[quote="LivingWaters7, post:16, topic:297175"]
It isn't an "interrogation". In the temple recommend interview, one is essentially asked whether they believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the atonement of Jesus Christ, accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ, if they sustain the prophets and apostles, questions related to various commandments, such as the Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom, Tithing, honoring the covenants you have entered into, if you support those who are against the Church of Jesus Christ, if you are honest, etc. Essentially, the temple recommend interview is about whether one is an active and believing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Forgive me, but I have gone through multiple priesthood interrogations and temporary temple recommend interrogations. My mother has gone through the real deal as well as the rituals done in the temple. It is an interrogation. If Mormonism is to have any legitimacy at all, it needs to be open and transparent. I know exactly what happens in the temple because my mother has told me. But nobody else is allowed to know. We were taught to never speak about the temple outside of the temple. Compare that with any respectable faith in the 21st century. Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodoxy, Sunni Islam, Shia Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism, etc ad infinitum all allow non-members to read their literature, investigate their rituals, criticize their beliefs, and come to a conclusion. Now, take all of the "religions" that are secretive and closed off. Druze, Alawi, FLDS, Manson Family, Peoples' Temple, Scientology, and Mormonism. Plus more that I can't think of at the moment. Do you have positive opinions of any of those, apart from your own? Why would anyone? Because they are secretive.
You and I both now the details of the church. You are in college which means you are old enough to go to the temple. So tell me, have the handshakes through the curtains given you a Christ filled life? Do you think that by cutting out the signs on your worn out temple garments before discarding them really helps keep the secret?