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With the way the leaders conversed with one another on the stand, one would’ve thought they were childhood friends. “Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!” the University of Utah Salt Lake Institute Choir sang, while members of various faiths equally held back tears.

“We, your beloved, gather as an act of faith, … believing that when we choose to gather in unity, You will choose to be present with us,” prayed the Rev. Vinnetta Golphin-Wilkerson of the Granger Community Christian Church to start the conference. It was clear she knew to Whom she was praying.

On Tuesday, May 2, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an interfaith fireside in the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle. This event was inspired by the Tabernacle Experience event, a full-sized, Old Testament tabernacle display showcased around Utah. The speakers talked about their belief in Christ — but their amiable demeanor and willingness to learn one another’s beliefs said it all.

Evangelical Christians

“In broad terms, the tabernacle reveals to us the pattern of worship our holy God ascribes for us to approach Him,” said Pastor Corey Hodges of The Point Church. He shared with the congregation how the symbols of the tabernacle of Moses point to the Savior Jesus Christ.

The brazen alter of sacrifice, for example, represents the Lamb of God, who “was the final consummation of all human sacrifices.” The golden lampstand, he said, represents the Light of the world and how “as children of God, we too have the light of Christ in our hearts.”

Once a year in the tabernacle, the high priest would sprinkle blood of a sacrificial bull onto the mercy seat, or lid of the ark of the covenant.

“It is because of His shed blood and His ultimate Resurrection,” said the Pastor, “that we are saved from the practice, the penalty and the presence of sin. Christ’s blood sprinkled on the altar of our hearts … makes atonement for our sins and gives us access through Jesus Christ.” This is why, he said, Evangelical Christians pray in Jesus’ name.

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