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April 7th, 2007

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From:awallens
Date:April 8th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
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Hey is it true Fiona could not go with you? I asked a friend of mine who is Mormon if guide dogs were allowed in the temple and she said no. I'm just wondering the why behind that? Is it because dogs are unclean or?... You can email me if you with with the answer... I've just always wondered.
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From:djner
Date:April 9th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I thought I would wait to answer questions, but it is one way I can forget my pain. And I'll try to do my best at answering this question (I don't mind putting it in comments). I don't know everything, so don't quote me. I'm still trying to get some policies changed myself, so we'll see what happens.

I don't think that dogs aren't allowed into the temple just because they are unclean. One thing I didn't explain, or maybe I did I don't know, is that when we're in the temple, we all wear white to symbolize purity. So having a dog in the temple proper would be a bit different in that respect.

The way the temple folks explained it to me on Saturday was that when you go into the temple alone as a blind person, there would be no real reason why you might need your dog there. They can't, for example, go in the water with you to do baptisms etc. Also, in the other ordinances that are done at the temple, they would have a worker assigned to help you out through the temple. So really, I don't mind not bringing my dog into the actual temple.

What I have an issue with is that there isn't a policy for what you do with your dog when you're in the temple. There's a waiting room that everyone can go in, and what I've suggested is that dogs b allowed to be left there for the hour or so that you might be in the temple. For me, I live four hours away from the temple, so I either have to leave Fiona for the whole day with a friend, or leave her alone for a while. I don't like either of these options, and would feel much more comfortable if I could leave her in the waiting room. They said that they might be able to arrange with someone to watch Fiona for the short time that we're in there, but still.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I want to actually go to the temple, and I see their point that the dog would probably get in the way more than it would be worth to take her in. So I think it's a combination of dogs having the reputation of being unclean and unbehaved (regular dogs), and the fact that they're willing to help you out while you're in there. Does this make sense? Talk to you later. I better stop before I confuse myself further.

All the best.

Noel

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