The LDS temple ceremony has evolved a lot since it was instituted by Joseph Smith. As the most sacred place on earth, it’s a fascinating place to learn about, so let’s take a look at some of the more interesting elements of its history. A lot of this trivia comes from our friends at Mormon Think, which we highly recommend you check out. 🙂
(And Mormons today think they’re too busy for the 1.5 hour ceremony…. Imagine how dedicated the early saints must have been!)
We always knew Disney was divine!
They also changed language that faulted Eve for the fall, references to Adam that didn’t include Eve, the lecture at the veil, and all penalties.
Days 3 and 4 seem to be reversed.
The Masonic and Mormon ceremonies are almost identical in a number of ways. They were also initially just offered to men; women received them about a year later.
The person administering the ordinance would touch various parts of your body under the poncho.
There is also evidence from temple workers that temple names for the dead are often recycled so they don’t run out, meaning some people have already had their work done when you go through for them.
This is where an apostle makes your calling and election sure! (That means you’re guaranteed to get to the celestial kingdom unless you commit an unpardonable sin.) Bishops are instructed not to discuss this, and to divert attention away from it if a member ever inquires about it. You can learn more by listening to Stake President, Tom Phillips’ interview for Mormon Stories. He received the second anointing.
We explained briefly the Apostasy and the Restoration: that there is vast evidence and history of an apostasy from the doctrine taught by Jesus and his Apostles, that the organization of the original Church became corrupted, and sacred ordinances were changed to suit the convenience of men…” – Apostle David B. Haight, “Joseph Smith the Prophet,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 22
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