A Sacred Code: Mormon Temple Dedications, 1836-2000

Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 173-196, Summer 2006

24 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2008

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Samuel M. Brown

University of Utah School of Medicine

Abstract

This paper presents a statistical content analysis of the temple dedication prayers of the first one hundred Latter-day Saint temples. The most prominent changes over the approximately 150 years represented are the abbreviation and codification of prayers. The formalization process, spearheaded by church president Gordon B. Hinckley, has separated the prayers somewhat from their nineteenth-century origins while making them more consistent with other Latter-day Saint ritual prayers.

Keywords: Mormonism, Religious Culture, Prayers

Suggested Citation

Brown, Samuel M., A Sacred Code: Mormon Temple Dedications, 1836-2000. Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 173-196, Summer 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1140932

Samuel M. Brown (Contact Author)

University of Utah School of Medicine ( email )

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

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