Continuity and Change in Temple Worship

The history of LDS temple theology and practice has undergone three distinct phases:
1) “Development.” From 1836–1917 temple theology and practice evolved and became standardized.
2) “Stability, Maturity, and Expansion.” From 1919–1975 a consistent temple theology and practice was integrated into LDS culture worldwide.
3) “Revision and Change.” From 1975–Present major changes in temple practice and theology occurred every decade.
This session will explore the historical context and stated reasons for these periods of change, as well as their impact on LDS theology and culture. Perspectives will include both LDS and “fundamentalist” viewpoints.

Benjamin Shaffer
David Patrick