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4 definitions by The light bringer

 
1.
A very architecturally beautiful building both inside and out, built using faithful mormon's money. The atmosphere is similar to a library's. The temple is considered the holiest place on earth for mormons, and as God's house on earth. It is here that they perform "the ordinances of salvation" for both the dead and the living. The ordinances performed are the following:

1. Baptisms for the dead

2. Ordaining to the priesthood for men who died without receiving it

3. Confirmations for the dead, where a proxy is "confirmed" a member of the mormon church, and given the gift of the holy ghost

4. Washing and anointings for both the living and the dead

5. The endowment for both the living and the dead. Basically a "christianized" version of masonic ceremonies, modified by mormonism's founder Joseph Smith, who himself was a free mason.

6. Sealings (aka Eternal Marriage) for both the dead and the living

7. The second anointing. Most mormons don't even know about this ceremony, and as far as I know it's only performed at a certain few of the larger temples. It consists of two parts - one performed in the temple, and one performed by the married couple in their own home. They are sealed up unto heaven for their righteousness.

So, to sum everything up, temples are beautiful buildings, wherein strange symbolic rituals are performed to guarantee your salvation.
by The light bringer December 11, 2010
 
2.
Performed in mormon temples, it is their marriage ceremony, which is performed at a sacred altar within the temple.

A prerequisite to the sealing is that the the man takes his bride to be through the veil of the temple at the end of the mormon endowment, thereby learning her "new name". The wife never is to know her husbands "name". Because in the wording of the sealing ordinance, the woman gives herself to the man, and the man takes her unto himself. A man can be sealed to an unlimited number of women as long as the previous wife is dead, but a woman can only be sealed to one man. Thus while mormons do not practice polygamy in life, it is still a part of their doctrine, and will exist in the "celestial kingdom" aka mormon heaven.
by The light bringer December 11, 2010
 
3.
1. An ordinance most mormons don't know exists.

2. An ordinance given to those mormon couples deemed worthy, by the upper mormon hierarchy (the prophets and apostles), of guaranteed salvation if you will. In the first anointing, and mormon endowment, and sealing, they were promised they would be made Gods and Goddesses if they were faithful in this life to the church. Now they have proven themselves worthy and are anointed a second time, and sealed up unto godhood, i.e., they are now guaranteed to become a God and Goddess, because they have been so righteous.

It consists of two parts - the first one in the temple, and the second one by the couple in their own home.
by The light bringer December 11, 2010
 
4.
Basically a "christianized" version of masonic ceremonies, modified by mormonism's founder Joseph Smith, who himself was a free mason. Brigham Young, the second mormon prophet said, "Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the House of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels, being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens, pertaining to the Holy Priesthood, and gain your eternal exaltation in spite of earth and hell." (Journal of Discourses 2:31).

In 1990 the endowment was changed to remove the masonic penalties, wherein mormons formerly vowed that if they revealed the temple secrets they could have their life taken in various ways. Also women no longer vowed to be obedient to their husbands unconditionally, but only on the condition that he listened to God i.e. he wasn't a bastard and was "righteous". Probably due to the feminist movements growing within the church.

The tokens are secret handshakes you need to get to heaven, and you have to know their names, and their signs (made holding your hands and arms in various positions).
by The light bringer December 11, 2010