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What is an LDS Church /Mormon temple marriage/sealing?
Recovery from Mormonism (RfM) discussion forum. ^ | February 3, 2011 | Anon.

Posted on 02/03/2011 9:29:57 AM PST by greyfoxx39

This is a review of the temple sealing including some background and scriptural references on where the basis for it comes from. There are web sites with more information.

After passing two interviews to get the temple recommend--
(see Temple Recommend Questions here: http://www.lds-mormon.com/veilworker/recommend.shtml,)

then going through the Endowment Ceremony either on the day of the marriage, or earlier,

Washing and Anointing ceremony (only done once for yourself) where the Holy Garment of the Priesthood (notice ladies, you wear the same garment of the Holy Priesthood!), is placed on you and covenanting to obey:

The Law of Obedience
The Law of Sacrifice
The Law of the Gospel
The Law of Chastity
The Law of Consecration --which is:(I am only including this particular one on this post as it has it directly applies to the marriage covenant.)
Info on: Garments, each covenant here: http://www.lds4u.com/lesson5/templecovenants.htm

then, and only then may you be married/sealed in the temple.


This is the Law of Consecration that proceeds the Marriage/wedding/sealing.


Officiator:
A couple will now come to the altar. We are instructed to give unto you the Law of Consecration as contained in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, in connection with the Law of the Gospel and the Law of Sacrifice which you have already received.

It is that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.

All arise. Each of you bring your right arm to the square.
You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar, that you do accept the Law of Consecration as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants, in that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.

Each of you bow your head and say "yes."


Then and only then, after completing the entire Endowment Ceremony, making all of the Covenants, you may be sealed in the marriage ceremony.

Here is the ceremony.

Sometimes, the officiator will allow an exchange of rings at the end of the ceremony, and a kiss.
(I don't know the current policy on this practice. Maybe someone else does.)

Officiator: Brother ______, [naming groom] and Sister ______, [naming bride] please join hands in the Patriarchal Grip or Sure Sign of the Nail.

Marriage Couple:
Joins hands in the "Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail."This token is given by clasping the right hands, interlocking the little fingers and placing the tip of the forefinger upon the center of the wrist. No clothing should interfere with the contact of the forefinger upon the wrist.

Officiator: Brother ______, do you take Sister ______ by the right hand and receive her unto yourself to be your lawful and wedded wife for time and all eternity, with a covenant and promise that you will observe and keep all the laws, rites, and ordinances pertaining to this Holy Order of Matrimony in the New and Everlasting Covenant, and this you do in the presence of God, angels, and these witnesses of your own free will and choice?

Groom: Yes.

Officiator: Sister ______ do you take brother ______ by the right hand and give yourself to him to be his lawful and wedded wife, and for him to be your lawful and wedded husband, for time and all eternity, with a covenant and promise that you will observe and keep all the laws, rites and ordinances pertaining to this Holy Order of Matrimony in the New and Everlasting Covenant, and this you do in the presence of God, angels, and these witnesses of your own free will and choice?

Bride: Yes.

Officiator:
By virtue of the Holy Priesthood and the authority vested in me, I pronounce you ______, and ______, legally and lawfully husband and wife for time and all eternity, and I seal upon you the blessings of the holy resurrection with power to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection clothed in glory, immortality and eternal lives, and I seal upon you the blessings of kingdoms, thrones, principalities, powers, dominions and exaltations, with all the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and say unto you: be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth that you may have joy and rejoicing in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All these blessings, together with all the blessings appertaining unto the New and Everlasting Covenant, I seal upon you by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, through your faithfulness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

To make sure one understands exactly what the "New and Everlasting Covenant" is, see: D&C 132. In the temple it is just called the New and Everlasting Covenant, the words: Plurality of Wives is omitted.

To understand the background for the temple marriage/sealing ceremony:

REFERENCE for easy reading: http://scriptures.lds.org/dc/132

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, as also plurality of wives. HC 5: 501—507.
Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.

