Our society is based on an occult system where power and wealth is based on keeping secrets. Keeping secrets seems to be essential to national security, and the success of business over competition. Outsiders look at the LDS Temple and mistakenly associate us with this occult social order.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The truth is that LDS Temple is sacred not secret. Everyone in the world is invited to the LDS Temple. However, to enter the temple, an individual has to first meet the qualifications of spiritual purity according to 1 Cor 5:11.
The reason why anyone can't just causually walk in "off the street" into an LDS temple is precisely because the LDS temple is not a casual or recreational experience. In the temple, LDS members enter into covenants to keep the commandments of the Lord and to consecrate ourselves to His work. It doesn't make much sense to talk about wanting access to an LDS Temple unless a person is ready to make and keep these commitments.
Anyone who has attended the LDS Temple will tell you there is nothing mystical about the Temple ceremony. The LDS Temple presentation teaches a person about the nature of God, our relationship with Him, and His expectations for us.
But if there is any secret lesson learned in the LDS Temple, it is this: spiritual knowledge, and our relationship with God is like tuning a radio receiver. Like your favorite local FM or AM radio station, the unseen radio signal is continuously being transmitted and is present all the time. Our ability to receive the radio signal involves careful tunning of the receiver to bring it into resonance with the transmitted signal.
Receiving spiritual knowledge is analagous to receiving a radio signal. Only after we tune our desires, thoughts and actions to the will of Our Heavenly Father does our spirit come into resonance with the celestial and devine.
In my opinion, the LDS Temple is not necessarily about transmitting spiritual secrets itself. Instead, the Temple more focuses on how to achieve spiritual resonance through living a life of charity and virtue. Once resonance is acheived, spiritual knowledge and wisdom will then begin to flow spontaneously by the power of the Holy Ghost.
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 121)
My wife likens the New Testament Temple to the public library. You don't go to the library to play dodgeball or jam with your garage band. You go to the library to read, learn and check out books. Similarly, in the LDS Temple, patrons are there to make commitments involving carnal self-restraint and selfless Christian service.
My wife says that it is just as important to prepare children to enter into the temple where they can make and keep covenants of charity and virtue. Just like children need to be taught to read to be able to better enjoy a library, children must be taught and practice modesty and moral standards to fully enjoy the blessings of the House of the Lord.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (New Testament, John, Chapter 1)
When it comes to understanding the mysteries of the Universe, or how to solve our greatest social problems, the LDS Temple simply teaches that only the righteous (charitable and virtuous) can understand them.