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Class Information

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

Isaiah’s Vision of Latter-day Temple Worship

Taught by Ross Baron

Sessions

Day Time Location
Thursday, August 1 3 p.m. Taylor Chapel
Ross Baron

Ross Baron

Biography

Ross Baron was born and raised in southern California. He joined the Church at 18 and served in the Argentina, Buenos Aires South Mission, which was divided. Baron then served the remainder of his mission in the Argentina, Bahia Blanca Mission. When he returned home, he met, fell in love with, and married Kathleen Ann Bolton in the Los Angeles Temple.

Ross and Kathleen have seven children (five boys and two girls), six grandchildren, and two more on the way.

Baron received a bachelor's degree from BYU in Finance, a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Religion and Social Ethics.

He was involved in business and entrepreneurship before working as a full-time LDS Institute director and CES Coordinator at the Glendora and Claremont Institutes. After twelve years, Baron came to teach at BYU-Idaho in 2005.

Baron loves to teach and to learn. For him, there is nothing so exciting as being in a classroom with students who are anxious, bright, and ready to learn by study and by faith.

Some of the unique experiences Baron has enjoyed in his life include:

-Swimming across the San Francisco Bay for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.

-Winning a stove, a mop, and a barrel sauna on The Price is Right.

-Being a guest on the History Channel to represent the Church.

-Playing the drums with a group of Institute students at L.A.’s Hard Rock Café.

-Participating in a radio show in southern California where callers could ask any question about the Church.

-Playing the drums at Guitars Unplugged in Fall Semester 2005 and Winter Semester 2006 (His group made it to the "Best of" both semesters).

-Speaking at Christian colleges and universities on the Church.

-Playing chess in the US Open Tournament in 1991 in Los Angeles (His first match was against Arnold Denker who had previously beat Bobby Fisher...he worked Ross!).

-Leading six community firesides about the Church where thousands attended. This is featured on the website fairlds.org

Class Outline

This class will focus on Isaiah's view of temple work, temple worship, temple construction, temple teaching, and the centrality of the temple in all dispensations, but especially as it relates to the Latter-days.  His words give encouragement, insight, and motivation to Latter-day Saint temple worship and family history work.  

  1. Isaiah saw the Latter-day temple and its purposes to help establish Zion to prepare for the Millennium. 2 Nephi 12:2-5
    • When, what, where, the status, and a "what will happen?" are all answered in these verses.
    • What does it mean to be taught "His ways" and "walk in His paths" and how is the temple different than the Church in this respect?
    • What is the relationship between the order of events that Isaiah sees here: the temple, Zion, and the Millennium?
  2. Isaiah's call helps us connect the sacrament to the temple.
    • 2 Nephi 16:1-8
    • Isaiah is concerned with his worthiness. He goes through a sacrament-like experience that connects to the temple and is cleansed.
    • Following his experience his response to the call is an echo of the pre-mortal answer of the Son of God.
  3. Isaiah foresaw the role that the temples would play in endowing the saints with power to help in the plan of the Father to redeem His children, 2 Nephi 6:6-7
    • The endowed members of the Church have a covenant responsibility to help bring His children back. Metaphorically, Isaiah sees us carrying them in our arms and on our shoulders.
  4. Isaiah offers hope to all of God's children that in the temple we can be healed and restored to our Heavenly Father, Isaiah 56:3-8
    • Sons of strangers and eunuchs symbolize those that are outcasts without help. The Lord offers them supernal blessings within His walls.