The ordinances are helps, symbols and requirements. “Helps” in that they establish milestones that memorialize passage from one stage of development to the next. “Symbols” in that they point to a deeper meaning or spiritual reality almost always grounded in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. “Requirements” in that they mark the defined route taken by Christ as a mortal to fulfill all righteousness. The ordinances as symbols point to the real thing. The real thing is Jesus Christ and His Gospel.1 Ordinances are the preliminary act, designed to bear testimony of the real event. They are not the real thing but a “type” of the real thing. They must be seen through the eyes of faith (Ether 5:3) to allow us to gain the faith necessary to obtain the real thing.2 Ordinances are instituted to bring you to the point where you inherit in your body and spirit these great blessings of the Doctrine of Christ. They prepare you. Their effect is to qualify you, instruct you, advance you toward this goal of receiving the blessings found in the Doctrine of Christ. Once ordinances have been adopted, it is then unlikely you can ignore them and receive what is promised by the Doctrine of Christ.3 “Ordinances instituted in the Heavens before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed.”4 When the higher priesthood is present on the earth everything done by it is an ordinance. God ordains by His power what is to happen. God ordains, and therefore, all He does is an ordinance, whether building up or taking down.5

    1 “Godliness,” March 23, 2010, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.

    2 “2 Nephi 31:5,” Aug. 23, 2010, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.

    3 “2 Nephi 31:21,” Aug. 30, 2010, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.

    4 TPJS, 308.

    5 Preserving the Restoration, 349.

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