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date: 27 January 2020

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This chapter gives an overview of Latter-day Saint temple worship and explores the meaning of that liturgy by using insights from phenomenological reflection on memory. Temple worship is not something one celebrates merely as an individual, nor is its meaning something one can understand merely in individualistic terms. As a whole, the temple ritual is an education in partaking of divine life through a participatory drama, an enactment of the stories of Creation, the Garden of Eden, the Fall, and mortality. The high point of that ritual education is the response to sexual difference via a coming together of male and female in what Mormons call “sealing.”

Keywords: ritual, liturgy, phenomenology, memory, participatory drama, sexual difference, LDS sealing

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