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 The LDS Church announced their intention of building eight new temples at their last General Conference in October 2019. Today we’re looking at two of those choices, and in the next few days, we’ll look at a couple more.

Our reason for concern on the two we’re looking at stems from the Church’s choice of location, and what they said about the ‘help’ they’re giving to them. The two temples in question: Guatemala, and Papua New Guinea. We’ve listed the stats for each country below, along with a few questions! To read the Church announcement in full, see October 2019 General Conference News and Announcements.

In addition to the announcement of a new temple, at the end of the same month the Church also announced their donation of 100 beds to the hospital in Port Moresby. This is obviously a show to warm up locals to their presence, and gives future missionaries a foot in the door showing their concern for them. Here’s the reality of life regarding these two temples … (more…)

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‘But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.’ Matthew 8:22

 Today we’re looking at an LDS site filled with quotes on what the Church’s leaders have said about temples. We’re comparing a few of the things they’ve said with God’s word, and what Jesus has told us.

You can read the full list at Temple Quotes. Tomorrow we’ll be checking out statistical facts about the cities for their new temples because the choices are quite bothersome. Here we go! (more…)

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 Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life, 361 “What the Mormons like best about their temples is the obligation of secrecy that exonerates them from ever having to speak, and hence to think, about what they have learned by the ordinances and teachings. So strict are they in observing the confidential nature of those teachings that they, for the most part, scrupulously avoid dropping so much as a hint to outsiders by putting any of them into practice.” — Hugh Nibley (more…)

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 Women of Mormondom, pp 78-79; “Jehovah is a covenant maker. ‘And I will make with Israel a new and everlasting covenant,’ is the text that Joseph and Brigham have been working upon. Hence this temple building in America to fulfill and glorify the new covenant of Israel…

…the Mormons build not temples to the name of Jesus, but to the name of Jehovah – not to the Son, but to the Father.

The Hebrew symbol is not the cross, but the scepter. The Hebrews know nothing of the cross. It is the symbol of heathenism, when Rome received her signs and her worship…The reign of Messiah! Temples to the Most High God! The scepter, not the cross!” – Eliza Roxcy Snow (more…)

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 If you follow events in Mormonism you’ve surely heard about the Church’s latest temple opening in Haiti.

As usual, the Church is long on pointing out details of the temple’s interior, and short on exterior events of the host country where they’ve invited themselves to reside.

As a side item here – there are roughly 19,000-23,000 members of the Church which means they make up a mere 0.2% of the Haitian population of roughly 10 million.

The Church claimed at least 80% of Haiti is Catholic, but their numbers are way off. Our research shows it’s more like 57-58%. See report below.

Images of their upscale furnishings reminded me of when I lived in Vegas, and my visit to the Liberace Museum. It’s a flamboyant display of opulence, and something no Haitian will ever know in their lifetime. Everything is overbuilt, and overstated.

The Church’s news release mainly focused on the Swarovski crystal chandeliers from Austria, hand blown Venetian glass from Italy, and high end light fixtures, ‘Italamps’, also from Italy.

The meager offering to their host country was having palm branches painted on the interior walls which are prevalent in Haiti. The Church also pointed out it’s a reminder of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. For more info, see  LDS Living.com. Haiti officially recognized the Church in 1980.

One thing you can count on…the 10,000+ square foot building certainly isn’t a reflection of what’s taking place outside those walls.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the poorest in the world. While the Church didn’t publish the cost of their venture, it’s safe to say it’s in the hundreds of millions. They obviously have no shame whatsoever. (more…)

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Acts 7:48 “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet”.

MormonNewsroom.org, ‘Plans Unveiled for Salt Lake Temple Renovation,’ 19 April, 2019

“ …The temple will close December 29, 2019, and will remain closed for approximately four years while undergoing a major structural and seismic renovation. The temple is expected to reopen in 2024 with a public open house. …We promise that you will love the results,” said President Nelson. “They will emphasize and highlight the life, ministry, and mission of Jesus Christ in His desire to bless every nation, kindred, tongue and people.” (more…)

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‘Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.’ Acts 7:48

In the never-ending cat and mouse game the Church plays it seems they’ve done it again with the latest temple changes. This time around we’re talking about the elimination of the Veil Worker position in Mormon temples. The official announcement was made on March 1, 2019.

