Tabernacle Camp Experience

Tabernacle Camp Experience


During the first two weeks of August 2016,
a historic Tabernacle Youth camp and public open house were held by members
of the Huntington Beach and Murrieta Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The two stakes collaborated on the project,
building one of the most accurate and beautiful replicas of the ancient Tabernacle of Moses. The replica was used to teach youth and adults
about this significant, first portable temple. The first week of events was devoted to helping
the youth of the two stakes learn about the importance of the ancient Tabernacle. Youth from the Huntington Beach Stake, as
part of their Youth Conference, first were divided into twelve tribes, and then marched
into camp, with their tribe leaders and banners leading the way. For the next several days, they camped as
tribes around the Tabernacle, and took a variety of classes to help them learn about the Tabernacle
of Moses, ancient sacrifices, and in particular, how these Old Testament ordinances and practices pointed to the atoning sacrifice
of the Lord Jesus Christ. The classes included teachings about the symbolism
of water, the tree of life, olive oil, incense, sacred clothing, and bread in ancient times. Perhaps the two most meaningful classes were
on the process of making olive oil. During the class the youth first crushed olives
by hand, and then placed the crushed olive mash beneath a replica ancient press, harvesting
the olive oil as it oozed out into a container. Youth then learned that the word Gethsemane
in Hebrew means olive press, and of how the symbolism of the olive press typify the suffering
of the Savior in Gethsemane. For lunch on the first day of the camp, the
youth gathered together and broke bread and ate a meal the way it might have been like
in ancient times. They took turns washing hands, ate with their
hands while seated on the ground, and learned of the importance of communal
meals in ancient times. During the camp, the youth also
enjoyed swimming, diving, boating, and sliding down the slides at the huge pool. They also participated in various activities
and relay races to help create teamwork and establish unity and
friendships among the youth. At night the Tabernacle was lit up,
with a huge pillar of light, representing the pillar of fire
by night as found in scripture. Interestingly, on several mornings
the Tabernacle was also covered with a beautiful layer of fog,
reminiscent of the cloud by day. On the second and last day of the camp, the
youth from both stakes toured the Tabernacle. They started in the outer court, learning
about the beautifully colored outer gate, the bronze altar of sacrifice with its four horns, the laver for ritual washing, and about the various outer
layers of the tabernacle structure. They also learned about the garments of the
high priest, and how the clothing pointed to and symbolized Jesus Christ,
the Great High Priest. They then entered the Holy Place and learned
about the golden seven branched menorah, the table of showbread with its 12 loaves of bread, and the altar of incense that was
placed before the veil of the temple, repressing the prayers
of the saints ascending to heaven. As the last part of their tour,
they entered the Holy of Holies and looked into the ark of the covenant. They learned of how the high priest entered
this room only once a year on the day of atonement, and how this symbolized Christ entering the
presence of God and interceding on our behalf. On the Sunday after the last day of the youth
camps, the Murrieta stake held their Stake Priesthood training meeting in the outer court
of the Tabernacle. From Monday through Thursday of the second
week, a public open house was held with over 3,000 attendees touring the Tabernacle. Guests were taken on a 45 minute tour where
they learned of how the Tabernacle pointed to Christ, and of how learning about these
ancient practices, can better help us understand the atonement of Jesus Christ. Over the two week period, over 3,500 people
were able to experience the Tabernacle and witness with their own eyes this
unique and sacred structure!

70 Replies to “Tabernacle Camp Experience”

  1. Wow! This is the coolest idea I have seen in a while. I think every stake should participate in this type of a project just like they do for the Pioneer Trek

  2. it was truly an amazing spiritual experience. It helped me understand more of the sacredness of the tabernacle. It helped make us more appreciative that we have so many temples and that transportation is so flexible for us all. Our spiritual covenants should always be our first priority in these the latter days.

  3. I suppose Beethoven and Schiller had absolutely nothing to do with "Ode to Joy"? Has Ricky Valadez entirely supplanted them?

  4. I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed likewise in heaven,' said Molkhiúl YAOHÚSHUA in Man-YÁOHU (Matthew) 18:18.

  5. this is such a beautiful and needed way to teach…I hope the camp continues thru the tribulation time…YHVH bless you all

  6. This is phenominal! I appreciate learning about ancient Temples and practices that all point to our merciful Messiah, Jesus Christ.

  7. This is amazing and glorious. I need this camp to arrange in Thailand too, I want our youth and YSA to learn about the temple before we have the real temple in Thailand.

  8. It seems cool but there's a part of me that finds it disrespectful. How would we feel if someone turned our temple ceremony into an interactive costume drama?

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  10. I bet this would have been awesome. Looks like a great spiritual experience. Bet other kids in my ward would love it.

  11. Great presentation. 
    FYI the Mennonites, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have a Tabernacle replica, as well. Our family visited it when we lived there many years ago.

  12. Bruh just say mormons nobody calls them the church of jesus christ of latter day saints not only is it a mouthful but it really is inaccurate, just call it mormon

  13. One small correction to point out. Moses' Tabernacle was NOT the first mobile dwelling for God. Adam was!!! After the Fall , God manifested outside of man in temples made with hands until the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed OUR house again and the true original mobile Tabernacle of God … US…was rededicated on The Day of Pentecost!!!

  14. I was hoping to see a replica made. This is amazing! Thank you for doing that for the youth and the general public.

  15. How different is this from mindset "yeah catch me outside". How could society be so empty and go so low in our days?

  16. And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord , which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord , and devoured them, and they died before the Lord . Leviticus 10, 1‭-‬2

    Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9, 1‭-‬28

    And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesians 2, 1‭-‬22

    And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. Revelation 11, 19

  17. Yeah these are all nice Jewish rituals and all but ask yourself, does God really want your ancient sacrifices? God only cares for the sacrifice you make in your heart and soul when you choose for GOD and what you do now in the present!

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