It appears in the Doctrines of the Gospel Teacher Manual (2011) in Chapter 19 Eternal Life. So this is really instruction for teachers, not for students of this obscure CES course. It appears as a warning to teachers. It reads:
Caution: Exercise caution while discussing the doctrine of having our calling and election made sure. Avoid speculation. Use only the sources given here and in the student manual. Do not attempt in any way to discuss or answer questions about the second anointing.
So there you have it. Don’t talk about it. Don’t answer questions about it. The next logical question is – how did (or would) this teacher learn about the second anointing without any official resources from the church (disregarding the off-chance the teacher had been previously invited to participate in this undiscussed ordinance)?
This topic actually holds a special place in my heart, because it required I go to the dark corners of the internet to learn more about it back when I was a freshman in high school, and some may argue it’s been all downhill since then for me. [NOTE TO THE CHURCH: maybe since you can air the garments to the world, you can put a little public information on the second anointing on lds.org, so curious folks like me don’t need to scavenge the dark and dreary internet]
Maybe I’ll share some of my thoughts on the second anointing at another date, but it is really a non-issue in my book, so there is no rush. And since I am not a CES teacher, I can speculate and attempt to discuss the topic. At least that is my understanding of the one public reference to this ordinance.
“It’s perhaps unsurprising that Mormonism, an indigenous American religion, would also adopt the country’s secular faith in money. What is remarkable is how varied the church’s business interests are and that so little is known about its financial interests.”
This spurred a bit of thought, despite it being written during Romney’s 2012 run.
(1) A lot of blogs criticize the church on the point of finances. This is actually a neutral post. Are these observed business practices (such as malls in Salt Lake or land in Florida), just a natural consequence (as the author suggests) of the church absorbing its cultural milieu?
Perhaps the “beast” is not so malicious as we like to imagine. Perhaps we should understand this and (while we may disagree with the present order) extend understanding and mercy, not attacks. Look inward and see if we haven’t absorbed some toxic elements of this world. You probably have without realizing it. And that is of course the trick.
(2) Since there is very little know about church finances, no one can truly be critical of the church on this issue. Even our beautiful city creek center, how much did it cost? I’ve read ten different figures online. I don’t think we really know.
A lack of transparency? Yes, we can criticize.
A critical analysis of what the church does with our money? No, not really.
We believe that thou art God!
And we believe that thou art holy,
And that thou hast a spirit,
And that thou art flesh and bone,
And that thou wilt progress forever.
Heavenly Father, we believe that thou hast separated us from our brethren
And we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren,
Which was handed down to them by the Great Apostasy of their fathers.
But we believe that thou hast elected us to be thy one true and living church!
And also thou hast made it known unto us that we have all the keys.
But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever!
And thou hast elected us that we shall be exalted,
Whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to the Telestial Kingdom!
For the which holiness, O God, we thank thee.
And we also thank thee that thou hast elected us to give us all the necessary keys,
That we may not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren,
Which doth bind them down to a belief that they do not need all the true priesthood keys which we (and only we) have,
Which doth lead their hearts to wander far from thee, our god.
And again we thank thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people blessed with all the keys.
Why another one of these blogs? With all their GD negativity? Another soon-to-be-victim of the Great TM?
I guess we’ll just have to find out and see . . .
I rather like these words:
“I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country.” – Cap’ Moroni
Maybe that is as good a purpose statement as any?I seek not for power, but to pull it down.
I am a bit hesitant about blogging, because I feel like I am in a constant flux of ideas – so it’s a bit hard to peg down what I believe or what I think is true. It’s a process, so this blog is a chronicle of that process – the exploration, the growth, and (of course) the error.
Hopefully a couple ideas I have will spawn some good dialogue, with the potential for correction (which ever side it may be). May the blessings flow!
Also, FYI I ain’t got no keys. Therefore feel free to disregard all my writings. Because keys are super fetchin’ important and if you don’t have the keys, you really are in no place to do or say anything. I honor the keys and their holders so much for all the key-power they have. Long live the keys! So many keys, without them what would we do? We would be super lost – that’s what! Imagine if you just showed up to church and suddenly there were no keys – the bishop lost them let’s say. The horror that would ensue! The bishop would be left helpless and keyless and we couldn’t hold any meetings! Remember to honor the keys and their holders.
In fact, let’s start with a prayer next post in honor of the keys I so reverently honor.