WHENEVER MONEY IS INVOLVED IN A TRANSACTION OF KNOWLEDGE, THE KNOWLEDGE IS FALSE AND THE TRANSACTION IS A SCAM.
(NOTE TO ANY FAITHFUL LDS PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ENDOWED IN A MORMON TEMPLE: WE CHALLENGE YOU TO DISPUTE ANYTHING WRITTEN IN THIS POST. Caveat: Be careful with your response. It's my job to confound you. I do NOT want to make you appear the fool. BE VERY CAREFUL how you respond to this post ... VERY CAREFUL!)
There has NEVER been a time when the Real Truth™ had a price affixed to it. You can buy anything in this world for money, EXCEPT THE REAL TRUTH™.
Let's pretend that God, in any form, exists.
Why would God need money from one of His children before God would impart knowledge to the child?
What would God need money for?
Where would God put the money?
When Joseph Smith could not get his followers to accept the Real Truth™ about the mysteries of God, he was forced to leave them a presentation of the Real Truth™ through what has evolved over time to become the LDS Church's highest religious ordinance—the Temple Endowment Ceremony.
The original presentation has been changed drastically over time, ever since Brigham Young took the reins of the religion and began to control most of Joseph's original followers.
(Keep in mind, Joseph's wife, his mother, his brother, and the very few who were intimately close to him, did NOT follow Brigham Young. Their descendants do not see the temple endowment presentation in the same way that the modern LDS Church does.)
During the endowment presentation, certain characters represent certain realities of human life upon Earth.
The characters, Adam and Eve, represent each person living upon the earth.
After Adam and Eve are kicked out of the Garden of Eden, and out of the presence of God (represented by Elohim and Jehovah), they find themselves in a "lone and dreary world."
This world represents current life upon the earth.
The presentation is VERY clear that, once Adam and Eve are no longer in the presence of Elohim and Jehovah (God), they no longer have ANY contact with Them, in ANY form.
God does NOT hear, nor answer ANY prayer, no matter how sincere, offered by Adam and Eve while they are living as outcasts in the lone and dreary world.
There is ONLY ONE ENTITY that hears and answers prayers, and that is responsible for ALL RELIGION, OF ANY FORM, OF ANY KIND, which includes ALL inspiration, revelation, and spiritual feeling. That entity is LUCIFER, the "god of this world," as he is portrayed in the endowment presentation.
While in the lone and dreary world, Adam and Eve are searching for answers and understanding. Nothing they are receiving from Lucifer makes any sense.
Finally, Adam is confronted by True Messengers who claim to have answers for him.
This scene plays out by one of the True Messengers (who were sent by Elohim and Jehovah—who don't have a clue what is happening with mortals, but require Their messengers to "return and report" what is happening upon the earth) confronting Adam and asking him if they could help in his confusion. (Keep in mind that there have been many parts deleted from the original version, including a VERY important character: Lucifer's Minister.)
Lucifer is in the scene and immediately responds to the True Messenger's inquiry of Adam:
"Do you have any money? You can buy anything in this world for money."
The entire endowment presentation is symbolic in nature. Each act, each phrase, each part represents something of Real Truth™ that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints REFUSE to accept. For this reason, Joseph Smith often told his followers that they would rise up against him and kill him, if he told them the Real Truth™ that he knew.
In the endowment presentation, the character portraying the True Messenger asks Adam if he has "sold your signs and tokens for money." Adam responds that he has not, that he holds them sacred.
AGAIN, WHENEVER MONEY, IN ANY FORM (INCLUDING WHEN IT IS DISGUISED AS TITHES AND OFFERINGS) IS INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION OF KNOWLEDGE, THE SOURCE OF THE KNOWLEDGE IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE ... LUCIFER, the god of this world.
The modern LDS Church is the wealthiest church on Earth!
The leaders and members of this church have indeed SOLD THE SIGN AND TOKEN THEY RECEIVED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN for money ... ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
But anyways ...