The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been around for almost two centuries and has ebbed and fluctuated in a predictably adaptive manner throughout its relatively short life in the religious realm. The Church has done a thorough job of promoting its story, but is this self-professed history slanted? The answer is yours to decide. Join us as we journey into the turbulent history of the LDS Church through the eyes, hearts and testimonies of people that were actually there. The goal of this project is to provide an expanding body of knowledge that is credible, concise and easy to digest. This voyage has led us to discover some bizarre facts, head-scratching rituals, and horrifying evidence buried in the annals of LDS history.
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It's a Sunday night at a Millcreek yoga studio. In the parking lot, participants curtly nod at one another as they hurry inside to the invitation-only class. Some stare straight ahead—or look at the ground, avoiding eye contact. Once inside the classroom, however, the secretive mood changes as they remove their clothes— all of their clothes. And among the shirts, skirts, trousers and Jockey shorts are snowy white sets of garments—the sacred underwear worn by devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That's right: A good portion of this all-nude yoga class is temple-recommend-carrying Mormons—and, what's more, they claim scripture endorses the practice.
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Washing and anointing also called the initiatory is a temple ordinance practiced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS Church and Mormon fundamentalists as part of the faith's endowment ceremony. It is a sacred ordinance for adults, similar to chrismation , usually performed at least a year after baptism. The ordinance is performed by the authority of the Melchizedek priesthood by an officiator of the same gender as the participant. In the ritual, a person is sprinkled with water, which is symbolically similar to the washing done by priests prior to entering the temple during the time of Moses. The officiator then declares that the person is anointed to become a "king and priest" or a "queen and priestess" in the afterlife.