LDS Church reportedly makes adjustments to temple ceremony

January 2, 2019
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Provo City Center Temple is seen at sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. After all but the outer walls of the previous temple burned down in 2010, this new temple was built in about five years and dedicated on March 20, 2016. SPENSER HEAPS

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are eligible to attend the temple may notice new adjustments to some of the temple endowment ceremony.

While those who attend the temple are asked to not share information about the sacred ordinances outside of the temple, social media was buzzing with news of changes, with many encouraging temple recommend holders to attend soon and experience the differences.

On Wednesday, the First Presidency of the church issued the following statement:

“Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey His word, they have been commanded to build temples. Scriptures document patterns of temple worship from the times of Adam and Eve, Moses, Solomon, Nephi, and others.

With the restoration of the gospel in these latter days, temple worship has also been restored to bless the lives of people across the world and on the other side of the veil as well.

Over these many centuries, details associated with temple work have been adjusted periodically, including language, methods of construction, communication, and record-keeping. Prophets have taught that there will be no end to such adjustments as directed by the Lord to His servants.

A dedicated temple is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Its ordinances are sacred and are not discussed outside a holy temple.”

The temple endowment is held in highest regard among members of the LDS Church and is respected as a sacred ceremony during which covenants and promises are made by the individual receiving the endowment.

While the purpose of temples have never changed, from time to time, there have been adjustments to the ceremony. New multi-media productions have replaced old ones and most temples that have used live actors to portray Biblical individuals have changed to using filmed presentations.

For those seeking information about the temple, visit https://www.lds.org/topics to view a video about temples.

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