Um Samwael’s tales of the Church in the Middle East continue. This one has a really interesting significance, since I had always heard that all of our temples face east, where the sun rises. Or was it the direction that people also tell me that Christ will come from? Either way, in this story, our current (at the moment I’m writing this) prophet avoids confrontation by thinking outside of the box:
When President Monson traveled to Jordan to dedicate the land, everyone wondered if he would face west during the prayer, towards Jerusalem, or East, towards Mecca. Both directions have a lot of social, emotional, and religious significance. It was the topic of much speculation. He faced North.
My friend Dustin told me this story last night about President Monson:
Rumors have it that President Monson is from the tribe of Levi. The fact that he became a bishop so early in his life is proof of this, according to some people. When he became prophet, there was a lot of talk that he would be the last prophet before the Second Coming because in section 13 of the Doctrine and Covenants, John the Baptist gives Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey the priesthood and says:
“…and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.”
And so, the fact that we may or may not have a Levite prophet has sparked the imagination of many people concerning the Lord’s timeline and Christ’s return. Any minute now, President Monson will re-institute Levitical sacrificial rites in the temple and “offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness,” sparking the Second Coming.
According to the rumors, anyway.