Well I supose it depends on what you mean by "defile" in regard to the temple 
environs.  That might suggest a rededication or something like that.  I do not think 
that someone who is unworthy, simply by being there is likely to ruin the experience 
for all of the attendees.

What one ought to do when attending the temple is worry abuot their own situation and 
not fear that someone else's attendance will do something negative to the temple.

The answer is still NO and the previous reasons still apply.


-------Original Message-------
From: Stacy Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: 08/21/03 08:24 AM
Subject: Re: [ZION] Temple Defilement

> Obviously I was referring to those who go in spite of the fact they know 
they aren't living up to even the letter.  Are those people defiling the 


At 10:20 PM 08/19/2003 -0700, you wrote:

>On Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at 08:38 PM, George Cobabe wrote:
>>No!  There is not one of us truly worthy to be in the temple, as in the 
>>presence of God.  The atonement makes up for our individual problems and 

>>I am sure would keep the Temple pure for those who do their best to 
>>attend in faith.
>Well said, George.
>Look, folks, the Lord is our judge, and he is never as judgmental as we 
>mere mortals.  We are quick to judge, slow to forgive, stubborn, and 
>rebellious.  We also get angry too fast.  We had better repent, and soon.
>I work in the Oakland Temple.  I've worked there almost 13 years.  I've 
>easily entered that sacred edifice over 500 times.  Every time when I 
>reach for my wallet to get my recommend, I ask myself if I am really 
>worthy to enter.  Some weeks I am more comfortable with the idea than 
>others.  I keep going to the temple, however, because I know I'm really 
>trying.  I'm trying to control my anger, to obey, to yield to the will of 

>the Lord, to forgive quickly, and to let the Lord judge.  I keep the 
>letter of the temple recommend questions reasonably well, and am trying
>keep the spirit of them as well.  Perfect?  I am far from it.  I am 
>planning to get there someday, although I'm not looking forward to the 
>process.  Adversity is tough.
>So, what level of wickedness does it take to not be worthy to enter the 
>temple?  It's spelled out clearly in the temple recommend questions.
>If you are keeping the letter of the temple recommend questions
>well, go to the temple.  When you have occasional minor lapses, repent
>go to the temple.  If you have a major lapse (such as failure to tithe or 

>keep the Word of Wisdom, law of chastity violations, etc.), stop going to 

>the temple. Go to your bishop instead, and fix the problem.  In all
>major or minor, allow the Lord to forgive you, and please, forgive 
>yourself.  After that, go back to the temple.
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