I am in the process of converting Catholicisim after being a mormon for over 20 years. I am currently a Bishop in the Mormon church and have attended the Mormon temple for many of those years.
You may or may not know that adult Mormons after they visit the temple for the first time and take out their “endowments”, must wear special underwear. (No sniggers please). For men these look just like a white tee-shirt and long boxer shorts, both in white.
Thetee-shirt has three markings stitched into the fabric: over the chest on the left a small (1 cm perhaps) an “L” shape, on the right chest a “V” shape, over the navel a “-” and over the right knee a “-”. These represent the “marks of the priesthood”, but of course they have great similarity to Masonic signs.
They represent things such as “every knee shall bow”, “health in the navel”, “exactitude in keeping the commandments”.
Now, my wife will go crazy if I stop wearing these things. She is a true blue died in the wool normon. She understands my moving away from the LDS church.
So to avoid some considerably unrest, I still wear this underwear. But am I right in doing so ? Is it cowardice on my part (probably yes). But am I being untrue to Christ and am I habging on to something that is probably more than just a cultural thing with mormonism, but more a doctrinal clinging to a heretical theology. Indeed, if Mormon temple ceremonies are intrinsically evil, which some say that they are, am I still holding hands as it were with someone who is not the trinitarian God that we believe in.
Any help will be most appreciated.