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Derren Klein didn’t know a split-second decision to examine a document headed for the trash would blow open not just a family secret, but one of the Mormon Church’s most-guarded, controversial, and exclusive rituals: the Second Anointing. This discovery set Klein on a transformative journey as he confronted unsettling truths about his faith, family history, and the very foundations of Mormonism.


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3 Comments

  1. REC911 June 22, 2024 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    We (i am a member) mormons tend to believe that our ordinances are the “be all end all” and they are not. I feel the 2nd anointing is in the same category. Is it the baptism, endowment and sealing ordinance that “save” us or is it what we do with our lives after those ordinances? It has to be both. The ordinance in itself is not the free ticket “in” to anything. One must “become” or be “re-born” from the “old you” to a “new improved” you. I realize this may not be the thought culture of the church or is leaders but to my point, can you be sealed to your wife in the temple and beat or abuse her and expect that sealing to be valid in the next life? No. IMO.

    It is my understanding (through family journals) that regular members received the 2nd anointing back in the day and it was a very common practice and most got it. Not sure when/why that changed or why it became “secret” or given to “leaders” but pretty much everything in the early church has changed. Current leaders making a call that is different than the previous leaders. Much like the word mormon. Is the current one right and the last 17 wrong? Highly doubt that.

    To me, the church and its leaders are not what I am supposed to be converted to, the gospel of Christ is what I should be converted to. There is a difference. If members would just stop thinking that every time the prophet moves his lips that he is speaking for God, church history would make more sense. IMO.

    Thanks for sharing the letter. Way cool that you have that for the family! God bless!

  2. Timmy Tim June 27, 2024 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I think this points to a major doctrinal contradiction in the LDS church.

    Why are the other ordinances imposed on us as “saving” ordinances, while the most salvific ordinance of all is kept secret and only doled out selectively?

  3. Timmy Tim June 27, 2024 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    LDS.org lists the saving ordinances as: baptism, confirmation, ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men), the temple endowment, and the marriage sealing.

    These are all required for the highest level of exaltation. Why not the 2nd annointing?

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