Welcome to the Temple Preparation Class
This section of the website is designed to assist teachers and individuals in their personal study of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The format is based upon the standard lessons for the Temple Preparation Class, as far as the basic area of study.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said that the temple “becomes a school of instruction in the sweet and sacred things of God. Here we have outlined the plan of a loving Father in behalf of His sons and daughters of all generations. Here we have sketched before us the odyssey of man’s eternal journey from premortal existence through this life to the life beyond. Great fundamental and basic truths are taught with clarity and simplicity well within the understanding of all who hear” (“The Salt Lake Temple,” Ensign, Mar. 1993, 5–6).
President Brigham Young taught that the temple ordinance called the endowment gives us instruction necessary for eternal life: “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” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe , 416).
Some of my goals for having this section of the website is to strengthen individuals faith in Jesus Christ and prepare themselves to receive temple recommends and attend the temple, as well as improve an understanding of the doctrines and ordinances that are taught and performed in the temple.
Remember that Questions are good - if you have a question you don't know the answer to that isn't the end of the world. If you have a question you don't understand or know - wright it down, study it out in your mind, determine a possible answer and ask it it be right. (The Pattern of Revelation - Prepare, Ponder, Pray, Record, React, Repent, Repeat)
Please contact me if you find any issues/errors with what is being taught. It should always be sourced with where the information came from to help you in your understanding of why it is being taught.
Here are a few additional links you may find useful in your study of the Doctrines of the Kingdom concerning temples and ordinances performed therein.
Doctrinal Disclaimer.The following information is provided as a service to users of this site. I have to my best ability confirmed that the information herein is doctrinally correct, but this website is not an official site of the church and I do not claim to represent the church in any way. I would request you follow the admonition of Paul to prove all things hold fast to that which is good.
What is Mormon Doctrine and how is it to be determined?
Mormon Newsroom - article 4 May 2007
Not every statement made by a Church leader, past or present, necessarily constitutes doctrine.
Some doctrines are more important than others and might be considered core doctrines.
The mistake that public commentators often make is taking an obscure teaching that is peripheral to the Church’s purpose and placing it at the very center.
Joseph Fielding Smith clarifies how members need to compare what church leaders teach to the standard works:It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man’s doctrine. You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works.
Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols., (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56), 203