First Presidency Releases Statement Concerning Changes Being Made To Some Temple Ordinances
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement:
“Whenever the Lord has had a people on the earth who will obey His word, they have been commanded to build temples. Scriptures document patterns of temple worship from the times of Adam and Eve, Moses, Solomon, Nephi, and others.
With the restoration of the gospel in these latter days, temple worship has also been restored to bless the lives of people across the world and on the other side of the veil as well.
Over these many centuries, details associated with temple work have been adjusted periodically, including language, methods of construction, communication, and record-keeping. Prophets have taught that there will be no end to such adjustments as directed by the Lord to His servants.
A dedicated temple is the most holy of any place of worship on the earth. Its ordinances are sacred and are not discussed outside a holy temple.”
Social media has members talking about the changes made particularly to the endowment (reports have it being about 15 – 20 minutes shorter and a new video) and changes to the initiatory ordinance for women. None of the posts go into detail, they simple encourage members to go to the temple to find out for themselves.