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  1. Good afternoon everyone, I'm so grateful for the information shared on this site. I'm a newer convert, and am getting ready to get my endowment and get sealed to my wife. However, I have had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for many years, and have already made covenants with God. My temple prep classes did not at all talk about what covenants are made in the temple, and I am concerned that one or more of the covenants made in the temple endowment ceremony may conflict with or attempt to alter terms of covenants that I already have made with God. I am perhaps over-thinking this, but I'm concerned that if I go to the temple endowment ceremony, and find out during the ceremony that there is a covenant that I cannot make, which will ultimately mean that I cannot receive my endowment, and that it will cripple my relationship with my wife (who was raised LDS and has not known any culture or community outside of the LDS church). Church leadership seems to agree that I should just "go through the endowment ceremony and find out" and not be concerned with this issue at all. Ultimately my question is this - am I absolutely required to make/agree to every single covenant that is part of the temple endowment ceremony, or does that remain between God and me? If leadership cannot answer that question, does it matter if I do or don't agree to every single covenant made during the ceremony? Thank you all in advance for your insights.
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    Besides praying and petitioning the Lord with hope, what are the chances that maybe the endowment will be shortened including a much shorter version of the film ? Ive seen a few changes to the endowment, many different films and alterations to other work in the Temple to speed up the work and bring into line with modesty and correctness etc. At present finding ancestors is easier than it ever has been in history and that side has speeded up magnificently , but unfortunately the 'bottleneck' at the Temples will not go away and only get bigger unless we all get our fingers out and do our missionary work , build more Temples quicker and get more people to go to the Temple, or/and the endowment and film must be chopped and shortened a lot more. All other work in the Temple is quicker Is the first presidency 'contactable', and do they listen to a mere mortal with his petition to the Lord.
  3. Hello. I am a convert to the church, and I have been baptized nearly 2 years now. I am not the typical convert as I am the only member of the church, and I am fairly young (approaching 18). Recently I have been experiencing a strong nudge towards going through the temple. This all started when I was growing close to my one year mark. Ever since then it has only increased, and now it's getting to the point where I feel like I should be doing something about it. So I started making a habit of going to do baptisms, and trying my best to incorporate the gospel into my daily life. Yet part of me is considering discussing it with my bishop. I know it used to be that you had to have a mission call, or be engaged, but a few weeks ago someone in relief society brought up not knowing when she should seek endowment. Then a member of the bishop brick started explaining that the policy on when you can receive endowment has been changing, and a mission call or finance is not necessarily required anymore. I'm not sure if this is a discussion I should bring up with my bishop, because I am a little on the young side. So I was looking for any opinions/ advice for what I should do with my promptings. And if it would be a good idea to speak with my bishop, how do I approach him on the matter?
  4. I'm a convert to the church and got endowed just over 2 months ago. The temple and the covenants I made there are super important to me, I live really close to two temples and go do at least one session every week. Since my endowment I have felt the temptations I face deminish and I feel like I can endure so much more. However, recently I did slip and give way to temptation and broke the law of chastity (alone). I felt guilt immediately and have prayed for forgiveness and strength. I NEVER want to feel this low again, my resolve has strengthened and am confident that I will not succumb to this temptation again. Is this something that I need to talk to my bishop about if it is an isolated event? How do I approach this topic with my bishop if I do need to talk to him?
  5. I'm a convert to the church and got endowed just over 2 months ago. The temple and the covenants I made there are super important to me, I live really close to two temples and go do at least one session every week. Since my endowment I have felt the temptations I face deminish and I feel like I can endure so much more. However, recently I did slip and give way to temptation and broke the law of chastity (alone). I felt guilt immediately and have prayed for forgiveness and strength. I NEVER want to feel this low again, my resolve has strengthened and am confident that I will not succumb to this temptation again. Is this something that I need to talk to my bishop about if it is an isolated event? How do I approach this topic with my bishop if I do need to talk to him?
