3 Things Parents Should Teach Youth Before Their Endowment

Sometimes in the excitement and focus of major life events like missions and marriage, the temple experience becomes secondary. However, your personal temple endowment can and should be a deeply meaningful and important life event in itself. Sadly many young men and women show up to the temple, worthy to be there, but unprepared to comprehend the meaning and significance… Read more »

Joseph’s Description of the Endowment

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Joseph Smith introduced and described the endowment as follows: “Wednesday, [May 4, 1842]—I spent the day in the upper part of the store…in council with General James Adams of Springfield, Patriarch Hyrum Smith, Bishops Newel K. Whitney and George Miller, and President Brigham Young and Elders Heber C. Kimball and Willard Richards, instructing them in the principles and order of… Read more »

The Creation

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Joseph Smith once made a statement to the effect that if we start right, it is easy to continue right, but if we start off wrong it is very hard to get things right later (The Words of Joseph Smith, 356). Ancient Egypt had a prophecy which held that “a time will come when…human beings will become weary of life… Read more »

Temple Worthiness

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As a follow up to the Temple Threshold post, and before moving on to the Creation, let’s briefly consider a few ideas about worthiness. First, one just for fun. These are a supposed sampling of old temple recommend questions from the late 1800s or early 1900s. (A friend gave this list to me. I’m not vouching for its historical accuracy,… Read more »

The Temple Threshold

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A threshold forms a boundary. Together with the posts, lintel and door, it separates what lies outside from what lies within. In ancient times, a home’s threshold was considered sacred and highly symbolic. One who crossed over a threshold was entitled to the hospitality and protection of those who were within the house while they remained. In the case of… Read more »

7 Divisions (Realms) In the Temple

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LDS Scholar Hugh Nibley once observed that the temple is a scale model of the universe. At least in part, he seemed to have had the physical structure in mind. In other words the buildings themselves having something to testify of and to teach about. Many of our modern temples have three levels (basement, ground and upper floors). The Mount… Read more »

Welcome to my blog

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My goal with Understanding Your Endowment was to keep the book short, simple and to the point. It tries to communicate key concepts and ideas which I believe are critical in coming to understand the temple, and I didn’t want to cloud those core ideas with side trips down other paths, however interesting they might prove. Still, there was always… Read more »

Book Preview

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Understanding Your Endowment is divided into seven chapters, as follows: Chapter 1: Covenants Chapter 2: Gospel Ordinances Chapter 3: Initiatory Chapter 4: Your Endowment Chapter 5: Temple Sealings Chapter 6: Application in Your Life Chapter 7: Conclusion For a brief preview of the book’s preface and the first part of Chapter 1, please click the link below: Understanding Your Endowment… Read more »

Why this book?

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There is a great story in the Book of Acts about an Ethiopian man who had come to Jerusalem to worship. As he sat in his chariot reading Isaiah, the spirit led Philip to approach him. Philip asked if he understood what he was reading. The Ethiopian replied, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” Philip then joined… Read more »