Is the Mormon Temple Ceremony Secret or Sacred?


Latter-day Saints have a long standing criticism of our ministry because when teaching on Mormonism, we often reveal portions of the secret Mormon Temple ceremony. While they don’t like anything we say, this sometimes seems to upset them the most. At one seminar, about fifteen Mormon missionaries stood in unison and walked briskly out of the auditorium when the subject of the ritual was discussed.

The temple ceremony is one of the most important events in the life of a Mormon. To participate, the Mormon must go before his Bishop and Stake President for interviews to determine his personal “worthiness.” To pass, he must be a full tithe payer; must not smoke, drink coffee or tea; must not possess any “anti-Mormon” literature (like the Watchman Expositor) and if he has already “received his endowments,” must wear the authorized Mormon Temple undergarments constantly. Those who successfully comply with these and a host of other questions, receive the coveted “temple recommend,” a card which certifies their worthiness and allows them entrance into a Mormon Temple.

The vast majority of Mormons never reach this level of commitment and can never receive their endowments and be married and sealed to their spouse for “time and all eternity,” in this life — an important part of the ritual.

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