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East Grinstead Mormons' temple is a place for special events

By East Grinstead Courier  |  Posted: April 13, 2012

MORMON:  The London Temple in Newchapel

MORMON: The London Temple in Newchapel

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A RELIGIOUS temple which stands 190 feet tall and covers 32 acres of land was first built in the 1950s.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints temple, in West Park Road, is a sacred place for occasions, such as weddings.

Elder at the church, Don Carpenter, said: "The temple is not a secret, but it is very sacred to us and can only be used for special occasions. It is absolutely beautiful inside."

The Latter-Day Saints Church was organised in 1830 by Joseph Smith, in upstate New York.

Members are often called Mormons because in addition to their belief in the Bible, they accept the Book of Mormon as scripture.

The first LDS missionaries in England arrived in 1837 and, by 1850, there were 34,000 members of the church in England. This compared to just 12,000 in the USA at the same time.

The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, translated from records written by prophets in ancient America.

The Mormons are a branch of Christianity, but neither Protestant nor Catholic.

Building of the temple on West Park Road began on August 27, 1955, and the temple was dedicated on September 7, 1958.

Over 76,000 people toured the building before it was dedicated and it was the first Mormon temple to be built in the UK.

Its construction was part of a major growth in the number of temples led by David O McKay, who performed the dedication.

After 32 years, in 1990, the London temple was closed for remodelling and refurbishing.

An additional 8,500 square feet were added, as well as a fourth floor. In October 1992, President Gordon Hinckley rededicated the London England temple, after a two-week public open house.

A statue of the angel Moroni was placed atop the temple at the conclusion of the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration in 2002.

The temple had a £100,000 facelift ahead of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of its opening in September 2008.

"We are so proud of the temple, it is one of only two in the UK. It is a place to be adored and loved," Elder Carpenter added.

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  • Mormon  |  March 28 2013, 5:24PM

    The Book of Mormon is a fantastic new musical which opened last week at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End. Get tickets... If you can! This Mormon temple was dedicated by an absolute racist (David O Mackay) who said among other things "your ideas, as we understand them, appear to contemplate the intermarriage of the N*g*o and White races, a concept which has heretofore been most repugnant to most normal-minded people from the ancient patriarchs till now." This temple is proof of the embedded homophobia within the Mormon cult. Openly practising Homosexuals are strictly forbidden entry as are all Non-Cult Members, even to a close relative, child or siblings wedding.

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  • Mormon  |  November 20 2012, 10:29AM

    Brother peterkin1010 - A modern day Homophobic Moron reciting the words of an ancient Homophobic Moron. If you really do believe in God? You will know that 'God' recently sent a hurricane to prevent another 'Homophobic Moron' from ruling the free world. LOL That miraculous outcome helped strengthen my faith in humanity. As for 'Black Rappers' - What on earth do they have to do with the fact that up until 1978 your cult discriminated appallingly against black people? Why was your cult still practising segregation Globally against Black People for 14 years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act banning such discrimination in the USA? You seriously believe God changed his mind in 1978? LOL How about Brigham Young fathering 57 children to 16 different women, several of whom were legally married at the time to other living men? Do they teach you that in the temple? Not likely. Glad I could help with your flagging testimony, you can never have too many Homophobic Morons in the world. No never ex-communicated, I escaped young, as soon as I was old enough to stand up to them, sadly the brainwashing techniques you've been subjected to didn't work on me. In fact I suspect because God gave me the gift of common sense and the intelligence to question delusion. Much Love x

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  • peterkin1010  |  November 20 2012, 12:08AM

    "Mormon" (I suspect Excommunicated)thanks for your contribution. It has helped strengthen my flagging tetimony enormously. President Gordon B Hinckley was 100% CORRECT in making a stand against Homosexuality and Lesbianism .It is roundly condemned in The Holy Bible. Consider Romans Ch1 V18-27 God's Wrath Against Sinful Humanity 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice . You have there in Black and White. As for the use of the "N" word I hope you also condemn black rappers using it. Neither you nor them can have it BOTH ways.

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  • Mormon  |  April 15 2012, 11:07PM

    I'm more interested in the facts that are not printed in this article. Fact: Children are not admitted (Even to a close family members wedding) Fact: Non-Mormons are not admitted (Even to a close family members wedding) Fact: Practising Homosexuals are not admitted (Under any circumstance) Fact: Prior to 1978, black people were not admitted (Under any circumstance) Fact: This temple was dedicated by a Racist. Fact: This temple was re-dedicated by a Homophobe. Please see my original post for clarification.

