Why does the mormon temple ceremony contradict Joseph Smith’s teachings about angels?

According to Joe Smith and the Doctrine and Covenants (LDS scripture), angels are forbidden to shake your hand, if they appear to you before they themselves have been through life, and earned bodies of flesh and blood.

Yet in the LDS Temple Ceremony, pre-earth-dwellers Peter, James, and John, shake Adam’s hand.

What gives?

6 thoughts on “Why does the mormon temple ceremony contradict Joseph Smith’s teachings about angels?

  1. Because it’s all made up?

    Yep, that’s it.

    Oh, ok — the temple ceremony isn’t *entirely* made-up, not by Joseph at least…he ripped a large portion of it off from the freemasons…but the parts he ripped off, the freemasons made up! 🙂


  2. Pre earth dwellers? Angels are never humans except Jesus.
    When the angels sinned by coming to earth to live with women they were condemned and called demons. Genesis 6:6 Adam died a long time before Peter, James, and John so they never saw him and never will.

  3. D&C 129
    4 When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you.
    5 If he be an angel he will do so, and you will feel his hand.
    6 If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect he will come in his glory; for that is the only way he can appear—
    7 Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive; but he will still deliver his message.
    8 If it be the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him.
    9 These are three grand keys whereby you may know whether any administration is from God.

    I don’t see anywhere we are taught some are forbidden to shake hands, but that they will not move and deliver the message. Men who have not received their body yet – an angel – will shake your hand and you will feel it.

    There you have it. Temple ceremony is just fine.

    There you have it. No where does it say

  4. Yawn…the temple ceremony is symbolic and doesn’t constitute anything literal found in the scriptures.

    Please stop reading anti mormon crap on the web…

  5. Smith’s teachings and revelations are all over the map. He never tried to have a well unified theory, and subsequent leaders have only muddied the waters.

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