QUOTE: “This will be the most important decision of your life, the individual whom you marry. There is no substitute for marrying in the temple. It is the only place under the heavens where marriage can be solemnized for eternity. Don’t cheat yourself. Don’t cheat your companion. Don’t shortchange your lives. Marry the right person in the right place at the right time.” –Gordon B. Hinckley, “Life’s Obligations,” Ensign, February 1999, p. 2. [source]
SCRIPTURE: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do.” -3 Nephi 27:21. [source]
SCRIPTURE: “And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water? Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments.” –2 Nephi 31:6-7. [source]
COMMENTARY: If Jesus set the perfect example for all of us, and if temple ordinances are essential to our exaltation, then surely Jesus took out his endowments and was sealed in a temple. Which temple was it, exactly? Because the temple at Jerusalem never performed any endowment ceremonies or sealing ordinances. I’m certain Joseph Smith was right, though. Modern temple rites are super duper important. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.