“Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009, 45; “Fourteen years ago the Lord decided it was not necessary for my wife to live any longer on the earth, and He took her to the other side of the veil. I confess that there are times when it is difficult not to be able to turn and talk to her, but I do not complain. The Lord has allowed me, at important moments in my life, to feel her influence through the veil. . . .
“What a blessing to have once again on the earth the sealing authority, not only for this mortal life but for the eternities.” – Richard G. Scott
Romans 12:2; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
“Feeling” someone’s presence after they’re dead is necromancy and not from God. In Luke we find Jesus telling the Pharisees that people who’ve already died can’t influence those who are still alive.
As we saw earlier this week there’s also no such thing as marriages in heaven so sealing anyone to yourself in the eternities is out as well. Knowing the will of God is vital to us as believers and finding comfort in a dead person’s presence isn’t godly behavior. Our minds are to be focused upon Him at all times!
Ask the Mormon in your life if they know when the Israelites held sealing authority in heaven for their loved ones. Understanding how Jesus fulfilled the Law is a great way to witness and sheds light on the unknown ways of the Jewish lifestyle for the Mormon. Many members of the Church don’t know how or why Jesus filled the prophecies from the OT.
Also take notice of the title of Mr. Scott’s talk found in the Ensign. Temple Worship.
What are you worshipping?
Is it the temple, the work you do for dead people or is it the dead people?
And why is this temple worship the source of strength? Jesus is the source of strength for Christians! There are so many scriptures I’ve personally relied upon as a Christian that it’d be hard to choose just one. Scriptures have a way of providing comfort and confirming to us that He is our strength – not the paltry works of our own hands. Consider the following verses and we pray that Mormons will incorporate these into their own prayer lives!
Phil. 4:6-8, 13
1 Peter 4:11