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Does Excommunication Cancel a Sealing?

October 16, 2014
Does Excommunication Cancel a Sealing?

I heard a third-hand report that a divorced man wanted to cancel the sealing to the first wife.  As time moved on, the man was excommunicated.  After a while, the bishop where he lived came to him and asked him to reconsider his sealing cancellation, counseling him not to do it.  Doesn’t an excommunication cancel […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Excommunication, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 30 Comments »

Temple Ordination?

October 2, 2014
Temple Ordination?

Jeff Spector recently asked what would happen if women received the priesthood.  I have a question about what would happen at the temple.  Currently men are ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood immediately prior to the initiatory rite, but women do not need to be ordained at all.  If the prophet received a revelation extending priesthood […]

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Posted in Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Temple, theology, Wheaties | 25 Comments »

Ok to Ask?

September 4, 2014
Ok to Ask?

You’re sitting in the Endowment Room, and you’re not sure if you can remember the New Name you were given.

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 18 Comments »

Stained Glass

August 22, 2014
Stained Glass

I met a man who makes stained glass for a living.  He told me that he has made stained glass for several temples.  I was surprised to learn that when the LDS Church builds a temple, the stained glass must have geometric patterns, rather than other artwork. I asked him if he knew why, and […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 11 Comments »

Garments a Protection?

August 7, 2014
Garments a Protection?

During the initiatory rite, patrons are clothed in the garment of the holy priesthood.  During the ceremony, Mormons are promised that the garment will serve as a protection to us until we have “finished our work on earth”, so long as we do not defile them through sin.  Mormons love to promote stories in which […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Violence | 45 Comments »

In the name of Jesus

July 24, 2014
In the name of Jesus

In a previous post, I noted that the words “Melchizedek Priesthood” were nearly absent from the initiatory rite at the temple and the ordinances were merely performed “by authority.”  This past week, I noticed another absence:  “In the name of Jesus Christ.”  Nearly all Mormon prayers end with the words “In the name of Jesus […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture | 9 Comments »

3rd New Temple Film/Symbolism

July 17, 2014
3rd New Temple Film/Symbolism

I mentioned in a post back in August 2013 that there could be up to 3 new temple movies coming out.  The Deseret News is reporting that the 3rd movie was finally released this week to give variety to temple attendees. The temple teaches in symbols.  I overheard two temple workers in the lunchroom discussing one […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology | 28 Comments »

By Authority

July 10, 2014
By Authority

In nearly all blessings and ordinances, priesthood members perform the blessing or ordinance under the “authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.”  I noticed recently at the temple that the ordinances are performed merely “by authority.”  As I understand it, women repeat words nearly identical to men when performing initiatory rites.  There has been some debate about […]

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Posted in Mormon, Priesthood, theology | 40 Comments »

That Will Do

June 26, 2014
That Will Do

During the temple ceremonies, patrons are asked at various points of the ceremony to consent to a covenant, or demonstrate certain actions.  Once completed, the dialogue says “That will do.”  It always reminds me of a scene in the children’s movie “Babe” where the farmer tells Babe, “That’ll do.” Maybe I’m getting too hung up […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 15 Comments »

Adam: The Mother of all Living?

June 12, 2014
Adam:  The Mother of all Living?

As I was listening to the endowment ceremony, one thing struck me.  Of course it is in the Bible, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to notice this.  We all know that according to the Bible, Adam was created first, out of dirt.  When Eve was created, however, a rib from […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion, Women | 23 Comments »

Sealing Explanation

May 29, 2014
Sealing Explanation

I attended some sealings at the temple recently.  During a break, the sealer noted that when a woman is being sealed to a man, she is asked to “give herself” to the man, and “receive him unto herself”, but the man is only asked to receive, not to give.  (In a previous post, I mentioned the […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 45 Comments »

Yes, or I Do?

May 1, 2014
Yes, or I Do?

I was recently performing sealings in the temple.  We took a short break and the temple sealer asked if anyone had any questions.  During sealings, temple patrons are instructed that when we covenant to each other, we are supposed to say “Yes” rather than “I Do” as is done in other Christian weddings.  I asked […]

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Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Was Jesus a Socialist?

April 17, 2014
Was Jesus a Socialist?

The parable of the lord of the vineyard hires workers to do specific work in his fields in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon and at the end of the day. At the end of the day, he pays every single one of them a full day’s wage (to the great dismay of the […]

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Posted in Christian, economics, Jesus, Mormon | 21 Comments »

Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

April 3, 2014
Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

I’ve been reading a book, Your Endowment by Mark A. Shields.  The book claims to be from “an experienced gospel teacher, casts new light on the symbolism inherent in the temple ordinances and provides a wealth of insights that well change the way your worship.”  I was intrigued by a story early in the book. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 29 Comments »

Isn’t War in Heaven an Oxymoron?

March 20, 2014
Isn’t War in Heaven an Oxymoron?

We often think of heaven as a place of perpetual peace.  If so, why was there a war in heaven?  Are our conceptions of heaven wrong?

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Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 17 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: Urim & Thummim

March 6, 2014
Bible Dictionary:  Urim & Thummim

The LDS Bible Dictionary says for Urim & Thummim “Hebrew term that means ‘Lights and Perfections.’….Using a Urim and Thummim is the special prerogative of a seer, and it would seem reasonable that such instruments were used from the time of Adam.  However, the earliest mention is in connection with the brother of Jared (Ether […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 9 Comments »

Missionary Killed in Sweden

March 2, 2014
Missionary Killed in Sweden

LDS Church Spokesman Cody Craynor released the following statement: “Elder Mason Lewis Bailey, age 19, from Richfield, Utah, serving in the Sweden Stockholm Mission since July 2013, died after being struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking along a road on their way to an appointment. Elder Bailey’s companion was not […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon | 2 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: War in Heaven

February 20, 2014
Bible Dictionary:  War in Heaven

According to the LDS Bible Dictionary “The term arises out of Rev. 12:7 and refers to the conflict that took place in the premortal existence among the spirit children of God….Although one-third of the spirits became devils, the remaining two-thirds were not all equally valiant, there being every degree of devotion to Christ and the […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, War in Heaven | 24 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: Uzzah

February 8, 2014
Bible Dictionary:  Uzzah

The LDS Bible Dictionary for Uzzah states “Strength.  Slain for touching the Ark (2 Sam. 6:6); called Uzza (1 Chr. 13:9).  The penalty may appear to us severe, but it must be remembered that the Ark was a sacred repository, and the people had been clearly warned that only designated persons could touch the Ark, […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 4 Comments »

2nd New Temple Movie Released

January 23, 2014
2nd New Temple Movie Released

It appears that the 2nd new temple movie was released this week.  From what I understand, it is the same length as the first new movie released.  However, I was told that the beginning of the movie is slightly faster paced, and then slows down later.  Can you share anything?  Are the actors any different? […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 31 Comments »

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