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Sunday, February 1st 2009

3:16 AM

My Temple Marriage Part 2

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.
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Thursday, January 22nd 2009

2:32 PM

My Temple Marriage - Part 1

Before I talk about my temple marriage, I would like to invite you to visit my latest web site, Obama Mania!!!!  You might not have voted for the man or agree with the man, but he is our President I think we need to show our support, regardless of our politics!  I have another store, Unrapped Ministries, that I encourage you to visit as well!

Thank you sponsors!  I wanted to tell you a bit about my temple wedding today.  The temple has oft been the subject of controversy, with Mormons claiming that it is "sacred" while non-Mormons purport it is instead "secret."  I will delve more fully into the controversy at a later date. 

After I had joined the Mormon church, I was ordained to the office of the Aaronic priesthood.  For those of you unfamiliar with the appellation, let me explain.  All "worthy" male members of the Mormon church are ordained either Aaronic priests or Melchizedek priests.  Aaronic priests have duties similar to deacons in the Christian church, such as administering communion (which Mormons call "sacrament").  Melchizedek priests do most of the service positions within the Mormon church, and are similar to elders in the Christian church.  But I digress.

In the Fall of 1993, I received an unction from the Holy Spirit (yes, I believe the Holy Spirit can speak to individuals within the Mormon church).  The message I received was to leave the Tampa Bay Area (where I was enrolled in a Master's degree program at a local University) and go to Tallahassee to pursue my Master's at Florida State University.  Even though the program I was interested in did not normally accept students in the Spring, they accepted me, although none of the graduate school credits I had earned.

Come to find out, the Mormon church was prospering so much at Florida State that they had their own ward, or local governing district, and their own building (the Institute) just off-campus.  I enrolled in their Scripture study classes and got to know several of the other students who attended.

After a while, however, I began to wonder why after several years I was still at the lower, Aaronic priesthood.  I asked around, and was repeatedly told that I should not desire a "calling" (Mormon lingo for the Melchizedek priesthood and service-type positions within the church).  I finally got sick of it and arranged a meeting with the Bishop (Mormon lingo for priest or pastor).  He was a psychologist and professor at Florida State.  He agreed, did the laying-on-of-hands ceremony with me.  I only share all this because it leads up to the meeting of my Mormon wife.

I met her in one of the Scripture classes at the Institute.  Being young and more-than-a-little-hormonal, I found her instantly attractive, and on a couple of occasions, fondled her breasts during a date.  The Bishop soon found out about this and insisted that I marry her.  I did not want to disappoint the Bishop, so I agreed.

I think that many young men may get similarly caught up in seeming arranged marriages.  The wedding, however, was a real diappointment to my mother, however, because only Mormons with active "Temple Recommends" may attend a wedding within a Mormon temple.  To try to make my mother feel better about the wedding, afterwards we had a "faux" wedding in the Institute building, so my mother could attend.

A "Temple Recommend" is a piece of paper bestowed upon a "worthy" member after an intensive personal interview with the Bishop.  It is basically a time of confession of your misdeeds since your last interview.  Most people, I assume, put on a "Mormon face" to pass the interview.  The interview is designed to make sure impurity doesn't enter the temple.

Well, I put on my best religious "Mormon face" and passed the interview.  Prior to getting married, I needed to "receive my own endowments."  I will speak more on that in my next installlment.  Then came the wedding, which was not as nice nor enjoyable as the follow-up "faux" ceremony at the Institute.  We were pledged "for time and all eternity" in the temple ceremony.  This reflects the Mormon belief that "worthy" Mormons will, upon death, become gods and goddesses, with their own worlds/galaxies/universes to rule over, along with their wives.  Yes, wives.  The way a Mormon missionary once described it to me was that since there are statistically more women than men born, the women who never marry will become extra wives in the afterlife.  Then the "worthy Mormon"-who-became-a-god will have endless spirit babies to populate his worlds, even as Heavenly Father did with Heavenly Mother.

Since I was married post-1990 in the temple, I know nothing of the alleged "secret ceremony" being broadcast on YouTube.  I'm speaking of the one with the symbolic slitting of the throat.  Rather, it was much like the one described in the first entry at http://www.exmormon.org/mormon/mormon127.htm.   For what it's worth, the marriage ended in divorce a few years after.  She got post-partum depression, suicidal, and committed to the hospital.  She's on government assistance now, and is in and out of the hospital frequently.

Please stay tuned for my next installment, in which I will speak more specifically about the temple ceremony that accompanied the marriage.  And please don't hesitate to visit
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Monday, January 12th 2009

3:09 PM

How I joined the Mormon Church

What I'm about to relay is only my own personal experience on how I came to be involved in the Mormon Church.  It certainly is non-standard, but please take it as my own genuine experience.  When I was in High School, I was what they used to call a "Bible Thumper."  Upon graduation, I applied to, and was accepted by, a regional Bible College.  I lasted three months. Many of the people at the Bible College were much like the Pharisees of old, professing one thing with their mouth and entirely another with their lives.  They were also extremely cliquish, and I never quite fit in there.  I returned home, went to a secular college and started searching for a deeper spiritual truth than I had found at that Bible College.    My inquiries led me as far afield as Zen Buddhism, Catholicism and, eventually, the Mormon Church.

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Sunday, January 11th 2009

5:28 PM


Welcome to Mormon Fallen Angel!

I'm so glad you came by.  I am a born-again believer in Jesus Christ who spent 7 years in the Mormon Church.  I realize they prefer to be called the more politically correct term"Latter Day Saint" nowadays, but I'm going to stic with the more highly-recognized term "Mormon."

In the weeks and months to come I will share with you some of my experiences within the
Mormon Church, such as how I got involved with them, why and how I left them, and how I came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

I realize there is much similar material already available on the 'Net, but what I have found is that much of it is either outdated, prejudiced, or just plain false.  (The Tanners come to mind.)  I also realize that this sort of blog may invite many negative comments and inflame the die hard Mormons.  That is fine.  I invite all your comments and will edit those that do not fall under standard definitions of decency.

I hope that through my testimony many may come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
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