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Genealogy Conference PanelToday we’re looking at the definition of worship in three different settings. The reason for this stems from the repeated articles on LDS websites directing members to be diligent in their temple work. Two examples can be seen in the seminars they hold, and directives telling bishops to install teenagers as ‘family history consultants’ for their local wards – see Church News February 2015.

Dictionary.com defines worship as ‘reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage’. Keep that in mind as we look at our examples today.

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Matthew 5:33-37 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Temple Endowment 6The prophecies, mandates, and requirements Mormons must obey are just silly. Furthermore, how do they reconcile what Jesus said in the Beatitudes?

If the title of our article was true, then anyone could get into heaven. The only thing someone would have to do is read a couple of articles on the internet to find out what the secret passwords are. Does this sound biblical, or even rational to you?

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Mormon Decisions 10Genesis 3:21; “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

Today we’re looking at part of the LDS temple ceremony known as theFig Leaf Apron for Garden Temple Ceremony Garden Endowment Ceremony. Our purpose in doing this is to ask Mormons why they’d celebrate the sin of Adam and Eve. We’re only posting the part of this section that pertains to our subject matter, but if you’d like to read it in full you can do so by clicking on this link.

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Salt Lake Temple (2)Everything we do as Christians needs to be held to the standard in which God expects from us.  This is even more relevant for those of us in ministry and/or teaching positions – James 3:1-2.

With that in mind I want to make it abundantly clear for the reason I’m posting this on our ministry website and blog.

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Temple Endowments 12Because of the sheer volume to the amount of information there is about the temple, we’ve created another page!  Woo-hoo! This time we put all things about architecture, ceremonies, handshakes and prayers, etc in one page, making it easier to retrieve any info on scripts, videos or news updates about the temples.

Click here to take a look or have your eyeballs hang a right over to the widgets.

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Temple Endowment 9There are six saving ordinances a Mormon must receive to have eternal life.

1. Baptism (by one holding the Mormon priesthood)
2. Confirmation and Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (by someone holding the priesthood)
3. Receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood (if you’re male)
4. Washing and Anointing (occurs in the temple during the Initiatory)
5. Endowment (in the temple)
6. Marriage Sealing (in the temple)

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Salt Lake TempleThis past week the Mormon Church premiered a new Endowment film in selected temples across the country. There hasn’t been a lot of information forthcoming on this new film, but what we do know is that its approximately 12-15 minutes longer than the previous one. It has a new cast, a little more detail about the creation periods, uses the same script and has no significant changes to the rituals.

This will be the second change to the Endowment film since it first debuted in temples in 1970. The first change had significant revisions such as “death oaths” being removed and a Christian pastor no longer accompanied Satan on one of his visits to Adam and Eve.

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