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OBSOLETE TEMPLE COVENANT, WHICH IS STILL IN FORCE: “THE OATH OF VENGEANCE”… 

  This Temple Oath was eliminated on 15 February 1927.  Here it is in its (verbatim) entirety: 

“You and each of you do solemnly promise and vow that you will pray, and never cease to pray, and never cease to importune high heaven to avenge the blood of the prophets on this nation, and that you will teach this to your children and your children’s children unto the third and fourth generation.” 

  The dictionary defines a generation as: “The term of years, roughly thirty among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.” 

  On Valentine’s Day, 1927, this covenant was made in the temple for the last time. This means the oath was declared to be binding for four more generations (about 120 years). Thus, THE OATH OF VENGEANCE temple commitment is valid until approximately 14 February 2047. 

  To “avenge” refers to avenging the blood of the Prophet Joseph Smith as well as avenging the persecution the Mormon Church received in various locations, particularly in Missouri.