temples – Life After Ministries https://lifeafter.org Leading Mormons to the REAL Jesus Mon, 12 Aug 2019 00:02:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.11 Temple Renovation to Highlight Jesus’ Mission https://lifeafter.org/temple-renovation-to-highlight-jesus-mission/ https://lifeafter.org/temple-renovation-to-highlight-jesus-mission/#respond Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:01:51 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=22172 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 […]

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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.”
Acts 17:24-25 “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”.

‘…We promise that you will love the results…’ were the operative words declared by  LDS prophet, Russell Nelson, earlier this month.

In the Church’s typical fashion, they’re investing millions on their already extensive list of temples; albeit this time to retrofit, and renovate the aging Salt Lake Temple.

Brigham Young had the honor of plunging the ceremonial shovel into Salt Lake’s hard ground, making it Utah’s third temple. The other two were St. George, and Logan. The estimated final cost ran about four million dollars – not a small amount in 1893. The cost should have been shocking to members, alas, they weren’t allowed to vote on a budget. As an FYI, at that time (1900) the median yearly income in America was $449.

Fast forward 126 years, and it’s the same story, just a different day. In regards to incurred costs of the reno, the Washington Post reported that “Leaders declined to say how much the project will cost”.

Not a surprise for many we’re sure.

LDS members might love the results, but we’re wondering…what about the Lord? Moreover, what does the Church do about the scriptures listed above? Also think about all the money they could’ve given to local shelters, or worldwide shelters…the list could go on and on.

If you’re LDS, please know we’re praying for you! We hope you’ll question why the Church doesn’t answer questions about these costs, and also wonder why they’d build temple to begin with.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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Members Only: Temple Changes Memo not Released to Public https://lifeafter.org/members-only-temple-changes-memo-not-released-to-public/ https://lifeafter.org/members-only-temple-changes-memo-not-released-to-public/#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 00:02:12 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=22053 ‘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 […]

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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.comLDSLiving.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.

Each of the sites mentioned above actually provided the ‘news’, but when you click on any of their links to see it for yourself, it comes up with the Church’s official page of wanting your membership number. It’s odd each of the sites listed the non-functioning link, and stranger still, the Church won’t publicly divulge the news themselves. Hmmm…

Here’s what the Church had to say via LDSLiving.com –

Church Announces Adjustments to Temple Policies in New Letter “On March 1, 2019, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a letter explaining adjustments to temple-related policies that were approved by the First Presidency. The letter explains, “These modifications are to simplify service in the temple and better meet the needs of members and leaders and are effective immediately.”…In addition, there will no longer be a veil worker calling. The letter explains, “Accordingly, brethren who were previously designated to serve solely as veil workers will be released by the temple presidency. As their circumstances allow, these brethren may be called and set apart as ordinance workers and given a special assignment to serve at the veil…” [emp. added]

As an FYI, the Church came out with an announcement two months prior claiming their prophets have always modified things along the way –

Church News 2 January 2019 “… Scriptures document patterns of temple worship from the times of Adam and Eve, Moses, Solomon, Nephi, and others. … “Over these many centuries, details associated with temple work have been adjusted periodically, including language, methods of construction, communication, and record-keeping. … Prophets have taught that there will be no end to such adjustments as directed by the Lord to His servants. “A dedicated temple is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth…” [emp. added]

Now with the commotion behind us, we have a few questions…

1.Joseph Smith said there should never be any changes made.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 308 “Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed.” [emp. added]

2.Adam and Eve participated in temple rituals? Really? Come now! As for Moses – why hasn’t the Church taught its members that Moses instituted the method of worship and sacrifice? As for Nephi…well, it goes without saying there’s no proof of Nephi…

3.Exactly which ‘prophets over the centuries have taught there will be no end to such adjustments’?

