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The 1990 revised version of the Mormon Temple ceremony


            
                              Introduction
                            (by the Tanners)

        The following is a transcription of the new 1990 version of the
Mormon temple "endowment ceremony." As we explained in the Preface, it
was transcribed by a man from a tape recording made in a Mormon temple
by a member of the LDS Church in July, 1990.

        We have carefully compared the transcript with a copy of the
tape and have made some minor corrections in the text. Our research has
verified that the transcript is an accurate copy of the tape. As we
indicated earlier, this transcript was used to mark the changes made in
the ritual printed in Appendix A [see printed edition].

        While the volume was low on the tape recording we listened to,
the wording was generally very clear and easy to understand. One
exception, however, was the "Ceremony at the Veil" --the very last
portion of the endowment ritual. At this part of the ritual a number of
people are talking at the same time in a low tone of voice. Although we
could clearly hear the tapping of the mallet and words being exchanged,
we could not follow the conversation. (The tape of the 1984 version is
relatively good at this portion of the ceremony. The difference between
the two recordings probably relates to where the tape recorders were
located and the quality of the machines.)

        Fortunately, the wording of the "Ceremony at the Veil" in the
1990 ceremony can be accurately reconstructed from the instructions
Peter gives to those who are about to pass through the veil. Peter tells
those who are receiving their endowments exactly what the "Lord" will
ask them and the response they are to give. With the exception of the
"name" of the Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood (which is kept
secret until the very last part of the ritual), the wording would have
to be the same in both places. In other words the wording which follows
is already given. This wording is clear on the tape recording.

        The man who made the transcript informed us that he checked with
the Mormon who made the tape recording and was told that this wording,
including the "name" of the Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood,
is exactly the same as it was before the Mormon leaders changes the
temple ceremony in 1990.


                  THE MORMON TEMPLE ENDOWMENT CEREMONY
                             (1990 VERSION)

[EDITOR'S NOTE:  This "Statement" was read only for a few months after the
1990 changes, undoubtedly in order to explain to temple-goers why the ceremony
they were about to witness was so radically different from what they had been ac-
customed to.  This statement is no longer part of the ceremony. - RP]

INTRODUCTORY ANNOUNCEMENT: Before beginning the Endowment service, we
present the following statement from the First Presidency.

FIRST PRESIDENCY'S STATEMENT: Since the temple Endowment was first
administered in this dispensation, minor changes have been made from
time to time by the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve, acting
unitedly in their capacity as Prophets, Seers and Revelators.

        After an exacting and extensive review, and following solemn
prayer on many occasions in the Upper Room of the Salt Lake Temple,
modifications in the Endowment ceremony have been recently made by the
First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve. Those of you who are
familiar with the ceremony will recognize these changes which do not
affect the substance of the teachings of the Endowment, nor the
covenants associated therewith.

        As with the other aspects of the Endowment, you are under solemn
obligation not to discuss these sacred matters outside of the temple.

        May you be blessed of the Lord in the selfless service which you
give in His holy house. Sincerely, the First Presidency.

FIRST LECTURER: Brethren and sisters, we welcome you to the temple, and
hope you will find joy in serving in the house of the Lord this day.
Those of you who are here to receive your own Endowments should have
been washed, anointed, and clothed in the Garment of the Holy
Priesthood. For those who are representing deceased persons, the
ordinances of washing, anointing, and clothing in the Garment of the
Holy Priesthood, together with the ordaining in behalf of the deceased
brethren were preformed previously. Each of you should have received a
New Name in connection with this company. If any of you have forgotten
the New Name, or have not received these ordinances as explained, please
stand. (pause)

        Please be alert, attentive and reverent during the presentation
of the Endowment. As you are asked to proceed to the Veil, please do so
in an orderly manner, row by row, as directed. After passing through the
Veil into the Celestial Room, and in other areas in the Temple, if you
need to communicate, please whisper, thus helping us maintain the quiet
reverence that should prevail in the House of the Lord. We will now
proceed with the presentation of the Endowment.

(The lights are dimmed at this point).

SECOND LECTURER: Brethren, you have been washed and pronounced clean, or
that through your faithfulness, you may become clean from the blood and
sins of this generation. You have been anointed to become hereafter
Kings and Priests unto the Most High God, to rule and reign in the House
of Israel forever.

        Sisters, you have been washed and anointed to become hereafter
Queens and Priestesses to your husbands.

        Brethren and Sisters, if you are true and faithful, the day will
come when you will be chosen, called up, and anointed Kings and Queens,
Priests and Priestesses, whereas you are now anointed only to become
such. The realization of these blessings depends upon your faithfulness.

        You have had a Garment placed upon you, which you were informed
represents the garment given to Adam and Eve when they were found naked
in the garden of Eden, and which is called the "Garment of the Holy
Priesthood." This you were instructed to wear throughout your life. You
were informed that it will be a shield and a protection to you inasmuch
as you do not defile it, and if you are true and faithful to your
covenants.

        You have had a New Name given unto you, which you were told
never to divulge, nor forget. This New Name is a keyword which you will
be required to give at a certain place in the temple today.

        Your Endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the House
of the Lord, which are necessary for you, to enable you to walk back to
the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels,
being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and the tokens,
pertaining to the Holy Priesthood, and gain your eternal exaltation.

        If you proceed and receive your full endowment, you will be
required to take upon yourselves sacred obligations, the violation of
which will bring upon you the judgment of God; for God will not be
mocked. If any of you desire to withdraw rather than accept these
obligations of your own free will and choice, you may now make it known
by raising your hand.

        Brethren and sisters, as you sit here, you will hear the voices
of three persons who represent Elohim, Jehovah, and Michael. Elohim will
command Jehovah and Michael to go down and organize a world. The work of
the six creative periods will be represented. They will also organize
man in their own likeness and image, male and female.

(The lights are now turned down completely and the curtains at the front
of the endowment room are drawn open, revealing a wall onto which the
film is projected. The filmed presentation commences with the scene of
several asteroids drifting in black space amidst the stars. Women's and
then men's voices are heard singing, as if part of an angelic choir. As
the Gods speak their voices are sonorous and reverberating.)


                        THE CREATION--FIRST DAY

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, see: yonder is matter unorganized, go ye down
and organize it into a world like unto the other worlds we have hereunto
formed. Call your labors the First Day, and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done Elohim. Come Michael, let us go down.

MICHAEL: We will go down, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Michael, see: here is matter unorganized. We will organize it
into a world like unto other worlds we have heretofore formed. We will
call our labors the First Day, and return and report.

MICHAEL: We will return and report our labors of the First Day, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Elohim, we have done as thou hast commanded, and have called
our labors the First Day.

ELOHIM: It is well.


                               SECOND DAY

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, go down again. Gather the waters together and
cause the dry land to appear. The great waters call ye seas, and the dry
land call ye earth. Form mountains and hills, great rivers and small
streams, to beautify and give variety to the face of the earth. Call
your labors the Second Day, bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Come Michael, let us go down.

MICHAEL: We will go down, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Michael, we will gather the waters together and cause the dry
land to appear. The great waters we will call seas, and the dry land we
will call earth. We will form mountains and hills, great rivers and
small streams to beautify and give variety to the face of the earth. We
will call our labors the Second Day, and return and report.