  6. I'll start this off by giving you a little background about myself. I am 18, male, and I've been a part of the LDS church my whole life. Unfortunately there was a point in my life where I completely disregarded the church. Not too long ago, I decided that I wanted to change. I missed being a part of the church and the joy that it brought me. So I went in to see my bishop and straightened things out. So to lead up to why I am posting this; I'm getting married soon. I'll be getting married in the temple. (Huge accomplishment for me!) I know there are certain things that you have to do in order to get married in the temple. One of these things being endowments. I recently (about 5 minutes prior to writing this) saw a post about endowments and how when this young man went he had these bad feelings and it made him question the church and how going to the temple made him wonder if he should even go on a mission because he would have felt like a hypocrite teaching people things he wasn't sure he believed in anymore. Now, i don't think going to the temple is going to turn me away from the church, but it kind of freaked me out. My question is, what can I do to prepare to go and get this done? What should I expect? I mean obviously I'm not asking what is going to happen, because I'll know when I go. But what can I do to get ready to go? Is there anything? I grew up in a town where the population is (and I'm not exaggerating) 98% LDS. One unfortunate side-effect of this is that some people tend to get a holier-than-thou attitude. So questions like these are hard to ask around here. Anyway, I would appreciate some advice! Thank you.
  7. I just wanted to ask your feelings on your experience on going to the temple, without going into any detail. How did the whole experience make you feel? Did you understand anythig? What helped to guide you in the days after your endowments? Recently we had our first... as much as I would like to say that I loved it.. I did not, while i believe it is the house of the lord... I am left puzzled. I love the church, I really really do. I've never been happier, but this experience has left me feeling numb, confused and honestly a bit embarrased. A lot of people have said it was the best day of their lives, was I not prepared well enough? I was excited... now I am just confused. While I understand that my view and feelings might be of the "world" hence the weirded out part. I wanna feel happy again, I am numb, I am sad, I felt humiliated, silly. While I get the message... I can't stop feeling like this. Any suggestions? I feel like I need some type of intervention, but In my heart I love the church, I believe in our prophets and everything is so perfect until this.
  8. Hey everybody, I just went through my first endowment this morning. I am getting married next week to a wonderful man who is my best friend (dated for almost 2 years, engaged for 7 months). I am looking for support from any other members who did not have a positive first experience. That may seem like a strange request but I have a fiance and parents and in-laws who talk about the temple like it's the greatest thing they've ever experienced and talking with them is only frustrating me. This is not what I expected to feel a few days before my temple wedding. I need some support from someone who can actually relate to how I am feeling right now. I took my ward's temple prep class, read the pamphlet, took a BYU temples class, and talked about the temple at length albeit in general terms with my bishop and my family. Then I went through today and I felt tricked. I was not prepared for how weird it seemed to me. Even though I can't say anything in there was harmful, going into a room and doing and saying things by command made me very uncomfortable. It really came off as a cult ritual to me, and I have grown up in the church! Add on top of that that I am a pretty circumspect person and I felt surrounded by female temple workers who were projecting emotionally at me and so ANXIOUS for me to like it that I felt I wasn't given a chance to experience my own emotions. Add on to that that I strongly dislike the garment. I've been reading these forums for the last few hours to try and get some perspective from members on the garment and the temple in general. It looks like it has been discussed ad nauseum on these boards so suffice to say I have a "uniquely" proportioned body that even the measurement lady at the distribution center said would be hard to fit. And I found out in the temple that indeed they didn't fit right, and it's uncomfortable, and my goodness do I feel ugly in them. I have always dressed conservatively and covered myself, and can't really see what underwear has to do with spirituality...especially when I have to wear "worldly" underwear with them anyway to take care of feminine support up top and feminine menstrual needs below. It's not that I didn't know it was coming, but I guess it wasn't so bad when I wasn't wearing them. I am so frustrated right now because I feel like this is nothing at all like the church I experience every Sunday, and I'm not sure I like it all. Insights appreciated
  9. the title of the post might be a little misleading but here goes: Is it an absolute that the ordinances of the temple today are the same as the ones of the the Old testament temples? My hypothesis: is that our modern temple ordinances existed in one form or another since before the apostasy but that they weren't necessarily required to be preformed within the sanctuary of a temple. My evidence: there are well know examples of temple ordinances being preformed outside of temple walls. the first endowments were preformed in Joseph's red brick store and later Brigham Young preformed and endowment on a mountain top. many sealings were preformed in the endowment house before the Salt lake and saint george temples were built. It is also commonly known that Baptisms for the dead were preformed in the mississippi river while the Nauvoo temple was being constructed. My conclusion: the element required for temple ordinances are a) the proper authority to administer said ordinances. b) an area (not necessarily a temple) set aside for the purpose and c) worthy participants.
