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What Transpires During The Mormon Ceremonies Pt.2
AUTHOR: Unknown
PUBLISHED ON: May 1, 2003
DOC SOURCE: CCN
TAGS: Mormonism

                    WHY WORK FOR THE DEAD

Mormons  believe that everyone who lives and dies on  this  earth
goes  to  a  place  called the  Spirit  Prison,  except  faithful
Mormons,  who go to Paradise.  Mormon Spirit Missionaries go down
from Paradise to the Spirit Prison and teach the Gospel of Joseph
Smith to the lost Christians and others there.  Those who accept
Mormonism  must remain in prison until a worthy  Mormon  performs
certain essential rituals, called “Ordinances” for them in one of
the Mormon Temples.  Then they are released from Spirit Prison to
join the Mormons in Paradise.  Since these rituals or Ordinances
require a physical body to be washed,  anointed,  baptised, etc.,
they  can  only be performed by a living person in the place  and
manner  prescribed  by Diety,  acting  under  Universal  (Mormon)
cosmic laws.

          MORMONS GOAL:  TO BE A “SAVIOR ON MOUNT ZION”
              TO CHRISTIANS AND OTHER LOST SOULS

The  extent of the pressure upon worthy Mormons to return to  the
Temple as often as possible to perform more of these proxy Temple
rituals is difficult to convey.  They are continually reminded of
their  responsibility  to  all of the multitude of  dead  persons
waiting  in “Spirit Prison” for their “work” to  be  done.  They
believe  they are personally becoming “Saviors on Mount Zion”  to
each  individual  for whom they perform these rites,  and all  of
those  who  accepted  Mormonism  will  be  waiting  for  them  in
Paradise,  to greet them and heap thanks and praise upon them for
having done this work in their behalf,  which released them  from
the “Spirit Prison”.

      ALL TEMPLES WOULD CLOSE WITHOUT GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

The  operation  of all Mormon Temples is totally  dependent  upon
continuing  genealogical  research.  Mormons spend  millions  of
hours and scores of millions of dollars annually doing exhaustive
personal  genealogical  research  to  correctly  identify  their
deceased  progenitors  so  that these secret  ordinances  can  be
performed  for  them in one of the Temples.  Since they  do  not
provide enough names to keep the Temples busy,  the church has  a
massive  “name extraction” program which provides the bulk of the
individuals  for whom patrons serve as  proxies.  Mormons  spent
over  ten  million man hours,  at approximately two and one  half
hours  per  person,  performing these rituals for the  dead  last
year.  The  investment of the church in genealogical facilities,
equipment,  and  manpower  is  staggering  to  the  imagination,
employing  several thousand persons,  plus even more  volunteers,
and hundreds of millions of dollars invested.  Christian churches
kept  nearly  all of the early U.S.  and European  vital  records
which are used for genealogical research.  Therefore most Temple
work  is  being done to make dead Christians  Mormons.  If  your
Christian ancestors were West European, or settled in the U.S. by
the  early 1800’s,  they probably have been or soon will be  made
Mormons  in  one  of these Temples.  This  unique  doctrine  and
practice  of Mormonism attracts many converts to the  church  for
the sake of their unsaved, departed loved ones.

Mormons  are  continually  reminded  that  their own  personal
exaltation,  which  is equivalent to a Christians  salvation,  is
dependent upon their “good works”.  One of these essential works
is making certain that all of the Temple Ordinances are performed
for each one of their dead ancestors which they are able, through
all  diligent  effort,  to identify and thus qualify  to  receive
them.  They  are  also responsible for doing this work  for  the
world’s departed masses.  A lifetime of diligent church  service
and  good works is wasted if they neglect this responsibility  to
provide  these names,  and perform these rituals for their  dead. 
Most  mormons are not aware of the only New Testament  references
to  genealogy  in  Titus 3:9 and I Timothy  1:4,  both  of  which
condemn it as foolishness and ungodly.

                  SATAN TRADEMARKS HIS WARES

In Anton LeVeh’s Satanic Bible,  under “Infernal Names”, “Mormon”
is listed as “God of the ghouls”, which are the living dead.  His
consort  is “Hecate – Goddess of the underworld and  witchcraft”;
his  followers  are  known  as MORMONS.  With  the  Mormon  pre-
occupation with ancestor research and work for the dead in  their
Temples,  one  has  to  question  whether  this  is  an  amazing
coincidence, or one of Satan’s brash signals to the wary.  Mormon
Missionaries in Hong Kong must use caution because ‘Mormon’ means
“Gates  of  Hell” in Chinese,  another amazing  coincidence,  or
brash  danger  signal.    Satan,  the  supreme  egotist,  always
trademarks his products; let the proselyte beware.

                THE HOLY MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD:
                THE ONLY AUTHORITY TO ACT FOR GOD

Mormons  claim sole custody of the “Holy Melchizedek  Priesthood”
described in the book of Hebrews.  All activities of the  Mormon
church  function  under  the  direction  and  authority  of  this
supposed Priesthood.  Mormons claim theirs is the only authority
to  act for God in the entire universe,  and aggressively dispute
Roman Catholic and Masonic claims to this same  Priesthood.  The
Temple  Rituals  are  called  the  “Higher  Ordinances  of  the
Malchizedek  Priesthood,  as  do all the other church  auxilliary
organizations.

