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  1. I am glad that I found this blog, and will be placing it among my favorite links. I love the temple, and try to go at least weekly. Yes, there is much I don’t understand about the temple ceremonies, but I do understand the Spirit that I feel there. The ceremonies are not as secret as they are sacred anymore, as I have found the complete endowment ceremony on the net – put there by apostate ex-members. Keep up the good work……I will subscribe by email.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you like the site. I hope that this site will, in a small way, help you to understand the temple a little bit better. I think that by trying to gain a better understanding of what happens in the temple we gain a better understanding of ourselves and eternity.

    It’s true that the ceremonies are not secret to those that want to ridicule and spite, as there have always been so-called “exposés” in the public domain made by apostates. Randy Bott, a religion professor at BYU, once made that clear to my mission preparation class. These things are out there. We can’t stop that easily. But the difference is that I, myself, have covenanted not to reveal them. I, myself, have chosen to keep them sacred to myself. I keep a sacred silence on those things that we should keep sacred. They are held in confidence by faithful Church members. Those that want to make them public will have to deal with the consequences alone, for those that will not obey God’s commandments will be in Satan’s control (Moses 4:4, 5:23).

    But even though these things are out there does not mean that they are understood, or efficacious in any way. Just because there are some words written on a page means nothing. I believe, as did Professor Bott, when the temple ordinances are taken from their appropriate environment in the Lord’s house, and defamed to a profane level, that they are in a space where the spirit does not testify, the priesthood does not uphold, and these things become vague and powerless. They become meaningless, and do nothing for those that find them in the public sphere. These have “a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof” (2 Tim. 3:5; JS-H 1:19). From such we are instructed to “turn away” (2 Tim. 3:5).

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