Endowment

Purpose: Endowment is the coming of age ceremony for those who are entering into the higher orders and those who are becoming mature in their faith. It is the first of the sacraments done in the temple and it is seen as the introduction to some of the higher things of the temple.

Who it is performed by: High Priest

Where it is performed: Temple

Qualifications: Purification, Conformation, Communion, YDP (if applicable)

Ceremony:

Entrance

Song that introduces the Liturgy and brings the people together with the procession of the five offices of the priesthood and any visiting priesthood members, the Liturgy is headed by the Bishop with the Priests, Teachers, Deacons, and Evangelists taking on minor roles

(ANTIPHON 1)

Movie

~ 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 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 this 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 the canon and spirituality.

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 the prophets to visit the man Adam in the 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 at the time of the Christs.)

JEHOVAH: Prophets, go down and visit the man Adam in the 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.

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

PROPHET: Good morning.

LUCIFER: Good morning sir.

PROPHET: What are you doing here?

LUCIFER: Observing the teachings of these people.

PROPHET: What is being taught?

LUCIFER: The philosophies of men, mingled with canons and spirituality.

PROPHET: How is this teaching received?

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

(The Prophet approaches Adam and shakes his hand.)

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

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

PROPHET: That is good.

PROPHET: Have you any tokens or signs?

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

LUCIFER: Have you any money?

PROPHET: We have sufficient for our needs.

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

PROPHET: 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 they promised to send me.

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

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.

PROPHET: Jehovah, we have visited the man Adam in the 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, prophets. Elohim—Prophets have been down to the man Adam in the 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 the prophets to go down in their true character as Apostles of the Christs, to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the 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 Canons; also give unto them a charge to avoid all light mindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed, the taking of the name of the divine plan in vain, and every other unholy and impure practice; and cause these to be received by covenant. Instruct the prophets 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 Token of the Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign. Then have them return and bring me word.

JEHOVAH: It shall be done, Elohim. Prophets, go down in your true character as Apostles of the Christs to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the World. Cast Satan out of their midst. Give unto them the Law of the Gospel as contained in the Canons; also a charge to avoid all light mindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of the anointed, the taking of the name of the divine plan 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 Token of the priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign. Then return and bring us word.

PROPHET: It shall be done, Jehovah. Come, let us go down.

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

PROPHETS: 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. 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!

PROPHET: Satan, we command you to depart!

LUCIFER: By what authority?

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 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 the prophet at the Altar.

Greeting

In the name of the spirit, of humanity, and of our hopeful divinity

So be it

A B C
The grace of the divine and the love of the Christs and the communion we have with our spirit be with the rest of you
And with your spirit
May the grace of the divine and the guidance of the Christs be with you all.
And with your spirit.
Let the divine be with you always through your spirit.
And with your spirit

 

Rite of Blessing

The priest and the deacon will come around and bless the people by sprinkling water to all the people. It is a sign of their continual process of their purification.

A B C
The gift of the divine brings life to the world and the divine plan will bring us to everlasting life.
We ask the divine to bless the water of life and we ask that this water renew our spirits over the next week so that we may reflect on and challenge ourselves to come ever closer to life in the heavens.
We as this through the blessings and guidance of the Christs.
So be it.
The gift of water brings renewal to our humanity and our spirituality as we constantly strive towards the eventual divinity. We should be saved from all things that will bring us down.
We should petition the divine, the bringer of the plan of salvation and of the waters of life, to free us from danger as we go through this path of life and to have a purity of heart.
We ask this with the guidance of the Christs.
So be it.
We celebrate our creation and redemption and we ask for renewal and cleansing. This water, to us, represents the waters of the people of the world and how all are blessed under the covenant of humanity. We will all share in the joy of the entrance into the waters of the world to set our place in the world.
We ask this through the guidance of the Christs.
So be it.

 

Penitential Act

 

A B C
People of the world, let us acknowledge our shortcomings as humanity and we should prepare ourselves to be more fully like the harmony of the Christs. Let us come together to show our compassion and judgment to one another. Let us ask for forgiveness from one another. Let us prepare to enter into the sacred spaces of the world so that we can renew and cleanse ourselves.

