For 15 nights, I invited the 15 apostles to come to temple square and meet with adults who have been hurt as children. Over those 15 days, upwards of 800 people, members and former members gathered with anticipation. Every night their hopes were dashed. They were greeted by an empty chair.
The apostles are fully aware of the thousands of children who their policies have dreadfully hurt. They are fully aware that their protocols continue to put our kids in harms way. They continue to refuse to even recognize their victims. The apostles remain in their comfy ivory tower and look down with, what appears to be, dismissal and disregard for the masses.
Well, fine. If that’s the way they want it, I am going over their heads…directly to the master of the universe. For the last 4 nights at Temple Square, I’ve invited Jesus to join us.
Will he actually show up? I don’t have certain confirmation. However, I’m pretty sure He will not disappoint. A chair will be awaiting Him. Not a red velvet throne fit for an apostle. Nope. A lowly camp chair. The same humble seating that the apostles treated with disdain.
Tonight’s Temple-side Chat with Jesus will include 3 significant events.
1) Christ will occupy the empty chair. I hope.
2) This night will be my Ezekiel evening.
3) A new ritual will be established and continued for the last 4 nights of our Chats.
If you are a victim or survivor of abuse and shame please come. The next 4 Temple-side’s are designed specifically for you.
This is all something completely new to me. I’m a little nervous and also very much looking forward to it.
Of course, you can watch it on FB livestream.
Wednesday 8/15, 7:00pm, South Temple St, SLC