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  • daniel060  |  April 15 2012, 6:46PM

    Thank you for a good, factual article about the London Temple. As a regular member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it's always refreshing to see a reporter get the facts right about the church. Temples truly are beautiful inside, but the reason that non-members aren't allowed in isn't one of exclusivity. It's one of appreciation. The things that go on inside the temple are sacred, and to appreciate them, a person needs to have a background both in the doctrine and the lifestyle of the church--and be living those things. As our worldwide missionary efforts show, we are all people everywhere to come unto Christ and find out about our church. We would love nothing better than for everyone in the world to be able to enter the temples, because it would mean that everyone in the world was treating others the way they would like to be treated, blessing those that cursed them, removing the beam in their own eye before going after the mote in their brother's. We would that all the world would behave in such a Christian way. I have never been to the London Temple, but thanks to this article I have a greater appreciation for its connection to British history. I hope one day I will be able to visit. Thank you again.

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  • ClaireUK2012  |  April 14 2012, 12:48PM

    The Mormon church is nothing but a harmful cult, trust me I know - I was a faithful Mormon for 30 years and I was married in this temple in Newchapel. I just wish I'd worked out earlier how sinister they are. They brainwash their members with falsehoods and propaganda. Don't go near the Mormon church if you can avoid it. The Book of Mormon musical, however, is an inspired work of genius and I highly recommend it.

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  • Mormon  |  April 14 2012, 11:07AM

    In the interest of clearing up a false statement. The paragraph which reads: "The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, translated from records written by prophets in ancient America." The truth would actually read: The 'Book of Mormon' is a fantastic new Musical which opened on Broadway last year winning 9 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and a Grammy Award for it's record breaking Cast Recording/Album. This incredible ground breaking show is due for a London premier early 2013.

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  • Mormon  |  April 14 2012, 9:18AM

    My Older Brother was married in this temple in the 90's. I always assumed the reason I wasn't invited to the wedding was because I was Gay, knowing the appalling reputation the LDS church has for their treatment of Gays. Reading the post below it dawned on me, the only reason I wasn't invited to my older brothers wedding was simply because I wasn't a Mormon. Non-Mormons are not permitted into their temples. My understanding of marriage in any other religion is that it brings family's together to celebrate the happy occasion. Only a cult would make marriage a 'sacred/private' matter for only cult members, excluding all others, family or otherwise. So, yes the gardens look lovely. But how much pain has this temple caused over the years to mixed family's. Non-Mormon Parents, Grand-Parents, Brothers and Sisters not allowed to attend their own Children's, Grand-children's, Sisters and Brothers weddings?

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  • dinabq  |  April 14 2012, 4:50AM

    If I ever got to visit the UK, I would love to see some of your beautiful cathedrals. http://tinyurl.com/cuy43w8 I noticed many are open to the public and have services that anyone can attend. They do not discriminate. Many are centuries old, were built without modern equipment and had to survive two world wars. I find them more impressive than a Mormon temple that looks like a tissue box with a pointy end. The LDS church does not tell converts what goes on in its temples. They say "sacred". I say lying by omission. I wouldn't call the mormon church a cult. Members are leaving every day, and the church doesn't even kill them anymore.

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  • Mormon  |  April 14 2012, 12:42AM

    Is this a paid advertisement? David O McKay the Mormon President who dedicated the above temple was a known racist. As head of the Mormon Church he said: "Furthermore, your ideas, as we understand them, appear to contemplate the intermarriage of the ***** and White races, a concept which has heretofore been most repugnant to most normal-minded people from the ancient patriarchs till now." and... "From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith even until now, it is has been the doctrine of the Church, never questioned by any of the Church leaders, that the ******* are not entitled to the full blessings of the Gospel." and... "We are not unmindful of the fact that there is a growing tendency, particularly among some educators, as it manifests itself in this are, toward the breaking down of race barriers in the matter of intermarriage between whites and blacks, but it does not have the sanction of the Church and is contrary to Church doctrine." Gordon B. Hinkley the Mormon President who re-dedicated the temple in 1992 is best known for his role in removing the Civil Rights of Gays and Lesbians (GLBT people). He issued a letter to be read out to all Mormon congregations asking them to give of their means and time for Proposition 8. This resulted in the Mormons (Approximately 2% of the California Population) providing 80 to 90 percent of the early volunteers in election precincts and as much as half of the nearly $40 million raised for California's Proposition 8, which has since been repealed as UN-constitutional because it's only purpose was to remove the civil rights of Gays and Lesbians. Godon B. Hinkley also says about the Gays: "We cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families" "The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, translated from records written by prophets in ancient America." No... A) The Book of Mormon is an 1830 work of fiction by Joseph Smith Jr. a known felon. B) It's false claims that the American Indians are descendants of a tribe of Israel have been dis-proven by DNA science. C) The book contains over 700 paragraphs or phrases plagiarised directly from the King James Version of the Bible (Known translation errors included) D) The book is completely unsupported by archaeological or scientific evidence. E) The book mentions the existence of several species of domesticated animal which simply did not exist in the Americas until the Europeans brought them over 2000 years later. The list goes on. If this is not a paid advertisement. Why are you printing the PR fiction of this Religious Cult as though it were fact?

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