BRIGHAM CITY (ABC 4 News) – For the second night in a row the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is receiving national media attention. Thursday, the LDS Church is busy holding an open house for its new temple in Brigham City, meanwhile a report airing on ABC World News showed viewers across the country what goes on inside LDS Temples.
A rare look inside LDS temples Thursday was something everyone in America got to see.
“You’re now looking at where the faithful stand,” said ABC Correspondent Dan Harris.
The temple played a prominent role in the second installment of a two part series that’s been running on World News with Diane Sawyer. ABC interviewed two LDS Apostles and briefly discussed who’s allowed inside, the sacred underwear they wear, and why Mormons marry inside of temples.
“Have you seen this report?” asked ABC 4 Reporter Brian Carlson.
Thursday Brian Carlson approached people getting their first look inside the new temple yet to be dedicated in Brigham City. He showed the report to them.
“Do you think it’s fair?” Carlson asked.
“I think it was fair,” said John Becker, temple visitor.
“Um I don’t know,” said Judith Wood, temple visitor.
“I don’t think it was inaccurate,” said Ben Prall, temple visitor.
“Yah, I think it was fair,” said Will Hagen, temple visitor.
“Do you think it makes the temple look weird?” Carlson asked.
“Slightly,” said Hagen.
“I don’t think it made them look weird,” said Becker.
Although some thought the report put the church in a good light, others think it missed the mark.
“It was very negative,” said Margaret Harris, temple visitor.
“They tend to focus not on the reason why it’s done, but what is done,” said Jan Ashdown.
But almost everyone thought just putting temples on TV was a good thing.
“If you don’t know anything about Mormon temples, it gives you a brief overview,” said Andrea Ashdown.
“I like the fact that people can finally find out what Mormons are like and what they do,” said Becker.
To see the full ABC World News report about Mormon temples, click on the link embedded in this story labeled "Mormonism: A Peek Inside Temples, Rituals, and Family Life."
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