“Journey through the Ancient Tabernacle,” Liahona, March 2018
Journey through the Ancient Tabernacle
As in modern temples, the symbolism in the tabernacle can teach us about our journey back to God’s presence.
For thousands of years, temples have been a place where God uses priesthood ordinances and sacred covenants to teach His children eternal truths about His plan of salvation.
During their travels in the wilderness, the people of Israel were commanded to build a tabernacle so that God could “dwell among them” (Exodus 29:46). “Tabernacle literally means ‘place of dwelling’ and was so called in the belief that God literally lived within its sacred confines. When Israel camped, the tabernacle was set up in the precise center of the camp (symbolizing the idea that God was to be the center of his people’s lives).”1
Consider these items in the tabernacle and what they can teach us about our return to God’s presence.