As many of my LDS readers know, HBO has announced its intent to present an episode of their Big Love television series tomorrow, March 15th, in which they claim to feature a simulation of the Latter-day Saint temple ceremony.  The temple and its ceremonies are considered sacred by devout Mormons.

The Church published its official response to the growing controversy last Monday.  Bearing the title The Publicity Dilemma, the Church’s statement is a model of restraint and balance.  As such, it is worth a careful reading, and I recommend it to all.  Find it at the LDS Newsroom site.

The Church also released the following short video via its “Mormon Messages” YouTube channel. Based on the film Heaven and Earth, it includes a number of unusual interviews with Jewish and Protestant scholars as well as LDS authorities, focusing on modern temples as constructed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.