If you go online looking for the official Church statement on how they’ve eliminated the Veil Worker position, you’ll come up empty handed.

You can find numerous stories published by nonofficial pro-LDS media outlets; LDSDaily.com, LDSLiving.com, and ThisWeekinMormons.com, to name a few. However as I said, if you aren’t a member with a special code to put in for access to what the Church leaders say, you’re outta luck my friend. (more…)

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Galatians 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

An article in the March issue of Ensign gave members a laundry list of mandates for true salvation. Their list of manmade works for salvation served as a stark reminder for us as Christians to always be on our knees for these dear people!

‘…the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands…’ Acts 7:48

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Alma 34:32-33 “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. . . . if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.” (more…)

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Acts 17:24-27; “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us”.

While reading over various sites about the Church’s latest temple opening, this time in Meridian, Idaho, two items I came across gave me pause…

One came from the MormonNewsRoom with a comment made by Dieter Uchtdorf during the dedication –

 ““The Lord has decided through his living prophet, even President Monson to put a house of the Lord in this place,” said President Uchtdorf. Speaking of President Thomas S. Monson, he said, “He is aware what is happening here and is grateful for your prayers and your participation in this marvelous and wonderful work.” …Plans to build the temple were announced by President Thomas S. Monson in April 2011….”

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Acts 17:24; “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands”.

 While gathering info on Mormon temples, I came across one Mormon’s reasoning of why temples are so important for them. The author pointed out temples are vital in Mormonism because it’s the only place they can perform ‘saving ordinances’.

 

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 Exodus 32:3-6, 8; “And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”

philadelphia-temple-opening-ceremonyWhen Moses and Joshua returned to camp with the second set of Tablets of the Testimony, they found fellow Israelites patiently waiting, which was a far different scene than the one Moses had come upon the first time he had trekked up Mt. Sinai.

Although they were behaving this time around, consequences for their past would carry a heavy toll.

 

 

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Isaiah 6:1; “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

temples-01As you probably figured out, today we’re looking at temples! Our objective is to look at why our Lord said we shouldn’t have more than one temple at a time, and examine the Church’s use of them.

As of September 16, 2016, the LDS Church reported having 151 temples in operation, which means they have 151 too many. Making matters worse, there are sixteen others awaiting completion.

The BoM tells us the Nephites operated several temples at a time, which was in total defiance to God.

Alma 16:13; “And Alma and Amulek went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples, and in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues, which were built after the manner of the Jews.”

Adding insult to injury in their defiance against the Lord, one of their apostles made the comment temples are the stopping point between man and heaven.

“The temple is a point of intersection between heaven and earth. In this sacred place, holy work will be performed through selfless service and love. The temple reminds me of all that is good and beautiful in the world.” – David A. Bednar

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boyd-k-packerEnsign, ‘Come to the Temple,’ February 1995; “No work is more of a protection to this church than temple work and the genealogical research that supports it. No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness.

Our labors in the temple cover us with a shield and a protection, both individually and as a people. So come to the temple—come and claim your blessings. It is a sacred work.” – Boyd K. Packer

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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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provo-city-center-templeAs of 1/18/2016, there are 149 LDS temples in operation worldwide. In addition to those, there’s another 14 under construction, and still another 10 recently announced. With all the massive amounts of money being dumped into these mega structures, we thought it’d be a good idea to review our comparison of the first temple the Nephites supposedly built here in the Americas with Solomon’s temple we know about in God’s word.

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I just read an amazing testimony from a woman who was having doubts about Mormonism, but like many she tried to ignore what the Lord was revealing to her. I relate to many of the things she says. I also felt uneasiness in the temple the last time I was there, especially during the part where Satan looks at the audience and delivers his dramatic, threatening monologue to all who would even think about leaving the church.

A word of warning before you click on the link, some of her vocabulary might not sit well with some readers. We share her testimony with you because these things need to be addressed. As raw as her testimony is, it really hits home to what Mormonism is about, and the emotions one feels as they come to the realization that it’s all a farce.

 http://oxymormonlife.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-last-temple-experience.html?m=1

In Christ,
Melissa Grimes

melissa@lifeafter.org

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