 

A B C
I confess to the divine potential of the spirit within me that I am a human and have the nature of the animal inside of me and that it affects my words, thoughts, and actions in life. I am in the world and I am of the world, even though I strive for something greater. Therefore I ask the Angels, Saints, and Christs to serve as divinely inspired examples of me. I confess to you, my brothers and sisters, to set an example for me as well.
May we all have mercy on one another, forgive as we have forgiven, and strive towards everlasting life.
So be it
We have done bad in this world and we need to see the light.
Have mercy on us.
Show us the mercy and love of the plan of the divine.
Grant us the salvation that comes with the light.
May we all have mercy on one another, forgive as we have forgiven, and strive towards everlasting life.
So be it
You raise the people of the world to light, have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us.
The Christs provide us with a clear path to the light.
Have mercy on us.
You bring the light to the darkness of the world.
Have mercy on us.
May we all have mercy on one another, forgive as we have forgiven, and strive towards everlasting life.
So be it

 

Mercy

May our spirit have our mercy

So be it

May the Christs serve as a divine example

So be it

May we strive towards this goal

So be it

Gloria

Glory to the heavens in the highest

and may they bring peace to the people of good will

We praise them

We bless them

We adore them

We glorify them

We give them thanks for their great glory

Heavenly kings over the earth

The almighty creator of the world

The harmony of the Christs, sons of the creator

The sacrifice of the world and the harmony of the divine

Take away the grasp of the world upon us

Have mercy on all of us

Take away the grasp of the world upon us

Receive the petitions and intentions of the people

You are seated in the heavens with the creators

Have mercy on all of us

You are among the holy ones

You are among the Lords of the heavens

You are among the most high

To strive for the Christs

With the help of the spirit within us

In the glory of the divinity that we all strive for

So be it.

Opening Chant

Let us think of others and state our intentions.

A member of the evangelist staff states the intentions of the service based on what members want to ask of the sacrifice and service.

(CHANT 1)

So be it.

Opening of the Endowment

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, acting unitedly in their capacity as Prophets, Seers and Revelators.

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

First Talk

The word of inspiration

Thanks be to the inspired

Response Chant

A chant is sung based on the Book of Anthems of Through Minds’ Eyes

Second Talk

The word of inspiration

Thanks be to the inspired

Acclamation

The chant of thanks to the divinity that is within all of us and that which we strive for is sung in preparation for the words of the Christs, who serve as an example for all of us.

(ACCLAMATION 1)

Third Talk

May the divine light up through your spirit

And with your spirit

A reading of the teachings of the Christs passed down from generations before

Glory to the words of the Christs

A talk is given by the presiding priest or bishop.

The good news of the Christs have been proclaimed

Praise and Glory to the Christs

Lectures

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 performed 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 Council. 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 Zion 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.)

Profession

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I believe in the almighty spirit of the divine around us and within us

I believe in the creation of all things visible and invisible

I believe in the harmony of the trinity through the teachings and examples of the Christs

I believe in the coming of age before all ages

I believe in the truth and the light set forth from the beginning of all time

I believe in the combination of the spirit and the human through the grace of the divine

I believe in the coming and the rising of the life of all of us

I believe in the life, suffering, death, and rebirth of the world

I believe in the examples of the Christs, Prophets, and Angels

I believe in the ultimate harmonization of the trinity in all of us and the reaching of our divine potential

I believe in the ascension and the glory of the divine

I believe in the spirit of life which comes before all things

I believe in the adoration of all parts of our nature

I believe in the words of the prophets

I believe in the covenant which has come to us

I believe in the forgiveness of sins

I believe in the life after this, whatever that may be for us

I believe in the life of the eternities and the passing of time

So be it

I believe in the divine, the creator that is around us and within all of us.

I believe in the Christs and the path of the light that they have shown to all of us.

I believe in the conception of the spirit within me and the struggles that I face in life with the balance between the two.

I believe in the suffering and the world, the death, and the rebirth of the world and of our spirits.

One day, all the people of the world will be judged by their actions and their attitude.

I believe in the spirit.

I believe in the universal humanity.

I believe in the communion of prophets and Christs.

I believe in the resurrection of my spirit.

And I believe in life forever after death.

So be it.