[INSERT: compare introduction to the 1969 edition of the Book of Mormon]

Here's the 1969 version:

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, as also plurality of wives.

-------The Prophet’s inquiry of the Lord--He is told to prepare himself to receive the new and everlasting covenant--Conditions of this law--The power of the Holy Priesthood instituted by the Lord must be operative in ordinances to be in effect beyond the grave--
Marriage by secular authority is of effect during mortality only--Though the form of marriage should make it appear to be for time and eternity, the ordinance is not valid beyond the grave unless solemnized by the authority of the Holy Priesthood as the Lord directs--
Marriage duly authorized for time and eternity to be attended by surpassing blessings--E
ssentials for the attainment of the status of godhood -- The meaning of eternal lives--Plurality of wives acceptable only when commanded by the Lord--The sin of adultery--Commandment to Emma Smith, wife of the prophet.
http://scriptures.lds.org/dc/132
1981 edition:
1—6, Exaltation is gained through the new and everlasting covenant;
7—14, The terms and conditions of that covenant are set forth;
15—20, Celestial marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable men to become gods;
21—25, The strait and narrow way that leads to eternal lives;
26—27, Law given relative to blasphemy against the Holy Ghost;
28—39, Promises of eternal increase and exaltation made to prophets and saints in all ages;
40—47, Joseph Smith is given the power to bind and seal on earth and in heaven;
48—50, The Lord seals upon him his exaltation;
51—57, Emma Smith is counseled to be faithful and true;
58—66, Laws governing the plurality of wives are set forth.

Did you catch it? Celestial Marriage is Plurality of Wives! The Mormon Church has never, ever stopped practicing their law that applies to polygamy or plurality of wives as that is what Celestial Marriage (The New and Everlasting Covenant) is!

Did you notice that the marriage sealing ceremony not only continues the practice of polygamy, and, because of the covenant of the Law of Consecration, married you to the church and it's commandments by covenant, not each other?

Investigators BEWARE:
Demand full disclosure for informed consent. You won't get it from the Mormon Church, so do your own research.

Know what you are doing, and what it really means!

I doubt most LDS couples recognize and understand that they married in to plurality of wives when they were sealed in the temple.

The actual sealing ceremony takes place in a sealing room off of the Celestial Room in the temple. Attendees must have a valid temple recommend and be invited. They may dress in white or in Sunday Best.

This is how it is done in the US. In England, for instance, the marriage part is performed in a chapel (or elsewhere) by a presiding authority (usually a bishop) with an official government recorder of some sort in attendance. Attendees are invited, no temple recommend required.

The sealing ceremony is performed in the temple at a later time either that day or another day.



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Explanation of the "Law of Obedience" and the "Law of Sacrifice" can be found:

HERE

The "Law of the Gospel" may be found

HERE

The "Law of Chastity" may be found

HERE

A fuller explanation of the "endowment" can be found here:

The LDS Endowment

A fuller explanation of the "washing and anointing" can be found here:

The Initiatory

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1 posted on 02/03/2011 9:29:58 AM PST by greyfoxx39
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2 posted on 02/03/2011 9:32:13 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; Tennessee Nana; ...

Ping


3 posted on 02/03/2011 9:34:09 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("This administration has turned off America's beacon to the world for freedom and left darkness")
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To: dragonblustar
So these underage young women were raped in the temple to seal the (flds) marriage?
4 posted on 02/03/2011 9:42:36 AM PST by svcw (God doesn't show up in our time, but He shows up on time)
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To: dragonblustar
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5 posted on 02/03/2011 9:42:56 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: greyfoxx39

What is that hanging on the door handle? It looks like a whip.


6 posted on 02/03/2011 9:43:26 AM PST by svcw (God doesn't show up in our time, but He shows up on time)
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To: greyfoxx39

IB4PD


7 posted on 02/03/2011 9:47:55 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If Mormonism were a cult, I would know it and I would not be in it")
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To: svcw

That’s what I’ve been reading.


