“In Their Sanctuaries”

Alan C. Miner

In Alma 16:13 it mentions that Alma and Amulek "went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples, and in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues . . ." Is there a difference in sanctuaries from temples and synagogues? Hugh Nibley says, Yes. A sanctuary isn't a full-scale temple and it's not a meeting place either. It's just a place where holy things might be held, something like a bishop's storehouse. . . . As you know, it is also very typical to have shrines. Do we have shrines in the Church today? What kind of shrines do we have? We have places we visit, like Nauvoo, . . . the Sacred Grove, etc. Those aren't exactly shrines, but they are places that are treasured. They are not particularly magical, and they are not regular meeting places, as temples and churches are. [Hugh W. Nibley, Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 2, p. 358]

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