Someone in SS class told us not to plan on doing proxy temple work during the Millenium. I hadn’t thought of that before, since the big church service during the Millenium will be temple work. I did some research and according to Joseph Fielding Smith Temple work is a mortal ordainence and can only be done by those in mortality, not by immortal beings.
That being the case it makes a number of interesting scenarios.
If we are mortal then we could meet the immortal person in the temple lobby, get his name, do the proxy work and come out and get a big hug and move on the the next in line.
If we are immortal then we can’t do proxy work. Since our work has already been done then the question arises…can we do any temple work? Will we be prohibited from participating. We can’t do our own endowment again and again, (like re-baptism in the old days)…so what do we do?
And since immortals can’t do proxy work then what do the immortals do once their work has been done for them? How do they "learn" the signs, tokens etc? Repetition is how we learn it, what about them?
Oh, one other thing, there are approximately 8,800,000 hrs. during the Millenium. For round numbers if we cut the endowment to 1 hour, that means for each temple opened 24 hours a day we can do 8.8million endowments. I don’t know the exact numbers but something like 12+ billion people have lived on the earth so far. My guess is that 75%+ will accept the gospel (that’s a whole new post), so if I’m right it will take 100 temples just to do the proxy work. Consider how many will be born during that 1,000 years who will need their work done too! Wow we really do need more temples, and temple work will be the work of the Millenium.
I’m just sorry that I won’t be able to do any of that work….unless the Millenium hurrys up and gets here before I die.