MICHAEL: We will return and report our labors of the Second Day,
Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Elohim, we have done as thou hast commanded, and have called
our labors the Second Day.

ELOHIM: It is well.


                               THIRD DAY

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, return again to the earth that you have
organized. Divide the light from the darkness. Call the light "day," and
the darkness "night." Cause the lights on the firmament to appear; the
greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.
Cause the stars also to appear and give light to the earth, the same as
with other worlds heretofore created. Call your labors the Third Day,
and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Come Michael, let us return again to
the earth that we have organized.

MICHAEL: We will return, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Michael, we will divide the light from the darkness, and call
the light "day," and the darkness "night." We will cause the lights in
the firmament to appear, the greater to rule the day, and the lesser to
rule the night. We will cause the stars also to appear and give light to
the earth; the same as with other worlds heretofore created. We will
call our labors the Third Day, and return and report.

MICHAEL: We will return and report our labors of the Third Day, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Elohim, we have done as thou hast commanded, and have called
our labors the Third Day.

ELOHIM: It is well.


                               FOURTH DAY

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, return and place seeds of all kinds in the
earth that they may spring forth as grass, flowers, shrubbery, trees,
and all manner of vegetation; each bearing seed in itself after its own
kind. Call your labors the Fourth day, and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Come Michael, let us go down.

MICHAEL: We will go down, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Michael, we will place seeds of all kinds in the earth that
they may spring forth as grass, flowers, shrubbery, trees, and all
manner of vegetation. We will call our labors the Fourth Day, and return
and report.

MICHAEL: We will return and report our labors of the Fourth Day,
Jehovah.


                               FIFTH DAY

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, now that the earth is formed, divided and
beautified, and vegetation is growing thereon, return and place all
manner of life upon the earth. Command the beasts, the fowls, the
fishes, the insects, all creeping things, and other forms of animal life
to multiply in their respective elements, each after its kind, and every
kind of vegetation to multiply in its sphere, that every form of life
may fill the measure of its creation, and have joy therein. Call your
labors the Fifth Day, and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Come Michael, let us go down.

MICHAEL: We will go down, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Michael, now that the earth is formed, divided and beautified,
and vegetation is growing thereon, we will place beasts upon the land:
the elephant, the lion, the tiger, the bear, the horse, and all other
kinds of animals; fowls in the air in all their varieties, fishes of all
kinds, in the waters, and insects and all manner of animal life upon the
earth. We will command the beasts, the fowls, the fishes, the insects,
all creeping things, and other forms of animal life to multiply in their
respective elements, each after its kind, and every kind of vegetation
to multiply in its sphere, that every form of life may fill the measure
of its creation, and have joy therein. We will call our labors the Fifth
Day, and return and report.

MICHAEL: It is well, Jehovah. Now that the earth is formed with
vegetation growing thereon, and provided with all manner of life, it is
glorious and beautiful.

JEHOVAH: It is, Michael.

MICHAEL: Let us return and report our labors of the Fifth Day, Jehovah.

JEHOVAH: Elohim, we have done as thou hast commanded, and have called
our labors the Fifth Day.

ELOHIM: It is well.


                               SIXTH DAY

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, is man found upon the earth?

JEHOVAH : Man is not found on the earth, Elohim.

ELOHIM: Jehovah, Michael, the let us go down and form man in our own
likeness and in our own image, male and female, and put into them their
spirits, and let us give them dominion over all things on the face of
the earth. We will plant for them a garden, eastward in Eden, and place
them in it to tend and cultivate it, that they may be happy, and have
joy therein. We will command them to multiply and replenish the earth,
that they may have joy in their prosperity. We will place before them
the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and we will allow Lucifer, our
common enemy, whom we have thrust out to tempt them, and to try them,
that they may know by their own experience the good from the evil. If
they yield to temptation we will give unto them The Law of Sacrifice,
and we will provide a savior for them, as we counseled in the beginning,
that they may be brought forth by the power of the redemption and the
resurrection, and come again into our presence, and with us partake of
Eternal Life and exultation. We will call this the sixth day, and we
will rest from our labors for a season. Come, let us go down.

JEHOVAH: We will go down, Elohim.

(The film now shows a scene of a lush, tropical area.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, see the earth that we have formed. There is no man to
till and take care of it. We are here to form man in our own likeness
and in our own image.

JEHOVAH: We will do so, Elohim.

(The youthful body of Adam who appears to be sleeping, is shown from the
shoulders up.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, man is now organized, and we will put into him his
spirit, the breath of life, that he may become a living soul.

(Adam stirs, and begins to sit up.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, is it good for man to be alone?

JEHOVAH: It is not good for man to be alone, Elohim.

ELOHIM: We will cause a deep sleep to come upon this man whom we have
formed, and we will take from his side a rib from which we will form a
woman to be a companion and helpmeet for him.

(Adam lays his head upon the ground as he looses consciousness.)

NARRATOR: Brethren and sisters, this is Michael, who helped form the
earth. When he awakens from the sleep which Elohim and Jehovah have
caused to come upon him, he will be known as Adam, and having forgotten
all, will have become a little child. Brethren, close your eyes as if
you were asleep.

(All male patrons in the room close their eyes.)

ELOHIM: Adam, awake and arise.

(Adam obeys the command, and is shown with foliage in front of him which
conceals his body from view. The youthful Adam appears to be in good
physical condition, and is clean shaven.)

NARRATOR: All the brethren will please arise.

(The male patrons open their eyes and rise from their seats. An
attractive, youthful Eve enters the scene and stands beside Adam. They
are both shown from the shoulders up.)

ELOHIM: Adam, here is a woman whom we have formed and whom we give unto
you to be a companion and helpmeet for you. What will you call her?

ADAM: Eve.

(For the first time, the Gods, Elohim and Jehovah, are shown. They are
two bearded, luminescent, glorious personages, clothed in flowing white
robes. They appear standing in mid-air above and in front of Adam and
Eve, and are surrounded by a radiant aura of silvery-white light.)

ELOHIM: Why will you call her Eve?

ADAM: Because she is the mother of all living.

ELOHIM: That is right, Adam; because she is the mother of all living. We
have organized for you this earth, and have planted a garden, eastward
in Eden. We will place you in the garden and we will there command you
to multiply and replenish the earth, that you may have joy and rejoicing
in your posterity. Jehovah, introduce Adam and Eve into the garden which
we have prepared for them.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim.

NARRATOR: We now go with Adam and Eve into the garden. The brethren will
now be seated.

(Adam and Eve join hands, and are introduced into the garden as the male
patrons are seated. The scene changes to the garden.)

ELOHIM: Adam, Eve, we have created this earth, and have placed upon it
all kinds of vegetation and animal life. We have commanded all these to
multiply in their own sphere and element. We give you dominion over all
these things, and make you, Adam, Lord over the whole earth, and all
things on the face thereof. We now command you to multiply and replenish
the earth, that you may have joy and rejoicing in your posterity. We
have also planted for you this garden, wherein we have placed all manner
of fruits, flowers, and vegetation. Of every tree of the garden thou
mayest freely eat, but of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil thou
shalt not eat; nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is
given unto thee. But, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

        Remember these commandments which we have given unto you. Now,
go to, dress this garden, take good care of it, be happy and have joy
therein. We shall go away, but we shall visit you again and give you
further instructions.

