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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

The Temple: A House of Learning

Taught by Kent Jolley


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 2 p.m. Ricks 147
Kent Jolley

Kent Jolley


Elder Jolley was born in Rexburg, Idaho December 30, 1933. He attended secondary and elementary schools in Rexburg. He served a two-and-a-half-year mission in Argentina beginning in 1954. He attended Ricks College 1957-58 where he met Jill Leishman, also a resident of Madison County. They were married November 22, 1957. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last year. They have seven children, five girls and two boys. They also have 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Elder Jolley received his Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from George Washington University. He served as a prosecuting attorney for Madison County and practiced law in Rexburg for a total of 30 years, during which time he was also involved in many community service projects. Locally, he has served as a bishop and member of a stake presidency along with many other callings. In 1991 he was called as president of the Texas Corpus Christi (now McAllen) Mission. He was called as a General Authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1997, where he served for six-and-a-half years. During that time he served in the presidencies of the North America East, Brazil and Brazil North Areas and ultimately as President of the Brazil South Area. During part of that time he also served as Assistant Executive Director of the Church Curriculum Department.

Most recently he served as president of the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple, with Sister Jolley serving as matron. Elder Jolley currently serves as a sealer in the Rexburg Idaho Temple. Both he and Sister Jolley served on the Presidents Advancement Council here at BYU-Idaho for several years.

Class Outline

In January of 1833, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith at Kirtland, Ohio that the members of the Church should "organize yourselves" and establish "a house of learning."  (D&C 88:119; 109:8).  In this class you will participate in a discussion relating to the things we can and should learn from the temple experience, which gives us better understanding of life's purpose and our duty to serve the Lord and our fellow men. We will not discuss sacred things, which are talked about only in the temple.

Learning objectives:

  1. That the temple ordinances encompass the entire Plan of Salvation, and help us understand things otherwise difficult to understand (President Gordon B. Hinckley, ("Why These Temples?" and "Commonly Asked Questions", Ensign October 2010).
  2. That by using symbolism, the way the Master taught, the temple ceremony is constantly renewing itself in the minds of those who participate (Boyd K. Packer, "The Holy Temple" 38-39).
  3. That "repetition" is an important principle in the learning process. (David A. Bednar,"Act in Doctrine," 124)
  4. The importance and significance of making and keeping temple covenants. (Exodus 19: 5-6; Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sept. 28, 1846, 5; David A. Bednar, "Act in Doctrine", 97).
  5. Understand the importance of unselfishly acting as saviors on Mt. Zion. (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Closing Remarks, General Conference, October, 2004).