Mormons  claim to trace their “Priesthood Authority” directly  to
Jesus  much  like they trace their  ancestry  through  genealogy. 
Every  Mormon  Priesthood  holder  has  his  personal  “Line  of
Authority” documented, and when he performed an ordinance such as
baptism,  it  is customary for him to present a printed  copy  of
this  “Priesthood Lineage” to the person receiving the ordinance. 
This  Priesthood is bestowed upon all male members over 18  years
of  age  who  have shown their “worthiness”  by  good  works  and
faithfulness to the Mormon Church.  They receive it by “Laying on
of  hands” by men who have received their Priesthood in the  same
way,  thus  extending  this “Line of Authority”.  This  line  is
always traced back through Brigham Young, Joseph Smith and Oliver
Cowdry,  and the Apostles Peter,  James and John,  who supposedly
brought it to Joseph and Oliver directly from Jesus Christ.

      THE MORMON BIBLE CONTRADICTS THEIR PRIESTHOOD CLAIMS

Mormons  use only the authorized King James Version of the  Bible
in  their Missionary work and worship services.  Joseph  Smith’s
“Inspired Version”,  which belongs to the Reorganized LDS church,
contains many substantive changes to the King James text.  It is
intentionally  shielded  by  the Utah Mormon church  from  public
discussion and exposure,  though it is used selectively in  their
teachings.  The Mormon church prints and widely uses its own King
James  Version containing special Mormon study guides,  reference
sections, and the official LDS church name and insignia.  Reading
in  this  official  Mormon  King  James  Missionary  Bible,  1968
edition,  in Hebrews,  concerning the resurrected Lord and  these
Priesthoods,  we find that it says Jesus in NOW the sole and only
holder  of  the  Melchizedek Priesthood,  and  that  the  Aaronic
Priesthood has been forever abolished.  It states, “But this man
(Jesus),  because  he  continueth  ever,  hath  and  unchangeable
priesthood.”  (Hebrews  7:24)  The footnote  for  ‘unchangeable’
states:  “or,  which passeth not from one to another* (Author’s
emphasis).  The original Greek word, aparabatos, used here means
“perpetually non-transferable” or “Untransferable forever.”  How
can  Mormons continue passing it on anyway?  By simply  ignoring
their  own Bible!!  Since they believe it is only true as far as
translated correctly,  and the Book of Mormon says it is full  of
errors and ommission,they can easily ignore what they don’t like. 
Please read Hebrews chapters 7 and 8 to understand how completely
defiant of God’s word the Mormon Priesthoods really are.

*This  marginal  note  has been removed from the  latest  edition
Missionary Bible.

                    ORDINANCES FOR THE LIVING

The  Ordinances  for living Mormons include  Washing,  Anointing,
Clothing  in the Garment of the Holy Priesthood,  and the  Endow
ment.  Sealings  are performed for married  couples,  and  minor
children are then Sealed to parents.  Marriages are performed for
time and eternity, and under special circumstances, marriages for
time  only.  These  ceremonies account for less than 2%  of  all
Temple Ordinances performed.

                    ORDINANCES FOR THE DEAD

The ordinances for the deceased ancestors of members or names  of
deceased persons provided by the temple from genealogical records
include Baptism, Confirmation of membership in the Mormon Church,
and  Ordination  to the Holy Melchizedek (Mormon) Priesthood  for
males.  All  the ordinances described above for the  living  must
also  be  performed  for each of the dead persons  who  are  post
humously  receiving  their “Temple Blessings”.  Over 98% if  the
Ordinances  performed are for the dead by a living Mormon  proxy.
The  writer performed approximately 150 Endowments  for  deceased
relatives  and many other identified persons known to the writer,
as  part of over 1000 Ordinances performed in a nearly  ten  year
period.

          AN OVERVIEW OF THE MORMON TEMPLE CEREMONY

This  information  is new to most of the readers of this  booklet
and may be difficult to grasp at times,  therefore,  we have pre
pared  the following overview of these Temple Ceremonies  to  let
you preview the activities and to concisely present the important
elements to you.

Mormons  attending the Temple are called “patrons” by the  Temple
staff,  and  will therefore be similarly designated hereafter  in
this publication.  Quotation marks enclose direct quotes from the
ceremony.

            THE PRE-INITIATORY ORDINANCES OR RITUAL

The  “Pre-Initiatory  Ordinances” or rituals are those  that  are
performed  only  for  the dead in  the  Temple.  Living  Mormons
receive  these Ordinances in their local Ward or Stake  organiza
tions.
                      BAPTISM

Baptism is the first ceremony performed in behalf of the dead  in
the  Temple.  This is performed in the beautiful baptismal  font
mounted  on  the  statues of 12 full sized oxen, located  in  the
Temple  basement.*(See figure 2)  The Officiator and  the  patron
are in the font dressed in heavy white jump-suits.  There are two
or  more Witnesses observing the procedure.  Often a closed cir
cuit T.V. is used to project the names of the deceased persons on
a large T.V.  screen.  Typically 200-300 baptisms are  performed
per hour, with LDS teenagers serving as proxies to introduce them
into  the  Temple  rituals  and vicarious Ordinance  work  at  an
impressionable  age.  The baptismal pronouncement is recited  in
full for each baptism,  and the patron is completely immersed  by
the Officiator as observed and approved by the two Witnesses.

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