Mormon temple worship similar to other religions

While temple worship is a prominent and unique characteristic of Mormonism, there are numerous similarities to it in ancient religious texts and traditions throughout the world, said the closing speaker at the two-day FAIR Mormon Apologetics Conference on Friday.

Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, is an outspoken defender of Mormonism and a perennial speaker at the annual conference sponsored by the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, an independent group that seeks to refute charges leveled at the doctrines, practices and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Peterson's topic was "The Temple as a Place of Ascent to God." He said ascent is a motif that finds expression throughout the ancient world.

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