Origins of American Indian Sweatlodge- Purification of The Ammonites- Itsipi- Anti-Nephi-Lehies- The People of Ammon- Nemenhah

Greetings all my relations,

It is with a great feeling in my heart this day that I present to you these Ancient Records…

Itsipi Lodge– Itsipim- Shi Itsipi-Pah Itsipi-Sweatlodge- Tabernacle (Itsipi)

This is the place where;

the Ammonite Ceremony of Itsipi {or sweat lodge} is performed.

Itsipi Lodges made just for men are called: Shi Itsipi.

And the Itsipi Lodges made just for women are called: Pah Itsipi

See: “Purification of the Ammonites”

The Ways and Customs of the Ammonites Shi-Tugohah, a Lamanite, fought against Captain Moroni until he was given an opportunity to join the Ammonites by covenant.

The Prophet Shi-Tugohah recorded the ways and customs of the Ammonites in;

1.  Marriage

2.  Blessing of children

3.  Coming of age

4.  Baptism

5.  Purification

6.  Healing

7.  Council of Mothers

8.  Ordination,

9.  Sabbath worship

10.  Celebrations,

11.  Living the Law of Consecration.

Chapter Seven

Purification

1) Now, the Peli stand among the Ammonites who are healers and they are also they who administer the ordinances of salvation unto the people of Ammon, having received their commission and ordination from the Lord through His anointed.

Wherefore, they are called of God as was Aaron, even by the gift of prophecy.

2) And they become the sons of Aaron and of Levi by the ancient ordinance of adoption. But behold, many are there among us who can trace their generations even back to father Aaron himself.

Wherefore, the people of Ammon take their position in the house and kingdom of God very seriously.

3) Notwithstanding, their fathers took an oath that they would never more shed any blood at all.

Wherefore, during that generation, a new kind of sacrifice was instituted among them whereby each man offers up a personal sacrifice unto the Lord.

But behold, they did not offer the first fruits or the firstlings of the flock, as their forefathers did, or even as the Nephites do to this day.

But rather, they did offer their own bodies as an Atonement sacrifice, and this is the sacred manner in which they did offer themselves.

4) The Peli prepare a sacred place that is in the shape of the sphere in which we live.

Yea, behold, they dig a pit wherein several men might sit, or, in other words, large enough for several men to sit in a circle facing the center thereof.

This pit is the place of the fire and represents the creation.
5) The Peli also prepare a rounded tabernacle the same size as the pit that they have prepared.

This tabernacle is built of branches and strips of cloth, and is covered with thick carpets and the skins of cattle.

(This is what Father Adam and Mother Eve did…following the footsteps of our first parents…Adam and Eve…temple endowment… )

The frame of the tabernacle represents the firmament of the Earth and the covering represents the firmament of heaven.

6) Now, at the center of the tabernacle, the Peli dig a hearth and the earth they take out they cast up in a straight line leading from the door of the tabernacle, which faces east, about ten paces, and there they cast up a small mound.

This is the altar of sacrifice and the mounded earth represents the strait and narrow path that leads from the creation of every living thing even unto the elect place where all living things shall, having fulfilled all things wherein they were commanded, be re-united with the Father.

7) Now, this path is never crossed at any time.

This signifies that to turn to the right or to the left from that path upon which the Lord does place us, leads not to the desired goal, but distracts and discourages the work of righteousness.

8) Behold, to honor the creation and the Lord, the creator of all things,

the Ammonites place at least forty nine stones, seven for each of the sacred directions;

in the place of the fire and they build a great fire around them so that they are made very hot.

9) And those who would offer sacrifice gather around the fire with the Peli and they sing and pray, giving thanks for the bounty that is creation.

And the Peli who shall officiate takes an incense of sacred herbs and covers the body of each person with a purifying smoke.

10) Then he raises the bowl in the sacred directions and offers smoke to the Father and Mother, to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

He then offers the bowl to the sacred directions imploring the Father for the blessing that each direction signifies and implies.

11) And these are the sacred directions:

the Peli raises the incense to the center of the sky above his head.

This is a holy offering of prayer to the Father.

Then he raises the incense to the center and touches the altar mound with the bowl.

This is a holy offering of prayer to the Mother.

Then he raises the incense to the West.

This is a prayer for knowledge and discernment.

Then he raises the incense to the North.

This is a holy offering of prayer to the Holy Ghost and a supplication for the gifts of the spirit.

Then he raises the incense to the East.

This is a prayer and supplication for the witness and visitation of Angels and the
spirits of just men and women made perfect.

Then he raises the incense to the South.

This is a prayer for the health of the body of all those who would offer sacrifice.

12) Having finished the ceremony, the Peli enters the tabernacle and prepares all things, praying earnestly on behalf of those who come to offer sacrifice.

13) When he has finished praying, the Peli invites the others to bow themselves down and enter the tabernacle. Now, the door of the tabernacle is low so that it can only be entered on the knees, wherefore it is called a “Lodge”, and all who enter therein make a solemn and holy declaration of their relationship to all things created.

14) When all have entered in on bended knee and are seated around the hearth, the Peli calls for seven stones from the fire, and they are brought to him with a large fork. And when he has arranged the stones, he sings a thanksgiving song.

15) When the song is finished, each person states the intent of their heart and prays to the Father, giving thanks for all things and especially for the sacrifice of the Son.

16) During this time the Peli pours water upon the heated stones and the tabernacle becomes very hot, for the door has been shut and the steam surrounds each person.

And the heat is very great and each person suffers pain and anguish because of the heat.

And great drops of sweat issue from every pore and they are immersed from the top of their head, and all the hair thereon, to the bottom of their feet, in their own water.

17) When all have prayed and sacrificed of their own bodies, the Peli opens the door and the people come out and gather again around the fire. This ceremony is repeated at least three times again and as many as seven.

18) Behold, this is the manner of sacrifice among the Ammonites, and it is known as the purification after the manner of the Ammonites, wherein each person gives not a bullock, or a lamb, or a flight.

But rather, they sacrifice of themselves in remembrance of the creation, in declaration of the intent of their hearts, and in honor of the sacrifice of the Son. Which sacrifice shall be made for all, according as the prophets have written.

19) Now, this sacred manner of sacrifice is usually done by men, for women make a greater sacrifice. Nevertheless, on special occasions, or for special purposes, women make this sacrifice also.

20) Behold, this they do in order to at once fulfill the Law of Moses and also to look forward to the day of redemption, when the Creator shall become Savior and redeem the world.

Yea, He who created the heavens and the earth shall descend and bow, and take up all suffering.

By this are all made part of the covenant He made with the Father and the Holy Ghost.

21) And the Lord has rewarded those who sacrifice in this sacred manner with the administration of Angels, with great gifts of the spirit, and with renewing of health and strength.

Nevertheless, the temple sacrifices are still performed by the Nephites and they are greatly blessed in their observances.

22) And this is good.

For, of all the ordinances of the Lord, those that prepare the people to abide the presence of God are found in the sacrifices, whether they be centered in the temple or in the community, or in the individual.

And these ordinances demand purity and good intent, else they are ineffectual.

to be continued…amen cj

Chapter Eight
Healing

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