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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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It’s interesting to note that according to the Mormon temple endowment ceremony not long after Adam chants the same thing Satan appeared.

ADAM PRAYS

ADAM: Brethren and sisters, this represents the telestial kingdom, or the world in which we now live. Adam, on finding himself in the lone and dreary world, built an altar and offered prayer, and these are the words he uttered:

[Adam kneels at the altar and lifts his hands towards heaven, each arm raised to the square.]

Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.
Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.
Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.

[Lucifer comes into view.]

LUCIFER: I hear you. What is it you want?

ADAM: Who are you?

LUCIFER: I am the god of this world.

ADAM: You, the god of this world?

LUCIFER: Yes. What do you want?

ADAM: I am looking for messengers.

LUCIFER: Oh, you want someone to preach to you. You want religion, do you? There will be many willing to preach to you the philosophies of men mingled with scripture.

ADAM: But I am looking for messengers from my Father.

http://lifeafterministry.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/temple-endowment-ceremonies-part-4-terrestrial-world/

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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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Temple Ceremonies:

 Baptisms of the Dead, Sealings, Confirmations and Reconfirmations of the Dead, Ordinations of the Dead, Washing of Feet and 2nd Anointings

Baptisms for the Dead

The baptismal font inside the Mormon temple sits atop twelve, usually all white, alabaster bulls which stand in a circle facing outwards.

The font is in the basement of the temple which is supposed to be a “similitude of the grave”.  The bulls and font are typically two stories tall.

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