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Mormon Temple Endowment

Mormon Temple Endowment

By Doris The Mormon Temple Endowment is the main ordinance that is received in a Mormon temple. Mormon doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often misnamed the “Mormon Church”) teaches that there is a series of ordinances that are essential to obtaining salvation. They are all equal in importance, so the endowment is not any more or less important than the others, but it often comes to mind as the ordinance performed most frequently in Mormon temples. The first ordinance necessary to salvation is baptism and confirmation. The second is the Sacrament, which is similar to the Eucharist or Communion, and is administered every Sunday to members of the “Mormon Church.” It is a renewal of one’s baptismal covenants. The third ordinance, according to Mormon doctrine, is the Mormon temple endowment. In this Mormon temple rite, the participant learns more about his or her true relationship to God. Participants covenant to live a higher law than other people are held... Read the rest of this article »

Rome Italy Mormon Temple Construction Continues

Rome Italy Mormon Temple Construction Continues

By Doris Construction is continuing on the Rome Italy Mormon Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which church is often misnamed the Mormon Church). Pictures of the progress were recently released. The Rome Italy Mormon Temple is being constructed in the Settebagni area of Rome. The temple and its complex of beautiful buildings reside on a 15-acre piece of land and will serve more than 23,000 members of the Church in Italy and neighboring countries. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple took place on October 23, 2010, with church president Thomas S. Monson in attendance. “My heart is filled with gratitude,” President Monson declared. “Members throughout Italy, and the entire Mediterranean area, will be able to come here.” The Rome Italy Mormon Temple has been a long time in the making. Local authorities recognize the advantages of cultivating such a nice area for committed religious worship, however. “A ceremony that profoundly touched me for the... Read the rest of this article »

How do Mormon temples differ from synagogues?

How do Mormon temples differ from synagogues?

By Dallin Kimble From Adam to the present day, men and women have always sought communion with God. He is our Heavenly Father and will answer our prayers as we show our faith in Him. One way the Lord has taught us to show our faith in Him is through the construction of holy structures and the participation in sacred rituals and worship within them. In ancient and modern Judaism, construction of altars, tabernacles, synagogues, and temples have been used to provide a place for the words of God, for the gathering and teaching of the people, or the performance of sacrifices and other rituals, respectively. The synagogue is perhaps the most prominent structure for modern-day Jews. It functions similarly to how a church building may function in Christianity as the center of a religious community. Synagogues are always deliberately constructed to face Jerusalem. Synagogues are places of prayer, study, and education. They are also used for charitable efforts and as social centers. Synagogues are... Read the rest of this article »

Temples Bring Mormons Closer to Christ

Temples Bring Mormons Closer to Christ

Temples belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which church of often misnamed the Mormon Church) seem mysterious to a good part of the world. Because admittance is limited to faithful Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”), many people of other faiths feel a suspicion of what must go on inside Mormon temples. However, the truth is that entrance is limited because these buildings are set apart and dedicated to the Lord. In Mormon doctrine, there is no more sacred place on the earth than a temple. It is literally the house of the Lord. Mormon scripture states that “no unclean thing shall be permitted to come into thy house [the temple] to pollute it” (Doctrine and Covenants 109:20). Thus, only those who are living the laws that God has set as the standard for entering His house are permitted to do so. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am very grateful for Mormon temples. From the time I first went through to make personal... Read the rest of this article »

Photographs of the Rome Temple Site

Photographs of the Rome Temple Site

Rome Temple Land   Rome, Italy Temple Site   Rome   Rome, Italy Temple Area   Future Rome   Rome On Sunday, July 10, a letter from the Rome Italy Stake Presidency was read in area sacrament meetings announcing that construction of the temple had officially begun. Since the formal groundbreaking in October, activity at the temple site has been limited to site activities including clearing, grading, transplanting, erection of a construction fence, and placement of construction trailers.   *As construction progresses, the submission of regular photographs is highly appreciated by members worldwide who wish to witness the construction of this beautiful temple in historic Rome.  Read More →

Mormon Wedding

Mormon Wedding

Mormon weddings, when performed civilly, like in churches or other venues, are no different than other denominations’ wedding ceremonies in western cultures. The only difference arises when Mormons are married in Latter-day Saint (LDS) temples. Mormon doctrine teaches that families are eternal units and have the potential to remain together forever, when they are sealed together by the proper power and authority. Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) are the only place in the world where these sealings can be performed. In order to be married, or sealed, in a Mormon temple, a person must have been a faithful member of the Mormon Church for at least one year. Then, after an interview with one’s bishop and stake president (which interview is necessary for anyone entering the temple), if a person is found to be living a worthy life, he or she is given a temple recommend which lasts two years. If a person wants to get married... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Temple Garment

Mormon Temple Garment

A source of much criticism and debate among people who are not members of the Mormon Church (officially The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is Mormon underwear. There are so many false rumors going around in the world about Mormon undergarments. Here is a brief, accurate explanation of what the Mormon garment actually is. When Mormons go through Latter-day Saint (LDS) temples, through the Mormon endowment ceremony, for the first time, they participate in sacred ordinances for themselves. The process consists of the initiatory (a symbolic washing and anointing, preparatory to receiving the endowment) and then the endowment, where individuals make covenants with God to live a higher law in their own lives. The Mormon garment is an outward symbol of an inward commitment, just like a Catholic priest’s symbolic clothing is, except the Mormon garment is worn underneath clothing instead of on top. Latter-day Saints who have gone through LDS temples and wear the Mormon undergarments... Read the rest of this article »

Baptisms for the Dead

Baptisms for the Dead

When Mormons go to the temple, they receive the Mormon endowment only one time for themselves. Yet, Mormons are encouraged to go to the temple often. So, why do they keep going back? Each ordinance performed in a Mormon temple is only done once per person. These ordinances include the initiatory, the Mormon endowment ceremony, and the sealing to spouse and family. Living members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called Mormons) are baptized  at age 8 and above. If a child is born into a family whose parents are members, he or she may choose to be baptized at age 8, which is known as the age of accountability in Mormon doctrine. At this age, children are old enough to tell the difference between right and wrong, can understand the process of repentance, and may be held accountable for their own actions. If a person is converted to the Church later in life, he or she may be baptized at any age. Mormon doctrine teaches that “confirmation” — to bestow... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Temples

Mormon Temples

The Mormon Church always holds an open house before a temple is dedicated to the Lord. By attending the open house, friends of other faiths can see how beautiful and sacred a temple is. Visitors can feel the Lord’s spirit there. Each temple contains the following rooms: Entry foyer Welcome desk Waiting room Baptistry Dressing rooms (where patrons change into white clothing) Bride’s dressing room A chapel Endowment rooms The Celestial room Sealing rooms Service rooms, such as laundry, cafeteria, and offices Temple Ordinances Baptism for the Dead Several high ordinances are performed in temples. When a person joins the Church, he or she is baptized in a baptismal font located in a Mormon meetinghouse. However, Mormons perform ordinances for the dead, and baptisms for the dead are performed only in temples. Mormons know that the dead live on. (See 1 Corinthians 15:29.) At death, the spirit is separated from the body, and the spirit goes to the Spirit World to await resurrection. In the... Read the rest of this article »

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