 

Universal Chant

A time of silent reflection follows with one person at a time stating other intentions, the people will respond

So be it

The priest will say a concluding reflection

So be it

Presentation of the Gifts

The sacrificial gifts are brought forth and proceed around the space. They are brought to the main table and the communion gifts are prepared. The offices of the priesthood say a silent prayer and the music stops after it is said.

Presentation of the Laws of the Endowment

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 Council, and to hearken to your counsel as you hearken unto them.

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.

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 the divine, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will each observe and keep the law of the Council, and hearken to the counsel of your husband as he hearkens to the counsel of the gods. 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 divinity, angles, and these witnesses at this altar that you will obey the law of the divine, and keep the 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

All arise. Each of you bring your right arm to the square. You and each of you solemnly covenant and promise before the divine, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will observe and keep the Law of Sacrifice, as contained in the Canons, 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.)

PROPHET: A couple will now come to the altar. 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 Canons; to give unto you also a charge to avoid all light mindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of the anointed, the taking of the name of the divine plan 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 the divine, 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.

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

PROPHETS: A couple will now come to the altar. 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 the divine, 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.

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

PROPHET: We are instructed to give unto you the Law of Consecration as contained in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, 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, for the building up of the Kingdom of the divine 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 the divine, 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, for the building up of the Kingdom of the divine on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.

Each of you bow your head and say “yes.”

PATRONS: Yes.

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

 

Invitation

The divine will be with you forever.

And with your spirit

Lift up your soul

We lift them to the heavens

Let us give thanks

It is right and just

Preface

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(Choice of dozens of texts appropriate for the season and feast days) It is right and just, it is our duty and a part of our salvation. This is what has been brought forth by the divine in the beginning and passed down through the prophets and the Christs of all ages. This is fulfilling the will of the people and the reminder of the covenant by which we all are bound to under purification. The death and rebirth of the human spirit has been manifest in the death and the rebirth of the Christs. We all declare the glory of this plan as we say, It is right to give thanks and just to give glory, o mighty divine, through this plan that we have brought forth and manifest here. This exists before all ages and through all time to the end of all covenants. This is the source of all life and the fill of all the blessings of the world. In the greatest presence of all the angels both day and night, we gaze to the heavens and we praise the glory of this life that we are living as we unite and acclaim,

 

Sanctus

Sanctus, sanctus power and might of the divine

The heavens and the earth are full of your glory

Sanctus, sanctus in the highest of the heavens

Blessed is the one that comes in the name of the divinity

Sanctus, sanctus in the highest of the heavens

Thanksgiving

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To you, oh divine through the plan, we make a petition with  the guidance of the Christs and the reminders of the prophets. We ask that these sacrifices be acceptable in our continued understanding of our place in the covenant. We ask that the universal and holy congregation throughout the world be blesses as well.
The sacrifices made throughout the world by the prophets and the Christs have also been of a great deal of help to us. Grant peace throughout the world to all of us. The eternal and true divine plan gives us hope in strength in the good times and in the bad times.
We ask for the protecting help of our ancestors and of those around us. We ask this of one another as we try to improve our lives.
Therefore, we ask for this service to be given to us for our whole society so that we are continually reminded of our blessings forevermore, saved from damnation, and counted among the flock of everlasting life.
The plan of the divine and the divine is the fountain of all holiness and the foundation of the world, to be given to us time and time again through the prophets and the Christs who have given us this plan for our spirit. A pure sacrifice will be given to us through the name of the Christs. We give you praise, divine, for you have fashioned all the works in wisdom and in love. You formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world since them, so that in serving you alone, the Creator, he might have dominion over all creatures.
Your plan came in mercy to the aid of all, so that those who seek might find you. Time and again you offered them covenants and through the prophets and Christs taught them to look forward to salvation. The Christs laid out the path for us and we have to follow it through the blessings of the ancestors and prophets.
To accomplish your plan, the Christs gave themselves up to death, and, destroyed death and restored life in the process. And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for the one who died and rose again. This is the satisfaction and the fulfillment of the divine plan.

