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Purpose of the Temple Endowment - David O. McKay

posted Mar 06, 2017 03:45:49 by RyanAllen
"Brothers and sisters, I believe there are few, even temple workers, who comprehend the full meaning and power of the temple endowment. Seen for what it is, it is the step-by-step ascent into the Eternal Presence. If our young people could but glimpse it, it would be the most powerful spiritual motivation of their lives."
President David O. McKay - Cited in T. G. Madsen, Presidents, pp. 269-270; cf. T. G. Madsen, House, p. 282.
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TammyBroderick said Mar 06, 2017 03:55:01
Thanks for posting this! Great find.

Tammy
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David.Clark said Mar 06, 2017 06:46:22
I've attended the temple for more than 25 years and served as an ordince worker for about six years. I often wonder what it is that I am missing. There are so many layers of understanding to the endowment ceremony. Great quote! Thank you for sharing!
Formerly known as Alabama LDS

drc53@ymail.com
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HelenPirtle said Mar 06, 2017 14:55:29
That is a great quote! Thanks.
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Betty Kyler said Mar 06, 2017 15:51:53
Everything in the endowment means something. You need to constantly go to understand it and we may not understand it all before we cross the veil. Everytime I go through and every time as a Temple worker I help patrons I learn something new. It is more glorious than we could ever see. Even the initiatory is beyond wonderful. We need to listen and pay close attention. It is so sad to see people sleeping through it, what would the early apostles have learned if they had not slept while Jesus Christ was in the Garden?
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ShelleMcDermott said Mar 06, 2017 16:06:01
And...this is exactly what Mike and John Pontius pointed out. Great quote find.
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AliciaBlickfeldt said Mar 06, 2017 20:58:12
Here! Here! Great quote. Thank you for posting.
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NormJohnson said Mar 06, 2017 22:23:57
At the temple this morning I was permitted to learn something brand new. I have been an ordinance worker for over 21 years and attending the temple as often as circumstances allowed because most of my pre retirement years were east of the Mississippi. Hugh Nibley said in one of his books that if he quit learning in the temple he would quit going and he attended up until shortly before his death.
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Nancy'sAwake said Mar 07, 2017 03:49:08
Wish I could read you thoughts and hear what you learned today. Can you speak in generalities for us? So happy you CAN go so often. I'm not sure how I could manage it, physically speaking... these days.
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SusanMalone said Mar 07, 2017 05:18:40
I am blessed to be able to attend the temple very frequently. The more I have gone the more I find myself thinking about it. I will often find myself humming the music (or just hearing it in my head) and running through conversations and comments in my mind.

I think, even if we are not able to attend the temple for various reasons (health, distance, etc), then we can imagine ourselves in the temple- do any of the ceremonies in our mind and ponder what they mean. Maybe one day focus on baptism and confirmation, another day on iniatory, another day on the endowment, another day on sealings.... even though we will not be providing ordinances doing that, I think the process will still edify and uplift us, and give the Lord and opportunity to teach and instruct us. Just a thought.

I know sometimes people don't attend because of physical limitation, yet the temple is so very accomodating. I had a friend recently say she doesn't do sealings anymore because she had knee replacement surgery and is not supposed to knee. She did not know that they will pull out one of the cushions and put a chair there for you to sit on. I've seen it done. So call the temple and explain your circumstances if you really want to go, and see if there is still some way you can participate.
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David.Clark said Mar 07, 2017 06:27:07
Amen, Susan!

Regarding specifically to the temple accommodations, I Second that! I am, by and large, bedridden. I can't stand, sit up, roll to side to side, speak without voice amplification, use my hands or lift my arms above my head... All that to say that I can't put the robs on, I can't do any body jestures, I can't speak loudly enough at the veil.

About all I can do is be present, and even that is a challenge for me. The accommodations the temple has to do for me is beyond belief. But, they do it with a smile and sincerely thank me for the opportunity to help me (notwithstanding the disruption I cause every time I attend.

All that to concur with Susan ... to go to the temple even with handicaps and disabilities if at all possible (meaning that getting out would not cause you harm).
Formerly known as Alabama LDS

drc53@ymail.com
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-Ed- said Mar 07, 2017 17:53:39
Every time I go to the temple I either learn something NEW or feel the Spirit strongly. Can't complain about those things!

At the temple there are accommodations If a patron is unable to give the tokens, signs, dress or stand up, etc. ALL ARE WELCOME AT THE LORD's TABLE.

@David- it is a blessing for ordinance workers to serve ALL of our brothers and sisters especially those that need special accommodations. Don't ever feel like you are disruption! if the other patrons are impatient they are missing out on a little piece of Zion, if the Savior was officiating he would help out with those things with a smile on his face and probably tears in his eyes.

@Nancy- feel free to call the Temple ahead of time and explain your needs, they will make the arrangements for you!
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