Oh please, if you’re LDS, study what they’ve said and done! Compare it with what God says in His word and worship Him alone!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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Church Leaders Explain Endowment Requirements https://lifeafter.org/church-leaders-explain-endowment-requirements/ https://lifeafter.org/church-leaders-explain-endowment-requirements/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:02:45 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=22031 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 […]

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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

It’s obvious the Church leadership hasn’t any good news to offer its members. Their best offer of salvation in Christ hinges on the idea people are responsible for their own fate. If they jump high enough through the correct hoops while wearing the proper clothing, they’ve earned the opportunity to work for their salvation.

Their article offered a handful of snippets from various leaders reminding Mormons of their arduous task ahead. Some of those included the following…

1.Proper attire when attending the temple — Russell Nelson.

2.Knowing the definitions of 7 Mormon words pertaining to salvation — Russell Nelson.

3.Accepting that endowments are the only way to true salvation — Robert D. Hales.

4.Endowments helps to qualify Saints for exaltation, aka godhood, in the future — Robert D. Hales.

5.Participation in the temple shields members, and provides spiritual power — Boyd K. Packer.

All those things, they said, provides a ‘firm foundation’ for their daily living. They went on to state that access to the blessings of God are only found in temple attendance. To read the article in full, see Ensign, ‘Temple Endowment Q&A,’ March 2019.

They should have reminded members the Lord said He is our shield (Psalm 3:3), and there’s no other foundation but Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:11). To be sure, our hearts are sickened by reading these false teachings.

Please, pray for those who read the lies, and for Jesus to intervene!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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2 Noteworthy Facts Regarding the Latest Temple Open House https://lifeafter.org/2-noteworthy-facts-regarding-latest-temple-open-house/ https://lifeafter.org/2-noteworthy-facts-regarding-latest-temple-open-house/#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:02:57 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=20857 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 […]

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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….”

It seems like they’re not telling the whole truth…not a surprise given their history. I recently lost both my grandmother and father in the past 1.5 yrs and in both cases, I heard very similar comments. One from my mother concerning my grandmother, and the other from my step-mother about my father. Near the end, they both mentioned ‘…is aware of what’s going on right now…’

In both cases, they were incapacitated. We’re wondering…what if something significant happens? Who makes the decision then?

If no one but the prophet hears from God, and subsequently passes on their god’s message to members, what would happen to members if they really needed to hear from God and no one was authorized to speak?

The other item of note came while reading over the press releases about the Meridian temple.

In the comment section for an elaborate 3-D video pointing out all the grandeur of the temple, someone asked about the missing inscription above a doorway on the temple.

The owner of the site did some checking and come to find out, they somehow missed putting the phrase, ‘Holiness to the Lord’, on their beloved building… Plans to remedy the issue is in the works as I type. See 3DTeempleblogspot for more info.

Wow.

This is a great reminder you don’t need temple buildings on this side of the cross! Moreover, it’s another testament of how crazy their system is regarding this. One of the sites reminded readers that a Catholic served on the architectural team, and others had no religious affiliations at all.

The Bible tells us how God gave very specific instructions to Solomon and it doesn’t resemble what Mormons have done at all – and that’s just on the subject of who should and shouldn’t be included in the workforce!

Pray for those who attended this opening won’t you? May God have mercy on them by opening their eyes!

With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor 1:18

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Reasons Why Temples are Important to Mormons https://lifeafter.org/reasons-temples-important-mormons/ https://lifeafter.org/reasons-temples-important-mormons/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 00:02:33 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=20340 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 […]

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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’.

 

She [the author] also mentioned to be granted access into the temple, one must strictly adhere to a laundry list of laws which includes ‘the Law of Chastity’, the ‘Law of Tithing’, and their dietary Law, the ‘Word of Wisdom’.

Biblically speaking, there are no such ‘laws’! Hebrews 9:11-16 declares –

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.”