Epiclesis

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Be pleased and bless us, acknowledge us, and approve this offering in every respect; make it spiritual so that it may become for us the representation of the three states of humanity. Make holy, therefore, these gifts by sending down the Spirit upon us all so that these emblems may become for us the three states of being like that of the Christs. Therefore we humbly implore the divine: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have brought for consecration, that they may become the three states of being at the Christs command we celebrate this great mystery.

Institution

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On the day before they were to suffer they took bread in their hands, and with eyes raised to heaven to the divine, giving thanks they said the blessing, and broke the bread, and gave it to all of us, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, THIS IS THE BREAD OF NOURISHMENT FOR THE BODY OF DIVINITY WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOU ALL.
TAKE THIS AS WELL, FOR THIS IS THE OIL OF THE JOY THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EXPERIENCE IN LIFE. THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZES THAT WE DO NOT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO NATURES.
In a similar way, the Christs would take the precious chalice in their hands and they said the blessing and gave the chalice to us all, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, THIS IS THE CHALICE OF WINE OF REFRESHMENT OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SINS AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE PLAN. DO THIS IN MY, AND ALL OF OUR, NAMES.
At the time they were betrayed and entered willingly into death, they took bread, broke it, and gave it to all of us, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, THIS IS THE BREAD OF NOURISHMENT FOR THE BODY OF DIVINITY WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOU ALL.
TAKE THIS AS WELL, FOR THIS IS THE OIL OF THE JOY THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EXPERIENCE IN LIFE. THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZES THAT WE DO NOT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO NATURES.
In a similar way, they took the chalice and gave it to all of us, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, THIS IS THE CHALICE OF WINE OF REFRESHMENT OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SINS AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE PLAN. DO THIS IN MY, AND ALL OF OUR, NAMES.
For when the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, having loved all their own who were in the world, loved them to the end: they took bread and gave it to all of us, saying,
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, THIS IS THE BREAD OF NOURISHMENT FOR THE BODY OF DIVINITY WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOU ALL.
TAKE THIS AS WELL, FOR THIS IS THE OIL OF THE JOY THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EXPERIENCE IN LIFE. THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZES THAT WE DO NOT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO NATURES.
In a similar way, taking the cup filled with the fruit of the vine, they gave thanks and gave the chalice to all of us, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, THIS IS THE CHALICE OF WINE OF REFRESHMENT OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SINS AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE PLAN. DO THIS IN MY, AND ALL OF OUR, NAMES.

 

Main Chant

Let us proclaim the mystery that surrounds our life.

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The Christs have died, they have risen again, and they shall come through within us again. Dying has destroyed death, rebirth has given new life. We will come in glory as an example to all around us. When we take of these sacraments, we think of the balance of our life. We will do this until the covenant comes to an end.

Remembrance

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Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed covenant, which will be the resurrection from the dead, and the glorious ascension into heaven, your servants offer glorious majesty so that we may all come to everlasting light and salvation on our own accord.
Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance as you were pleased to accept the gifts of your servants, the prophets and the Christs, in times past.
Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of the death and rebirth, we offer you the three states of salvation and the three states of life. Therefore, O Lord, we celebrate the memorial of the death and the resurrection of the Christs and the prophets of old in a spiritual sense, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice to remind us of our own path to the same destiny.

Epiclesis

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Humbly we ask the petition of the divine plan on our lives to bless us as we take our quest unto the light. All of those who are participating here shall receive the blessings of deity on their lives as they remember their place in the covenant. We ask humbly that, as we partake of these items that have been sacrificed, that we may be gathered as one around the world. Look at the sacrifice that has been given to us in the universal congregation and have been commanded by the Christs. Grant us blessings as we partake of the sacrifice so that we are continually guided rightly and justly into the light that we have individually discovered. This sacrifice is for the glory of the plan that we all look to in our life day by day.