8 posted on 02/03/2011 9:51:30 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: greyfoxx39

Based on Romney’s age, what do you suppose the temple ceremonies were like when he went through them?


9 posted on 02/03/2011 9:51:30 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If Mormonism were a cult, I would know it and I would not be in it")
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To: T Minus Four

IB4PD2


10 posted on 02/03/2011 9:52:44 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: greyfoxx39

From the temple recommend interviewing instructions:

When interviewing an applicant for a recommend, do not inquire into personal, intimate matters about marital relations between a husband and his wife.
Generally, do not deviate from the recommend interview questions.

If, during an interview, an applicant asks about the propriety of specific conduct, do not pursue the matter. Merely suggest that if the applicant has enough anxiety about the propriety of the conduct to ask about it, the best course would be to discontinue it.

If you are sensitive and wise, you usually can prevent those being interviewed from asking such explicit questions.


11 posted on 02/03/2011 9:55:13 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If Mormonism were a cult, I would know it and I would not be in it")
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To: dragonblustar

From the temple recommend intereview, one of the questions:

13. Has there been any sin or misdeed in your life that should have been resolved with priesthood authorities but has not?

Note: NOT resolved with God. NOT confessed to Him through the intercession of Jesus. NOT repented of and forgiven through His grace.


12 posted on 02/03/2011 10:00:37 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If Mormonism were a cult, I would know it and I would not be in it")
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To: dragonblustar

I hope that’s not what heaven looks like. I’m more of a clean-lined contemporary sort of gal. And I like lots of light pouring through windows.


13 posted on 02/03/2011 10:03:08 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If Mormonism were a cult, I would know it and I would not be in it")
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To: Alex Murphy

IB4PD3


14 posted on 02/03/2011 10:07:44 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: svcw
What is that hanging on the door handle? It looks like a whip.

I think hose...can't imagine why, though.

15 posted on 02/03/2011 10:13:24 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("This administration has turned off America's beacon to the world for freedom and left darkness")
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To: Tennessee Nana

IB4PDSpam4


16 posted on 02/03/2011 10:13:58 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Hose, of course. Thank makes sense, they are bathing after all.


17 posted on 02/03/2011 10:16:14 AM PST by svcw (God doesn't show up in our time, but He shows up on time)
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To: svcw; greyfoxx39

Kinky stuff going on...


18 posted on 02/03/2011 10:20:21 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: greyfoxx39
Celestial marriage [aka polygamy] is required for salvation according to mormon doctrine.

Here we have quote from an “apostle of the lord”, but we’ll be told it’s only “his opinion” since it’s in the JOD and those are “supposedly supposed to be ignored”, but it’s valuable insight into what the leaders of the mormon church believe and teach, regardless of whether the mormons want to claim it as “doctrine”. But wait, don’t mormon apostles represent and speak on behalf of the mormon church? Don’t they use the JOD’s as references in their General Conference talks to the faithful?

Now, before anyone argues that the JoD are to be discounted as just the “opinions of men”, read this…

"The Journal of Discourses is a vehicle of doctrine, counsel, and instruction to ALL people, but especially to the Saints. It follows then, then, [sic] that each successive volume is more and more valuable as the Church increases in numbers and importance in the earth." Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. iii (1867) " — Brigham Young

Hmmm, this just keeps getting more complicated, anyway onward and upward;

LDS Apostle Erastus Snow preached the following on Sunday, Oct. 4, 1857:

" Do the women, when they pray, remember their husbands?... Do you uphold your husband before God as your lord? "What!—my husband to be my lord?" I ask, Can you get into the celestial kingdom without him? Have any of you been there? You will remember that you never got into the celestial kingdom [during the temple ceremony] without the aid of your husband. If you did, it was because your husband was away, and some one had to act proxy for him. No woman will get into the celestial kingdom, except her husband receives her, if she is worthy to have a husband; and if not, somebody will receive her as a servant. “(Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 291)

Without that "ordinance", nope, no way, it ain't gonna happen.

