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For many members of the LDS Church, the temple endowment remains something of a mystery. Yet when understood, the temple can function in our lives as a modern day Liahona, giving us our bearings in our mortal journey back to our Father. Understanding Your Endowment is packed with insights and keys, which can help you unlock the temple's purpose and meaning in your life. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
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Understanding Your Endowment is a beautifully written book for those of the LDS faith who are preparing to go to the temple or who are currently endowed.

The author handles this most sacred of topics of our faith with loving humility and respect. I really enjoyed that every chapter was filled with not only the authors ideas and insights but quotes from the Prophets, Apostles, Ensigns, so many scripture references, etc. that you can continue to research certain topics more fully yourself. I also
Cory Jensen
Jul 23, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Disclaimer: This review is from the author. It is simply meant to clarify the purpose of this book and the intended audience.

Coming to understand our own endowment is a personal, sacred journey, one largely between us individually and the Lord. No one, other than the Lord, is really qualified to unfold everything, and much of that will come quietly through the Spirit.

Part of the beauty of the temple’s ordinances and teaching lies in the fact that the Lord can personalize them to wha
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds, 2015, non-fiction
4.5 Stars

Understanding Your Endowment is a great resource for those who are preparing to attend the temple and those who have been attending for any period of time. Currently teaching a class for those preparing, I found that there were several things that I connected with and that gave me ideas in helping those in my class to come to a better understanding. I loved the way the author went about delving into each chapter with scripture references, quoting church leaders, and connecti
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author handles this topic with reverence and humility. I am SO GRATEFUL he has shared his knowledge with us. Using personal stories, other examples, and scriptures this book really opens up a greater understanding of so many things!

When next I attend the temple I will have some added insights that will make the experience more meaningful...and I will be more prepared to have the Spirit be with me.

Believe me, I know, in today's busy world sometimes going to the temple
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I went through the temple for the first time in March, six months ago and it has been such a blessing to my life. I prepared hard before I went and I studied tons, but at the same time, I didn't know exactly where to start in my studies. If I had had this book then, I know I would have been able to comprehend things a little bit deeper. I'm grateful I have been able to read this book now to understand the ordinances in a broader light.

There is so much symbolism to be found in the temple, and ma
Katie W
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds, non-fiction
This is a book for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to use to understand the covenants they make in the temple better.

I thought I understood things better than I actually do. This is a great resource to read again and again. There are many scriptural references and stories to back the author's ideas up, as well as personal experiences that really bring things into focus and make it easier to apply to myself. I especially enjoyed the chapters that pertain more to what's
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

This is book intended for LDS audience about Temples. With a lot of sources about the Temples from scriptures, ensigns , conference talks and other books.

He treats the Temple ordinances with respect and sacredness. Gives a lot of information that I have not known or thought about with the history of covenants and Temples.

Also teaches you that the real teacher is God to listen to him and learn about him. That he will answer are prayers and teaches us. Th
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-nonfiction
This was a great book for me at a time when I felt I had stalled out in my growth through temple attendance. The author presents a primer to stimulate your thinking, challenge your assumptions, and above all to ponder upon the temple. While a good launching point for someone going to the temple for the first time and something I wish I would have read 15 years ago, it's also a good jump-start or rut-buster for longtime temple goers.
Thomas Nelson
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I'm very glad I've come upon this book. It gives me a little nudge into how to seek for greater understanding of temple service. Two heads are better than one as the saying goes. The book, for me was like a sounding board, as it awakened some of the questions I've pondered over for many years and now because of this read, I feel that I know in what direction to go in finding answers to some of my long held questions. Perhaps one very loose analogy that could be used; we are like having once live ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is not a long book. I'm not sure why it took me so long to get through. It was a very enlightening read. Not everything was new to me, but there were some deep insights that changed how I view a few things. It also reinforced a lot of what I had just read in Following the Light of Christ into His Presence by John Pontius, and a lot of what I feel I have been being taught by the Spirit about--learning by the Spirit. I need to read this again, possibly more quickly to form a more cohesive pic ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I wish I had loved this book more. Parts of it really touched me, but others just didn't connect. I feel like a lot of that is my fault, the place my mind was in while I was reading (one night I was in a really bad mood), etc. I jotted down a couple of pages of notes, and intend to read over them before the next time I go to the temple.

