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House of Glory: Finding Personal Meaning in the Temple

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Winner of the 1996 Frankie and John Kenneth Orton Award for LDS Literature

When the Lord instructed the Saints in Kirtland to build a temple, he said, "Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God" (D&C 88:119). Michael Wilcox identifies the blessing that temple work brings to ou
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Deseret Book Co
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Inspired Kathy
Jan 26, 2009 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This is a great book about the temple. Lots of great quotes. I've got to get to the temple more often... it's only 10 minutes away I have no excuse!

Susa Young Gates once asked her father, President Brigham Young, how it would ever be possible to accomplish the great amount of temple work that needed to be done. “He told her there would be many inventions of labor-saving devices, so that our daily duties could be performed in a short time, leaving us more and more time for temple work. The invent
Well, I'm motivated to attend the temple more often! I enjoyed Michael Wilcox's scriptural insights and touching stories. He does add a lot of insights into why we attend the temple and how to get the most out of it.

My favorite quote from the book (which is actually a quote of CS Lewis):
"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would
Jul 06, 2015 VeeDawn rated it it was amazing
This was given to me as a gift and it is a beautiful gift at that! I love Michael Wilcox's insights into meanings in the temple. For example he explained that the 47th Chapter of Ezekiel tells of a vision of the temple in Jerusalem. Ezekiel was brought to the doors where he saw a spring of pure water. Where ever the water flowed life came to the barren desert. In his vision, Ezekiel is instructed to wade into the river and measure its depth. The first time he enters the waters were to his ankles ...more
Robyn Hall
Sep 12, 2015 Robyn Hall rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone that I love :)
Recommended to Robyn by: São Paulo temple ordinance worker
As an ordinance worker in the São Paulo temple, one of my co-workers showed this title and talked about it in our preparation/devotional meeting. I don't even know what he said because he spoke in typical fast Portuguese. But the minute I saw it I knew that I had to have my own hard copy. No kindle version for this one. A friend later told me that the Portuguese version of the book was given to all the workers - last year. I asked my friend Louza at "Deseret Brasil" if she had it in English. No, ...more
Jun 25, 2008 Connie rated it it was amazing
This book and especially the book review with the author, opened my mind to new ideas and most importantly taught me new ways to learn. I'm so impressed by the authors incredible knowledge.
Colleen O'grady
Jan 22, 2011 Colleen O'grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enlightening truth on our Temples and our worship in them. Wilcox has given us a greater understanding of the meaning of th eTemple and its necessity in out way of life
Dec 13, 2010 Dil7worth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gospel-books
This was a very thought provoking book and it has changed me for the better. It is worthy of re-reading multiple times.
Jun 02, 2013 Shelli rated it it was amazing
I adore this man. One of my life goals (literally) is to meet him.

House of Glory is a collection of his thoughts on the temple, what our experiences can be like and how we can learn more during our time there. He uses so many personal examples - which I always love - and shows more by example than by preaching that the scriptures can and will illuminate our worship if we love them.

His insights are inspiring. I leave every chapter with my mind spinning with new ideas and motivation to really del
Mar 17, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joy by: Laura Smith
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Jan 17, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Great book! I enjoyed the first part better than the second part, probably because taking names to the temple is something I do and is often talked about in Conference, so I didn't feel Wilcox offered any new insights, just rehashed what was already there. But the first part was very enjoyable. I thought about the temple in new ways and that my worship there related in new ways to the wonderful stories in the scriptures. Enjoyable and worthwhile book!
Janet K. Cook
Jun 14, 2015 Janet K. Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book to read on your way to the temple

I enjoy reading his books on the way to the temple to make sure I'm the right mood. This is fall of lots of insights all of which could be turned into long studies. Hopefully I can find it in Spanish for my friend who is going through the temple next week for the first time . It's a good way to make sure that the temple goes through you as well as you through the temple
Mar 21, 2014 Shane rated it liked it
I would feel evil giving this book anything less than 3 stars. It wasn't, however, what I was hoping for in a book about the temple. Wilcox stresses the importance of returning to the temple often and learning all that is available in the scriptures relating to the temple. Pretty standard stuff, although he clearly has a solid understanding of the scriptures. Chapter 4, Wilcox's formula for temple worship, is the best part of the book.
Sep 21, 2012 Priscilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds
This book was recommended to me by the Jordan River temple matron and it was an excellent suggestion. The author goes over different reasons why the temple is so important, using D&C 109:8 (establish yourselves a house of order, house of faith, house of learning, etc) as an outline. He explains how we can make the temple more of an everyday focus, as well as find more meaning when we do go to the temple.

I loved the principles, examples and stories he shared. Since I'm not married, I often go
Apr 02, 2014 Robyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
Imagine The Lord offering this invitation, "Come into my house of refuge & healing. Receive council and peace. You can come whenever you want and you can stay as long as you want. It doesn't matter who you are because you are all my children. I only ask that you keep the rules of the house. And I'll know that you keep the rules of the house because you'll have the key to the house."
Alan Marchant
Jan 28, 2012 Alan Marchant rated it really liked it
This book by Michael Wilcox is exactly what it sets out to be - a devotional guide to the meaning of temple worship. Although subtitled "Finding Personal Meaning in the Temple," the prospective reader should know that Wilcox does not address any issues of architectural or ceremonial symbolism in temples and he does not address any issues of theology raised there. Rather, he focuses on the variety of personal blessings and worship experiences that are found there (with appropriate preparation).

