First from Brigham Young “Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, … and gain your eternal exaltation.” Brigham Young in Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1941), 416.
The Endowment is spoken of in the New Testament, where the Savior, after he was resurrected and before sending the apostles out to teach, said to "tarry ye at Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49 https://www.lds.org/
And there are the sealing ordinances there, too. After Peter declared that Jesus was the Christ, The Savior said to him "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19 https://www.lds.org/
That is what happens in Temples. This power to bind on earth and in heaven was restored to the prophet Joseph Smith and recorded in the Doctrine and covenants multiple times (D&C 127:7, D&C 124:93, D&C 132:46, D&C 128).
Because of the miracle of the Restoration of the Gospel, the sacred temple ordinances the Savior established in New Testament times have been restored to this earth to bless our Father in Heaven's children. With the miracle of temple work, all of Father in Heaven's children who have ever lived on the earth, and who would have accepted it if they were alive, will be able to have the opportunity to accept or reject those blessings, and inherit all that our Father in Heaven has. And these blessings were spoken of in the Bible.
And for us, when we go to the temple to do the work of our dead, we are able to feel of God's presence. The Doctrine and Covenants states "my glory shall rest upon it; Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it., and all the pure in heart shall see God" (D & C 97:15-16http://bit.ly/
What supernal blessings these are! To be able to be in the presence of Christ in the temple in this life, to feel of his love for us is something traditional Christianity has lost. God is not absent, but is in the details of our lives, and most especially we can feel of that presence in his house, the Temple.
And to be able to return to their presence in the life heareafter, to dwell with them and to help in their work of saving souls. As little children helping their parents-even if it takes longer for the parents to teach them, so it is with us and our Father and Heaven, and Savior Jesus Christ. They are teaching us here through the temple to become like them, and more about their divine plan for us.
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