Uhm, wait, are you sure???

”But what of the many mature members of the Church who are not married? Through no failing of their own, they deal with the trials of life alone. Be we all reminded that, in the Lord’s own way and time, no blessings will be withheld from His faithful Saints. The Lord will judge and reward each individual according to heartfelt desire as well as deed.

So, a "heartfelt desire" can get one in as well? I wonder just how many ways there are besides the "straight and narrow"?

Celestial marriage

Ahh, I guess I spoke too soon, here’s another way;

After both of you die, and your errant spouse gets necrobaptized, your “mormon relatives” [if you have any] can seal you to him by “proxy”. Then your errant spouse will have “the chance” in the period between death and resurrection to accept or reject the ordinances. [Hmm, so if I’m in the spirit prison and a spirit missionary comes down and says, “hey, we baptized you, endowed you and sealed you to your wife. Do you accept or reject?” What do you think I’m going to do?]

Either way, if you've been faithful, you will have been sealed and will be able to receive the lowest degree of celestial glory. Huh? So now we have “degrees of glory” within the celestial kingdom. What are the three degrees of glory in the celestial kingdom? Oh my. My head is starting to hurt from trying to keep all of this straight. I thought the “straight and narrow” was just that.

But here’s something that I find quite conflicting.

All children sealed to parents in the holy temples will inherit the celestial kingdom regardless to their degree of compliance with the principles of the gospel.

As reported by Elder Orson F. Whitney—

The Prophet Joseph Smith declared-and he never taught more comforting doctrine-that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return. They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father’s heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain. Pray for your careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God.” (Elder Orson F. Whitney, Conference Report, April 1929, Third Day Morning Meeting, p.110).

Really? A child born to endowed, sealed parents, regardless of their degree of compliance with the principles of the gospel is GUARANTEED the celestial kingdom. Just wow! How "convenient" is that?

There is no surety in mormonism as it relates to personal exaltation. Keyword there is "personal". In mormonism, it's about working things for PERSONAL glory, not God's glory. You are working to ensure your “personal” exaltation, which is supposed to bring glory to God, but I don’t see how that works if what you’re doing is essentially “banking” ordinances and works to get the balance sheet in your favor.

If you don't join, but are otherwise a good Christian or person, who did good but did not accept Mormonism, terrestrial kingdom for you.

This is in no way the "heaven" that Christians think of. God and Jesus do not dwell in this "kingdom". Folks in this "kingdom" are separated from God and Jesus. Many members of the mormon church, who were not as dedicated as they could have been, will also go the terrestial.

The rest; sons of perdition, apostates, evil doers, etc., get the telestial "kingdom".

Or, as in my case, since I've renounced mormonism and am considered an apostate of the worst kind, I get to look forward to OUTER DARKNESS! It doesn't matter that I've joined a Christian church, study the Bible, etc. All that matters is I've turned my back on mormonism.

But you know what the Bible says about all of this?

Simply this; Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in HEAVEN.

So all of those “requirements” the mormons want you to meet in order to attain the celestial kingdom and to be able to dwell with God are superfluous. God has already said you will not be married in heaven. What's so hard to understand about God's Word?

Seriously, did Constantine and the evil ne’er do wells of the Council of Nicea remove all of that confusing mormon stuff and replace it with something so simple to trick us? That’s what the mormons claim and want us to believe. This is supposed to be some of that "restoration of the fullness of the gospel" mormons claim.

They want you to believe that you "must" be married in the temple in order to gain exaltation [aka; salvation] and the bonus is you get to dwell with God and Jesus. The two are inseparable and for those mormons who don't make it, tough.

19 posted on 02/03/2011 10:35:10 AM PST by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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Seriously, did Constantine and the evil ne’er do wells of the Council of Nicea remove all of that confusing mormon stuff and replace it with something so simple to trick us? That’s what the mormons claim and want us to believe.

Just wow.

20 posted on 02/03/2011 10:44:38 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If Mormonism were a cult, I would know it and I would not be in it")
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