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Feb 13th 2007

Mormon Endowment

This article was recently submitted to all-encompassingly for publication. It is one of a series of informational posts intended to address widely-held misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. –Admin

The endowment is a ceremony, or ordinance, which takes place only in the temple of the Mormon Church, and is only given to mature adults. In most cases, a member of the Church will be endowed immediately prior to going on a mission or getting married in the LDS temple. Like other ordinances in the temple, it is not meant only for an elite few, but for all who prepare themselves to receive it by making themselves worth to enter the temple.

When members receive their endowment, they “will be given instruction relative to the purposes and plans of the Lord in creating and peopling the earth and in exalting his children in the life to come. . .” Elder James E. Talmage, formerly of the Council of the Twelve, has given a clear description of the endowment: “The Temple Endowment, as administered in modern temples, comprises instruction relating to the significance and sequence of past dispensations, and the importance of the present as the greatest and grandest era in human history. This course of instruction includes a recital of the most prominent events of the creative period, the condition of our first parents in the Garden of Eden, their disobedience and consequent expulsion from that blissful abode, their condition in the lone and dreary world when doomed to live by labor and sweat, the plan of redemption by which the great transgression may be atoned, the period of the great apostasy, [and] the restoration of the Gospel with all its ancient powers and privileges.

“The ordinances of the endowment embody certain obligations on the part of the individual, such as [a] covenant and promise to observe the law of strict virtue and chastity, to be charitable, benevolent, tolerant and pure; to devote both talent and material means to the spread of truth and the uplifting of the race . . . to seek in every way to contribute to the great preparation that the earth may be made ready to receive her King, the Lord Jesus Christ. With the taking of each covenant and the assuming of each obligation a promised blessing is pronounced, contingent upon the faithful observance of the conditions.” [FN1]

Bruce R. McConkie explained that to endow means to enrich, and that the Mormon endowment enriches the lives of those who receive it in three ways:

    The one receiving the ordinance is given power from God.
    A recipient is also endowed with information and knowledge.
    When sealed at the altar, a person is the recipient of glorious blessings, powers, and honors, as part of his endowment. [FN2]

The endowment is a most important and significant blessing, and the Lord desires his worthy children to receive it.

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    FN1: The House of the Lord [Deseret Book Co., 1968], pp. 83-84.
    FN2: ElRay L. Christiansen, “Some Things You Need to Know About the Temple.” New Era, June 1971.

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