Intercession

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Remember also of the servants of the worldwide congregation N, our president, our counselor N, our senators N and N, our bishop, N, and of all the clergy that are gathered here and around the world.
Remember, also, those who have come to the path, who have been on the path, and those who have yet to discover it. Remember also the Christs and the prophets that came before this time through their words, deeds, and examples. Remember not on our shortcomings, but also on our faith and commitment to the path.
Remember also of the servants of the worldwide congregation N, our president, our counselor N, our senators N and N, our bishop, N, and of all the clergy that are gathered here and around the world.
Remember those who have passed on into the next light in the hopes that they have seen the light of salvation that has been laid out to them. Remember all those that have seen and have taught us of the path to the light so that we may be heirs to the glory of the heavens.
Remember also of the servants of the worldwide congregation N, our president, our counselor N, our senators N and N, our bishop, N, and of all the clergy that are gathered here and around the world.
Remember those who have come to the light in life, the prophets who have guided us, and the Christs who have laid them out for us. Remember, also, those who have passed on in this world so that we can one day share in the glory that they have seen. Remember our ancestors, our society, and our posterity in all our dealings.

Doxology

Through the plan and with the plan and in the plan, the plan of the divine, in unity with the spirit and with the guidance of the Christs, the glory and honor is theirs forever.

So be it

The Robes


PROPHET: 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 PRIESTHOOD

With the robe on the left shoulder, you are prepared to officiate in the ordinances of the Priesthood. We will now give unto you the Second Token of the 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.)

PROPHET: 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.)

PROPHET: 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 the divine, angels and these witnesses, that I will never reveal the Second Token of the Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign.

All arise. (All Patrons stand.) Each of you make the sign of the Second Token of the 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 the divine, angels, and these witnesses, that I will never reveal the Second Token of the Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign. That will do. (Patrons drop their hands by their sides.)

(All patrons sit down.)

PROPHET: 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 Canons; 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 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 Priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign. This is our report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, Prophets. Elohim—Peter, James, and John have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the 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 the Prophets again to the World. Have Adam and Eve and their posterity to change their robes to their right shoulder, preparatory to officiating in the ordinances of the Priesthood; and introduce them into the World. Instruct the Prophets 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 third Token of the 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. Prophets, go down again to the World; instruct Adam and Eve and their posterity to change their robes to their right shoulder, preparatory to officiating in the ordinances of the Priesthood; and introduce them into the 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 third Token of the Priesthood, or the Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name and sign; and return and bring us word.

PROPHETS: It shall be done, Jehovah, 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 Priesthood; and introduce you into the 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.)

Token of the Priesthood


ELOHIM: We will now give unto you the First Token of the 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 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 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.

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 the divine, angels and these witnesses, that I will never reveal the First Token of the 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 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 the divine, angels, and these witnesses, that I will never reveal the First Token of the 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.

PROPHET: We will now give unto you the third Token of the 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 the divine, angels, and these witnesses, in the name of the Son that I will never reveal the third Token of the 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 third Token of the 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 third Token of the 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.)

PROPHET: 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 third Token of the Priesthood or Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name and sign. This is our report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, Prophets. Elohim—the Prophets 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 the Prophets and instruct them to give to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the 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 fourth Token of the 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. Prophets, go down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the 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 fourth Token of the 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.

PROPHET: We will now give unto you the fourth Token of the 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. 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.

PROPHET: 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 fourth Token of the 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.)

PROPHET: 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 Chant of the Meditation

A B C
Let us remember the words that the Christs gave to us by the grace of the divine. We are taught to think of the divine always, so we should say on meditation. Let us forgive as other people forgave us.

We think of the heavens and the earth and the divine spirit that puts this plan forward to all of us.

We should remember the kingdom of the heavens on the earth that we are set to create.

We remember the blessings that we have received in the world.

We should forgive one another of bad things that are done in our human state like others have forgiven us.

We wait in the joyful hope of the divine plan to be realized in the world. In the meantime, we think of our personal journey that brought us to this point.

The kingdom and the power and the glory of the divine plan will be here forevermore.

The Proper Prayer

PROPHET: 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 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 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 third Token of the 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 fourth Token of the 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.

PROPHET: 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.

Sign of Peace

It has been passed down from the Christs to the apostles and the prophets that the peace will be revealed to the world, Do not look on the sins of all of humanity, but on the faith of the people to follow in your path. Look at the unity of the world under the covenant forever and ever.

So be it.

The peace of the Christs will be with the world forever.

And with your spirit

Let us offer a sign of peace as we enter into this feast.

