Many years ago, shortly after Noah’s flood, I had a consulting agreement with a company in Happy Valley to act as their Director of Product Development and Director of Sales and Marketing.
During that time we hired a person to be our IT guy.
He and I had lots of talks about the church and the gospel.
I have not seen him for many many years.
Today I got the following email from him:
Sorry for not keeping in touch better. I think of you and our conversations often though and frequently think of things I’d like to ask you as I read, but you know how time is.
I did see something interesting today reading Moroni and Googled it. Low and behold, you had an article about it on your site. It’s Moroni 10:30. You say you’ll talk about it at some point, but it looks like time got away from you.
It’s about the evil gift. What do you think it is? I know the rest of the bom talks about it generally, but not specifically. And it seems like Moroni kind of hid that little gem in there. It poked out at me like a thorn for some reason.
Anyway, I hope to hear back and that you’re all well.
This was my response:
My speculation on that goes like this
The “good gift” appears to be the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the spirit that flow from it. As previously addressed in that same chapter. Every “good gift” flows through the “Gift of the Holy Ghost” That is the gift that God bestows upon the elect that puts them on in the strait and narrow gate and seals them up unto eternal life.
Those faithful in obtaining that gift and the gifts that flow through it make an oath publicly before God and their fellow saints at the time of baptism and after being found worthy by God, he then makes an oath to them, promising them that they will be sealed up to eternal life through the power of the Holy Ghost.
It appears to me that the “evil gift” as mentioned briefly and cryptically in the BofM is a counterfeit gift that comes from Satan. It is used to deceive and to essentially replace the true gift.
In the early days of the church, the Lord stressed the need for the saints to receive an “endowment” (gift) from heaven which would enable them to avoid being overcome by the enemy in the secret chamber. I believe that gift was to be administered by the Holy Ghost. Eventually, they were to receive that “endowment” in the Kirtland Temple.
In the strict, scriptural sense, endowment means spiritual gift from heaven. The definition has since morphed to something ritualistic.
Over time, the saints failed to live the law of God and they rejected the fulness. Because of this it appears as if they did not receive the full endowment in Kirtland or if they did, it was suspended for a little season of chastisement.
Because of this, the gifts of the spirit began to diminish among the saints and the spiritual gift or endowment that they were seeking eventually was replaced by a Masonic, ceremonial, letter of the law type of gift which is administered in modern LDS temples. ( a variation of this masonic ritual has been administered in one form or another from ancient times up to our present age)
Shockingly, this modern “endowment” is actually administered in the temple symbolically by Satan himself.
Sadly, that gift or endowment is largely patterned after the secret oath that Cain entered into with Satan, including the mandate for secrecy and the penalty of death.
The agreement with Satan entered into by unsuspecting initiates, places the endowed members under the law of justice rather then the law of mercy that is inherently a part of the simple gospel of Christ.
During the ceremony, Satan informs the initiates that if they fail to live any law of God and the gospel that is found in the four standard works, they will be under Satans power. This sadistic covenant with death and hell is likely what Isaiah is referring to in the following passage:
14 ¶ Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 ¶ And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
Over the years many offensive parts of the temple ceremony have been taken out however, each time they are taken out, the authorities declare that although the wording and signs and tokens have been altered or deleted, the original meaning remains the same. (which means that even the oath of vengeance is also an integral part of the covenant that people are unwittingly entering into)
I see this modern temple endowment as a literal fulfillment of the warning that God gave to the church at the beginning of the LDS restoration wherein God warned that he would deliver the saints over to Satan if they harden their hearts against his word, (which strictly forbids swearing by their necks and entering into such covenants and in rejecting God’s pure and simple gospel)
And thus, if the people of this generation harden not their hearts, I will work a reformation among them, and I will put down all lyings, and deceivings, and priestcrafts, and envyings, and strifes, and idolatries, and sorceries, and all manner of iniquities, and I will establish my church, like unto the church which was taught by my disciples in the days of old.
And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I WILL DELIVER THEM UP UNTO SATAN, for he reigneth and hath power at this time, for he hath got great hold upon the hearts of the people of this generation: and not far from the iniquities of Sodom and Gomorrah, do they come at this time: and behold the sword of justice hangeth over their heads, and if they persist in the hardness of their hearts, the time cometh that it must fall upon them.
That is just the opinion of a heretic.
Take it for what it is worth.
BTW I have had several people contact me over the years and tell me that they feel the modern LDS temple endowment is essentially the modern-day version of the Law of Moses that God has placed the condemned and rejected modern church under as a heavy burden, during the little season of chastisement until the appointed time arrives when the fulness will once again be restored to the earth.
I am open to that possibility. It is certainly a cursing.
Great to hear from you hope all is going well
** End of my reply.
Anyway, it was good to hear from an old friend and to remind him what a heretic I am .
Those newer readers wanting to read a series that deals to some degree with this topic to some extent, can read the following
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