At the laying down of the capstones of the Salt Lake City temple, Brigham Young gave a bizarre sermon.
Speaking of the the Kirtland Temple, he said, “those first Elders who helped to build it, received a portion of their first endowments, or we might say more clearly, some of the first, or introductory, or initiatory ordinances, prepatory to an endowment.
These prepatory ordinances there administered, though accompanied by the ministrations of angels, and the presence of the Lord Jesus, were but a faint similitude of the ordinances of the house of the Lord in their fulness.
[In Nauvoo]… many received a small portion of their endowment, but we know of no one who received it in its fulness.”
To say the least, Brigham’s words here are problematic. There are three things I want to highlight that I find extremely revealing:
1. The ordinance performed in the Kirtland temple was not the Nauvoo endowment, but the washings and anointings that come previous to the endowment ceremony that ensued.
2. After the initiatory ordinances, the “first Elders” were accompanied by a visit from Jesus Christ.
3. Even the Nauvoo endowment administered by the Twelve was not the endowment in its fulness, according to Brigham Young. He is either hinting at the 2nd annointing– administered unto the Twelve by Joseph– or he is letting the Saints know his plans to make personal adjustments to the Nauvoo endowment ceremony. Perhaps the part where it’s revealed that Adam is God behind the veil?
I AM GOING TO SUGGEST…
That we throw out everything the LDS church has ever taught or said about the endowment. After the apostasy of the LDS church by 1842, the true endowment was replaced by a symbolic and ceremonial one.
I am going to suggest that the TRUE endowment WAS administered in the Kirtland Temple in 1836, and that it came directly from God. What happened in the Kirtland temple is what happened to the apostles of Jesus Christ in the meridian of time when they were told to tarry in Jerusalem.
I really don’t think the apostles learned masonic handshakes.
The priesthood administered the “anointing” and it was sealed unto them from on high, an endowment of power given directly by Jesus Christ, which is the promise of the Father. This is the baptism of fire.
This is perfectly scriptural.
What goes on in LDS temples today… is not.
Brigham Young confuses the picture and misses the point completely when he says that the “first Elders” did not receive an endowment, even though he KNOWS they were visited by Jesus Christ.
Jesus even says in D&C 110:9, “my servants have been endowed in this house.”
If by the Savior’s own admission, they were legitimately endowed in Kirtland– and without all the handshakes– what does that then say about the legitimacy of the LDS temple endowment ceremony?
Why did Joseph introduce it into the church in the last years before his death?
To explain, I need to go to the beginning of the early restoration years. I need to tell you who the “first Elders” were, the ones who did receive the promised endowment, and how that was made possible. It was because they had been ordained to the fulness of the Melchizedek priesthood, which priesthood had been lost to the church by the time the Saints reached Nauvoo. There they were told by God that, “there is not a place found on earth that he [Christ] may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.” (D&C 124:28)
In order for the fulness of the priesthood to have been restored (AGAIN!), they were commanded to build the Nauvoo House and Temple.
Sadly, the Saints failed to be obedient. The Saints could not receive the fulness of the priesthood and therefore would not be able to receive a true endowment.
That is why Joseph introduced the symbolic endowment. BY and the other Masonic-entrenched Saints LOVED it. But now, 170 years later, Mormons are feeling a little silly as they participate in such a strange ceremonial procedure. The close connection with Masonry is a dead giveaway that something’s wrong.
We all know that there’s just no way that the apostles of Jesus Christ sat down and watched an hour and a half play about Adam and Eve. The Mormon temple endowment makes zero logical sense.
The majority of everyone reading this I’m sure will already know, but it is a documented fact that for nearly 150 years the LDS temple endowment included taking a blood-oath.
Here’s an excerpt from the temple endowment pre-1990:
We, and each of us, covenant and promise that we will not reveal any of the secrets of this, the first token of the Aaronic Priesthood, with its accompanying name, sign or penalty. Should we do so; we agree that our throats be cut from ear to ear and our tongues torn out by their roots. The execution of the penalty is represented by placing the thumb under the left ear, the palm of the hand down, and by drawing the thumb quickly across the throat to the right ear, and dropping the hand to the side.
This is obviously a re-hash of what Masons do:
The Master [of the Masonic lodge] extends his left arm from his body so as to form an angle of about forth-five degrees, and holds his right hand transversely across his left, the palms thereof about one inch apart. This is called the Due Guard, and alludes to the position a Candidates hands are placed in when he takes the obligation of an Entered Apprentice Mason. The Master then draws his right hand across his throat, and drops it down by his side. This is called the penal sign of an Entered Apprentice Mason and alludes to the penalty of the obligation.
And just what is Masonry doing in Mormonism?
The historical record goes to show that on October 15th, 1841, Grand Master-Mason Jonas granted Nauvoo a charter to open a lodge of Free Masons in Nauvoo.