Sacrifice

May the words and deeds of our life take away the pleasures of the world, have mercy on all of us

May the words and deeds of our life take away the pleasures of the world, have mercy on all of us

May the words and deeds of our life take away the pleasures of the world, grant us peace

Invitation to Communion

Behold, the sacrifice of the covenant

Behold that which takes away the pleasures of the temporary world

Blessed are those who are called and have answered to the call of the sacrifice

I am not worthy as a human for this to come to me

But I will be healed with the sacrifice and the word of those with me and before me and I will be worthy to receive the invitation.

Communion

The bread of humility, the waters of purification, the meat of sacrifice

These items are eaten by the congregation similar to the communion ceremony of Christianity. Other items are substituted for bread products and the partaking is voluntary.

So be it.

Communion Chant

Let us remember the sacrifice that all have made for the human covenant

Intentions are revisited

(CHANT 3)

So be it.

Blessing

Any announcements are made here

May the grace of the divine be with you.

And with your spirit

Blessing at the Veil

(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.)

PROPHET: 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 the teachings of the Christ.

These other three marks are for convenience in working at the Veil. Through this one, the person representing the Council 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 the prophet, 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.)

PROPHET: 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 Council parts the Veil, and asks:

What is wanted?

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

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

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

COUNCIL: What is that?

PROPHET: The First Token of the Priesthood.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PROPHET: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

PROPHET: I will, through the Veil.

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

COUNCIL: What is that?

PROPHET: The Second Token of the Priesthood.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PROPHET: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

PROPHET: I will, through the Veil.

PROPHET: 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 third Token of the Priesthood, or Sign of the Nail, and asks:

COUNCIL: What is that?

PROPHET: The third Token of the Priesthood, or Sign of the Nail.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PROPHET: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

PROPHET: I will, through the Veil.

PROPHET: The person then gives the name of this token, which is “the Son,” meaning, the Son of the divine. The Council then gives the fourth Token of the Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail, and asks:

COUNCIL: What is that?

PROPHET: The fourth Token of the Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PROPHET: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

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

COUNCIL: You shall receive it through the Veil.

PROPHET: 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 council, as the council 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.)

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

COUNCIL: What is that?

PROPHET: The fourth Token of the Priesthood, the Patriarchal Grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PROPHET: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

PROPHET: I will, through the Veil.

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

COUNCIL: That is correct.

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

COUNCIL: What is wanted?

PROPHET: Adam, having conversed with you through the Veil, desires now to enter your presence.

COUNCIL: The Council puts forth their right hand, takes the person by the right hand, and says:

COUNCIL: Let him enter.

PROPHET: He is admitted into the presence of the divine. We will now report. Jehovah, we have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the 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 fourth Token of the 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 Council through the Veil. This is our report.

JEHOVAH: It is well, prophets. Elohim—the Prophets have been down to Adam and Eve and their posterity in the World, and have done all that they were commanded to do.

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

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

Brethren and sisters, we are instructed to introduce you at the Veil, where you will receive the name of the fourth Token of the 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.)

COUNCIL: What is wanted?

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

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

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

COUNCIL: What is that?

PATRON: The First Token of the Priesthood.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

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

(The Council gives the Second Token of the Priesthood.)

COUNCIL: What is that?

PATRON: The Second Token of the \Priesthood.

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

PATRON: I will, through the Veil.

(The Lord gives the third Token of the Priesthood.)

COUNCIL: What is that?

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

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

COUNCIL: Will you give it to me?

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

(The Lord gives the fourth Token of the Priesthood.)

COUNCIL: What is that?

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

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

COUNCIL: 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 Council through the Veil.

COUNCIL: You shall receive it through the Veil.

(The council 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 council’s left arm goes through the mark of the square. They rest their left hands on each other’s right shoulders.)

COUNCIL: 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.”

COUNCIL: What is that?

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

COUNCIL: Has it a name?

PATRON: It has.

COUNCIL: 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.

COUNCIL: That is correct.

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

COUNCIL: What is wanted?

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

COUNCIL: Let him enter.

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

 

Final Blessing

May the divine bless you from the heavens through your spirit, your humanity, and your potential divinity.

So be it.

Dismissal

Go forth at the commencement of this Liturgy.

So be it.

A chant is sung as the five offices of the priesthood leave in a procession.

Aftermath: Keyes, Ordination, Matrimony