Jana Riess

Salt Lake City, UTSalt Lake Tribune

Jana Riess: Doing away with the ‘live’ LDS temple endowment erases more than history

In the summer of 2019, on a trip to Salt Lake City, I spent an afternoon at the temple. There I was able to take advantage of a “live” endowment session — one that used ordinary members to play the parts of Adam, Eve and other characters in the creation story, rather than just having attendees watch that drama unfold in the temple movie. I told a friend that since the Salt Lake Temple was scheduled to be renovated from top to bottom, I wondered whether it might lose its unusual live sessions once the renovations were finished. Just in case, I wanted to experience a live session one last time.
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Jana Riess: Mormons, submit your COVID-19 stories

One of my callings at church is to be the “history specialist” in my ward, which basically means I compile a digital scrapbook of our congregation’s annual doings. It’s one of my favorite callings over the course of my life as a Latter-day Saint (and the only one I’ve ever actually trained for professionally). I love the folks in my ward and this gives me an excuse to ask them about their lives.
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