Monday, October 27, 2014

There are three kinds of Temples.



Preparatory Temples: Which are places of learning. Which was referred to as the School of the Prophets. They are Meeting and or Assembly Halls. A place to learn by the Prophets and the leaders of the church, as while as angles or messengers from Heaven. They are not church meeting house, they are Temples. Plans for other temples like this one was made before the Kirtland Temple was built. However, The Kirtland Temple was the first and only one built like this that is still standing today. The others were never built due to the church was run out of the land.

The only other Preparatory Temples were the Endowment Houses. One was built in Salt Lake City Utah and was used like a Modern Temple with some of the Ordinances used today. The other is the Spring City Endowment House in Utah. They are Houses of the Lord, meaning they were considered to be like Temples. However, because they were never a Modern Temple; they do not have all of the Ordinances used like a Modern Temple does today. Only the Spring City Endowment House is still standing. However, it is not in use and is considered a Historic Site. Only Endowments for the living were done in the Endowment Houses. Endowments for the dead are for Modern Temples and Complete Temple(s).

Modern Temples: Which has all of the things one would need in getting back to are Father in Heaven with the Ordinances one would need for themselves and their families. Both for the living and the dead. These are the Temples that are used by the L.D.S. Church today.

The Complete Temple: This/Theses Temple(s) has not been built yet and will have all of the things that a Preparatory and Modern Temple has with a few things added to it. One of them being The Throne of the Lords. Which will be the Throne Room of Jesus and God. This will be their place and house when Jesus comes to rule in the 1,000 years of pace. All Temples are the House of the Lord. However, This/These Temple(s) will be the Holy of Holies. This/These Temples are the only Temples in which God the Father and his Son Jesus will both be seated side by side on Earth. This is my understanding of the Complete Temple(s) and not that of the L.D.S. Church. Again land has been set aside for temples to be built. However, three (3) Temple sites/ location are waiting for the Lord to say which kind(s) will be built and when. They are Far West Temple, Independence Temple and Adam-ondi-Ahman Temple.

The Kirtland Temple

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwedlk7GfCE&index=14&list=PL48A73CA7B167A751


The First Temple in the last days was and still is a House of the Lord. The Temple does not have all of the things that most L.D.S. Temples have today. However, the Lord did come unto this House. So too, did many other people from Heaven. To give unto Joseph Smith the Keys of Heaven and the Power of the Priesthood. The Temple is not use by the L.D.S. Church today. It is own by another Church, The Community of Christ. Which was founded by the descendents of Joseph Smith. This is what I call a Preparatory Temple. which means none of the ordinances which are preformed today in L.D.S. Temples are in this Temple.

There are three kinds of Temples.

Preparatory Temples: Which are places of learning. Which was referred to as the School of the Prophets. They are Meeting and or Assembly Halls. A place to learn by the Prophets and the leaders of the church, as while as angles or messengers from Heaven. They are not church meeting house, they are Temples. Plans for other temples like this one was made before the Kirtland Temple was built. However, The Kirtland Temple was the first and only one built like this that is still standing today. The others were never built due to the church was run out of the land.

The only other Preparatory Temples were the Endowment Houses. One was built in Salt Lake City Utah and was used like a Modern Temple with some of the Ordinances used today. The other is the Spring City Endowment House in Utah. They are Houses of the Lord, meaning they were considered to be like Temples. However, because they were never a Modern Temple; they do not have all of the Ordinances used like a Modern Temple does today. Only the Spring City Endowment House is still standing. However, it is not in use and is considered a Historic site. Only Endowments for the living were done in the Endowment Houses. Endowments for the dead are for Modern Temples and Complete Temple(s).

Modern Temples: Which has all of the things one would need in getting back to are Father in Heaven with the Ordinances one would need for themselves and their families. Both for the living and the dead. These are the Temples that are used by the L.D.S. Church today.

The Complete Temple: This/Theses Temple(s) has not been built yet and will have all of the things that a Preparatory and Modern Temple has with a few things added to it. One of them being The Throne of the Lords. Which will be the Throne Room of Jesus and God. This will be their place and house when Jesus comes to rule in the 1,000 years of pace. All Temples are the House of the Lord. However, This/These Temple(s) will be the Holy of Holies. This/These Temples are the only Temples in which God the Father and his Son Jesus will both be seated side by side on Earth. This is my understanding of the Complete Temple(s) and not that of the L.D.S. Church. Again land has been set aside for temples to be built. However, three (3) Temple sites/ location are waiting for the Lord to say which kind(s) will be built and when. They are Far West Temple, Independence Temple and Adam-ondi-Ahman Temple.

A Nashville Tribute to the Prophet Joseph Smith

The Rising. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcwNPgL-6_I&list=PLC6125FD18CDD13C3

Emma Smith: A Mormon Woman of Faith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaH_OKPO-zs&index=2&list=PLC6125FD18CDD13C3

The Rising 2: Candles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wL_bY9q05c&index=4&list=PLC6125FD18CDD13C3

The following are song from the C.D. Check out the songs and the C.D.

