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San Diego TempleOn Sunday morning (8/31/2014) Melissa sent me an e-mail with some pictures she found online of the San Diego Temple. Initially I was going to use the photos as a quick FYI type of post…

While the photos made us wonder why anyone would believe this was of God, aSan Diego Temple 2 bigger picture began to emerge when I read the history of this place. There was no set plan, no modeling the temple upon any of the things you’d find in temples from the OT times.  It’s just filled with random stuff.

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Astrology

While doing some research for an article we’re working on I came across an interesting piece of information in Mormon Doctrine written by Bruce McConkie who was a Mormon apostle. Now while many Mormons discount his encyclopedic work, the Church continues to sell his book and actually quote from it in articles and speeches.

The entry in Mormon Doctrine that caught my attention was on the subject of astrology. Interestingly enough the Church denounces the practice of astrology yet has many carvings on the outside of the Nauvoo and Salt Lake Temple of that very thing.

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This is the 4th installment of the Mormon Temple series, more is to come. :)

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Secret HandshakesVideo of Secret Handshakes in the Mormon Temples

In this next video we see the handshakes or “tokens” Mormons learn in the temple during the endowment ceremony. Mormons believe God requires them to know these things before He can permit them to come into His presence. I’ve watched these videos probably a half dozen times, and can’t believe I used to participate in these pagan rituals. It reminds me of how far God has brought me and  I’m so thankful I was pulled out of this religion by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Video of Mormon Temple Veil Ceremony

Below is a video taken in the Mormon Temple of closing instructions given at the end of the Endowment ceremony. You’ll notice the veil has many “panels”, this is so more than one person can come up to the veil at at the same time.

At the veil the man standing behind it (who represents God) puts his arms and hands through the holes so the person performing the endowment for themselves or the dead can show him they know the signs and tokens (or handshakes and phrases attached to them).

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LDS Temples

The number of LDS temples is extensive and should be taken seriously when we’re praying for those who are lost in the web of Mormonism.  The talk of temples was part of the focus at the last General Conference in October 2011 so we thought it’d be a good idea to list those here and share with you what a couple of the Mormon leaders had to say about their temples.

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Temple Ceremonies and the Clothing

By Melissa Grimes

My journey out of Mormonism began with the Mormon Temple. One night my husband was watching a documentary on Freemasonry and noticed how similar their temple rites were to those we participated in at the Mormon Temple.  At this point of my Mormon experience I had doubts off and on about the validity of Joseph Smith’s claims yet never delved into any serious research. I was simply content in my ignorance, as I trusted in the words of the church leaders to quiet my concerns.

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