If man is living in a world of laws on this side of the cross, they do so in condemnation. The Bible tells us if we live by the law, we’ll be judged by it. Romans 2:12, James 2:10 Furthermore, if we do so, Christ died in vain. Galatians 2:21

Please, pray for those who falsely believe God mandated these things for salvation, and when they look upon the grandiose buildings where they’ve spent millions of dollars, they’d wonder why.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle †

1 Corinthians 1:18

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Philadelphia Temple Opening Ceremony is Mormonism’s Golden Calf https://lifeafter.org/philadelphia-temple-opening-ceremony-mormonisms-golden-calf/ https://lifeafter.org/philadelphia-temple-opening-ceremony-mormonisms-golden-calf/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:02:28 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19689  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 […]

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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.

 

 

That toll is what I fear will be the end game for my people. Every day I open my e-mail and read about another ungodly event the Church has orchestrated, and the members who follow right along with their unquestioning loyalty. Like the Israelites who haphazardly followed the orders of Aaron, and gave all their worldly possessions to worship a false god, Mormons have done the same at their ceremonies of the Philadelphia Temple opening.

Melissa gave me a heads up about this the other day and sent me the link for a Youtube video she saw online. She asked me what I thought about it, and the first thing that came to mind was the yearly event Muslims take part in with Hajj.

In case you’re unaware, hundreds of thousands of Muslims converge upon Mecca in their holy month, and in unison, walk around the Kaaba (a black, onyx stone) they believe dropped out of heaven at the time of Adam and Eve. The stone is approximately 50’ x 35’ in diameter.

They’re required to kiss the stone, or at least point to it if they can’t get to it because of the crowds, during their counter-clockwise circling around the large stone that sits inside their holy mosque.

For Melissa, the Mormon scene reminded her of the golden calf event we read about in the Bible. After hearing her views on it, I’m hard pressed to choose which of the scenes to choose…sigh…

This Mormon ceremony entails young Mormons walking in a large group to the oversized replica of the Philadelphia Temple where they engage in worship songs about how wonderful the temple is.

You can view the video in full, or to save yourself some time, fast forward to 2:47 to see the moment in question.

Finale of the Philadelphia Temple Youth Celebration

Please, continue to pray for, and witness to the Mormon people. The Lord is hearing the prayers of the true saints, and we’re seeing people come to Him each and every day!  PTL!

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Temples, Temples Everywhere https://lifeafter.org/temples-temples-everywhere/ https://lifeafter.org/temples-temples-everywhere/#respond Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:02:14 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=19678 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.” As 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 […]

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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

We’re wondering…what happened to Jesus? 1 Timothy 2:5 reads –

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.

If the LDS Church wants to revert back to OT activities, you’d think the way they observe things then and now, would reflect what the Israelites were doing at that time, but this didn’t happen.

Alma, who supposedly lived c. BC 77 tells us the temple was ‘built after the manner of the Jews’, so he should’ve known how to properly operate thetemple. It’s apparent they weren’t doing this, which makes this is a false prophecy from Joseph Smith.

As we’ll see in the following scriptures, God was very particular about the way things should be done when it came to His temple. You’ll want to share the following info with the Mormon you know, and ask why no one has been following any of God’s instructions.

Let’s take a look at what God told the Israelites –

Where to Build the Temple

Deuteronomy 12:5, 7-8; “But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come.”

Who Should Be In Attendance At The Temple

7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

God’s Choice Of Sacrifice, Not Man’s

8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.”

Not Inside The Temple

Deuteronomy 16:5-6; “Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:

Times of Service & Location Chosen By God

6 But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.”

Mormons have grossly violated God’s command to build only one temple at a time. There’s no reference to any other temple, as you can see in our bible verses above, everything God said in His word was in reference to a singular event.

The other command Mormons have erred in is location. Historically, and most emphatically, the Lord has always declared His house shall be in Zion (meaning Jerusalem). Of equal import, having only one temple represented the fact there’s only One God, who resided in only one place.

In OT times, the Israelites went to where God resided, and that was His temple. Before the Holy Spirit was poured out and placed in each believer, God only hadone residence.

The following 11 verses are just a small example of how many times God told the Israelites the temple will be in Jerusalem.

