Temple Ordinances for You and Your Immediate Family

"Temple Ordinances for You and Your Immediate Family," A Member’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work: Ordinances and Covenants, (1993), 3


The temple is the house of the Lord. There you may receive sacred ordinances and enter into covenants that are essential for exaltation in the celestial kingdom. These ordinances include the endowment and sealings.

The Endowment

The endowment explains the purpose of life and Heavenly Father’s plan for the exaltation of his children. President Brigham Young taught:

“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” (in Journal of Discourses, 2:31).

When you obey covenants made in the endowment, your understanding of God’s eternal purposes increases and your life is filled with a greater abundance of the Spirit. You have a greater capacity to love others and meet the challenges of daily life.

Church members usually receive the endowment when they are preparing to serve full-time missions or be married or sealed in the temple. Generally, unmarried members are not endowed until they are called as missionaries or until they become established in their vocations or professions and need to be strengthened further in righteous living.

Talk to your bishop about receiving your endowment. He can explain what you need to do to prepare to go to the temple and receive this sacred ordinance.

Sealings

The sealing ordinances unite families for eternity. President Spencer W. Kimball described the eternal joy and blessing of these ordinances:

“The greatest joys of true married life can be continued. The most beautiful relationships of parents and children can be made permanent. The holy association of families can be never-ending if husband and wife have been sealed in the holy bond of eternal matrimony” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982], p. 297).

The sealing ordinances include—

  • Sealing of husband and wife (temple marriage).

  • Sealing of children to parents.

The sealing of husband and wife in the temple is essential to becoming an eternal family. Important covenants are associated with this ordinance. Faithfulness to these covenants will bless your family now and in eternity. You will have greater love, patience, and happiness in your home. You will have greater strength to endure the trials of life. And you and your family will receive comfort from knowing that you can be together forever.

Children born to parents who have been sealed in the temple are born in the covenant of their parents’ sealing. These children automatically become part of an eternal family. Children who are not born in the covenant can also become part of an eternal family by being sealed to parents. Your bishop can answer questions about this sealing ordinance.

An eternal family should be the goal of every Latter-day Saint. Couples who have not yet been sealed to each other should discuss with their bishop what they can do to prepare themselves for this great blessing. Those who have been sealed should remain true to their covenants and worthy of the great blessings promised to them.