(Adam and Eve surveys the garden, examining the plant and animal life.
Adam peers over a hedge of bushes and smiles as he watches a lion lazily
stretching on the ground. As Lucifer introduces himself in the following
scene, he stands in the shadows as he begins to speak and then steps
forward into the light. Lucifer wears black and gray clothing with a
cloak. He is also clean shaven.)

LUCIFER: Well, Adam, you have a new world here.

ADAM: A new world?

LUCIFER: Yes, a new world, patterned after the old one where you used to
live.

ADAM: I know nothing about any other world.

LUCIFER: Oh, I see, your eyes are not yet opened. You have forgotten
everything. You must eat some of the fruit of that tree.

(Lucifer plucks fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and
presents it to Adam.)

LUCIFER: Adam, here is some of the fruit of this tree. It will make you
wise.

ADAM: I will not partake of that fruit. Father told me that in the day I
should partake of it I should surely die.

LUCIFER: You shall not surely die but shall be as the Gods, knowing good
and evil.

ADAM: I will not partake of it.

LUCIFER: Oh you will not? Well, we shall see.

(Lucifer goes in search of Eve and hears a lamb bleating. He turns his
head and finds Eve carrying a small lamb.)

LUCIFER: Eve, here is some of the fruit of that tree. It will make you
wise. It is delicious to the taste and very desirable.

EVE: Who are you?

LUCIFER: I am your brother.

EVE: You, my brother, and come here to persuade me to disobey Father?

LUCIFER: I have said nothing about Father. I want you to eat of the
fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, that your eyes may be
opened, for that is the way Father gained his knowledge. You must eat of
this fruit so as to comprehend that everything has its opposite: good
and evil, virtue and vice, light and darkness, health and sickness,
pleasure and pain--thus your eyes will be opened and you will have
knowledge.

EVE: Is there no other way?

LUCIFER: There is no other way.

EVE: Then I will partake.

(Eve takes the fruit from Lucifer, and bites it. Lucifer approves and
places the other piece in her hand.)

LUCIFER: There, now go and get Adam to partake.

(Eve turns, and seeks Adam, fruit in hand. She finds him kneeling by a
brook dipping his hand into the water. Fish are seen swimming below the
surface, and white doves fly nearby. As Eve speaks to Adam, he stands
and smiles as he sees her.)

EVE: Adam, here is some of the fruit of that tree. It is delicious to
the taste and very desirable.

ADAM: Eve, do you know what fruit that is?

EVE: Yes, it is the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

ADAM: I cannot partake of it. Do you not know that Father commanded us
not to partake of the fruit of that tree?

EVE: Do you intend to obey all of Father's commandments?

ADAM: Yes, all of them.

EVE: Do you not remember that Father commanded us to multiply and
replenish the earth? I have partaken of this fruit and by so doing shall
be cast out, and you will be left a lone man in the garden of Eden.

ADAM: Eve, I see that this must be. I will partake that man may be.

(Adam takes a bite, and Lucifer walks to their side with a look of
approval.)

LUCIFER: That is right.

EVE: It is better for us to pass through sorrow that we may know the
good from the evil.

EVE: I know thee now. Thou art Lucifer, he who was cast out of Father's
presence for rebellion.

LUCIFER: Yes, you are beginning to see already.

ADAM: What is that apron you have on?

(Lucifer draws his cloak up to reveal a black apron.)

LUCIFER: It is an emblem of my power and Priesthoods.

ADAM: I am looking for Father to come down to give us further
instructions.

LUCIFER: Oh, you are looking for Father to come down, are you?

(The Gods' voices are suddenly heard in the garden.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, we promised Adam and Eve that we would visit them and
give them further instructions. Come, let us go down.

JEHOVAH: We will go down, Elohim.

ADAM: I hear their voices, they are coming.

LUCIFER: See, you are naked. Take some fig leaves and make you aprons.
Father will see your nakedness. Quick! Hide!

ADAM: Come, let us hide.

NARRATOR: Brethren and sisters, put on your aprons.

(The film pauses temporarily and the lights are turned up while the
patrons remove their fig-leave aprons from the bundles. All patrons tie
the aprons on around their waists. The lights are again turned down and
the film resumes. The camera pans down and presents the Gods'
perspective as they descend. Adam hides behind foliage.)

ELOHIM: Adam ... Adam! ... Adam!! Where art thou?

ADAM: I heard thy voice and hid myself, because I was naked.

ELOHIM: Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou partaken of the
fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, of which we commanded
thee not to partake?

ADAM: The woman thou gavest me, and commanded that she should remain
with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree, and I did eat.

ELOHIM: Eve, what is this that thou hast done?

EVE: The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

ELOHIM: Lucifer, what hast thou been doing here?

LUCIFER: I have been doing that which has been done in other worlds.

ELOHIM: What is that?

LUCIFER: I have been giving some of the fruit of the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil to them.

ELOHIM: Lucifer, because thou hast done this, thou shalt be cursed above
all the beasts of the field. Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust thou
shalt eat all the days of thy life.

(As Lucifer speaks he becomes angry and a storm begins to well up and
the winds blow.)

LUCIFER: If thou cursest me for doing the same thing which has been done
in other worlds, I will take the spirits that follow me, and they shall
possess the bodies thou createst for Adam and Eve!

ELOHIM: I will place enmity between thee and the seed of the woman. Thou
mayest have power to bruise his heal, but he shall have power to crush
thy head.

LUCIFER: Then with that enmity I will take the treasure of the earth,
and with gold and silver I will buy up armies and navies, false priests
who oppress, and tyrants who destroy, and reign with blood and horror on
the earth!

ELOHIM: Depart!

(Thunder cracks and the storm ceases as Lucifer looks defiantly at
Elohim; he then turns and walks away.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, let cherubim and a flaming sword be placed to guard the
way of the Tree of Life, lest Adam and Eve put forth their hands, and
partake of the fruit thereof, and live forever in their sins.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim.

(Jehovah commands, and light is shown shining through the tree.)

JEHOVAH: Let cherubim and a flaming sword be placed to guard the way of
the Tree of Life, lest Adam and Eve put forth their hands and partake of
the fruit thereof, and live forever in their sins. It is done, Elohim.

ELOHIM: Adam, because thou hast partaken of the forbidden fruit, the
earth shall be cursed for thy sake. Instead of producing fruits and
flowers spontaneously, it shall bring forth thorns, thistles, briars,
and noxious weeds to afflict and torment man. Any by the sweat of thy
face shalt thou eat thy bread all the days of thy life, for dust thou
art, and unto dust shalt thou return.


                          THE LAW OF OBEDIENCE

ELOHIM: Inasmuch as Eve was the first to eat of the forbidden fruit, if
she will covenant that from this time forth she will obey the Law of the
Lord, and will hearken unto your counsel as you hearken unto mine, and
if you will covenant that from this time forth you will obey the Law of
Elohim, we will give unto you the Law of Obedience and Sacrifice, and we
will provide a Savior for you, whereby you may come back into our
presence, and with us partake of Eternal Life and exaltation.

EVE: Adam, I now covenant to obey the Law of the Lord, and to hearken to
your counsel as you hearken unto Father.

ADAM: Elohim, I now covenant with thee that from this time forth I will
obey thy law and keep thy commandments.

ELOHIM: It is well. Jehovah, inasmuch as Adam and Eve have discovered
their nakedness, make coats of skins as a covering for them.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim.