1 Kings 6:1; “And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.”

1 Kings 8:44,48; 11:13,32,36; 2 Kings 21:7; 1 Chronicles 28:4; Psalm 78:68-69;Isaiah 18:7.

As we look over these things collectively, it becomes very clear Mormonism is in the wrong, and not following our Lord. All the time, money, effort, and false teachings that go into promoting these oversized buildings is just a shame.

The Lord laid out His plans quite clearly for all to see and understand. When He gave His Only Son as a sacrifice for our sins, He also implemented the New and Everlasting Covenant, which at this point is when His Holy Spirit would come and take up residence inside each believer.

He put in us a heart of flesh, not stone, and made a promise that He’d come and make His abode with us which meant He’d never leave. Jeremiah 31:31-33, Hebrews 13:5b, 20, and John 14:23, respectively.

Jeremiah 31:31-33; “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Hebrews 13:5, 20; “…for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”

John 14:23; “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

Because of all this God has told us that each believer He resides inside each believer, and he/she becomes the temple of God. See 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19

1 Corinthians 3:16; “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

1 Corinthians 6:19; “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

Dear Mormons, we pray you’ll consider what is presented here, and what God has revealed to  us through His word. He wants nothing more than to have a relationship with you! He already has plenty of temples here on this side of the cross. The question is;

Will you open the door and let Him in?

Here are the other 2 BoM verses mentioned earlier!

Alma 23:2; “Yea, he sent a decree among them, that they should not lay their hands on them to bind them, or to cast them into prison; neither should they spit upon them, nor smite them, nor cast them out of their synagogues, nor scourge them; neither should they cast stones at them, but that they should have free access to their houses, and also their temples, and their sanctuaries.”

Alma 26:29; ““And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught them in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we have also entered into their temples and their synagogues and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again.”

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Temple Work More Powerful Than Jesus https://lifeafter.org/temple-work-more-powerful-than-jesus/ https://lifeafter.org/temple-work-more-powerful-than-jesus/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:02:53 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=18985 Ensign, ‘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 […]

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Ensign, ‘Come to the Temple,’ February 1995boyd-k-packer; “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

Oh be still my heart! How could they possibly think this? What do Mormons think of what God said? According to His perfect word, He is our protector, not a slip of paper we fill out in a temple somewhere!

John 16:33; “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 28:7; “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

Psalm 61:3; “For thou hast been a shelter for me, And a strong tower from the enemy.”

Proverbs 18:10; “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”

Did you notice in Psalm 28:7 it says because I trusted in Him, I will praise Him. The LDS reference listed today is proof they can’t rejoice in what God has done!

Questions for today –

Specifically, how does genealogical work protect someone?

Specifically, why is temple work the best protection there is for the Mormon Church?

Why isn’t Jesus the best protection there is for Mormonism?

Why isn’t God’s Holy Spirit the most spiritually refining for Mormons?

Specifically what type of power is achieved with genealogical work?

Why does genealogical work require a higher standard of righteousness?

How does genealogical work make someone righteous?

How does it cleanse one from sin?

How does it forgive someone of sin?

So if I give a token to the man at the door to prove my worthiness, is this the only time I can receive a blessing?

What makes genealogical work sacred?

A few months ago we posted on a similar LDS teaching which boasted the livingoracles of Mormon prophets and apostles are more important than God’s word. Why does the Church go out of its way to ignore our Lord and God?

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Ancestor Worship or Temple Worship? https://lifeafter.org/ancestor-worship-or-temple-worship/ https://lifeafter.org/ancestor-worship-or-temple-worship/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:02:24 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=18951 Today 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 […]

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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.

Our three items of interest are Mormonism, Christianity, and Ancestor Worship, respectively. I know, it sounds a bit odd, but hang with me and you’ll see the method to my madness! Our questions for the day will be listed at the end, but first, let’s look at who Mormons worship in their temples, and whom or what, they’re worshiping.

Mormonism

For Mormons, ‘temple worship’ is ‘serving as proxies’ in the redemptive work for both the living, and the dead.

