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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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Nov 09, 2008 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
Stephanie Schmid
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! I highly recommend listening to the audio! So many great insights to help you understand and appreciate the temple more fully!
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
Sep 30, 2010 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 25, 2008 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 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
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I really would give this book 2 or 2.5 stars, but I feel bad giving any religious book low stars :) . First I should clarified that I listened to the audio version of this book.
It wasn't that I didn't learn things from this book, there were some interesting thoughts and realizations that come to me from this book. But, I was looking for a little more depth and this went on pretty long with things that seemed to scratch the surface. He brakes the book into 4 purposes of the temple, which I liked
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shantels-books
listened to on CD. Gave me some things to think about as I attend the temple or make my life more temple worthy.
Steve Center
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book really motivated me to think in different ways about my temple worship.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and learned so much!
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book and the insights the author offered. I would definitely like to own this book so I can read it again and mark it up.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
An inspiring book about the importance of temple work, and the peace we can find as we spend more time in the temple. If we truly understand the importance of temple work, we would lay aside other things and spend more time in the temple.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joy by: Laura Smith
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Robyn Hall
Aug 31, 2015 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
Sep 05, 2012 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
Jul 06, 2015 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
Aug 08, 2012 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
Alan Marchant
Jan 28, 2012 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 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
Sep 28, 2011 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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Jan 29, 2009 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
Brandon Jensen
Jul 10, 2008 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
Feb 17, 2015 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
May 25, 2015 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
Oct 02, 2009 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
Feb 28, 2009 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.
Jun 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds
I really appreciate the insight this book gave me on the temple, and while reading the book, finding the temple in my scripture reading became much easier. I would have given it a four, but it seemed like the last thrid was jumping all over the place. That could be my personal life interjecting itself in my reading though, because we just made the big move to Philly. Things were a little hectic.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Michael Wilcox is always amazing. This book touched me deeply and further strengthened my testimony of the temple.

One story that he shared, that I won't forget is when he was praying about how to protect his children during their teenage years. Heavenly Father told him that through attending the temple he will be able to protect his children. What a sweet promise for any parent who often feels so helpless in protecting their children from the adversary.
Mar 21, 2014 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.
Janet K. Cook
Jun 14, 2015 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
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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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