The Role of Women in Mormon Temples

The Role of Women in Mormon Temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) builds temples throughout the world for worthy members of the Church to enter and participate in sacred ordinances and to make sacred covenants. Mormons consider each temple to be the House of the Lord Jesus Christ. Women play significant roles in the work done in temples. When the Prophet Joseph Smith, the first President of the Church of Jesus Christ, organized the Relief Society, the women’s auxiliary of the priesthood, he said: “The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.”1 Fifth Church President Lorenzo Snow said of the women of the Church: “You have ever been found at the side of the...

Mormon Temple Worthiness

Mormon Temple Worthiness

Since the Mormon temple is literally a house of God, one must prepare as if he or she is actually entering God’s presence.  In holy temples Mormons consecrate themselves to the service of God.  If a person cannot abide by the commandments in everyday life, then how can he or she expect to live an even higher law?  In the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, we read about Abraham, who was commanded by God to offer up his son Isaac as a sacrifice.  Since human sacrifice, practiced in some pagan religions, was abhorrent to the true faith, and since Isaac was Abraham’s only hope to fulfill God’s promise of seed, this request must have struck Abraham as incomprehensible.  But he still followed through.  God...

What is the Mormon Endowment?

What is the Mormon Endowment?

“Endowment” means gift, and the Mormon temple endowment is a gift from God of power and knowledge.  Worthy Mormons, those who are keeping the commandments of God, including keeping the Mormon health laws, the law of chastity (no sex outside of traditional marriage), paying a full tithing (10% of one’s income), and being honest in all one’s dealings, may seek to enter the Mormon temple to make higher covenants.  The endowment ceremony takes about 90 minutes and consists of instruction and covenant-making with God, leading up to the desire to be wholly consecrated to God, the desire to do His will continually.  The endowment ritual takes place in an auditorium-like room in the Mormon temple.  These...

Teaching About Mormon Temples

Teaching About Mormon Temples

In May our senior mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) will end.  Retired couples in the LDS Church are needed not for proselyting (the young Mormon missionaries do that) but for all sorts of other necessary service.  My husband and I have been involved with “member-leader support.”  Because the Church of Jesus Christ has no professional clergy, members run things as they are called to do so.  New members need help in fulfilling their callings and increasing in their abilities to perform as they increase in gospel knowledge and testimony. On our way home, we will stop by a Mormon temple some hours from here to take several women to the temple who have...

Assurance in the Mormon Endowment

Assurance in the Mormon Endowment

I have just read two very moving and thought-provoking pieces.  One is a newly published book, Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander III M.D., and the other is the edited edition of a lecture given by Terryl L. Givens called “Letter to a Doubter.”   Dr. Alexander was a very casual Episcopalian, a neurosurgeon who attributed consciousness to the material world, and especially to the brain.  He was suddenly felled by an E coli infection in his brain.  His cortex, where all functions that make us human are centered, completely ceased to function.  He was in a coma for a week, and it was certain he would die—literally no one gets this kind of infection without a real intrusion into the brain (and he had none), and no one...

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