In 2009, LDS Apostle Ronald Rasband, then a member of the Seventy, gave a speech at BYU on the importance of making temple worship the center of your life. Temples, he said, are where the ‘Savior’s teachings are reaffirmed through sacred ordinances such as marriage, which unites families for all eternity’. He also said with the increasing number of Mormon temples dotting the earth, the power of Satan is lessened, and the power of God is increased.

Making Temple Worship a Pattern in Your Life; “…Every foundation stone that is laid for a Temple, and every Temple completed . . . lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God…Now I ask you all, my dear brothers and sisters, to what end and to what purpose is all of this focus and emphasis on temple building? How does it apply to you at this stage of your life?…” –Ronald A. Rasband Feb 10, 2009

Christianity

R.C. Sproul, Jr., from Ligonier Ministries defined temple worship this way –

‘…a bloodless reflection of temple worship. What we want is to renew covenant, which is just what they did in the temple. We want to confess our sins, as our Hebrew fathers did. We want to hear God’s forgiveness, as our Hebrew fathers did. We want to sing Psalms, as our Hebrew fathers did. We want to pray, as our Hebrew fathers did—their prayers symbolized in the burning of incense. And we want to feast with our Lord, as our Hebrew fathers did, at the Lord’s Table. Covenant renewal worship is like temple worship sacrificial through and through. But it is bloodless through—for Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.’

Ancestor Worship

Holman Bible Dictionary gave the following definition for Ancestor Worship –

‘Ancestor worship is the adoration or payment of homage to a deceased parent or ancestor. Such worship was usually reserved for deities. Among ancient Israel’s neighbors, there are several instances of deification of ancestors (Mesopotamian mythology and Egyptian kings). …This practice of ancestor worship was condemned and forbidden.’

‘Cult of The Dead … Much like ancestor worship, the cult of the dead involves adoration of the deceased. The cult of the dead goes a step beyond adoration, however, seeking to maintain or manage a relationship with the dead. The cult of the dead involves the beliefs that certain departed spirits must be fed or honored and that they can be channels of information with the spiritual world. … Though Israel was forbidden to practice the cult of the dead, she often departed from God’s injunctions… Wayward Israelites were also guilty of practicing the cult of the dead (1 Sam. 28). Israel was specifically warned not to offer to the dead (Deut. 26:14). God warned them through the prophets not to consult the dead in an effort to learn the future (Isa. 8:19; 65:4). Such acts were considered by the prophets to be dangerously at odds with God’s will (1 Sam. 28:7).’

Our questions for today are as follows –

Specifically, how do more LDS temples decrease Satan’s power and increase God’s power?

After reading what God has to say about consulting the dead, why would it be okay for Mormons to actively encourage seeking out, and baptizing dead people?

Wilford Woodruff, Mormonism’s 4th prophet/president, stated if you don’t baptize the dead, they’ll be ‘after you’. Where does it say this in the Bible?

At the opening of the San Diego Temple in 1993, it’s been reported by several sources the Church handed out written materials containing stories of temple patrons who were visited by dead relatives. I personally was told this by a Christian friend and his Mormon girlfriend who attended the temple opening, and the same story was told by other Christian ministries who were in attendance.

Where in the Bible does it say you should seek out visitations of dead people?

Why would the LDS Church denounce the model of worship encouraged by Dr. Sproul at Ligonier’s Ministry? This seems to be a perfectly sound, and biblical way to worship!

LDS temple ceremonies are bereft of any confessions of sin, or partaking of the Lord’s Supper to remember His sacrifice. Moreover, they’re introducing blood oaths into their routine,00 instead of it being a bloodless ceremony!

In answer to Mr. Rasband’s question: the purpose of their activities is to draw attention away from God, and to Satan’s plan.

