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...

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...

Young Mormons and the Temple

Young Mormons and the Temple

Mormon Children are taught from a young age to look toward the temple as a light and a goal in their lives.  Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church,” make higher covenants in Mormon temples.  These include the consecration of one’s life to the service of God, and the sealing of families together eternally, beginning with marriage vows that last forever.  Becoming worthy to enter a temple of God is a goal that is tangible to LDS children and youth.  It gives them a reason for living worthy, clean lives, for dressing modestly, and for seeing the family as the center of God’s plan.  Having this tangible goal is successful.  Mormon youth are remarkable for...

Sacred Space – the Modern Endowment

Sacred Space – the Modern Endowment

Previous posts on Sacred Space, can be found at these links: part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, part seven, and part eight.  In the previous articles, we’ve discussed ancient concepts of the endowment, sacred space, and entering into God’s presence.  In this final post, we will discuss the modern endowment, how it has evolved, and the key concepts conveyed in its teachings. The Nauvoo Endowment After the great experiences of the Kirtland Temple dedication, things became hard on the saints.  Kicked out of Kirtland by apostates, they tried to build a Zion people (defined as “the pure in heart”) in Missouri.  Lands were dedicated for new temples in Independence and Far West, Missouri....

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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