Can you believe it? Section 124 said that if the Saints did not build the Nauvoo House and Temple, THE CHURCH WOULD BE REJECTED. How could that not be a priority to them?
Joseph had even warned the Saints, “Don’t deny revelation. If the Temple and Nauvoo House are not finished, you must run away. Our salvation depends on it.”
We learn that instead of building what their salvation depended on, the Saints were building Masonic lodges! On April 5th, 1844 the Nauvoo Saints had ACTUALLY BUILT A MASONIC TEMPLE. And still, they weren’t even CLOSE to finishing the Nauvoo House and Temple.
Is it any wonder why God rejected the church and left the Saints to their own devices?
The Nauvoo Saints were more interested in secret combinations than the words of God and following his holy commandments. This is why Masonry infiltrated the LDS church and ended up in the LDS temple endowment ceremony.
Joseph Smith himself was certainly in disapproval of such practices. In 1839 he had this to say: “We further, caution our brethren, against the impropriety of the organization of bands of companies, by covenant, oaths, penalties, or secrecies, but let the time past of our experience and sufferings by the wickedness of Docter Avard suffice, and let our covenants, be that of the everlasting covenant, as it is contained in the holy writ, and the things which God has revealed unto us; pure friendship, always becomes weakened, the very moment you undertake to make it stronger by penal oaths and secrecy.” (Times and Seasons, Vol. 1, page 133)
Yet in Nauvoo, Joseph had to give the people what they wanted. A true prophet has two roles: either to teach people the truths of God, or to deliver them over to the idols in their hearts. Sadly, Joseph had to sacrifice his own good-name and reputation, to mirror the Saints’ dark state of minds. This is why his name is known for both good and evil. (JS-History 1:33)
Joseph could have gone down in history as an amazing man of God, but he fulfilled his role as a true prophet and did things he never would have done had the church simply followed the commands of God. Just like Aaron presented the children of Israel an idol to falsely worship, Joseph Smith gave the latter-day children of Israel a golden calf of their own.
This is how the Saints ended up taking the Masonic blood-oath.
And where did Masonry get this nifty idea? From ancient satanic rituals. We know that this form of ritual has its roots in satanism because we have the words of a seer who revealed this to the world.
Book of Moses 5:
29 And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die…
It actually blows my mind that Mormons were enticed into such a practice. Jesus said in Mathew 5:36, “Neither shalt thou swear by thy head.” How could Mormons ever have been comfortable making blood-oaths and letting their own children grow up and do the same?
In studying the prophecies of the last-days, there is a connection to make that can help us understand. 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 tells us, “for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”
This is similar to the blindness placed over Israel. The Saints led out to Utah blindly followed their prophets regardless to whether or not they followed or contradicted the word of God.
They certainly became enwrapped in a delusion that all was well in Zion and that their prophet would bring them straight to the Celestial Kingdom.
After being roped into taking this bizarre oath in the temple, it should have startled the Saints into going on a life-or-death search for the truth; but instead they apparently chose to believe a lie.
Although in 1990 the church did go as far as to omit the blood-oath segment from the current-day endowment, the Masonic elements are still undeniable. Even without the satanic bit, the 5th generation of LDS membership is questioning the legitimacy of what occurs behind the walls of LDS temples.
Those seeking for the truth will take this opportunity to delve deep into the scriptures, to figure out what is really going on with the church. In this, they will eventually uncover why the true endowment is not taking place. They’ll come to know that the fulness of the priesthood is not on the earth.
This knowledge is sufficient to then prepare for the day in which the fulness of the gospel is going to return back to the earth
This includes monogamy, consecration, and the priesthood which is after the order of the Son of God.
The priesthood which is after the order of the Son of God is the fulness of the priesthood…
This is the Melchizedek priesthood.
But wait, doesn’t the LDS church have the Melchizedek priesthood?
Not really. Not the fulness of it.
To understand, readers need to accept this next statement: The Melchizedek priesthood was not restored in 1829, but in 1831.
On June 6th of 1831, a special conference was held. By divine revelation (the voice of God), Joseph Smith ordained men who had been “chosen” to receive the high priesthood. This was the first bestowal of the Melchizedek priesthood. The men that received this bestowal of priesthood were already an “elder”, but had not received the Melchizedek priesthood.
According to Section 107, an “elder” comes under the Melchizedek priesthood. So how could someone be an elder without having a bestowal of priesthood??? BECAUSE… This form of Melchizedek priesthood is LINEAL.
8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers.
9 For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God–
10 Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.
However, just because someone has the lineal priesthood which makes them heirs to the high priesthood, it does not give them right to perform the ordinances of the gospel. This is why Peter, James, and John came and gave the keys necessary for Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to be ordained as apostles.
