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Radio Free Mormon: 062: The More Things Change – IN THE TEMPLE – The More They Stay The Same

RFM and Bill Reel take on the recent Temple changes and dissect the historical context of these changes, why these changes indicate regardless of how Leaders want them portrayed, and tackle the blatant lying in the First Presidency Statement.


2019 Temple Changes
Historical Overview of Temple Changes
Oath to Avenge the Blood of the Prophet
Temple Cursings of Government Leaders (Start on Page 15)
First Presidency Statement


16 thoughts on “Radio Free Mormon: 062: The More Things Change – IN THE TEMPLE – The More They Stay The Same”

  1. Bill, you mentioned that Reed Smoot was not general authority when he made statements about his understanding of the unchangeable nature of the endowment. I believe that Reed Smoot was an apostle at the same time as being elected as a Senator. Very unique. So he knew what he was talking about.

  2. Just a quick point, since you did ask if anyone knew any different about baptism witnesses. As well as Melchizedek Priesthood holders, two priests can also be witnesses. Not sure in the current CHI, but Book 2, 20.3.7 p171.

    Great podcast as ever!!! Love you both.

  3. RFM and Bill, I have really been enjoying your podcasts that I recently discovered. Learned a lot from the Book of Abraham discussion. I listened to your entire disciplinary council, Bill, and was amazed by the logic of your arguments. You nearly persuaded them all! I was a bishop in my past life, too, and have faced a disciplinary council three times since. I would never have had the composure and focus that you had.

    I still have a temple recommend, but I have stopped going since I have recently been married to another man, who is also a gay member of the Church. I have always been encouraged by the fact that the endowment language around the law of chastity did not specifically exclude same-sex marriage, and only required it to be legal and lawful marriage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal and lawful in the US and many other countries, the endowment wording leaves it wide open to same-sex marriage.

    I’m curious if they have now changed the wording to specifically exclude same-sex marriage, whether legal and lawful or not. If they have somehow left this “loophole” open after making major changes to the endowment, it might hint at the possibility the Q15 are considering accepting same-sex marriage at some point in the future.

  4. GayMormonBishop, yes the wording of the law of chastity changed to definitively exclude same sex married couples. As close as I can get the wording exactly it says: “legally and lawfully married in accordance to God’s law.” There is also a phrase at the beginning about marriage being between a man and a woman. This is the big news of the temple changes because it’s not a softening or a rewording, or changing a non-doctrinal practice, it’s a retrenchment of exclusion. I partly suspect that the purpose of the changes was to mask the cruelty of this new version of the law of chastity.

  5. My recollection is that, under the former pre-1991 wording, the covenant of non-disclosure extended to the penalty as well, ie covenanting not to disclose the token, “with its associated name, sign and penalty”. No offence taken.
    By the way, does it matter that I haven’t made the current covenant on my own behalf, because I only got the one chance to do that, and that happened under an old wording?

  6. Bill being proved wrong again, what a surprise. You can’t pay your debt to Kevin Owens and had to ask online for the money😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 what a loser move!!!! don’t make bets that you can’t pay yourself, you fell into your own trap.Why should anyone pay for your stupid mistake? Bill, you are a complete joke!!!!!! What a POS!!!

  7. Did FARMS ever respond to you, Bill? Or anyone else for that matter? I am really curious to know. I’m speaking about the claim that prophets have taught there would be endless adjustments to the temple ordinances. Thank you.

  8. This whole line of inquiry seems to be on shaky ground IMO. First, you keep saying that Joseph Smith gave the Endowment to the church, but what does that mean? As far as I can tell, there is no documentation for what that means, whether it was just the tokens, signs, etc. or whether it was the whole ceremony.

    Personally, I don’t believe that the Endowment given to the church by Joseph had much, if anything to do with the modern temple. It appears to me that the idea of celestial marriage and the Endowment were both inventions of Brigham Young, which he attributed to Joseph Smith in order to convince the church that it was a continuation of Joseph’s teachings.

    My guess is that Joseph’s idea of the Endowment, was essentially an endowment of knowledge as contained in the lectures on faith. Originally these lectures were part of the ceremony as well, but I believe that they are the only connection. I don’t think any other parts of the ceremony or the signs, tokens, etc. were part of it. Of course, I can’t document that because no such records were ever available to me.

    I think there are lots of problems with the modern LDS idea of temples. Today, Celestial marriage and the Endowment are the bedrock doctrine of the church; the glue that holds the faith together. You can’t attend 2 meetings in a row where the temple is not brought up and members encouraged to attend. If this is the case today, how come the Book of Mormon doesn’t mention attendance at the temple or especially temple marriage as important – Not Once? When the Nephites faith is failing, Mormon never says “Hey, you should all get to the temple monthly and renew your covenants”. Temple marriage was apparently unimportant.

    The purposes of the temple as revealed publicly by Joseph Smith and within the Book of Mormon (even the D&C except for 132) is that it is for Baptisms for the Dead and generalized instruction. This is also consistent with the use of Solomon’s temple at the time of Christ, where the gospel could be taught, instead of some canned ceremony.

    Lastly, after Joseph’s death, the architecture of the temple was modified to support Brigham’s new program, including installing altars, which do not conform to the pattern set in the OT, where they were to be made of stones untouched by human hands. Instead, we have highly crafted stones and woodwork, which seems to be a repudiation of the instructions given to Moses

  9. I’m not on Facebook, so if this was answered elsewhere I apologize. But did anyone ever provide sources to the last two statements about changes to the ordinances or that we aren’t supposed to talk about the ordinances outside the temple?

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