When I attend the Temple I do try and listen carefully or try and look at things differently to get a new perspective. I’ve listened and thought what if everything Satan says is a total lie. Then I would listen as if everything he said was almost totally true.
I thought of something different last night. Which temple covenants am I under? I took out my endowment before the big changes in the endowment took place.Two items that made me think was first the covenant of chastity we make.
The old covenant was very specific. The covenant now is very broad so as to incompass all aspects of sexual impurity.
If I were a “letter of the law” person, I could go have a sexual encounter with whomever and not be “breaking” my temple covenant. Someone under the new chastity covenant could do the same thing and they would be breaking their covenant.
Second, the penalty for revealing the signs and tokens is also considerably different. The penalty to me is very very severe. To those under the newer covenant it’s certainly different.
Personally I think I am still under the covenants that I made when I got my endowment. Each time since I have attended the Temple it is by proxiy so that someone else’s work/endowment is being done. When I attend the temple I am doing the “work” in behalf of someone else, not for me.
I’ve listened carefully and I think I’m right. Attending the temple and doing an endowment session isn’t like renewing our baptismal covenants when we partake of the sacrament. Nothing is said about covenant renewal, or recommittment or renewal of our own endowment when we attend for someone else.
As the endowment changes we remain under covenant to keep those covenants that we personally made when we received our own endowment. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t keep the new covenants that are presented in the Temple, we probably should. I would also say that we should obey the commandments, even as they change. We should obey what the prophet says is current for us in our day, no argument. But when we make a specific covenant, especially in the Temple, then we should be bound by that covenant.
(I did tell my wife about this and no I’m not looking for some justification for a sexual encounter!)