Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Covenants and ordinances: I think its important to talk about the big picture---- ie. why we do them.
1. Purpose of life is a test to see if we love God and will do His will over our own will: "Not as I will but as Thou wilt".
2. Life is body driver's education where we learn to control our bodies. Our spirits need to drive our bodies and not our bodies drive our spirits.
3. God gave us weaknesses so that we will be humble and look to God for help.
4. The body is weak and has a tendency to sin. The natural man is an enemy to God. Just because we may have a tendency or predisposition to sin is not an excuse to do it.
5. Covenants help make our weaknesses strong
6. My body wants to do this, but I promised God I would do something else.
7. Eating vegetables is essential for good health but children don't necessarily come into this world liking them. But children can be trained and acquire a taste for them.
8. Likewise, people dont come into the world wanting to keep Gods commandments (dont drink alcohol, no steady boy friend before college). But, like vegetables, temple ritual and covenants are designed to help us acquire a taste for keeping the commandments.
9. We participate in entering into covenants using our whole body. (ritual) Ordinances change who we are until the point that we no longer desire sin and have no more disposition to do evil.
10. The gospel is not "Chuck-o-Rama" were we pick and choose only those commandments which please us. Instead, the gospel is a well balanced meal where we are expected to even take the spiritual spinach and leave a clean plate. -Elder Maxwell
11. When God freed Israel from slavery the first thing He did was give them commandments to preserve their freedom. Commandment free us not restrict us.
12. Satan enslaves us through sexual sin and chemical addiction.
13. Sexual sin and chemical addiction creates poverty in the world via broken families, illigitimacy and idleness. Evil men can take advantage of the poor in a democracy by instituting socialism that gives the poor money (symptomatic treatment) but doesn't address the problems of virtue that are the root cause of poverty. (how Greece and Rome fell-- Pres. Monson Ensign July 2013)
14. Pure religion in James 1:27 is welfare and virtue. The bishop will give you needed food and money but will also adress the virtue issues. Government does not which "enables" the poor and makes them dependent on government for a continual bailout instead of reform and rehabilitation and return to productivity and self-reliance. Religion in America needs to start doing its job so people don't need to turn to government handouts.
15. Only a "return to virtue" can save our nation and Constitutional government.
16. If you want to "defend the constitution", serve a full-time mission and spread the gospel and the principles of virtue and freedom.
17. There is no such thing as missionaries being "called home to defend the Constitution". Missionaries are already defending the Constitution by spreading a message of virtue and family values.
18. The Book of Mormon teaches that "the Spirit of God is the spirit of freedom".
19. The Temple and its covenants and ordinances are the way God effectively passes on faith, virtue, spiritual and moral values on to the next generation. That is why we should have a picture of the temple in our children's room and the temple is to be a symbol of our faith.
20. Keeping God's commandments (chastity and sobriety) is the only source of true peace, prosperity and safety. If you believe that prosperity or peace comes in any other way, then you serve a false god. Isaiah warned "Woe unto the drunkards of Ephraim" (Isa. 28).
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2. The Lord wanted all the Elders of Israel to purify themselves and go up into the mountain and not just Moses. God wanted a royal priesthood, a kingdom of Moses where every home was led by priests and kings. But the people were afraid of going up into the fiery mountain and were afraid to put their lives in the safekeeping of God. While Moses was away, Israel backslid into old sins (like addiction) and worshipping the golden calf. So God gave them a preparatory law to prepare them to receive Christ and the higher law.
When Moses came down and found Israel worshipping the golden calf he drew a line in the sand and asked "who is on tbe Lord's side?" Only the tribe of Levi stood with Moses. Levi was then selected by God to hold the priesthood and administer the temple service.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. (Old Testament, Exodus, Exodus 20)
29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them! (Old Testament, Numbers, Numbers 11)
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Old Testament, Exodus, Exodus 19)
3. Children are not born liking vegetables even though vegetables are essential for your good physical health. In the same way, people are not born wanting to keep the commandments even though keeping commandments are vital to good physical and spiritual health. Like vegetables, people have to acquire a taste for keeping the commandments. The temple is designed to help us acquire a taste for obedience, faith and temperance.
5. The point of the LDS temple is to give us a glimpse of what heaven will feel like. This world is ruled by Satan. Much of the suffering here is thanks to individuals not living the commandments of Christ. "Why call me Lord and do not what I say?" The LDS temple helps us receive a glimpse of heaven by helping us feel the spirit of God that can only be experienced as we purify ourselves through Christ and keep His commandments. We can then begin to bring peace and heaven to this Earth as we live the commandments and bring the spirit of God in ourselves, our marriages, families and communities. You cannot experience the peace of the Holy Spirit while sinning even if you say you accept Christ. This is not an all or none thing. The more you purify your life through Christ the more of His Spirit you will experience and enjoy.
6. The LDS Temple uses a lot of symbolism and ritual. We may not be used to this but its an ancient form of teaching. We take for granted that everyone can read now days. Anciently, only the elite could read. Other forms of modern teaching like chalkboard lecture or powerpoint require reading skills. Ritual symbolism has advantages that it involves your whole body to participate, and the elite reader and common non-reader are on equal footing.
7. In the OT temple the OT ritual involved washing and anointing and clothing only the tribe of Levi. This ritual was meant to teach and internalize the lesson and promises. The OT Temple priesthood was only fully available to one kingdom, nation, tongue, people, and tribe. In the restored NT temple blessings are now available to all kingdoms, nations tongues and people.
The angel at the top of the temple represents the "another angel" in Revelations that is sounding a trumpet with the everlasting gospel to every kingdom, nation, tongue and people. The white clothing represents that we have washed our sins in the blood of Jesus Christ. Also John says in Revelation it is the "righteousness of the Saints". A reminder to keep our temple commitments to keep the commandments and serve our fellow man.
Rev 14:6 angel
Rev 7:14 white clothing
Rev 19:8 white clothing
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