“I’ve only attended the temple a handful of times in the years since. Thankfully, my husband is also not a gung-ho temple goer. He understands me, and that makes all the difference. I wouldn’t trade marrying him for anything, but sometimes I wish we could have skipped the temple endowment part and just married quietly somewhere. I love the doctrine of eternal families, and the thought of being with my husband after death — but at the same time, I can’t imagine a loving God, like the God we preach about in church, splitting up loving couples and families just because they weren’t married in His temple. That makes no sense to me. I refuse to believe that they won’t know each other after death and will be punished like that.” – Read More Here
I read this article and remembered echoing this same sentiment. In fact, I sought to find some kind of back up in the Bible for having the necessity of a temple and came across this scripture in John 2:18-21:
Then the Jewish leaders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? What miraculous sign will you show us?” Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll raise it up.” The Jewish leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days?” But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. (emphasis mine)
In the Old Testament, temples were tents to massive structures. But Jesus was the final temple. He was the final lamb for the sacrifice. New Testament started a new covenant through the risen Jesus. According to here, the Mormons believe that temples help us come to Christ.
Temples are about as necessary as a priest to hear our confessions. Jesus is our confessor and our temple. No man-made structure is needed and no human confessor is needed as Jesus invites us to come to Him personally anywhere. But do you know what kinds of things happen in a temple?
A book came out in 1994 thereabouts called, Secret Ceremonies by Deborah Lake. It revealed the pagan rituals like secret handshakes, passwords, etc. I also know someone who was married in the temple. I asked her if this book was true. All she could do was nod. I found another article on the temple marriage here:
But after Joseph Smith’s death, Brigham Young changed the rules, and it’s still unclear by what authority he did so. Brigham Young admitted to not being a prophet (JD 5:77), and no one in the church during his lifetime referred to him as “the Prophet.” He was the president. (In other words, Joseph Smith was for a public ceremony, but Brigham Young was not)
But if you read the Bible, that could change your mind. Read it in context. Compare it to the Book of Mormon. Beth Moore has many Bible study books that go deep into scripture to guide your journey. Find a pastor at a Christian church to ask your questions. You don’t need to be a Christian to attend a church. Come with your questions!
Friend, God wants you to come home. Leaving the Mormon church doesn’t mean leaving behind family values. You can still have family values. You can still enjoy a close church family. I can’t promise that your blood family won’t present a problem when you try to leave the church. That’s why you need a good support group to help you maintain good family relationships.
I’ll be praying for you to know the truth.
Meanwhile, I need to get ready for church. This blogging thing is so addicting. I hope I will hear from you.