investigator question about temple
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:29 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:13 PM
The short answer is, "we don't know". Our scripture that talks about marriage in general (including multiple marriages) is Doctrine and Covenants Section 132. It simply makes no provision for a woman being sealed to multiple men. I have heard multiple potential reasons for this, but they all boil down to speculation.
The best thing I can suggest - and I realize that this will seem like a dodge; and frankly, to some degree, it is - is to ask God about it and see what He says.
I still have no real discernment in anything.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:19 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:44 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:18 PM
I appreciate the scripture references and will read some more. It is hard being an investigator because it is creating some hesitance in being baptized. Aren't you supposed to buy into everything? Sometimes I wish this was like going grocery shopping and I could choose to purchase a specific can of religious belief beans and put back the box of Little Debbie snack cakes because I don't agree with it. Poor analogy but I think you understand where I was going with it...
Well, if you look at the questions asked in the baptismal interview - and, once you've been a memer for a while - the temple recommend interview - very closely, there's actually a lot of wiggle room in there with regard to what beliefs you do or don't need to accept. On the other hand, IMHO, there isn't as much wiggle room as some of our co-religionists would like us all to think.
Really, learning to recognize and act on the voice of God in your own life - and learning the proper role of scripture and Church leadership in helping you to understand God's will for you - is key. It cannot be emphasized enough. That's why the missionaries - if you're meeting them - are probably harping on "the Spirit" so much.
I still have no real discernment in anything.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:30 PM
Edited by applepansy, 09 January 2013 - 08:32 PM.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:36 PM
God is loving and trustworthy. He assures us that we will experience the greatest happiness possible with him -- happiness that we are not even capable of experiencing yet, happiness that would overwhelm us and probably scare us to death were we to glimpse it now. Overpowering joy which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man or woman. This is what God gives us.
But in many respects, God's ways are not our ways. Maybe polygamy is an eternal principle. If so, what of it? When it comes time to live polygamy, we will understand it. More than that, we will want to live it. Why? Because it's how God wants us to live, and God gives is greater joy and happiness than we can even imagine.
I have sympathy for those, especially women, who feel threatened by polygamy, but on a rational basis I don't think it makes a bit of sense. If Principle X turns out to be God's truth, then Principle X is ultimately a good, wonderful thing. Period. I don't care what Principle X is -- polygamy, polyandry, eating our own arms with mustard sauce. Surely any reasonable person will agree with this.
Therefore, what is the point in worrying about such things? I see no point whatsoever. Let it go. No need to get all upset about something that does not even touch us today. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
As if anyone could knowingly commit sin without being changed both in spirit, body, and mind. Let me say this again, sin changes who we are! --james12
Nice hand, friend, but those are not the cards I dealt you.
Impenetrability! That's what I say!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:52 PM
I am an investigator and struggling with an issue. I was hoping someone could give me a solid answer. I am confused as to why a man may be sealed to more than one woman in the temple but it doesn't work in reverse?...
Hi Thila, I'm non-LDS but I'm going to add my 2 cents. I'm understanding your question is not really about polygamy but about the reasons why sealings between men and women work differently. I'm not sure about the "whys" but I do know that even though a woman can only be sealed to one man while she is alive; when she is deceased she can be sealed by proxy to all of the men that she had been married to during her life. Her husbands would have to be deceased also. The only way this would work though is for family members to volunteer to be proxies for these sealings.
Sound, balanced teaching is a must. Our default should be to partake. Our default should be to live in joy, not condemnation. Our default should be to love, not to correct, to encourage, not to criticize. (Quote from prisonchaplain)
Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:25 PM
Aren't you supposed to buy into everything? .
I didn't buy into everything before I was baptized, but I did receive a witness that what I was being taught was true, explanations are still coming 20 years later and I imagine they will for a lot longer.
Worship without sacrifice is just words
Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:53 PM
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