Krister Stendahl was a world famous Swedish Lutheran theologian who was working as a professor at Harvard. He was very sympathetic to the Mormon Church, although he did not always have an exact theological interpretation. Stendahl had wanted to visit a Mormon temple and experience God.
He said that worship in a Mormon temple was a "wonderful thing." "I could see myself taking part of the act as a way to extend the blessings that have come to me in and through Jesus Christ," said Stendahl in a church video .
"It's a wonderful way to let the eternal mix with the worldly, which in a sense is what Christianity is all about. ... It is to make porous wall between time and eternity. "Read more
Krister Stendahl was a close friend of the Mormons, and helped so that it was possible to build a temple in Västerhaninge in Stockholm, when the anti-Mormons wanted to stop the construction. He had very much wanted to meet God in the temple, and the church has a movie where he talks about the temple.
He also wrote an article about "baptism for the dead" (vicarious baptism) in the Encyclopedia on Mormonism, which he defends the Mormon Church's tradition and shows the Christian urkyrkliga traditions that existed. In other words, nothing new as some accuse Mormons.
The Swedish Lutheran theologian Krister Stendahl (1921-2008) specialized in the New Testament.
He has questioned the research done from Augustine and forward, and try to convey new ideas concerning the study of Paul, then you have to see the surrounding environment, and given to the historical context of the society in which Paul appeared in.
There were tensions between Jewish Christians and Gentile converts, just as we see today between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) and on the other hand, the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Stendahl created Stendahl's three rules for religious understanding (on the blog right column). He was a friend of the Mormons, and defended them when there was vocal opposition of the temple in Västerhaninge.
1) If you want to know something about a religion, ask the faithful members, not the enemy.
2) Do not compare your own religion best qualities of others 'religions' worst sides.
3) Leave room and allow the holy envy. It's ok to admire other religions even if you do not want to become a member. Read more
Stendahl was not a member of the Mormon Church, and never wanted to be there, but he very much appreciated the faith of the Church.