Salvation Requires a Good Memory

25 April

36793_000_COVER.qxdPreparing to Enter the Holy Temple, pp. 31-32

As one might imagine, the longer a person spends dealing with Mormonism, the more things you’ll find. For me there’s a handful of Mormon books I’ve classified as the worst of the worst, and while the 42 page booklet named above is repulsive, only parts of it would make my list. Today we’re looking at an excerpt in question to show why it doesn’t line up with the word of God!

“…when you receive your endowments you will receive instruction relative to the purpose and plans of the Lord in creating and peopling the earth. You will be taught what must be done for you to gain exaltation. The blessing of the endowment is required for full exaltation. Every Latter-day Saint should seek to be worthy of this blessing and to obtain it. …

Where in the Bible do we find instructions on the Lord’s plan to people the earth?

With the whole topic of endowments aside, why is the Church involved in how many kids you should have?

Only God is exalted, not man. The Bible tells us only the son of perdition would try to exalt himself. 2 Thess. 2:3-4

… …In connection with these ordinances, in the temple you will be officially clothed in the garment and promised marvelous blessings in connection with it.

Being clothed in white garments doesn’t take place until the end, and this is reserved for those who’ve overcome all things. Revelation 3:5

… …It is important that you listen carefully as these ordinances are administered and that you try to remember the blessings promised and the conditions upon which they will be realized.

I asked Melissa about this because she was married in the Washington DC Temple. I wanted to know what her thoughts were when she read this, and if she remembered everything they instructed for her to do. Here’s what she told me –

“Talk about intimidating! I remember feeling so disappointed in myself because I couldn’t remember everything that I saw, or was said to me. Each time I went I’d leave the temple scratching my head, trying to recall all that was said and done.

These were things I needed to know to achieve exaltation. If I couldn’t remember what I was supposed to do, or the promises attached to the blessings, how was I to know when I was doing it right?

When I read stuff like that, it’s a reminder of what God has saved me from, and how truly grateful I am for what He’s done.”

That says it all doesn’t it? If you’re so worried you might not remember specific words, and when to say them, what purpose is there in all this? Where is Jesus? Does His word tell us about this, and if so, where?

Now for the final item we’re looking at –

Please be certain that your life is in complete order. This only comes from receiving your temple blessings, your ordinances, for “in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.” (D&C 84:20.)”

Jesus told us in Matthew 11:28-30 to follow Him, and take His yoke upon ourselves. It seems that if we’re taking His yoke, our lives will have order!

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Our hearts are broken for those who are burdened with the false doctrines of this church! The constant self doubt, and intimidation the Church places on its members is nothing short of blasphemy. This isn’t why Jesus came to earth! Moreover, it’s not a reflection of the relationship God had built between Himself and mankind.

I can assure the reader, there’s nothing in the Bible that even hints of a scenario like the one we’ve read about today in this Mormon instructional booklet.

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