Temples, synagogues, and holy places have been revered and sanctified throughout human history as places where a mortal can get closer to the Gods. In ancient times, both animal and human sacrifice stained the foundation of many of the temples constructed according to
the differing spiritual beliefs espoused throughout the world. In modern times, the sacrifice of flesh has given way to the sacrifice of money and prestige, which allow a person to enter these houses of God and perform secret ordinances of salvation.
Sacred, not Secret—The [Authorized and] Official Guide In Understanding the LDS Temple Endowment takes the reader inside one of the most prolific and visible religious symbols on earth - the Mormon Temple. No other religion on earth has as many temples,
per capita in relation to membership, as the LDS Church. New temples are being planned and built daily throughout the world. What is perplexing to the non-LDS member, however, is what these “Houses of God” actually represent.
Inside the temple is presented one of the most beautiful and explicit ordinances ever established among mortals. It was prepared and constructed by Joseph Smith, who was commanded “not to disclose his true identity” to the people he was called to teach. The
mysteries of God in their fullness are revealed in the symbolic and profoundly figurative presentation of what the LDS people call “The Endowment.” However, the people do not know what the symbolism means. They do not understand that Joseph introduced the endowment as a "stumbling block," being commanded to do so for the same reason that the ancient prophets were:
"But behold, the Jews [the LDS] were a stiffnecked people; and they despised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble." (BOM, Jacob 4:14)
When Joseph Smith first introduced the endowment, many of his close friends mocked him and called him a false prophet for doing so. The introduction of the endowment in May 1842 marked the beginning of inner church dissensions that would eventually lead to the murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. The members of the LDS Church knew, then, just as little about the endowment they receive in their temples as they do today.
For the very first time, this endowment is explained in it’s entirety. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a more concise and complete explanation given of the purpose of LDS temples and the instruction given therein. Although not published by the mainstream LDS
Church, this book stands as the [Authorized and] Official Guide In Understanding the endowment because it’s author is the only one who has ever been privy to the true meaning of all the endowment’s symbolism.
This book is profound! Whether the reader is LDS or not, he or she will be left with an understanding and perspective of truth and reality never before considered. Furthermore, the claims of the author, who is the same lone author of all the books presented in this
Marvelous Work And A Wonder, can only be validated if they can meet the requirement of Real Truth: Does it make sense?
After reading the book, the reader will concede that the LDS Temple Endowment truly does make sense—a lot of sense!