(At this point the film pauses and the lights come on.)

NARRATOR: Brethren and sisters the garment that was placed upon you in
the washing room is to cover your nakedness and represents the coat of
skins spoken of. The officiator will represent Elohim at the Altar. A
couple will now come to the altar.

(A pre-selected "Witness Couple" now come forward and kneel at the
altar, resting their hands upon it as they face the Officiator. The
Officiator pantomimes all movements and gestures as a model for the
patrons to follow when directed.)

NARRATOR: Brethren and sisters, this couple represents all of you as if
at the altar. You must consider yourselves as if you were respectively
Adam and Eve.

ELOHIM: We will put each sister under covenant to obey the Law of the
Lord, and to hearken to the counsel of her husband, as her husband
hearkens unto the counsel of the Father. Sisters, arise.

(Female patrons stand as instructed.)

ELOHIM: Each of you bring your right arm to the square. You and each of
you solemnly covenant and promise before God, angels, and these
witnesses at this altar that you will each observe and keep the law of
the Lord, and hearken to the counsel of your husband as he hearkens to
the counsel of the Father. Each of you bow your head and say "Yes."

WOMEN: Yes.

ELOHIM: That will do.

(The female patrons now resume their seats.)

ELOHIM: Brethren, Arise.

(Male patrons stand as instructed.)

ELOHIM: Each of you bring your right arm to the square. Each of you
solemnly covenant and promise before God, angles, and these witnesses at
this altar that you will obey the law of God, and keep his commandants.
Each of you will bow your head and say "yes."

Men: Yes.

Elohim: That will do.

(Male patrons resume their seats.)


                          THE LAW OF SACRIFICE

ELOHIM: Brethren and sisters, we will now put you under covenant to obey
and keep the Law of Sacrifice, as contained in the Holy Scriptures. This
Law of Sacrifice was given to Adam in the garden of Eden, who, when he
was driven out of the garden, built an altar on which he offered
sacrifices; and after many days, an angel of the Lord appeared unto
Adam, saying: "Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord?" Adam said:
"I know not, save the Lord commanded me." And then the angel spake
saying: "This is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of
the Father, who is full of grace and truth. Wherefore, thou shalt do all
that thou dost in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent, and call
upon God in the name of the Son forevermore."

        The posterity of Adam down to Moses, and from Moses to Jesus
Christ offered up the first fruits of the field, and the firstlings of
the flock, which continued until the death of Jesus Christ, which ended
sacrifice by the shedding of blood. And as Jesus Christ has laid down
his life for the redemption of mankind, so we should covenant to
sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if necessary, in
sustaining and defending the Kingdom of God.

        All arise. Each of you bring your right arm to the square. You
and each of you solemnly covenant and promise before God, angels, and
these witnesses at this altar that you will observe and keep the Law of
Sacrifice, as contained in the Holy Scriptures, as it has been explained
to you. Each of you bow your head and say "yes."

PATRONS: Yes.

ELOHIM: That will do.

(patrons resume their seats.)

               THE FIRST TOKEN OF THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD

ELOHIM: We will now give unto you the First Token of the Aaronic
Priesthood with its accompanying name and sign. Before doing this we
desire to impress upon your minds the sacred character of the First
Token of the Aaronic Priesthood, with its name and sign, as well as that
of all the other tokens of the Holy Priesthood, with their names and
signs, which you will receive in the temple this day. They are most
sacred, and are guarded by solemn covenants and obligations made in the
presence of God, angels and these witnesses to hold them sacred and
under no condition will you ever divulge them, except at a certain place
in the temple that will be shown you.

        The First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood is given by clasping
the right hands and placing the joint of the thumb directly over the
first knuckle of the hand, in this manner.

(The Officiator, representing Elohim, takes the right hand of the male
witness, who represents Adam at the altar, and demonstrates the token.
The male witness, who remains kneeling, is obliged to raise his hand
above his head while receiving the grip, thus enabling the patrons to
view the manner in which the token is to be given.)

ELOHIM: Adam, we give unto you the First Token of the Aaronic
Priesthood. We desire all to receive it. All arise.

(As the patrons stand, the Witness Couple returns to their seats. The
Officiator and several other temple workers circulate around the room
and administer the token to the patrons as they stand at their seats.
Male workers attend to the male patrons, female workers to the females.
The Witness couple also receives the token at this time. Each patron
sits after receiving the token.)

ELOHIM: If any of you have not received this token, you will please
raise your hand.

        The name of this token is the New Name that you received in the
temple today. If any of you have forgotten the New Name, please stand.

        The sign is made by bringing the right arm to the square, the
palm of the hand to the front, the fingers close together, and the thumb
extended. This is the sign.

(The Officiator, again at the altar, demonstrates the sign as the
description is given.)

ELOHIM: I will now explain the covenant and obligation which are
associated with this token, its name and sign which you will be required
to take upon yourselves. If I were receiving my own Endowment today, and
had been given the name of "John" as my New Name, I would repeat in my
mind these words, after making the sign:

        I, John, covenant before God, angels and these witnesses, that I
will never reveal the First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood, with its
accompanying name and sign.

(The Officiator demonstrates the sign and drops his hands after the
words of the covenant are completed.)

ELOHIM: All arise.

(All patrons stand.)

ELOHIM: Each of you make the sign of the First Token of the Aaronic
Priesthood, by bringing your right arm to the square, the palm of the
hand to the front, the fingers together, and the thumb extended. This is
the sign. Now, repeat in your mind after me the words of the covenant.

        I ________, think of the new name, covenant before God, angels,
and these witnesses, that I will never reveal the First Token of the
Aaronic Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign.

        That will do. (Patrons sit down.)

(As the lights are turned down the film presentation continues. Adam and
Eve, both clad in animal skins, are shown hurriedly exiting the garden
of Eden amidst a storm. Various animals scamper about on the ground. The
lone and dreary world reveals animals in their natural habitats, and in
a carnivorous state.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, see that Adam and Eve are driven out of this beautiful
garden into the lone and dreary world, where they may learn from their
own experience to distinguish good from evil.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim.


            THE LONE AND DREARY WORLD: THE TELESTIAL KINGDOM

(The scene changes to a view of Adam and Eve kneeling across from one
another at an altar. The altar is made from a pile of stones with two
large, flat stones making the top. Adam raises his hands above his head
as he prays.)

NARRATOR: We go now with Adam and Eve into the lone and dreary world.
Brethren and sisters, this represents the Telestial Kingdom, or the
world in which we now live. Adam, on finding himself in the lone and
dreary world, built an altar and offered prayer, and these are the words
he uttered:

ADAM: Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.

(As Adam prays, Lucifer approaches from behind out of the shadows.)

LUCIFER: I hear you; what is it you want?

(Although Adam has already encountered Lucifer in the Garden of Eden, he
fails to recognize him at this appearance.)

ADAM: Who are you?

LUCIFER: I am the God of this world.

ADAM: You, the God of this world?

LUCIFER: Yes, what do you want?

ADAM: I am looking for messengers.

LUCIFER: Oh, you want someone to preach to you. You want religion, do
you? There will be many willing to preach to you the philosophies of
men, mingled with scripture.

ADAM: But I am looking for messengers from my Father.