Modern revelation explains that an apostle is an elder. (D&C 20:38)
Peter, James, and John, were able to give the patriarchal keys for JS and OC to officiate in the kingdom of God as the elders that they were. That’s why they were both called the first and second elder’s when the church was organized. (D&C 20:2-3)
In June of 1831, after the elders of the church had proven themselves worthy by following the commandments and entering into consecration, the voice of God ordained them to the Melchizedek priesthood. This is the only way someone can be ordained to the fulness of the priesthood. By revelation, the voice of God!
JST Genesis 14:
28 It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;
29 And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name.
Now that these amazing First Elders had been called (ordained as elder) and chosen (to the Melchizedek priesthood), they could receive their sanctification.
Sanctification comes through a baptism of fire– a promise of the Father, making the recipients calling and election made sure.
Calling (ordained) and election (chosen) made sure (sanctified).
As the church was poor in 1831, the fulness of the priesthood was not required to be restored in a House or Temple of God. Even the sanctification that occurs in a true endowment did not have to occur in a temple, either.
After having been ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood at that June conference in 1831, many of the First Elders saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and received sanctification.
Section 84 and 88 records these such happenings.
33 For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.
35 And also all they who receive this priesthood [fulness of the priesthood] receive me, saith the Lord;
39 And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the [fulness of the] priesthood.
40 Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved.
41 But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come.
[Compare that to what Jesus said about denying the Holy Ghost. This makes it certain that the fulness of the priesthood is ultimately a baptism of fire, the fulness of the Holy Ghost.]
42 And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by my own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.
2 … the alms of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified, even them of the celestial world.
3 Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the the Holy Spirit of Promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.
4 This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom;
After magnifying their callings in both priesthoods, those that had been ordained to the order of the Son of God were able to part the heavens and be visited by the Lord Jesus Christ.
These were the First Elders of the church. They were the only ones in the entire restoration of the church to do so. No one has received the true endowment since 1836.
Because the fulness of the priesthood was never restored back into the church in Nauvoo, no one has ever been able to see Jesus Christ as part of their sanctification. Until the Lord sets his hand again the second time, his people are in a lost and fallen state. (2nd Nephi 25:17)
The LDS leadership have tried to brainwash the Saints into thinking they are special witnesses of Christ, but they do not have the fulness of the priesthood and can never see the face of God. They cannot be sanctified until the Lord sets his hand again the second time.
That’s just a scriptural fact.
–Unless the “2nd annointing” ordinance in the Salt Lake City temple is legitimately the fulness of the priesthood as taught amongst the GA’s. I of course find this laughable and not at all plausible.–
The First Elders either received their sanctification in 1831-1833; or, when the Kirtland temple was available to receive it there. Once the commandment to build a house of God was placed into effect, that was the designated place for such ordinances and spiritual endowments.
In Section 104 of the Doctrine and Covenants, we learn that new and everlasting covenant had been broken by the Saints. (verses 4 and 52)
In Section 105, the Lord tells us:
5 And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom [the new and everlasting covenant]; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.
6 And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.
7 I speak not concerning those who are appointed to lead my people, who are the first elders of my church, for they are not all under this condemnation;
19 I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith.
33 Verily I say unto you, it is expedient in me that the first elders of my church should receive their endowment from on high in my house, which I have commanded to be built unto my name in the land of Kirtland.
Even though the church has fallen to pieces, it is expedient that the First Elders will still receive their endowment!
Once they’d received their endowment, this is what Jesus says when he comes to the Kirtland Temple in Section 110:
9 Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.
10 And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.
So why would the hearts of ten thousands rejoice because of the endowment of the First Elders?
Why would the fame of the Kirtland temple spread to foreign lands?
It is not referring to the Twelve Apostles who would go on foreign missions, as some might suggest– because the Twelve Apostles never received an endowment in Kirtland. The newly-ordained Twelve had only been ordained as apostles, not high priests. And as we’ve already covered: an apostle is an elder, which is simply the ordination to the lineal priesthood they already possess.
12 And pray for thy brethren of the Twelve. Admonish them sharply for my name’s sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my name.
13 And after their temptations, and much tribulation, behold, I, the Lord, will feel after them, and if they harden not their hearts, and stiffen not their necks against me, they shall be converted, and I will heal them.
According to God, the Twelve apostles weren’t even yet converted to the gospel! They were full of sin, very far from being SANCTIFIED…
In Section 110, Jesus is referring explicitly to the First Elders.
The First Elders are his chosen, the sanctified. They’ve been given the most incredible mission in the last days. They would have already fulfilled their duties, but the Lord told them, “in consequence of the transgressions of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion.” (D&C 105:9)
That little season has been four generations, and it is coming to an end. The First Elders will return back to the earth and accomplish the Lord’s purposes. Zion will be redeemed, as promised! And it will be redeemed exactly the way God has declared it would.
My next post will document what we should expect when the First Elders return.