Before I tell you more about my temple marriage, I'd like to take a moment to tell you a bit about my employer, SolidRock Community School
. I'm the computer teacher there. We're K through 12, but have a skill-based achievement standard, rather than a grade-based one. Students coming in are tested in Math and Language arts and are placed in a class based on their results, not their age or grade level. If you live in the Tampa Bay area, please check it out, as we're taking applications for next year, and also tell them you found out about it on the web site. If you don't live in the Tampa Bay Area, they also have a virtual school
for students. OK, back to the temple marriage. I had mentioned before that in my next post I would tell some details about the ceremony. The first thing we had to do prior to getting married was to receive our "own endowments." It's hard to explain, so I'll just give a play-by-play. When we got to the temple, we were separated, men on one side and women on the other. We were taken to a locker room, where we had to change out of our "street clothes" and into temple garments. There is the so-called "sacred underwear"
. Then I was given a "new name." I have heard that everyone reciving their "own endowment" on a given day receives the same "name." I don't know if that's true, all I do know is that the one given me was "Nimrod." I was solemnly instructed not to reveal this new name to anyone, not even to my wife, although I was allowed to know hers, "Leah." According to Genesis 10-11 Nimrod was the founder of Babylon, a city so wicked that John the Revelator called it "the mother of harlots". Lambert Dolphin
says that Nimrod's name comes from the verb "let us revolt," in that he led a revolt against God. In Mormon mythology, however, the focus is on that Nimrod was "a mighty hunter," and that his power came from his wearing the garment handed down from Adam, despite his having stolen it! I received my "own endowment" post-1990, so I don't know anything about the alleged "blood oaths." After I got this "new name" (a really odd interpretation of Revelation 2:17 - does just going to the Mormon temple make one an overcomer? and where was my white stone and manna?) I was escorted into an auditorium, men on one side and women on the other. We watched a video presentation describing the creation according to Mormon theology. Elohim (God the Father, or "Heavenly Father"), Jehovah ("Jesus") and Michael the archangel have a conversation and Jehovah and Michael create the earth. They "go down" and "return and report" after each of the days. Elohim joins them on the sixth day to help create man and woman. Then Michael becomes Adam ("Brethren and sisters, this is Michael, who helped form the earth. When he awakens...he will be known as Adam..."). The scene changes to the Garden, where Adam and Eve are tempted by Lucifer. The story is very similar to the one in Genesis, except that Lucifer says they "shall be as the
Gods," whereas Genesis quotes the serpent as saying "you shall be as gods," without the word "the." When they cover their nakedness, everyone in the assembly puts on the green apron illustrated above. Then it gets really wierd. Elohim gives Adam and Eve the Law of Obedience, where they covenant to obey God's law. (In Genesis, they were kicked out of God's presence and pretty much turned their back on Him.) Then women are instructed to stand and "raise their right hand to the square." Square? What square? I think this is where Joe Smith plagiarized the Freemasons (he was a Master Mason, or 3rd Degree Mason, before he got kicked out of the lodge). Then the women are instructed to obey God's law and listen to their husband. The men then raise their hands to the "square" and promise as well.
Then I learned the "signs and tokens" of the priesthood:
I pulled these from a masonic site I found on Google, but they are identical to the ones used in the Mormon temple, namely the ones called "the Shibboleth," "the Tubalcain," and the "Ma-ha-bone." Returning to the video, Adam and Eve are in the world, also known as the "Telestial Kingdom." Elohim sends down Peter, James, and John (Mormon theology teaches that all people are born first in Heaven, known as the "pre-existence") to Adam to see if he is living up to his word. He is, and is waiting for "further light and knowledge." Then everyone is shown the above "signs and tokens", and proceed to the veil. Behind the veil, someone representing Elohim/Heavenly Father stands. He puts his right hand through the veil, and I had to duplicate the tokens. Then I was asked if each one had a name, and I told it. The name of the first was "the Son" The second, my "new name," Nimrod. The name of the third was my name, Randy. The name of the fourth is revealed through the veil while doing the "Five points of Fellowship" (not called this, but again I pull from Masonic sources):
The name of the fourth is "Health in the navel, marrow in the bones, strength in the loins and sinews. Power in the Priesthood be upon me, and upon my posterity through all generations of time, and throughout all eternity." You can see James David's excellent work
comparing the Endowment and Freemasonry for more info.
Then I was taken into the "Celestial room," which is a bright, enjoyable room. Then I was escorted out and proceeded to my wedding.