nibbler wrote: ↑02 Jun 2017, 04:59Thread jack:
The last (major) change to the temple endowment was in 1990. I didn't have a pulse on the culture of the church in 1990. I find myself wondering whether the prevailing church culture has become more literal, less literal, or has remained relatively the same in the last 27 years.
Was it easy for members in 1990 to accept the changes made to the endowment or did many members experience cognitive dissonance because a part of the ordinance had changed?
Do you think maintaining ordinance purity serves as a barrier of sorts to making another round of sweeping changes? Or do you believe that the top leaders are comfortable enough with continued revelation that maintaining ordinance purity wouldn't come into play. It probably depends on the person, the change being considered, etc., etc. but I wonder whether the current environment of the church (regular Joe members) could handle sweeping changes made to the endowment and whether that factors into decisions made at the top.
Tangential details to my point:
I was a missionary right about the time the 1990 changes were made and one of our teaching points about the Great Apostasy was that other religions changed the ordinances so they needed to be restored to the proper methodology. Maintaining ordinance purity was a thing to the culture. Maybe people compartmentalize ordinances.
There have been more recent changes (2005 & 2008) but they were small enough to make me wonder whether the majority of people noticed.
Maybe the endowment is more pliable because:
1) It's not canonized anywhere in scripture. Baptism and the sacrament have rules and specific language mentioned in scripture.
2) The endowment wasn't codified by JS. It was sort of an oral tradition for 30 years before being scripted and probably 50+ years before it was "correlated."
Re. 1990 changes, I admit I didn't think much one way or the other. I just found the penalties tedious in the extreme and were happy they were gone.
I'm hoping the endowment is pliable enough to survive what would initially seem like the biggest change yet.