(Adam and Eve turn, and walk past Lucifer, who follows behind. The scene
changes to a view of the Celestial Kingdom, where Elohim and Jehovah
stand, conversing amid tall white pillars. They are radiant as before,
and their voices resonate as they speak.)

ELOHIM: Jehovah, send down Peter, James and John to visit the man Adam
in the Telestial World, without disclosing their identity. Have them
observe conditions generally, see if Satan is there, and learn whether
Adam has been true to the token and sign given him in the garden of
Eden. Have them then return and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim.

(Jehovah turns from Elohim and walks between two pillars to the edge of
the platform where meets Peter, James and John, who await His command.
They are dressed as the Jews were at the time of Christ.)

JEHOVAH: Peter, James and John, go down and visit the man Adam in the
Telestial World, without disclosing your identity. Observe conditions
there, and learn whether Adam has been true to the token and sign given
to him in the garden of Eden. Then return and bring us word.

PETER: It shall be done, Jehovah. Come James and John, let us go down.

(The three turn and leave, and the scene turns to the lone and dreary
world. Adam and Eve are shown walking through a forested area with
Lucifer following them. Peter, followed by James and John approach Adam,
Eve, and Lucifer.)

PETER: Good morning.

LUCIFER: Good morning gentlemen.

PETER: What are you doing here?

LUCIFER: Observing the teachings of these people.

PETER: What is being taught?

LUCIFER: The philosophies of men, mingled with scripture.

PETER: How is this teaching received?

LUCIFER: Very well! Except this man does not seem to believe what is
being taught.

(Peter approaches Adam and shakes his hand.)

PETER: Good morning. What do you think of this teaching?

ADAM: I am looking for messengers from my Father to teach me.

PETER: That is good.

PETER: Have you any tokens or signs?

(Lucifer steps up to Peter and interjects his query.)

LUCIFER: Have you any money?

PETER: We have sufficient for our needs.

LUCIFER: You can buy anything in this world for money.

PETER: Do you sell your tokens or signs for money? You have them, I
presume.

ADAM: I have them, but I do not sell them for money. I hold them sacred.
I am looking for the further light and knowledge Father promised to send
me.

PETER: That is right. We commend you for your integrity. Good day. We
shall probably visit you again.

(Peter, James and John exit; Lucifer steps aside, and boasts aloud.)

LUCIFER: Now is the great day of my power. I reign from the rivers to
the ends of the earth. There is none who dares to molest, or make
afraid.

(The scene changes to the Celestial Kingdom. Peter, James, and John
approach Jehovah with their report.)

PETER: Jehovah, we have visited the man Adam in the Telestial World as
thou didst command us. We found Satan there, striving to lead the
posterity of Adam astray. But Adam has been true and faithful to the
token and sign given him in the garden of Eden, and is waiting for the
further light and knowledge you promised to send him. This is our
report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, Peter, James and John (Jehovah turns and approaches
Elohim.) Elohim--Peter, James and John have been down to the man Adam in
the Telestial World. They found Satan there, striving to lead the
posterity of Adam astray with all manner of false doctrine. But Adam has
been true and faithful to the token and sign given him in the garden of
Eden, and he is waiting for the further light and knowledge you promised
to send him. This is their report.

ELOHIM: It is well. Jehovah, instruct Peter, James and John to go down
in their true character as Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, to Adam
and Eve and their posterity in the Telestial World, and to cast Satan
out of their midst.  Instruct them to give unto Adam and Eve and their
posterity, the Law of the Gospel as contained in the Holy Scriptures;
also give unto them a charge to avoid all lightmindedness, loud
laughter, evil speaking of the Lord's anointed, the taking of the name
of God in vain, and every other unholy and impure practice; and cause
these to be received by covenant. Instruct Peter, James, and John
further to clothe Adam and Eve and their posterity in the Robes of the
Holy Priesthood, with the robe on the left shoulder, and to give unto
them the Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood, with its accompanying
name and sign. Then have them return and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. (Jehovah turns, and approaches Peter,
James and John.) Peter, James and John, go down in your true character
as Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ to Adam and Eve and their posterity
in the Telestial World. Cast Satan out of their midst. Give unto them
the Law of the Gospel as contained in the Holy Scriptures; also a charge
to avoid all lightmindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of the Lord's
anointed, the taking of the name of God in vain, and every other unholy
and impure practice. Cause them to receive those by covenant. Clothe
them in the Robes of the Holy Priesthood, with the robe on the left
shoulder, and give unto them the Second Token of the Aaronic priesthood,
with its accompanying name and sign. Then return and bring us word.

PETER: It shall be done, Jehovah. Come James and John, let us go down.

(The scene changes again to the lone and dreary world. The three
Apostles boldly approach Lucifer.)

PETER: I am Peter.

JAMES: I am James.

JOHN: I am John.

LUCIFER: Yes, I thought I knew you. What are you going to do now?

PETER: We will dismiss you without further argument.

LUCIFER: Aah! You have looked over my kingdom, and my greatness and
glory. Now you want to take possession of the whole of it. (Lucifer
turns, and stares into the camera). I have a word to say concerning
these people. If they do not walk up to every covenant they make at
these altars in this temple this day, they will be in my power!

PETER: Satan, we command you to depart!

LUCIFER: By what authority?

PETER: (With his right arm raised to the square.) In the name of Jesus
Christ, our Master. (Lucifer is visibly shaken as he turns and steps
into a dark crevice. Peter waits until he has left, and then approaches
Adam.) Adam, we are true messengers from the Father, and have come to
give you the further light and knowledge He promised to send you.

ADAM: How shall I know that you are true messengers?

PETER: By our giving unto you the token and sign you received in the
garden of Eden.

ADAM: (grasping Peter by the right hand.) What is that?

PETER: The First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood.

ADAM: Has it a name?

PETER: It has.

ADAM: Will you give it to me?

PETER: I cannot, for it is the New Name, and I have made a covenant not
to disclose it, but this is the sign (Peter raises his right arm to
square.)

ADAM: Now I know that you are true messengers sent down from Father.
(Adam turns and looks into the camera, addressing the patrons, while Eve
stands smiling at his side). These are true messengers, I exhort you to
give strict heed to their counsel and teaching, and they will lead you
in the way of life and salvation.

(At this point the film presentation is concluded. The remainder of the
Endowment is conducted from an audio recording.)

NARRATOR: The Officiator will represent Peter at the Altar.

                         THE LAW OF THE GOSPEL

PETER: A couple will now come to the altar. (Witness couple comes to
altar as before.) Brethren and sisters, this couple at the altar
represents all of you as if at the altar, and you will be under the same
obligations as they will be. We are required to give unto you the Law of
the Gospel as contained in the Holy Scriptures; to give unto you also a
charge to avoid all light mindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of
the Lord's anointed, the taking of the name of God in vain, and every
other unholy and impure practice, and to cause you to receive these by
covenant.

        All arise. (All patrons stand.) Each of you bring your right arm
to the square. (this is done.)

        Each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these
witnesses, that you will observe and keep the Law of the Gospel and this
charge as it has been explained to you. Each of you bow your heads and
say "yes."

PATRONS: Yes.

PETER: That will do. (All patrons sit down.)


