In Modern culture many people are concerned with the words rite and ritual, viewing them as negative expressions, though the terms themselves mean nothing of the sort. The term rite, from which ritual and ritualistic stem, simply means "with correct religious procedure; in the manner required, properly, duly, correctly, rightly, fittingly." By these definitions, the terms perfectly describe a variety of spiritual and religious experiences among Latter-day Saints.
This wide-ranging book brings together an impressive array of authors who discuss ritual- not only Latter-day Saint ritual but also the ritual of other cultures- all seen through the lens of faith. These rituals begin in the ancient world and carry on into the New Testament world and into modern times.
For example, Michael D. Rhodes discusses Egyptian rituals that celebrate the importance of the family in the eternities. Arron Reeves explains the symbolism of physically laying hands on another person's head in order to bestow priesthood authority. Daniel L. Belnap explores the changing ritual of symbolically wiping the dust off one's feet. Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt discusses the transition of Ethiopian female converts from the buna coffee ritual to the empowering circle of Relief Society sisterhood. And Robert L Millet describes the importance of salvific ordinances, ordinances of comfort, and personal sacraments in our salvation and exaltation.