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"Mormon Temple Ordinances"

Mormon temples are houses of they Lord. They stand as symbols of "membership in the Church, as a sign of our faith in life after death, and as a sacred step toward eternal glory.

To members of the Mormon Church, Mormon temples are houses of they Lord. They stand as symbols of "membership in the Church, as a sign of our faith in life after death, and as a sacred step toward eternal glory for our families and us."1

 The sacred ordinances that are performed within Mormon temples " represent the ultimate in our worship. These ordinances become the most profound expressions of our theology." 2 These sacred ordinances include the endowment, baptisms for the dead, and marriage sealings.  

It is important to realize that all of the ordinances done in LDS (Mormon) temples are performed using the priesthood of God. It is this priesthood authority that Jesus referred to when he taught, " Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." 3 Since priesthood power is eternal ordinances sealed with the priesthood are also eternal.  

The Endowment 

President Brigham Young said, “Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, and gain your eternal exaltation.” 4 

The Mormon temple endowment consists of instruction relating to past dispensations, including the creation of the world. It also includes the importance of the plan of redemption. During the course of the ceremony individuals make covenants or promises with God. "In every detail the endowment ceremony contributes to covenants of morality of life, consecration of person to high ideals, devotion to truth, patriotism to nation, and allegiance to God." 5 

With every covenant that members make God promises certain blessings based upon the fulfillment of the covenant. Every worthy member is able to receive the endowment regardless of race or financial status.  

Baptisms for the Dead 

Baptism is required to enter the gates of Heaven for all those who have lived upon the earth, except for little children who die before age eight. This requirement would condemn those who were not baptized while living. But being a just God He has made allowance for that.  

Paul discusses the idea of baptism for the dead in his first epistle to the Saints in Corinth saying, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?" 6 

Mormon temples contain baptismal fonts where members are baptized in proxy for those who are deceased. Thereby providing the ordinance necessary to receive eternal life.  

Sealings 

Within Mormon temples are special rooms set aside for marriages. Within the sealing room man and woman kneel across an altar and are sealed together for not only this life but for all eternity.

The Mormon Church teaches that "under the perfect law operative in the celestial worlds, the earthly relation of husband and wife, parent and child, will endure in full force and effect, provided such relationship has been sealed on earth by the power and authority of the Holy Priesthood."
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These sealing ordinances are also provided for the deceased. Members search out their ancestors and seal their ancestors together in Mormon temples creating an eternal family chain.


 For more information about Mormon temples visit the sites below:

LDS (Mormon) Temple resources
LDS Temples - Mormon Temples - Salt Lake Temple 

USATODAY.com - Mormons open temple doors to share beliefs

BBC - Religion & Ethics - Mormon Temples  

Manhattan Mormon Temple New York City.com : Arts & Attractions ...

Mormon Temple: Information From Answers.com

Mormanity: Mormon Temples and "Secrecy"

History of Mormon Temples


(1) Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,” Ensign, May 2001, 32

(2) “Of Missions, Temples, and Stewardship,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 53.

(3) Matthew 16:19

(4) Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1941), 416.

(5) Talmage, James E. The House of the Lord: A Study of Holy Sanctuaries Ancient and Modern. Chapter IV.

(6) 1 Corinthians 15:29

(7) Talmage, James E. The House of the Lord: A Study of Holy Sanctuaries Ancient and Modern. Chapter IV.

 

 

 

 

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