Sep 05, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
This is a nice book with some neat reminders of the importance of the temple! I LOVE the temple! The temple is the great symbol of our membership, a house of learning, order, glory, thanksgiving, and a place of refuge. There were a few neat stories and reminders in this book for me--President Benson went to his normal weekly temple session instead of going to a BYU Inauguration, the temple is a blessing to our families (in all times), its important to do our family history work as well to receiv ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Thebarrys10 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I've read this extra great book. I learned even more this time, but more importantly I FELT so much more. My appreciate for the temple has increased as has my understanding of why we have temples. I can't recommend this book enough! It's reader friendly, interesting and inspiring.
Brandon Jensen
Feb 05, 2009 Brandon Jensen rated it really liked it
The writing style of the book was a bit staccato, but there were pieces of information in the book which really made me think about the temple differently. A couple of those are:
1- His comments that we don't think enough about the desires of those who have passed away and their influence in trying to find relatives to join the Church and so that they can get their work done. Sometimes I think that we go to the temple for personal reasons and don't consider enough those waiting on the other side
Aug 08, 2015 Christi rated it liked it
Shelves: church
This is pure S. Michael Wilcox, with all the pros and cons that come along with him. Great explanations, good spirit, etc. but also a little too much extrapolation and personal interpretation-as-doctrine sometimes. Still a great read and one to add to the temple library. It's a little longer and drier than others, but it did motivate me to go back to the scriptures to study a few things, so that's a good thing. It is motivating and helps you see the value of temple attendance, but doesn't really ...more
Dorry Lou
Apr 10, 2015 Dorry Lou rated it really liked it
This book really opens your eyes to why you go to the temple and the blessings it brings into your life. It made me want to understand more about the symbolic teachings that occur there. Good book for all that go to the temple
sharon johnston
Oct 02, 2014 sharon johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book answered questions about the scriptures and the temple that I have had for a long time. I recommend this book to everyone who needs to understand why the temple is so important to us.
Sep 28, 2011 Catharine rated it really liked it
I read this years ago for the first time. I love Wilcox' approach to the scriptures. He's a CES teacher and I've heard him speak a couple of times and I really like him. I picked this book up again because I realized that I couldn't remember what the water on the East side of each of our LDS Temples is symbolic of. I knew I had originally read about it in this book. While reading this, it increased my desire to get to the temple more often and to ponder things more deeply while I'm there.
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Aug 10, 2014 Adam rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful and beautiful book. Wilcox writes so conversationally it is easy to skim past the wonderful stories and lessons he communicates in this book. I have to agree with another temple scholar, Mark Shields, that this is one of the best books on the temple available.
Mar 18, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it
This is the first book by S. Michael Wilcox that I've read, and I really enjoyed it (I may look for his writings again in future). Although--as any temple-attending LDS person would expect--the details on the temple are appropriately generalized, there are many insights in the book (on how to recognize and appreciate symbolism generally, in the scriptures and so forth--for example) that really do help one's mind to think back on elements of temple attendance. It's a devotional manual as well as ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, mormon
Great insight. I am excited to learn more from my temple attendance after reading this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is about to go through or has just gone through the temple for the first time.
Oct 02, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
This was my second reading of this book, only this time I read it out loud with my husband every day. There were many things I learned this second time around, but the thing that has stayed with me the most is the chapter about "the waters of Ezekiel." It helped me consider how I view my own temple worship. Am I just "wading in" or am I "swimming up to my neck?" I'm pretty sure I'm a slow learner when it comes to symbolism, but this book has helped enlarge my understanding of symbols and a book ...more
Rebekah Sheppard
Feb 14, 2015 Rebekah Sheppard rated it liked it
Some good scriptural insights.
Sep 11, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing
My Mom gave us this book before she passed away. We were all visiting our beloved Boston & the new temple there & she talked to us about her love of the temple. I attended the temple with her the week before her passing. And her 5 children & spouses all attended together the night before her viewing. I know the importance of this holy place and this book was a great reminder of the covenants & meanings within those walls. It gives me a greater conviction to attend more often and ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Kristina rated it it was amazing
I learned so much!
Feb 28, 2009 Spencer rated it liked it
The author provides some good insight on how to approach the temple in a more meaningful way. He recites several commandments and invitations of our latter-day leaders to inspire us to renew our commitment to attend regularly and often.

My favorite part and probably the most meaningful section of the book is the author's "The parable of the keys." This short and simple little parable is able to succinctly teach the true purpose of the temple and how we must work to obtain it.
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S. Michael Wilcox is an instructor at the institute of religion adjacent to the University of Utah. A frequent speaker at Brigham Young University Education Week, Michael also conducts tours of the Holy Land, Church history sites, Europe, China, and Central America. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brigham Young University, a master’s in media from the University of Arizo ...more
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