                    THE ROBES OF THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD

PETER: We are instructed to clothe you in the Robes of the Holy
Priesthood. Place the robe on your left shoulder. Place the cap on your
head with the bow over the right ear, replace the apron, tie the girdle
with the bow on the right side, remove the slippers from your feet, and
put them on again as part of the temple clothing. You may now proceed to
clothe.

(Patrons open their clothing envelopes dress as instructed.)


                 SECOND TOKEN OF THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD

PETER: A couple will now come to the altar. (The witness couple kneels
at the altar as before.) With the robe on the left shoulder, you are
prepared to officiate in the ordinances of the Aaronic Priesthood. We
will now give unto you the Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood with
its accompanying name and sign. This Token is given by clasping the
right hands and placing the joint of the thumb between the first and
second knuckles of the hand, in this manner.

(The Officiator and the male witness joins hands in the token, and
slightly raise their hands to demonstrate it to the patrons.)

PETER: We desire all to receive it. All arise.

(As the Patrons stand, the witness couple returns to their seats, and
various temple workers circulate about the room administering this token
as they did the former.)

PETER: If any of you have not received this token, please raise your
hand. The name of this token is your own first given name if you are
going through the temple for your own Endowment, or, if you are going
through for the dead, it is the first given name of the person for whom
you are officiating.

        The sign is made by bringing the right hand in front of you,
with the hand in cupping shape, the right arm forming a square, and the
left arm being raised to the square. This is the sign. (The officiator
demonstrates the sign.) I will now explain the covenant and obligation
which are associated with this token, its name and sign, which you will
be required to take upon yourselves.

        If I were receiving my own endowment today, and if my first
given name were "David," I would repeat in my mind those words, after
making the sign:

        I, David, solemnly covenant before God, angels and these
witnesses, that I will never reveal the Second Token of the Aaronic
Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign.

        All arise. (All Patrons stand.) Each of you make the sign of the
Second Token of the Aaronic priesthood by bringing the right hand in
front of you, with the hand in cupping shape, the right arm forming a
square, and the left arm being raised to the square. This is the sign.

        Now, repeat in your mind after me the words of the covenant:

        I _________, think of the first given name, solemnly covenant
before God, angels, and these witnesses, that I will never reveal the
Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood, with its accompanying name and
sign. That will do. (Patrons drop their hands by their sides.)

(All patrons sit down.)

PETER: Jehovah, we have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in
the Telestial World, and have cast Satan out of their midst. We have
given unto them the Law of the Gospel as contained in the Holy
Scriptures; also a charge to avoid all lightmindedness, loud laughter,
evil speaking of the Lord's anointed, the taking of the name of God in
vain, and every other unholy and impure practice, and have caused them
to receive these by covenant. We have also clothed them in the Robes of
the Holy Priesthood and have given unto them the Second Token of the
Aaronic Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign. This is our
report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, Peter, James and John. Elohim--Peter, James, and
John have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the Telestial
World, have cast Satan out of their midst, and have done all else that
they were commanded to do.

ELOHIM: It is well. Jehovah, send down Peter, James, and John again to
the Telestial World. Have Adam and Eve and their posterity to change
their robes to their right shoulder, preparatory to officiating in the
ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood; and introduce them into the
Terrestrial World. Instruct Peter, James, and John further, to give unto
them the Law of Chastity, and put them under covenant to obey this law,
which is, that the daughters of Eve, and the sons of Adam shall have no
sexual relations except with their husbands or wives to whom they are
legally and lawfully wedded. Give unto them the First Token of the
Melchizedek Priesthood, or the Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying
name and sign. Have them return, and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Peter, James, and John, go down again
to the Telestial World; instruct Adam and Eve and their posterity to
change their robes to their right shoulder, preparatory to officiating
in the ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood; and introduce them into
the Terrestrial World. Give to them the Law of Chastity, and put them
under covenant to obey this law, which is, that the daughters of Eve,
and the sons of Adam shall have no sexual relations except with their
husbands or wives to whom they are legally and lawfully wedded. Give
unto them the First Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, or the Sign of
the Nail, with its accompanying name and sign; and return and bring us
word.

PETER: It shall be done, Jehovah. Come James and John, let us go down.
We are instructed to have you remove the robe and change it to the right
shoulder, preparatory to officiating in the ordinances of the
Melchizedek Priesthood; and introduce you into the Terrestrial World.
You may now remove the robe.

(The patrons stand, and remove their robes, replacing them on their
right shoulders. The male Patrons now turn their cap, so that the bow is
now placed over the left ear, and the girdle is tied over the apron at
the left hip. The patrons then sit.)


                         THE TERRESTRIAL WORLD

NARRATOR: We now enter the Terrestrial World. (Additional lights are
switched on.)


                          THE LAW OF CHASTITY

PETER: A couple will now come to the altar. (Witness Couple comes as
before.) We are instructed to give unto you the law of Chastity; which
is, that each of you shall have no sexual relations except with your
husband or wife to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded.

        All please arise. (All patrons stand up.) Each of you bring your
right arm to the square. You and each of you covenant and promise before
God, angels, and these witnesses that you will observe and keep the Law
of Chastity, as it has been explained to you. Each of you bow your head
and say "yes."

PATRONS: Yes.

PETER: That will Do. (All patrons sit down.)


               FIRST TOKEN OF THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD
                          OR SIGN OF THE NAIL

PETER: We will now give unto you the First Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, or the Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name and
sign. This token is received by bringing the right hand into this
position: the hand vertical, the fingers close together, and the thumb
extended; and the person giving the token placing the tip of the
forefinger of his right hand in the center of the palm, and the thumb
opposite on the back of the hand of the one receiving it, in this
manner. We desire all to receive it. All arise.

(After Officiator and male witness demonstrate token at the altar,
temple workers circulate around room to administer this token to the
patrons.)

PETER: If any of you have not received this token, you will please raise
your hand. The name of this token is "the Son", meaning the Son of God.

        The sign is made by bringing the left hand in front of you with
the hand in cupping shape, the left arm forming a square; the right hand
is also brought forward, the palm down, the fingers close together with
the thumb extended. (The Officiator makes the sign.) This is the sign.

        I will now explain the covenant and obligation which are
associated with this token, its name and sign and which you will be
required to take upon yourselves. If I were receiving the Endowment
today, either for myself or for the dead, I would repeat in my mind
these words, after making the sign:

        I solemnly covenant before God, angels, and these witnesses, in
the name of the Son that I will never reveal the First Token of the
Melchizedek Priesthood or Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name
and sign.

        All arise (All patrons stand.) Each of you make the sign of the
First Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood or Sign of the Nail by
bringing the left hand in front of you with the hand in cupping shape,
the left arm forming a square; the right hand is also brought forward,
the palm down, the fingers close together with the thumb extended. This
is the sign.

        Now repeat in your mind after me the words of the covenant.

        I solemnly covenant before God, angels, and these witnesses, in
the name of the Son that I will never reveal the First Token of the
Melchizedek Priesthood or Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name
and sign.

(The Patrons drop their hands at their sides.)

        That will do. (all patrons sit down.)

PETER: Jehovah, we have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity,
have placed the robe on the right shoulder and have introduced them into
the Terrestrial World. We have put them under covenant to observe and
keep the Law of Chastity. We have also given them the First Token of the
Melchizidek Priesthood or Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name
and sign. This is our report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, Peter, James, and John. Elohim--Peter, James, and
John have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity, and have done
all that they were commanded to do.