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Mormon Temples v. Solomon’s Temple https://lifeafter.org/mormon-temples-v-solomons-temple/ https://lifeafter.org/mormon-temples-v-solomons-temple/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:02:40 +0000 http://lifeafter.org/?p=18922 In light of all the new LDS temples being built I thought it might be a good idea to revisit a post we published a few years ago and ask some pertinent questions. Today I was thinking about Solomon’s Temple in relation to the workforce it took to build the temple in 7.5 years and […]

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provo-city-center-templeIn light of all the new LDS temples being built I thought it might be a good idea to revisit a post we published a few years ago and ask some pertinent questions.

Today I was thinking about Solomon’s Temple in relation to the workforce it took to build the temple in 7.5 years and what the author of the Book of Mormon was thinking when he claimed Nephi built a temple much like Solomon’s.

In light of that here are some statistics to think about!  We see in scripture there were 153,600 men used to build Solomon’s temple.  By the time you add in the people supplying the food, replacing people who died or got hurt, and all the other extras, it’s been estimated that over 200,000 people were involved with building God’s holy temple.  (2 Chron. 2:2, 1 Kings 5:13-18, 6:2-3)

I Kings 5:13-18; “And king Solomon raised a levy out of all Israel; and the levy was thirty thousand men. 14 And he sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand a month by courses: a month they were in Lebanon, and two months at home: and Adoniram was over the levy. 15 And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains; 16 Beside the chief of Solomon’s officers which were over the work, three thousand and three hundred, which ruled over the people that wrought in the work. 17 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. 18 And Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.”

Now let’s go to the Book of Mormon and take a look at those statistics shall we?

2 Nephi 5:15-17; “And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.”

At the time Nephi built his temple, it had been seven years from the time they’d left Jerusalem.  Nephi and company consisted of his wife, four sons, four daughters-in-law, and a few friends of the family.

How did a dozen or so people build a temple that was kind of like Solomon’s?  No tools, no product, no people, no time…you get the idea I’m sure.

No matter what story the Church tries to spin about this scenario it just doesn’t fit. It’s after the manner of Solomon’s temple, but it couldn’t be built like Solomon’s temple.  Hmmm…this sounds like Smith didn’t have anything else to say so he just filled the pages with more confusing “inspiration”.  And if it was nothing like Solomon’s temple then why compare it to the biblical standard?  The mention of a temple in BC 570 got me to wondering…

Did they make sure the stones were hewn away from the temple so no noise could be heard in the temple?

Who were the priests?

What were the walls made of if the temple was built “exceedingly fine”?

What did the interior of the temple look like?

How many rooms were there and how big was each room?

How long did it take to construct?

What were the dimensions of the temple and how many people did it serve?

Were there any celebrations after construction was completed and if so how many people attended?

What animals were sacrificed at this temple, how many and how often?

When did sacrifices begin after the temple was built?

Where was a replica of the Ark of the Covenant? What did it look like?

Where was the Mercy Seat?

Where was the Bud of Aaron?

Where was the Tablet of Stone?

Did it have a Molten Sea?

What about the Table of Show Bread?  What materials were used to build this and what were its dimensions?

Where did they get acacia wood?

What material was used for the Veil?

Was the temple one or two stories?

What did the clothing of the priests look like?

Where were the Gibeonites?

Where did they get manna?

As you can imagine the list could keep going and going.  Temples in the Old Testament era were built to the exact specifications God gave to the people.  Each item inside the temple down to the candlesticks and the thread used to hang the Veil had an exact purpose that represented either God, the future Messiah (Jesus), God’s relationship with man, and/or the salvation He provided to His people.  It wasn’t put together by what the people thought should go in there, but what God specifically told them to do.  And if Nephi really was Jewish and followed the Laws of God as the Book of Mormon claims, he wouldn’t be able to rest without making sure everything was perfect for God.

Sadly, we see no hint of anything resembling Solomon’s temple, indicating this temple probably didn’t exist.

The reason the temple was so important in OT times is because that is where God resided.  This was where the people came to get direction from God and to perform sacrifices for sin, for remembrance, and for thanksgiving.  The temple and feasts were essential in the BC era and is what the people lived and structured their lives after.

Furniture of the Temple

Little to no information about the temple in the Book of Mormon is suspicious.

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