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Temples Are a Beacon
Ordinances of the Temple
Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available to Heavenly Father’s children. These ordinances prepare us to live forever with Heavenly Father and our families after this life. They bless us with spiritual power and direction during mortality. In the temple, we can also receive essential ordinances in behalf of ancestors who died without having the opportunity to receive these ordinances for themselves.
The Blessings of the Temple
Holiness to the Lord, House of the Lord
D&C 84:19 - 22
D&C 131:1 - 4
19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;
22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
1 In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees;
2 And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this border of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage];
3 And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.
4 He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom; he cannot have an increase.
The word endowment means “gift,” and the temple
endowment truly is a gift from God. The endowment helps us focus on the Savior, His role in our
Heavenly Father’s plan, and our commitment to follow Him.
Another temple ordinance is celestial marriage, in which husband and wife are sealed to one another for eternity. A sealing performed in the temple continues forever if the husband and wife are faithful to the covenants they make.
Children born to parents who have been sealed in the
temple are born in the covenant. These children automatically
become part of an eternal family. Children who are not born
in the covenant can also become part of an eternal family
once their natural or adoptive parents have been sealed to
one another. The ordinance of sealing children to parents is
performed in the temple.
Ordinances for the dead
People who have died without essential gospel ordinances may receive those ordinances through the work done in temples. You may do this work in behalf of your ancestors and others who have died. Acting for them, you can be baptized and confirmed, receive the endowment, and participate in the sealings of husband to wife and children to parents. You should actively search for the records of your deceased ancestors so temple work can be performed for them.