Various years ago I wrote about the funny little placard I noticed on the LDS temple prayer roll boxes.
At the time I was amused at the restriction on the number of people you could submit to the prayer roll. Apparently at some point there was a conversation or a problem that made it all the way up to the leadership levels. It was such a problem that it resulted in a placard. It's funny to contemplate but it appears that at some point in time temple patrons were simply praying for too many people, and such immature, unchristian mischief had to be stopped. I guess the capacity of the little box (or the capacity of the prayers?) was just being exceeded too often? Or something like that.
(The banner image for the temple prayer roll announcement is interesting. One man and two adult women leaving the temple? I mean really? Maybe it's their adult daughter. I guess adult females regularly attending the temple with just their parents is commonplace? This is a prayer roll announcement so that's curious. If the two women are not mother-daughter and this one man leaving the temple with two women that brings to mind a variety of other ideas..... but I digress)
The electronic submission announced August 2020 has been further restricted now to 5 names per request. We know for certain that this is not a limitation based on technology, nor a database limitation, nor a space constraint. I'm left with few conclusions of what is really behind this. I wonder why 5? That's not even enough for a lot of Utah parents to include all of their children.
When Jesus came to the Nephites, to the temple (3 Nephi 11:1) it says this in verse 23: And now Father, I pray unto thee for them, and also for all those who shall believe on their words.
WHOA stop right there Jesus.... you came to the temple and are sending prayers to God for TOO many people. You'll have to break those up into