today, I might as well take theirs but I did not. I think they might’ve allowed me because someone up there motioned towards me as if to say, “Would you like to partake?” I simply let them know that I was passing.
Everyone here knows how much I despise the religion of Islam. I think it is absolutely putrid, however even I wouldn’t denigrate a mosque or the ceremonies practiced within. (unless we are talking beheadings here!) Not because I hold Islam in any great regard but because of what it is supposed to represent-a house of God. And even if I have trouble with their Allah, I have enough respect for my God to have him handle them-not me.
Yet somehow we think it is okay to violate the things LDS believers hold dear. It is okay to bash Mormons, it is okay to send death threats to our prophet. It is okay to ridicule and poke fun at what we believe. No television station would think of having Muslim rituals revealed on their show. People are always saying-we are secretive. We are not secret but there are certain things one does not talk about because they are holy, personal and between God and us. Should anyone want to learn what goes on in our temples, you are more than welcome to join the church, become temple worthy, get your recommend and go. However, maybe people will realize what Big Love is doing is wrong and will not watch out of their own conviction. Not because they believe what we believe but because they honor privacy and know if ours can be violated so can theirs. Remember Big Love is not a documentary and it is not trying to educate people about our religion but are just looking to make a buck and if they have to resort to crossing such an unthinkable line then so be it.
We will go on and we will continue to do temple ordinances. God’s Plan of Salvation will not be deterred but it is a shame such people have more respect for jihadists then they do for a truly peaceful religion that simply wants to worship our Lord, Jesus Christ and do his work here on Earth.