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Class Information

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

The Temple: A House of Worship

Taught by Kent Jolley


Day Time Location
Saturday, August 3 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

There are now at least 140 temples in operation and many more under construction or announced for the use and benefit of the members of the Church. In this class we will participate in a discussion about temple worship and how it can enrich our lives spiritually. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Understanding why temple worship is our highest form of worship. (D&C 38:32; President Boyd K. Packer, "The Holy Temple", Ensign, Feb. 1995).
  2. Understanding the importance of not only having a testimony (knowing), but also achieving a deeper conversion (doing) as relates to temple worship. (Elder David A. Bednar, "Act in Doctrine"'98).
  3. To understand the importance of temple worship and how it helps us to "become" what we need to become in this life. (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Conference address, "Our Challenge to become"' October 2000).
  4. To understand how temple covenants are an extension of the baptismal covenants, which we renew as we partake of the sacrament. (D&C 20:77; 109:22; Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ,"81).
  5. Understanding the importance of personal worthiness in order to receive personal revelation while in the temple. (D&C 97:15-17; President Ezra Taft Benson, "Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson", 251).