What does Blackmail have to do with the Holy of Holies? Or the Washing of Feet? A lot! Here is a brief history of this room within the Salt Lake Temple.

The Crazy Story Of Blackmail And The Holy Of Holies.

Let me start off with this disclaimer. No disrespect is meant for the Temple, I work in the Temple, and I love it dearly. The quotes about the Temple, the Holy of Holies, and Washing of Feet are quotes from either public addresses or from the writings of the general authorities.

Since I’ve returned from my mission in 2014 I have had the chance to visit 55 different temples. I have learned a lot about the Temple, one of my favorite things I have learned has been about the Holy of Holies, and the history surrounding it. 

I was talking to the former temple president of the Bismarck North Dakota Temple, and I asked him about the Holy of Holies and the Washing of Feet (Bismarck is a smaller temple). He was shocked and gave me a look of “you’re 24, how do you know about that” and then he said.

“Every ordinance that can be performed in the Salt Lake Temple can be performed in any other Temple, each Temple has all the rooms need, the size and look of the rooms are the only difference. And I will leave it at that.”

Let me explain a little about the history of the Salt Lake Temple and the Holy of Holies.

The Holy of Holies in the Salt Lake Temple

The Holy of Holies in the Salt Lake Temple in the early 1900’s.
(From “The House of the Lord” by Elder James E. Talmage)


The story around this photo is worth telling itself as it deals with apostasy and blackmail. In summary.

In the early 1900’s Gisbert Bossard, a former bishop, with the help of a groundskeeper snuck into the Salt Lake Temple during renovations and took almost 70 photographs of the Salt Lake Temple. Then a businessman named Florence tried to blackmail the church with these photos.

Read the rest at My Life by Gogo Goff


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