“A sort of observatory where one gets one’s bearings on the universe”

“A sort of observatory where one gets one’s bearings on the universe” June 23, 2018


Iron County's only LDS temple
The Cedar City Utah Temple near sunset.     (LDS Media Library)
With a friend, my wife and I attended a session in the Cedar City Utah Temple this afternoon. It was our first chance to do so; the temple was dedicated in December 2017.


Sometimes, I’m just in the mood for a little Hugh Nibley:


A temple, good or bad, is a scale-model of the universe. [I believe] the first mention of the word templum is by Varro, for whom it designates a building specially designed for interpreting signs in the heavens—a sort of observatory where one gets one’s bearings on the universe.

“What Is a Temple?” Collected Works of Hugh Nibley 4:357-58


We recognize what is lovely because we have seen it somewhere else, and as we walk through the world, we are constantly on the watch for it with a kind of nostalgia, so that when we see an object or a person that pleases us, it is like recognizing an old friend; it hits us in the solar plexus, and we need no measuring or lecturing to tell us that it is indeed quite perfect. It is something we have long been looking for, something we have seen in another world, memories of how things should be.

“Goods of First and Second Intent,” Collected Works of Hugh Nibley 9:528


Don’t be like anybody else. Be different. Then you can make a contribution. Otherwise, you just echo something; you’re just a reflection.

“Apocryphal Writings,” Collected Works of Hugh Nibley 12:292


Who is righteous? Anyone who is repenting. No matter how bad he has been, if he is repenting he is a righteous man. There is hope for him. And no matter how good he has been all his life, if he is not repenting, he is a wicked man. The difference is which way you are facing. The man on the top of the stairs facing down if much worse off than the man on the bottom step who is facing up. The direction we are facing, that is repentance; and that is what determines whether we are good or bad.

“Funeral Address,” Collected Works of Hugh Nibley 9:301-2




I’m not especially pleased with this development:


“After Canadian court ruling, Christian law school re-evaluates community covenant”


I can imagine Brigham Young University being under such pressure at some point in the future, and I wouldn’t want to see it cave in.


Posted from St. George, Utah



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