Sharrona, your critique of my earlier comment seems to suggest that you think I
have denied the Savior, which is not the case. Most of those things I mentioned
in family activities center around the Savior, His atonement, His and our
Father's plan for us--the list could go on.As to the ongoing, largely
irrelevant discussion on "sacred vs. secret", even Christ himself
instructed us to avoid giving holy things to "dogs"--a metaphor that He
himself used, which should not be misconstrued in modern terms to be insulting.
It only means to refrain from discussing sacred things to those who do not
understand, will not accept, or may portray in negative fashion--all of which is
happening currently with LDS Temple ordinances.As to the accusation that
oaths and handshakes were "borrowed" from the Freemasons--might as well
accuse Smith and Young from stealing them from Native American ceremonialism or
any other esoteric society that uses such things. They are of much more ancient
date than the origins of Freemasonry. That subject has been hashed over many
times by both LDS and non LDS scholars.
RE: InspectorC. OK, Since you are willing to talk about Jesus, and nothing can
exceed the importance and sacredness of Jesus Christ. the most sacred aspect of
your and the Christian belief.Let us discuss something much less
sacred openly with respect? Let’s discuss what goes on in the temple.
Unless you consider it a secret and you are sworn to Secrecy not to reveal what
goes on in the temple. When You are sworn to Sacredness, and you
are forbidden to discuss something, it is Secret. When you can openly discuss
something with reverence, it is Sacred(which you did) i.e.., J S and Brigham
Young were Masons and "borrowed" a number of oaths, and secret
handshakes from the Masonic Lodge.
TO: sharrona---You said: "You are willing to mention the most
sacred aspect of Mormon belief, the temple but not Jesus."With
just a quick re-scan of this article, I find AT LEAST SIXTEEN (16) references
--direct or indirect-- to "Jesus", "Lord", "God", et
RE: Oatmeal, “Only the home can compare with the temple in
sacredness?” If you want to understand Mormons, you have to understand
that statement”.What is the most important and Sacred thing
about the Mormon gospel. Is it not Jesus? Otherwise is to make the claim to be
Christian seems ridiculous, for nothing can exceed the importance and sacredness
of Jesus Christ for Christians. You are willing to mention the
most sacred aspect of Mormon belief, the temple but not Jesus. RE: G
L W8, The True Temple for Christians is Jesus, “destroy this temple, and
in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). After Christ’s
resurrection the meaning of these words became plain, when Jesus spoke of the
destruction of the temple, he was speaking of his own body (John 2:22).
Oatmeal, I am sitting in the living room of my parent's home, where a
number of spiritual experiences have taken place: family genealogy meetings with
aunts, uncles, cousins; priesthood blessings given over the years, the watching
of many conference sessions, religious oriented programming following Sabbath
services, nuclear and extended family home evenings, family prayers, family
parties, family reunion planning meetings; and the list goes on and on. On those
sacred occasions, we were prepared by our parents and others for living a
righteous mortal life that we may have place in the Celestial Kingdom of God.
Truly the home can be a temple.
"Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.”If you want to understand Mormons, you have to understand that statement. It
is that combination of mortal and eternal ideals that makes Mormonism what it
He should come speak to the Oakland Temple workers!