ELOHIM: It is well. Jehovah, send down Peter, James and John and
instruct them to give to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the
Terrestrial world the Law of Consecration in connection with the law of
the Gospel and the Law of Sacrifice, and to cause them to receive it by
covenant; to give unto them the Second Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail, with its
accompanying sign, and to teach them the Order of Prayer and prepare them
in all things to receive further instructions at the Veil. Then have
them report at the Veil.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Peter, James, and John, go down to
Adam and Eve and their posterity in the Terrestrial World, and give unto
them the Law of Consecration, in connection with the Law of the Gospel
and the Law of Sacrifice, and cause them to receive it by covenant. Give
unto them the Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the
Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying sign.
Teach them the Order of Prayer and prepare them in all things to receive
further instructions at the Veil. Then report at the Veil.

PETER: It shall be done, Jehovah. Come, James and John, let us go down.


                        THE LAW OF CONSECRATION.

PETER: A couple will now come to the altar (The Witness couple comes
forward, and kneels at the altar as before.) We are instructed to give
unto you the Law of Consecration as contained in the book of Doctrine
and Covenants (The Officiator picks up a copy of the Doctrine and
Covenants from the altar, and holds it up in view of all patrons.), in
connection with the Law of the Gospel and the Law of Sacrifice which you
have already received. It is that you do consecrate yourselves, your
time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or
with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for
the establishment of Zion.

        All arise. (All patrons stand.) Each of you bring your right arm
to the square.

        You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and
these witnesses at this altar, that you do accept the Law of
Consecration as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants, in that you do
consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the
Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of
God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.

        Each of you bow your head and say "yes."

PATRONS: Yes.

PETER: That will do. (all patrons sit down.)


              SECOND TOKEN OF THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD,
             THE PATRIARCHAL GRIP, OR SURE SIGN OF THE NAIL

PETER: We will now give unto you the Second Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail, with its
accompanying sign.

        This token has reference to the crucifixion of the Savior. When
he was placed upon the cross, the crucifiers drove nails through the
palms of his hands, then fearing that the weight of his body would cause
the nails to tear through the flesh of the hands, they drove nails
through his wrists. Hence, in the palm is the Sign of the Nail, and in
the wrist is the Sure Sign of the Nail, or the Nail in the Sure place.

        This token is given by clasping the right hands, interlocking
the little fingers, and placing the tip of the forefinger upon the
center of the wrist, in this manner (The Officiator demonstrates this
token with male witness.). We desire all to receive it. All arise.

(As the witness couple returns to their seats various temple workers
administer the token as before, and each patron sits after receiving
it.)

        If any of you have not received this token, you will please
raise your hand.

        This token has a name and a sign. You will be under the same
sacred obligation in connection with this token and sign as you are with
the other tokens and signs of the Holy Priesthood which you have
received in the temple this day. The name of this token will not be
given to you at this stage in the Endowment, but it will be given later
on.

        The sign is made by raising both hands high above the head (The
officiator demonstrates), and while lowering the hands repeating aloud
the words: "Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!" repeated three times.

PETER: When Adam was driven out of the Garden of Eden, he built an altar
and offered prayer, and these are the words that he uttered: "Oh God,
Hear the words of my mouth!", repeated three times.

        All arise. (All patrons stand.) Each of you make the sign of the
Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or
Sure Sign of the Nail, by raising both hands high above the head, and
while lowering the hands repeating three times the words:

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!

(As the patrons make the sign they repeat words with the recording as
described before.)

PETER: That will do. (all patrons sit down.) With the robe on the right
shoulder you are prepared to be taught the True Order of Prayer; and to
be introduced at the Veil.

                           THE PRAYER CIRCLE
                      AND THE TRUE ORDER OF PRAYER

PETER: A few of you, including couples, will please come forward and
form a circle around the altar.

(The audio recording stops and the Officiator says in his own words a
statement to the following effect.)

OFFICIATOR: We would like to invite the witness couple to take their
place at the head of the altar, and an equal number of brothers and
sisters to join us in the circle. Any receiving their own personal
Endowment, and any who are about to be married are especially invited to
join us in the Prayer Circle at this time.

(The tape recording again resumes.)

NARRATOR: Only the best of feelings should exist in the Circle. If any
of you have unkind feelings toward any member of this circle, you are
invited to withdraw so that the Spirit of the Lord may be unrestrained.

        In the Circle we make the signs of all the tokens of the Holy
Priesthood.

(Patrons make each sign as they are mentioned by the Narrator.)

        We will begin by making the Sign of the First Token of the
Aaronic Priesthood. This is done by bringing the right arm to the
square, the palm of the hand to the front, the fingers close together,
and the thumb extended. This is the sign. The name of this token is the
New Name received in the temple today.

        We will now make the Sign of the Second Token of the Aaronic
Priesthood. This sign is done by bringing the right hand in front of you
with the hand in cupping shape, the right hand forming a square, and the
left arm being raised to the square. This is the sign. The name of this
token is your first given name if you are going through the temple for
your own Endowment, or if you are going through for the dead, it is the
first given name of the person for whom you are officiating.

        We will now make the sign of the First Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood or Sign of the Nail. This is done by bringing the left hand
in front of you with the hand in cupping shape, the left arm forming a
square. The right hand is also brought forward, the palm down, the
fingers close together with the thumb extended. This is the sign. The
name of this Token is "the Son", meaning the Son of God.

        We will now make the Sign of the Second Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail. This is done
by raising both hands high above the head, and while lowering the hands
repeating three times the words:

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!

        Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!

(The Officiator now holds a small white cloth pouch in view of the
patrons, and sets it upon the altar.)

        We have here a list of names of persons who are sick, or
otherwise afflicted, who we are requested to remember in our prayer. We
will place this list upon the altar, and request the faith of those
present in behalf of these persons.

        The sisters in the room will please veil their faces. Each
brother in the circle will take the sister at his left, by the right
hand in the Patriarchal Grip. Each of you bring your left arm to the
square, and rest it upon the shoulder or arm of the person at your left.
Those in the Circle will repeat the words of the prayer.

OFFICIATOR (the officiator kneels at the altar, and makes the sign of
the Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood by bringing his right hand
forward, with the hand in cupping shape, resting it upon the altar. His
left arm is raised to the square. The prayer is spoken by the
Officiator, who decides its form and content. He speaks a few sentences
at a time, which are repeated in unison by the patrons in the circle.
After the prayer, the patrons in the circle release the grip, the
Officiator rises, and the audio tape resumes.)

PETER: The sisters will unveil their faces, and the brethren and sisters
in the circle will return to their seats. (All patrons sit.) We will now
uncover the Veil.


                        THE VEIL OF THE TEMPLE:
                   ENTRANCE TO THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM

(The curtain at the front of the endowment room is now drawn aside to
reveal the Veil. Several segments can be seen by the patrons, and the
Officiator approaches one of them with a pointer in his hand and
prepares to draw attention to the marks on the veil as they are
explained.)

PETER: Brethren and sisters, this is the Veil of the temple. I will now
explain the marks on the Veil. These four marks are the marks of the
Holy Priesthood, and corresponding marks are found in your individual
garment.

        On the right is the mark of the square. It is placed in the
Garment over the right breast, suggesting to the mind exactness and
honor in keeping the covenants entered into this day.

