Why, therefore, have you gone seeking beyond yourselves, ever hoping that perchance
you might find God? Did you not know that you, even every one of you, whether male
or female, are a part of God and that God is a part of you?
4 Consider then that sacred power which lies most deep within you, a power which
is born of God, a power wrapped in priesthood; for this priesthood was given you
at the moment of your birth, waiting quietly deep within, eager that you should use
5 What then is this priesthood which waits to be revealed? What is the power within
your soul that would make you one with God? How must you live, how must you speak,
how must you rightly act, to awaken within you the Light of God and fill the world
6 For the priesthood of God can no man give, neither is it appointed that any church
should guard it or bind it with restrictions; for the priesthood which comes from
God is found in you already and lies most deep within, a hidden treasure within the
soul which waits upon your faith.
7 This then is the power of priesthood that you should be enabled to create some
sacred moment for the sake of those you love, which sacred moment proves the power
which draws forth the presence of God the Mother and the Father.
8 For the power of priesthood does not command but loves instead, neither does it
seek to judge or punish, but to heal and quick restore; proving itself not as something
exclusive but rather as that which quick includes even all who would embrace the
things which come from God.
9 Think not therefore that the priesthood of God is bound by law, neither can any
church constrain it, to keep it in their power; for that which has its birth in God
is yours by right of birth, becoming itself the tie which binds you closely unto
God, having as its only mandate the creation of sacred moments.
10 For the world needs most that sacred moment where God is deeply felt, to be themselves
inspired by goodness, to be themselves uplifted and to feel themselves as blest,
a sacred moment where God draws near to touch the heart and mind.
11 Such then is made the priesthood which comes from God above, not come from men
nor come from church as others quick would tell you, but comes instead from deep
within where the heart and soul do meet, lying there within yourself for you to quick
take hold and draw to you the heart of God through the making of sacred moments.
12 If then you would awaken the priesthood of your soul then take you now this Song
of God and learn it deeply well, committing to your memory the words of life and
joy, becoming yourself as one made holy by seizing hold of God.
7th Endowment 7:4-12
Thus in the Song of God shall you always find me, and in another also; for in the
sanctuary of your home shall I come and there abide, if it so be that the sanctuary
be made most holy. For the holiest place in all the world is the sanctuary of the
home, and this do you alone create.
For in your hand is found a power: to create on earth a bit of Heaven where God might
be revealed, a place within your very home where the holy and sacred meet, to bind
on earth the things of God through the living of your life.
Build therefore a sanctuary in your home, to be for you and all your house a Holy
of Holies, having in itself both the altar and mercy seat, and let this prove the
sacred place where you and God confer through the moving of the Spirit.
For all that is holy and come from God is first made manifest in the sanctuary of
the home, and from there shall the Spirit of God move into the life of the family,
which Spirit is carried into the Tabernacle of God’s Peace to bless the community
in which you live.
Let then the words of this book be to you as a guide and a comfort, filled with grace
and hope; and write for yourself the words which even God would speak to you in the
sanctuary of your home, and in a book of inward light shall you write the words of
God, to keep within the altar of the sanctuary, whereby it might move throughout
the generations of all your lineage, to be for them a record of your faith.
For it is God’s desire to speak to you, to inspire and lift you up; to reveal in
you the Light of lights which opens wide your soul, casting up before your eyes the
greatest of many pearls.
For every beauty which is found in the home is first born from out of the love of
both husband and wife, binding as one together the whole family in light and joy.
Seek daily to enrich your home both within and without, that in such a domain as
you create, even Heaven itself might be found and fully imitated; to gather in the
sanctuary even your whole family where they might learn of God, to worship both the
Heavenly Father and the Heavenly Mother.
Let then your sanctuaries be richly adorned and filled with light and music, for
in your own sanctuary shall God come forth to bless and instruct, teaching through
the whisperings of your soul the way you ought to go, to walk in peace and rich fulfillment
throughout the sum of all your days.
- is a room set apart within your home and consecrated to God. It should be the most
beautiful room in your home because it is your gift to your Heavenly Parents. This
room should never be in a basement.
- is a place of holiness, a sacred place. If you do not feel that your sanctuary
is sacred, then your Heavenly Parents will not think it is sacred.
- is the forge where all the elements of faith, prayer, meditation, solitude and
fellowship are brought together in a sacred place to empower the spiritual identity
and purpose of one’s self and family.
- is a protected place. Those who scorn, ridicule, or hold in contempt the teachings
of the Song of God should not be allowed in your sanctuary. Allow no one to show
disrespect to the sanctuary of your home.
- should have an altar and a mercy seat. A mercy seat is not a chair, but an elevated
podium-like structure from which the will and grace of the divine is revealed.