Date: July 29, 2023 04:48PM
I can not express my full anguish and disgust of being conned into making a covenant to surrender my sense of humor. I felt completely ambushed being cornered into a situation where I promised to never indulge in loud laughter. If it weren't for my sense of humor and the ability to laugh, I would have contemplated suicide.
Nowadays anyone can look up and or watch what really goes on in the temple. The stupid church even gives itself credit for being open and transparent~ whatever! It wasn't that way 30+ years ago. They had this so-called temple prep gospel doctrine class that all 18 year olds were expected to attend. 52 weeks of nothing burger lessons- think basic tenants of church teachings- faith, obedience, law of chastity (that was a whole month's worth of MoF teachings/quotes).
And here I had very simple questions.
-So I obtain my TR and want to attend the temple. I just show up at the Oakland Temple and what happens next?
Brother Pious- Messy, you can't just drop in at the temple. You have to make an appointment.
-So I call them up? What do I tell them? What do I say?
Brother Pious- I can't answer those specific questions. The temple is so sacred that we can only read what is written in the temple prep handbook.
My point: The Temple Prep did nothing to answer genuine questions. I didn't even know how long a session might last.
I eventually learned that members attend the temple to do a "session". Not an endowment session- I found that out when I walked in to sign in and was asked what my purpose was. I really had no clue as to what to expect. I would have answered "I expect to see Jesus, the son of God." Afterall, the church always implied that he was hanging out there. My mom answered that I was "going thru for the first time."
And then I got naked and touched, but that nightmare is for another day.
Date: August 01, 2023 12:19AM
I thought the took the loud laughter thing our in the last few years along with wives having to obey their husbands and such.
It other things, if I understand correctly, it's no longer a thing. Just like throat slitting and such. But I could be wrong. Those in the know, please advise.
That reminds me. I asked a stake president counselor once, if those who went to the temple before the oaths changed and things got easier and slightly less creepy...since they took the sacred oath to obey their husbands (period), submit to execution (three different ways), and avoid laughing loudly...do we have to obey those, or can we toss those aside willy nilly and just go with the new stuff. He had no answer. I think it's important for members to understand if they are still obligated to the stuff they swore before God years ago to obey or not. I'm confused!