Nauvoo and Salt Lake Temples 2

20 September

So here we are with another installment of looking at the symbols on the Nauvoo and Salt Lake Temples.  One of the reasons we’re doing this as I mentioned is to remind our readers to pray for the Mormons who attended these two temples over their summer holidays.

The other reason is because we’ve been receiving a lot of e-mails about these symbols and what ramifications they have on those taking oaths in the temples.

The spiritual impact they have on Mormons is huge. When you pray inside these temples and take oaths to this Mormon god, you’ve sworn an allegiance to the gods these temples represent.  This is why we’ve done research on the meanings of each of these gods and present them for you.

We want to open the eyes of the Mormon and help the Christian to open the door of witnessing to the Mormon.  If/when you have the opportunity, ask them what they think of the symbols and what they mean.

Just as you spiritually attach yourself to the person you marry and/or become intimate with, the same is true with these gods.  They become part of your thought life as well as your spiritual life.

Jesus told us that a man cannot be divided.  Remember when the Pharisees were accusing Him of healing people with the aid of demonic powers?  The Lord said; “…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” – Matthew 12:25.

You’ve attached yourself to these foreign gods by going into these demonic temples and taking oaths to a foreign god.

We pray the Mormon people will see the dangers of participating in their temples made of hands and pray the Christians will have the opportunity to share the truth with the Mormons in their lives.

 Moon stones

Figures 3 & 4 – Personified moonstones on outside of Nauvoo Temple

Figure 5 – Moonstones on outside of Salt Lake Temple

Mormon Church:

Located directly above the earthstones, the moon is depicted in its various phases around the temple. The changing moon can represent the stages of human progression from birth to resurrection or represent the patron’s journey from darkness to light.

http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/saltlake

One of the most prominent features of the pilasters were the base-stones. The base-stones included a deeply carved relief crescent moon facing downward. Although William W. Phelps stated that the moonstones were “new moons” (Lundwall, Temples of the Most High, p. 47), they were clearly crescent moons. Each moon also had a carved face in profile. The personification of the moonstones was perhaps meant to also represent those who dwell in the Terrestrial Kingdom, because the moon represents the glory of that kingdom on the Vision (D&C 76:71, 78).” – Lisle Brown

http://users.marshall.edu/~brown/nauvoo/symbols.html

A symbol can function in one set of relationships and mean one thing.  In another set of relationships, it can have another meaning.  For example, the symbol of the moon, which repeatedly appears on the temple, was usually associated during Renaissance and Counterreformation Catholicism with the Virgin Mary.”  Pg. 8

http://byustudies.byu.edu/PDFLibrary/36.4Oman%20be179c67-49fc-4bb6-bf21-2ef39ec72019.pdf

Truth: 

Why does the temple have anything on it that is associated with any other church or movement?  Why would they want something on their temple that was also on churches in the “Counterreformation Catholicism”?

The LDS Church has emphatically stressed all churches but their own are the whores of Babylon and yes, that includes the Protestants. 1 Nephi 14:10, Mormon Doctrine, pg. 609, Journal of Discourses 6:167, History of the Church 5:387.

The Wiccans idolize the moon and see it as a pagan goddess.

For the Muslim, the symbol of their god is the moon called Allah.

http://www.saintsalive.com/eds-blog/islam-and-the-gods-of-the-seventh-century

For the pagan in ancient and modern times, Diana is the goddess of “light” and “fertility”, represented in the moon and worshipped in groves of trees. Hmmm…groves of trees, sex, temples, and false gods – it all sounds so familiar…

The phrase used by the LDS Church in the first description above should be an eye-opener for the Mormon people.

Why are these occult symbols a representation of the Mormon’s life and

Where is the cross????

John 3:19-20; “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Holiness to the Lord Inscriptions

Figure 6 – Nauvoo Temple, engraving of “Holiness to the Lord”

Figure 7 – Masonic Holiness Symbol

Mormon Church: 

The first phrase, “Holiness to the Lord,” is also a millennial declaration about building a Zion to which the Lord can return at his second coming…”  Page 52

http://byustudies.byu.edu/PDFLibrary/36.4Oman%20be179c67-49fc-4bb6-bf21-2ef39ec72019.pdf

Inscriptions — Just above the windows on the eastern center tower is the inscription “Holiness to the Lord” (Exodus 28:36). This is inscribed somewhere on all temples.http://www.mormontimes.com/article/11331/Symbolism-can-be-seen-in-architecture-of-SL-Temple

“The House of the Lord” identifies the Temple as “bethel,” or the Lord’s House – the place upon the earth, which is especially built and dedicated to him, where me may now come and “lay his head” (Matt 8:20).

NAUVOO TEMPLE EXTERIOR SYMBOLISM, By Lisle Brown

http://users.marshall.edu/~brown/nauvoo/symbols.html

Truth:

How can you honestly believe the Lord will return to that one specific place at His return?  What about Jerusalem?  The true Zion is in Jerusalem, not Utah, not Nauvoo, and certainly not Independence, Missouri.  America has nothing to do with Zion.  Contrary to Joseph Smith’s teachings, Christianity is not an American made institution.  See Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 188.

Let’s take things in context and look at the passage in Matthew mentioned above.

Matthew 8:18-22; “Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.  19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

It’s commendable when we take a verse and apply it to our lives – but not always.  Two of my favorite verses are Jude 1:24-25.  I’m not however, applying those verses to justify doing something that doesn’t line up with the rest of what God’s word says.  The passage in Matthew is referring to a couple of disciples who were eager to bid the Lord’s direction, but one of them had a misplaced zeal.

Does the Lord have a place to rest His head in your life?  The Bible tells us that He resides not in buildings of stone made of hands; instead He resides inside your heart.  John 14:17, 23.  Can He come to tarry there with you or are you busily going about with what you’ve been told by others to do?

The irony of using this passage shouldn’t be overlooked.  Jesus told us to let the dead bury the dead!  Why has the Church built a temple to talk to the dead?  Wouldn’t that mean they’re spiritually dead?

And what about the inscription “Holiness to the Lord” on the temples?

Are the workers inside the Mormon temple wearing the proper clothing that God instructed the priests to wear?  God instructed a small gold plate with this inscription to be affixed on the forehead of Aaron.

Are the Mormon temple workers affixing this to their foreheads?

Exodus 28:36; “And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

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