I find that my notes are mostly from the first half of the book with its discussion of temple symbolism. Some of Jensen's examples seemed a bit stretc
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author says, "Part of the beauty of the temple’s ordinances and teaching lies in the fact that the Lord can personalize them to whatever stage we are at in our individual growth. The path to understanding requires time, effort, and experience. Sometimes it may seem a bit overwhelming. We may need some help, or at least a foundation from which to begin.
The intent of this book is to help lay that foundation and enrich your temple experience. It is written for believing Latter-day Saints
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a short book, but it was not a fast read for me. I realized that in order to get the most out of it, I needed to study it slowly and soak it up. But I'm so glad I stuck with it. I liked the genuine tone of the author and the homework at the end of each chapter. The beginning and end were my favorite parts.
Robin Bogdanski
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

This book is clearly for members of the LDS church have already received the temp on downman. By reading it and riches the meaning of the Temple increasing our learning each time we go I definitely recommend reading this book if you are Temple goer or if you want to get more out of the Temple and get closer to God
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gives great ideas about the symbolism of the temple experience while appropriately keeping sacred things sacred. It has given me more to study and ponder before going to the temple again to help make the experience more enlightening and meaningful.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The temple is absolutely RICH with symbolism that can take a lifetime to discover. I'm so grateful for such a wonderful book that gives me a place to focus and study. I'll definitely be reading this more than once.
Jenny Sowards
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful guide that provides greater understanding and emphasizes the importance of more completely implementing your endowment in your daily life as you continue on your mortal journey and work towards exaltation.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
If you are an endowed member of the LDS Church, do not hesitate to read this book! It will help you understand so many of the concepts used in the temple from a historical and practical standpoint, making your temple visits so much more meaningful! I highly recommend it!
Jesse Brereton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

This book has helped my understanding grow so much along with my love for the temple and the Savior. I recommend this book for all. It helps me understand the Temple and covenants at a while other level.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one took me a long time to finish as it’s not one to just rush through. It requires deep thought and application throughout. I will definitely be referring to this book for a long time 🥰
Julie Gubler
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous in-depth book
Becky Roper
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A book on the temple intended for an LDS audience. I liked learning about the history of temples and covenants and found much food for thought.
Sandie Mixa
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was so so helpful in understanding the endowment in the temple. I plan to read it again!
Jessica Flory
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. So many great insights! I already want to read it again!
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
This is a gem of a book. Short, concise and full of many enlightening thoughts about temple symbols and the endowment. My husband and I read it out loud together and when we finished it, both of us said, "Let's read it again!" because there's so much to understand and remember! We both know it may take several readings for it all to settle into our brains and hearts where we can not only remember, but be able to teach what we've learned. As the author clearly states, the temple endowment is deep ...more
Russell Elkins
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the nice things about Understanding Your Endowment by Cory Jensen is that it gives the reader some “homework” … things to work on. As I thought about that, isn’t that what temple work is really about? We can’t just go to the temple, learn something, and then voila! We know it all! It doesn’t work that way. The true relationship we should have with the temple is to go often, learn, and put it to use in order to fully understand it. As Jensen says in the book, “There is no reason for the Lo ...more
Exponent II
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thinking of one’s life as the actual endowment unto God is empowering; it means exactly what we are taught within the gospel of Jesus Christ- that we have agency, and may use faith and intelligence in coming unto Christ. This theme is central to Jensen’s view of the temple and it makes for a great way in which to apply every aspect of the temple in personal symbolism as we strive to live the life that Christ would have of us. This theory personalized the endowment without the weight of stylized, ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enlightening book full of ideas that I had not considered before. I have always had a desire to understand more about the temple and the ordinances that we perform there. I love the temple and want to have a deeper appreciation of the truths taught there. I am glad I read this book, but need to go back and do the "Homework" sections at the end of each chapter. There are some really soul stretching and mind bending things we can do to bless our spiritual lives, such as being more in ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I admit I was a little hesitant to read this book. I felt much better about it after reading the author donated the proceeds of this book to charity, he wrote it to help a child who was getting ready to attend the temple for the first time, and that it wasn't the "priestcraft" category.

The first couple chapters were pretty heavy reading. I trudged through them slowly. It took me several months to finish this book. The last half was much easier to understand and read. While I'm not sure I agree
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good book to help you better understand the LDS endowment. It is targeted to those that have been through the temple. I found some of the information in the book to be insightful and it did succeed in its purpose of helping me better understand the endowment. I found the book to be heavy reading at times. I also found that at times if the writing had been a little better, the authors points would have come through more clearly. Overall, I would recommend this book to those that to bet ...more
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