Purpose and Function of Mormon Temples

14 March

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Messages of the First Presidency 4:249-250, October 15, 1911; “The temples are not open to the public. They are for the performance of sacred ordinances, having in view the salvation of the living and the dead. The principal ceremonies are baptisms, endowments, marriages, sealings and adoptions… … The family is the foundation of eternal glory, the nucleus of a kingdom without end. The husband will have his wife, the wife her husband, parents their children, forever, provided they secure them in the manner prescribed…

THEIR SACRED CEREMONIES Because of their Masonic characters the ceremonies of the temple are sacred and not for the public.”

Hebrews 4:12; “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Today’s LDS reference comes with its fair share of falsehoods. However, before I lay them out, I have a question for you, the reader. First, go back and read over the LDS quote for today.

How many items did you find that are doctrinally incorrect? Because time is usually in short supply, what Bible verses would you use to explain why the Mormon’s use of a temple is incorrect?

If I could only use this Mormon quote, and only had a couple of minutes, I’d limit myself to just two items I’d want to share with a Mormon –

1.During the days of Jesus, the temple was a place for all believers (Jew and Gentile alike) to meet. The temple was the place where sacrifices were made, scripture was shared and taught openly amongst attendees, and worship services were held. Everyone knew and believed the teachings and doctrines of God were sacred, and treated them as such whenever they’d go to temple. After Jesus’ ascension, the temple was where the new believers met for church services. See Bible-history.com/court of women/beautiful_gate for more info.

With that in mind, if Mormonism is a restoration of early Christianity, why aren’t Mormon temples open to the public just as Jewish temples were?

The Masonic characters are already plastered all over the outside walls of LDS Temples, leaving nothing else to be discovered. Unless of course, we’re talking about the handshakes, Lucifierian aprons, and how their scripted performances mock Christian pastors.

2.I’d also point out what they said about the family.

‘The family is the foundation of eternal glory, the nucleus of a kingdom without end’.

I’d share 1 Peter 5:10 which says Jesus will bring us into His eternal glory (transliteration of glory is doxa, meaning to praise, worship). This means Jesus will bring us into heaven where God resides, and it’s where we’ll worship, and praise Him for eons.

How can a ‘forever Mormon family’ be eternal glory when God is the glory? My family’s eternal glory came to an end in May of 1980 when my parents were divorced, leaving no chance of a kingdom without end.

I’d explain to the Mormon this is why we don’t put our trust in men, but we can always rely upon God who never changes!

I pray Christians are discerning and will see how Mormons couch their false teachings into Christian vocabulary, so they won’t be fooled.

We’d love to hear what you’d share with a Mormon about this so drop us a note to let us know!

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