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I CANNOT FIX EVERYTHING
BUT GOD CAN
In January of 2011, I was sitting in an endowment session at the Mt. Timpanogas Temple, when I received a revelation from God, it penetrated my heart. In one instant I was just there listening; in the next instant all was different. I had instantaneous and 100% complete understanding of the revelation. I want to describe what I was doing, what I was thinking, and how startled I was.
There I was just sitting there minding my own business, focused on the endowment, when it came into my mind. I compare it to a computer download, but much, much faster. When it came to me, it came with total and complete comprehension. There were no revisions or re-thinking. I have to remind you that I am just a normal person with maybe a little above the average intellect or maybe not. But I could not come up with this on my own and I did not. If I did, it would have taken me months or even years and maybe never. It is always this way when I receive a revelation, every time that I received a revelation from God; it comes with swiftness and with total comprehension.
As soon as I went through the veil, I asked if the Temple President was on site; he had already gone home for the day. Knowing the culture of the Church, I found myself in a dilemma. It kept going through my mind, “This is not a part of my stewardship.” So, why did I receive this revelation? I could not ignore it, as it did happen, and it did come from God.
As the endowment was coming to an end, I was listening to the last bit of the recording when it happened. One word, one single word, the last word, stuck out like a sore thumb. I have listened to it before, hundreds of times, but this time I instantly knew how important that one word was and that it needed to be changed from the word “Lord” to “Elohim, or Father in Heaven, or Lord God Almighty” or maybe a combination of the two.
We reference Jesus Christ as “Lord” and we reference God the Father as Father in Heaven as “Elohim” or one of His other names, but, not a name that may confused with the Savior’s name(s). When we pass through the veil of the temple, we are about to enter into the Celestial Room. Symbolically, we pass from the Terrestrial world into the Celestial Kingdom, into the presence of God the Father, into His Celestial Kingdom.
Remember that in the council in heaven, that Christ was chosen to be the Savior of the world by God the Father, partly, because Christ said, “Let the glory be thine! ” Satan was rejected because he wanted to possess all of the glory of God the Father. Jesus was chosen, essentially, because God the Father wanted to retain possession of His own Celestial Kingdom unto Himself, and rightly so.
It is fundamental in the Plan of Salvation and Exultation, that the Celestial Kingdom is the Kingdom of God the Father (Elohim), and our goal in this life is to live righteously and after mortality, to be able personally enter back into the presence of God and abide with Him in His kingdom, the Celestial Kingdom, forever.
Currently the endowment states that by going into the Celestial Room, instead of symbolically entering into the presence of Elohim, that we are entering into the presence of the “Lord,” meaning the Savior. At this time, we do not know whether the Lord Jesus Christ has a kingdom of his own or whether He will forever be a resident of God’s Celestial Kingdom. One thing we do know is that the Celestial Kingdom is the Kingdom of Elohim, it is God the Father’s kingdom: it is not Christ’s Kingdom. Christ will never, ever replace God the Father. By doing so, Christ would be in direct conflict with His own statement, “Let the glory be thine! ”Yes, when we progress and become residents of the Celestial Kingdom, we, like the savior, will share God’s kingdom, but it will still be His kingdom; not mine, not yours, and not the Savior’s, it will always be God kingdom.
Remember, the temple ordinances were not given to us by revelation. They came from man. As a result, when our leaders, from time to time, have determined that the apparel, the words, and the procedures should be changed, thus they have been changed. I am okay with that, because I understand that changes come as our culture changes. If God was not okay with anything that occurs in the temple, then wouldn’t He let us know? Right! As a matter of fact, He did! At least, God let me know!
Is this something to be concerned about? How important is it? For me, God (Elohim) comes first and then secondly comes His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. At no time does Christ ever replace God. At no time does Christ ever come before God the Father. Now some LDS members will say, no problem, just change it from “Lord” to “Elohim” or God the Father. However, some avid LDS members will fight, to keep status quo, without any regard to whether it is better or worse, good or bad, right or wrong. Basically, it is human nature to reject change, any change. However, the endowment ordinances have been changed many times during my own life time. This change would be just one little word, but it will bring the endowment more into harmony with what is taught by the Church, regarding the importance of living righteously and being worthy to return into the presence of Heavenly Father and to abide with God the Father in His kingdom, the Celestial Kingdom, forever.
Knowing that anything brought forward to the brethren as revelation from a no-body like me, especially if I have identified it as revelation from God, it would probably receive a negative reception. Therefore, let me reiterate so there will be no misinterpretation. My revelations are not for the Church, they are not for the members at large and they are only for me, my family, and my posterity. I have mentioned this experience to some of my closest Church friends and they have warned me to say nothing and to do nothing. My friends have stated that I would be inviting criticism that could end with me being excommunicated from the Church. With all of our leaders, with the Church’s Apostles and Prophets, “Why did God give you this revelation, instead of one of our leaders.” I do not know the answer to that question; you will have to ask God. I know for certain that this is not my stewardship, but if it pleases God to give a revelation to a person like me, who am I that I can withstand God. I cannot say, “It did not happen.” I cannot say, “It did not come from God.” I am reluctant because of man and what they may do to me, that they might treat me unjustly and ridicule me, and shun me. Should I be bold? What should I do?
Oh, what should I do? When God reveals to me knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, the “Mysteries of God,” what action, if any, should I take? I will be obedient to God, nothing else matters.
It is now Friday, August 23, 2013. Yesterday I went to the Provo Temple and I anticipated seeing the “new” movie during the endowment. And, I was curious whether any changes had been made in the audio recording that follows the movie. The new movie was much better than the old one, but, hold on to your seat. The endowment audio recording was actually changed from “into the presence of the Lord’”. . . to. . . “into our presence.”
Two and half years ago, God revealed to me, in the Mt. Timpanogas Temple, that the endowment needed to be changed. We do not pass through the veil into the Lord’s presence; we pass through the veil into the Celestial Kingdom, into the presence of Heavenly Father. The narrator of the audio recording now states that we “enter into our presence.” meaning into the presence of the Savior and Heavenly father. That is not what it should be, but it is much closer. That simple change makes all the difference in the world and to God. your paragraph here.