        On the left is the mark of the compass. It is placed in the
Garment over the left breast, suggesting to the mind an undeviating
course leading to Eternal Life, a constant reminder that desires,
appetites and passions are to be kept within the bounds the Lord has
set, and that all truth may be circumscribed unto one great whole.

        This is the navel mark. It is placed in the Garment over the
navel, suggesting to the mind the need of constant nourishment to the
body and spirit.

        This is the knee mark. It is placed in the right leg of the
garment, so as to be over the knee cap, suggesting that every knee shall
bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Christ.

        These other three marks are for convenience in working at the
Veil. Through this one, the person representing the Lord puts forth his
right hand, to test our knowledge of the tokens of the Holy Priesthood.
Through the one on our right, he asks us certain questions, through the
one on the left, we give our answers.

(As the Officiator, who now represents Peter, steps to the front of the
Veil another male worker stand behind it to represent the Lord. A mallet
hangs on the metal frame which supports the Veil.)

PETER: As all of you will have to pass through the Veil, we will show
you how this is to be done. The person is brought to this point, and the
worker gives three distinct taps with the mallet. (The officiator raps
the mallets three times.) Whereupon, the Lord parts the Veil, and asks:

LORD: What is wanted?

PETER: Adam, having been true and faithful in all things, desires
further light and knowledge, by conversing with the Lord, through the
Veil.

LORD: Present him at the Veil, and his request shall be granted.

PETER: The person is the brought to this point, whereupon the Lord puts
forth his right hand, gives the First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood,
and asks:

LORD: What is that?

PETER: The First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood.

LORD: Has it a name?

PETER: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PETER: I will, through the Veil.

PETER: The person then gives, through the Veil, the name of this token,
which is the New name received in the temple today. The Lord then gives
the Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood, and asks:

LORD: What is that?

PETER: The Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood.

LORD: Has it a name?

PETER: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PETER: I will, through the Veil.

PETER: The person then gives the name of this token, which is his first
given name, if he is going through the temple for his own Endowment, or
if he is going through for the dead, it is the first given name of the
person for whom he is officiating. The Lord then gives the First Token
of the Melchizedek Priesthood, or Sign of the Nail, and asks:

LORD: What is that?

PETER: The First Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, or Sign of the
Nail.

LORD: Has it a name?

PETER: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PETER: I will, through the Veil.

PETER: The person then gives the name of this token, which is "the Son,"
meaning, the Son of God. The Lord then gives the Second Token of the
Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail,
and asks:

LORD: What is that?

PETER: The Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal
Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail.

LORD: Has it a name?

PETER: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PETER: I cannot. I have not yet received it. For this purpose I have
come to converse with the Lord through the Veil.

LORD: You shall receive it through the Veil.

PETER: It is received as left arms are placed upon right shoulders
through the Veil.

(The Officiator places his left arm through the mark of the compass and
rests his hand on the right shoulder of the Lord, as the Lord places His
left arm through the mark of the square and rests his hand on the right
shoulder of the Officiator. The right hands remain clasped in the
Patriarchal Grip.)

PETER: The Lord then gives the name of this token, and asks:

LORD: What is that?

PETER: The Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal
Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail.

LORD: Has it a name?

PETER: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PETER: I will, through the Veil.

PETER: The person then repeats back to the Lord the name of this token,
as he receives it, whereupon the Lord says:

LORD: That is correct.

PETER: The person is again brought to this point, and the worker gives
three distinct taps with the mallet. The Lord parts the Veil and asks:

LORD: What is wanted?

PETER: Adam, having conversed with the Lord through the Veil, desires
now to enter his presence.

PETER: The Lord puts forth his right hand, takes the person by the right
hand, and says:

LORD: Let him enter.

PETER: He is admitted into the presence of the Lord. We will now report.
Jehovah, we have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the
Terrestrial World, and have given unto them the Law of Consecration, and
have caused them to receive it by covenant. We have given unto them the
Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or
Sure Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying sign, and have taught them
the Order of Prayer. They are now ready to converse with the Lord
through the Veil. This is our report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, Peter, James, and John. Elohim--Peter James and
John have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the
Terrestrial World, and have done all that they were commanded to do.

ELOHIM: It is well. Jehovah, instruct Peter, James, and John to
introduce Adam and Eve and their posterity at the Veil, where we will
give unto them the name of the Second Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail, preparatory
to their entering into our presence.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Peter, James, and John, you will
introduce Adam and Eve and their posterity at the Veil, where we will
give unto them the name of the Second Token of the Melchizedek
Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail, preparatory
to their entering into our presence.

PETER: It shall be done Jehovah. Come James and John, we will introduce
them at the Veil.

        Brethren and sisters, we are instructed to introduce you at the
Veil, where you will receive the name of the Second Token of the
Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or the Sure Sign of the
Nail, preparatory to your entering into the presence of God.


                         CEREMONY AT THE VEIL.

(At this point, a temple worker motions to the patrons, row by row,
directing them to the various Veil segments. A worker stands at each
segment to introduce the patron to "the Lord" who is on the other side
of the Veil. The worker gives three distinct taps with the mallet.)

LORD: What is wanted?

WORKER: Adam, having been true and faithful in all things, desires
further light and knowledge, by conversing with the Lord, through the
Veil. [for and in behalf of _____, who is dead].

LORD: Present him at the Veil, and his request shall be granted.

(The Lord gives the First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood through the
opening in the Veil.)

LORD: What is that?

PATRON: The First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood.

LORD: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PATRON: I will, through the Veil. (The patron gives the New Name).

(The Lord gives the Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood.)

LORD: What is that?

PATRON: The Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood.

LORD: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PATRON: I will, through the Veil (The patron gives the first given name
of the person for whom the temple work is being done).

(The Lord gives the First Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood.)

LORD: What is that?

PATRON: The First Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, or Sign of the
Nail.

LORD: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PATRON: I will, through the Veil--the Son.

(The Lord gives the Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood.)

LORD: What is that?

PATRON: The Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal
Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail.

LORD: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PATRON: I cannot. I have not yet received it. For this purpose I have
come to converse with the Lord through the Veil.

LORD: You shall receive it through the Veil.

(The Lord and the patron, still holding the grip, place their left arms
through the marks of the compass and square, which are cut through the
Veil. The patron's left arm goes through the mark of the compass, and
the Lord's left arm goes through the mark of the square. They rest their
left hands on each other's right shoulders.)

LORD: This is the name of the Token--"Health in the navel, marrow in the
bones, strength in the loins and in the sinews, power in the Priesthood
be upon me, and upon my posterity through all generations of time, and
throughout all eternity."

LORD: What is that?

PATRON: The Second Token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Patriarchal
Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail.

LORD: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

LORD: Will you give it to me?

PATRON: I will, through the Veil--Health in the navel, marrow in the
bones, strength in the loins and in the sinews, power in the Priesthood
be upon me, and upon my posterity through all generations of time, and
throughout all eternity.

LORD: That is correct.

(The Lord and patron break the ceremonial embrace, and the temple worker
gives three taps with the mallet.)

LORD: What is wanted?

WORKER: Adam, having conversed with the Lord through the Veil, desires
now to enter his presence.

LORD: Let him enter.

(The Veil is now parted and the Lord takes the patron by the right hand,
and pulls him gently through the Veil into the Celestial Room.)

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