  10. I was reading 1Nephi 11 and was struck by how similar this chapter is to the endowment. has anyone else noticed these similarities in any other books of scripture? moses and abraham come to mind.
  11. I'm 19, and have been a member since late June. I've been thinking of receiving my temple endowment next summer or fall, and I'm wondering if you all think that is a good idea. I know most girls wait until marriage or a mission, but I know some end up going to the temple before all that. What is your opinion? Thanks
  12. For the past few months I've really felt the urge to take out my endowments in the temple. The only issue with this is I don't plan on going on a mission for another 2 years or so and I don't see marriage in the near future considering I want to serve a mission. I'll be 21 in January which finally qualifies me to serve a mission and I know you have to be endowed before you can serve, but I don't know if a year and a half would be too far in advance considering things could always change. So are there any sort of rules or stipulations on this that you guys know of? If there's any chance of me being able to take out my endowments early I would meet with my Bishop about it, but if there's not a chance for me to do it right now because of a rule I'd rather save the discussion for a later time. Thanks for your help!!:)
  13. Yesterday (Saturday) was an amazing day. I woke up at 3:30 AM... met someone at the church to drop off my car, hopped in theirs, and began the 2 1/2 hour trip to the temple on the other side of the island. He was my escort for my first time, and it was great having that time to learn a little more about him and prepare myself for what was going to happen. Of course I won't go into detail on any of this, but it was seriously one of the most spiritually edifying experiences of my life. I wish they had initiatory sessions as often as they do endowment sessions... I was only able to do that once (for myself) and I can't wait to go again as proxy for one who passed on. In preparation for that day, a lot of people were telling me things like "Don't bother trying to remember anything because it's so confusing the first time around..." or saying that I might think it's weird the first time, which really got me worried. To my relief, they were all wrong. Yes, it was a little more than I could memorize the first time around, but everyone was there to help and it was just great. I didn't get a lot of the symbolism when I first went, but today when I was sitting in church a few things came to me... and I understood the meaning behind them. After the first session, I was able to be proxy for a few people in a sealing, which was fantastic. I wish I could go back tomorrow and do it all again. After the sealing I was about to leave because my escort had to make the trip back home, but one of my friends showed up in the men's dressing room and said he was going into a session and that he would take me home, so I went again! All I can say is "wow". I've just been thinking about it ever since then. I leave on my mission in less than 3 weeks (August 15th) but hopefully I'll have a few more chances to go while I'm still here. I can't wait to go every week when I get to the MTC... that sounds fantastic. Another thing people were wrong about.... garments are not uncomfortable. They're actually more comfortable than my usual boxers, so it's not a bad change at all (except it's pretty humid here and wearing the undershirt makes things pretty warm... not that I'll ever be taking it off for that reason, though). Just thought I'd share my experience.......................... and man, the celestial room is so..... pure. It's so unusual having my mind that clear. Anyway, I hope you all had a great weekend. I'll remember mine for the rest of my life.