Defining Religious Freedom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAJGkQGz4yI&feature=share
If we do not fight for your rights of religious freedom and the rights of others to worship how they want then we will lose all freedoms given to us by God.

What we can do to help preserve Religious Freedom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-fMWK6EQrg&feature=share

The right to worship when, where and what you want is a God Given Right. Do not allow others to take that right away from you and do not force others to not have that right by taking the right to worship away from them.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo: As Seen on LDS.org

Check out the Rest of this at https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-kirtland-and-nauvoo?lang=eng



““Latter-day Saints believe that monogamy—the marriage of one man and one woman—is the Lord’s standing law of marriage. In biblical times, the Lord commanded some of His people to practice plural marriage—the marriage of one man and more than one woman. Some early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also received and obeyed this commandment given through God’s prophets.

After receiving a revelation commanding him to practice plural marriage, Joseph Smith married multiple wives and introduced the practice to close associates. This principle was among the most challenging aspects of the Restoration—for Joseph personally and for other Church members. Plural marriage tested faith and provoked controversy and opposition. Few Latter-day Saints initially welcomed the restoration of a biblical practice entirely foreign to their sensibilities. But many later testified of powerful spiritual experiences that helped them overcome their hesitation and gave them courage to accept this practice.

Although the Lord commanded the adoption—and later the cessation—of plural marriage in the latter days, He did not give exact instructions on how to obey the commandment. Significant social and cultural changes often include misunderstandings and difficulties. Church leaders and members experienced these challenges as they heeded the command to practice plural marriage and again later as they worked to discontinue it after Church President Wilford Woodruff issued an inspired statement known as the Manifesto in 1890, which led to the end of plural marriage in the Church. Through it all, Church leaders and members sought to follow God’s will.

Many details about the early practice of plural marriage are unknown. Plural marriage was introduced among the early Saints incrementally, and participants were asked to keep their actions confidential. They did not discuss their experiences publicly or in writing until after the Latter-day Saints had moved to Utah and Church leaders had publicly acknowledged the practice. The historical record of early plural marriage is therefore thin: few records of the time provide details, and later reminiscences are not always reliable. Some ambiguity will always accompany our knowledge about this issue. Like the participants, we “see through a glass, darkly” and are asked to walk by faith.””



Check out the rest of this at https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-kirtland-and-nauvoo?lang=eng 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Temple Symbolism: The Salt Lake Temple.


Rich symbolism adorns the exterior of the Salt Lake Temple, depicting mankind's journey from mortality into the eternal realms. Perhaps Elder J. Golden Kimball expressed it best when he stated: "When I think about that building, every stone in it is a sermon to me."1 Following is a summary of some of the major symbolism of the Salt Lake Temple:



Angel Moroni.  The angel Moroni depicts both a messenger of the restoration of the gospel and a herald of the Second Coming: "for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds" (JS-M 1:37).


Towers.  The three towers on the east side represent the First Presidency of the Church and the Melchizedek Priesthood; the twelve pinnacles rising from the towers represent the Twelve Apostles. The three towers on the west side represent the Presiding Bishopric and the Aaronic Priesthood; the twelve pinnacles rising from the towers represent the High Council.


Battlements.  The castle-like battlements that surround the temple symbolize a separation from the world as well as a protection of the holy ordinances practiced within its walls.


Earthstones.  The earthstones, located at the base of each buttress, represent the earth—the "footstool of God." Although the earth is currently a telestial kingdom, it will transition to a terrestrial kingdom at the coming of the Millennium; and at the end of one thousand years, it is destined to become a celestial kingdom.


Moonstones.  Located directly above the earthstones, the moon is depicted in its various phases around the temple. The changing moon can represent the stages of human progression from birth to resurrection or represent the patron's journey from darkness to light.


Sunstones.  Located directly above the moonstones, the sunstones depict the sun—a symbol of the glory of the celestial kingdom.


Cloudstones.  High above the sunstones on the east center tower are two clouds with descending rays of light (originally planned to be one white and one black with descending trumpets.) The parallel of this symbolism is found in the Old Testament. Once temples were dedicated in ancient Israel, they were filled with the "cloud of the Lord." At Mount Sinai, the children of Israel saw this cloud as both dark and bright accompanied by the blasting of a trumpet.


Starstones.  Six-pointed stars represent the actual stars in the heaven. Upside-down five-pointed stars represent morning stars, compared to the "sons of God" in the scriptures. The large upright five-pointed stars may represent the governing power of the priesthood while the small upright five-pointed stars may represent the saving power of the priesthood for those who attach themselves to it.



Big Dipper.  High on the west center tower is a depiction of the Big Dipper, a constellation used by travelers for thousands of years to find the North Star. It is an appropriate symbol for the temple where patrons come to get their bearings on the journey home.


Handclasp.  Each of the center towers features a pair of clasped right hands identified as the "right hands of fellowship" cited in Galatians 2:9. In Jeremiah 31:32, the Lord uses the handclasp to denote covenant making—an act at the very heart of temple worship.


All-Seeing Eye.  Located atop each of the center towers of the temple is the all-seeing eye of God, which represents God's ability to see all things.2