Quotes on Ordinances

It is supposed by this people that we have all the ordinances in our possession for life and salvation, and exaltation, and that we are administering in these ordinances.  This is not the case.  We are in possession of all the ordinances that can be administered in the flesh; but there are other ordinances and administrations that must be administered beyond this world.  I know you would ask what they are.  I will mention one.  We have not, neither can we receive here, the ordinance and the keys of the resurrection.  They will be given to those who have passed off this stage of action and have received their bodies again, as many have already done and many more will.  They will be ordained, by those who hold the keys of the resurrection, to go forth and resurrect the Saints just as we receive the ordinance of baptism, then the keys of authority to baptize others for the remission of their sins.  This is one of the ordinances we cannot receive here, and there are many more. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, p. 397

Good conduct without the ordinances of the gospel will neither redeem nor exalt mankind. — Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, November 1985, p. 82

All men who become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ will have to receive the fullness of the ordinances of the kingdom; and those who will not receive all the ordinances will come short of the fullness of that glory, if they do not lose the whole. — Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:424

An ordinance is an earthly symbol of a spiritual reality.  It is an act of symbolizing a covenant of agreement with the Lord.  It is an act in anticipation of a blessing from heaven.  It is an act that connects heaven and earth, the spiritual and the temporal. — Elder John A. Widtsoe

Certain ordinances are more than essential, they are crucial to our salvation.  They are: baptism, confirmation, endowment and sealing.  Without them we will be unable to reach celestial glory where we will “see the face of God.” — Elder Boyd K. Packer

President Brigham Young, the second president of this dispensation, said: 

It is supposed by this people that we have all the ordinances in our possession for life and salvation, and exaltation, and that we are administering in those ordinances.  This is not the case.  We are in possession of all the ordinances that can be administered in the flesh; but there are other ordinances and administrations that must be administered beyond this world.  I know you would like to ask what they are.  I will mention one.  We have not, neither can we receive here, the ordinance and the keys of resurrection. (Journal of Discourses, 15:137.) 

Do we have the keys of resurrection?  Could you return to the earth as ones who would never again die, your own parents, your grandparents, your ancestors?  I buried my mother when I was eleven, my father when I was in my early twenties.  I have missed my parents much.  If I had the power of resurrection as did the Savior of the world, I would have been tempted to try to have kept them longer.  I have been called to speak in numerous funerals for people whom I have known, people whom I have loved, and people whom I have saved and held on to in a limited way.  We do not know of anyone who can resurrect the dead as did Jesus the Christ when he came back to mortality.  [The keys] will be given to those who have passed off this stage of action and have received their bodies again.  They will be ordained, by those who hold the keys of the resurrection, to go forth and resurrect the Saints, just as we receive the ordinance of baptism then receive the keys of authority to baptize others for the remission of their sins.  This is one of the ordinances we can not receive here [on the earth], and there are many more. (JD, 15:137) — President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1977, p. 69

Be faithful to the covenants and ordinances of the gospel.  Qualify for those sacred ordinances step by step.  Honor the covenants connected with them, and you will be happy.  Then, your lives will be in order.  If we do these things, we can receive the Lord’s promise: “They shall be my people, and I will be their God.” — Elder Boyd K. Packer