During the endowment, Latter-day Saints make sacred covenants with God. Church members promise not to discuss the symbols or the information associated with those covenants outside of the temple, Elder Duncan noted.
The purpose and intent of this book is to offer help with those struggling to make sense of certain puzzling aspects that they encounter in the temple. It is also to help expand the knowledge and appreciation for those who already feel a deep love for the temple, who do not necessarily struggle as some individuals described in the introduction. My hope is to accomplish this in a simple and singular way. No doubt there are other wonderful and informative books on the temple. This one serves a very specific and needed purpose how certain symbols in the temple (architectural designs, cultural motifs, ordinances and covenants, ancient temple ordinances, scriptures, etc.) point us to Christ and his infinite atonement.
In the temple endowment, women were previously urged to be a priestess "unto her husband," while men were promised they will be priests to God. In January 2019, that topic was removed from the endowment process, in accordance with other changes that included more lines for Eve in their ritual performance of the Book of Genesis. Also in 2019, a letter from the church's First Presidency stated that "Veiling an endowed woman's face prior to burial is optional." It had previously been required. The letter went on to say that such veiling, "may be done if the sister expressed such a desire while she was living. In cases where the wishes of the deceased sister on this matter are not known, her family should be consulted."
The temple ceremony involves entering into solemn covenants. These covenants are to live, obey, and keep the laws of obedience, sacrifice, the gospel of Jesus Christ, chastity, and consecration. The promise given in the ceremony is that those who remain faithful will be endowed "with power from on high."
According to the instructions at the veil, each of the four marks on the garment is meant to call to mind certain principles of faith or right living. Among other things, the mark of the square is to inspire exactness and honor in keeping one's covenants, and the mark of the compass is a "constant reminder" to keep one's passions within the bounds set by the Lord. These interpretations of specific marks on the garments have given rise to an oft-expressed understanding that the marks collectively remind Latter-day Saints of their temple covenants. Thus, it is believed, the garment can prevent transgression. This belief is nurtured by folklore about endowed Saints who are prevented from committing sexual transgression because, as they undress, the sight of the garment pricks their conscience.
Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved. 31 2b1af7f3a8