5 days until I receive my endowments and I get sealed to my
parents. Holy hurry up batman!
I posted that on Facebook this morning because I'm super
excited about it and I have gotten so much love. I've also gotten the question
asking what I'm talking about. I totally forget that sometimes when I'm posting
things I'm totally posting in "Mormon-Speak".
So.. I think I'm going to try to use this platform to
explain, as best as I can, what all the hoopidy-doo is all about. That way my
Non-Mormon folks don't feel left out of my excitement - because I want everyone
to be excited and happy with me!
Ok.. so let's start shall we?
Let me preface this whole thing with saying, this has to do
with my religion. I'm Mormon.
Ok so this coming Saturday, May 4th (which also happens to
be my birthday!) I'll be making my first trip ever to the Temple. See, us
Mormon folk have two main buildings that we use. We have our "meeting
houses" which is the building we go to every Sunday for our church service
(just like all the other Christians out there). Anyone and everyone can go to
this building! It also is where
we do our activities like sports, fellowshipping events, etc. But I'm getting
off topic. Okay, so the second building
that we use is the Temple. Temples are special and sacred places, just like the
Temples back in the old days of Christianity - Temple of Moses, Solomon's
Temple, etc (here
are some scripture references to Temples if this stuff interests you). The
differences between Temples and our Meetinghouses are that anyone and everyone can go inside
the Temple when they are a worthy member.
are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where
individuals make sacred covenants with God. Because making covenants with God
is such a solemn responsibility, individuals cannot enter the temple to receive
their endowments or be sealed inmarriagefor eternity until they have fully prepared
themselves and been members of the Church for at least a year. Throughout
history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. The Church is
working to build temples all over the world to make temple blessings more
available for a greater number of Heavenly Father's children.
Ok. So, to become a worthy member of the Church who can
enter Temples, you have to know the magic words (sorry I couldn't help
myself) prepare by: Believing in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ & the Holy
Ghost, Cultivating a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the
restored gospel, Sustaining and following the living prophet, Qualifying for a
temple recommend by: paying tithing, being morally clean, being honest, keeping
the Word of Wisdom, and living in harmony with the teachings of the Church,
Giving time, talents and means to help build the Lord's kingdom, Participating
in family history work. (read more
I want to add in here, that if you knew me in high school or
in my early 20's you're probably laughing your head off at the thought of me
being worthy to enter the Temple. I'm just going to say it like this, if I can
change and become who I have become..ANYONE
If you're still reading this far either you are really
interested or I'm great at explaining this stuff!
So, yeh, Temples are sacred. A lot of people think that The
Church of Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons) are secretive bunch. A lot of that comes from the fact that
members don't really talk a lot about what goes on in the Temple. There's a
reason behind that (besides trying to be secretive), and I heard it explained
this way in a talk once, so I'm going to use it here because I think it's the
best way I've ever heard it described. There are sacred things in this world,
moments that are shared between people that aren't talked about to everyone because
they are sacred between those people. I like to think of it as those late night
talks you have with your spouse. Those talks are intimate and special to me and
my husband and I don't share them with others. Well, in the Temple, sacred
ordinances are preformed and because they are special and sacred to the
individual receiving those blessings, we don't talk about them outside of the
temple. So, I'm not sure if that helped to put it into perspective or just
clouded it, but that's the way I see it.
is a GREAT talk on Temples and what happens there - much more in depth and
better stated than I could ever do, you can watch, listen or download the
Ok so the first reason I'm going to the Temple to receive my
endowment, which is defined
as "a special spiritual blessing given to worthy and faithful members
of the Church in the temple". It is a series of covenants that we make
with Heavenly Father. And like all covenants with Him, we receive blessings in
return for keeping those covenants.
The second reason is to be sealed to my parents. See, a
beautiful thing about our faith is that we believe that families can be
together forever. Not just "until death do you part". This is done by
sealing. Usually, a
couple is married in the Temple and is sealed for all time and eternity. And
when children are born to that couple, the children are automatically sealed to
their parents. But since my Mom wasn't a member of the Church when my parents
were married, they only recently got sealed about 2 years ago, I wasn't sealed
to them. At the time, I wasn't Temple worthy but now that I am, I'll be sealed
to my parents. So, when we all decide to take the big dirt nap, our spirits
will reconvene up by the pearly gates and we'll all get to hang again forever. Or something like that anyway..
Did I explain this without getting entirely too heavy? I'm
not sure.. but I hope that this helps clear the air for those that don't know
about Temples or some of the ordinances performed in them. There's a lot more
stuff that happens in the Temple but that's for another time and blog post.