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How One Man Creates Ancient Tabernacle Clothing Using a LEGO Machine (+Why Understanding Biblical Tabernacles Is So Important Today)


Check out the latest podcast from LDS Perspectives.

As part of the Young Scholars Series, Laura Harris Hales interviewed Bible-enthusiast Daniel Smith, creator of the YouTube channel “Messages of Christ.” Smith’s channel is equal parts fascinating and popular, evidenced by its view count of over 1 million.

On perusing Smith’s channel, it’s apparent that he has a particular interest that at first glance may seem a bit unusual: ancient tabernacles and its artifacts. That interest has led Smith to study and actually build them in addition to creating unique and authentic tabernacle clothing.  

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Tabernacle of Moses

During his interview, Smith recounts how and why he creates tabernacle clothing, (get this: it involves a hand-built Lego machine) what exactly happened in the tabernacle in biblical times, and why it’s important for members of the church to understand it today. 

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LEGO Yarn Twister Version 1.0
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Exodus 28 - The Jewish Priestly Garments

Sometimes, as Smith explains, the best way to understand something is to experience it.  

Tabernacle camps are popping up — typically in Youth Conferences — in stakes all over the United States. There’s even one coming to BYU in the coming months, which will be used to teach students about its ancient biblical context.

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Tabernacle Camp Experience

Find out what happens there and why, as well as how it relates to our current temple experience, in this episode of LDS Perspectives Podcast.

Access resources referenced in this podcast at LDS Perspectives. 

Lead image from Messages of Christ YouTube Channel
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