As a True Believing Mormon, I often wonder about the temple
endowment and how it could possibly make sense.
Here's my list of questions about the temple endowment:
1. Why are the days of creation different than those recorded
in the Book of Moses and Genesis? The third and fourth days
are backwards in the endowment ceremony.
2. In the Mormon scripture Book of Moses 3:15-25 it says
that God commanded the man (Adam) not to eat from the tree
of good and evil. God didn't command the woman, because
she had not been created yet. So why is the endowment film
different than the Mormon scriptural account?
3. How did Peter, James and John get bodies before they
were born? Peter shakes Adam's hand, so we know they weren't
spirits. According to Joseph Smith's handshake test for
discerning evil spirits from good spirits, Peter should
have refused to shake Adam's hand (unless he had been resurrected).
4. Satan wears an apron that he says is a symbol of his
power and priesthood. Why then does Adam, Eve and the temple
congregation moments later obey Satan when he commands them
to put on aprons?
5. How could Jesus be on the right hand of God, in physical
form looking like his identical twin, when Jesus had not
been born or resurrected yet? Jesus says in the Bible and
Book of Mormon that he wasn't perfected until AFTER the
6. So was Lucifer a snake as it says in the scriptures,
or a man like it shows in the temple?
7. Lucifer picks the apple off the tree and gives it to
Eve. But Lucifer doesn't have a body! What's up with that?
8. Where did Lucifer get his preacher that was preaching
to Adam and Eve? Was he for real or just a ghost? If just
a ghost, why was he dressed as a protestant minister with
the collar for Adam and Eve to see?
9a. The Book of Abraham as well as the modern prophets have
taught us that the earth was created around the star Kolob.
It orbited God's solar system until AFTER the fall, when
it was hurled through space and placed in this solar system.
This scriptural doctrine contradicts the endowment, where
we see the creation of the moon and it mentions our sun
and the other planets too. (See Mormon
Science Doctrine Here)
9b. If the Kolob doctrine is true, why is this not included
in the endowment, which is supposed to be the "Lord's University"?
Why go through the creation story if it is not true and
contradicts Mormon doctrine and the Book of Abraham?
10. If the endowment is actual history, then why was it
so radically changed in April 1990? Whole sections were
altered and others deleted! If the endowment represented
real history, how could it change? Was it not true to the
actual events all along? Is the new version "more true to
history?" (See: Temple Changes
11. In April 1990 the covenants and penalties of the endowment
ceremony also changed dramatically. Didn't Jesus say in
the scriptures that a sign of false churches is that they
change his covenants?
12. Where do you find a clear description of these "laws'
mentioned in the temple?
1. Law of Obedience
2. Law of Sacrifice
3. Law of Elohim
4. Law of the Lord
5. Law of the Gospel
6. Law of Chastity
7. Law of Consecration
Some of those laws that temple patrons
covenant to obey are never mentioned or explained outside
the temple. If they are literal laws of God that must be
obeyed, why are they not all clearly identified and expounded
upon in church discourse?
13. What is the difference between "legally" and "lawfully"
as said in the temple endowment covenant?
14. Adam raises his arms in the "true order of prayer",
and who answers his prayer? Satan. Does this mean Satan
can answer even prayers given in the "true order" ordained
by God? What prayer is safe from not being intercepted by
Satan? (See: Temple
Endowment Ceremony Past and Present)
15 Did God really send Peter, James and John down to earth
and give Adam and Eve those silly temple clothes to wear?
They didn't have a temple, so when did Adam and Eve wear
16. How could Peter, James and John be involved in the whole
thing when they had not been born yet, hadn't been baptized
and had not been through the temple? They weren't wearing
garments themselves, so how could they be worthy to participate
in the endowment events?
17. Temple workers stand in as proxies for Elohim and Jehovah
during the ceremony, which makes it very sacred. But since
someone also stands in as proxy for Satan, doesn't that
make the temple unholy?
18. What is the purpose of learning the "true order of prayer"
if it can never be practiced outside of the temple ceremony?
19. Why does God require secret handshakes, names and passwords
to pass through the veil and enter his presence? Can't God
look into our hearts and know whether or not we are worthy?
20. If the endowment is centered on Jesus Christ, why isn't
Christ's two top commandments included in the endowment
covenants - love God and love your neighbor? Why isn't there
mention of Christ's sermon on the mount or other teachings
on charity and compassion?
Understanding the endowment can be frustrating.
I've asked temple workers and they don't understand it either.
They don't know how it makes sense and they are the ones
daily performing the endowment!
Members are taught that the temple is too
sacred to discuss outside of the temple. But I suspect the
real reason we Mormons don't ever discuss the temple endowment
is because it's too nonsensical to explain. How convenient
that the General Authorities never have to answer for what
the temple teachings are all about.
Some members say the temple endowment is
allegory and shouldn't be taken literally. So if the endowment
is allegory, then it's not literal history. That means it
doesn't portray actual events. So, that opens up a whole
bunch of questions:
- Did Adam and Eve actually exist?
- What was the real creation process?
- What are we to make of the appearance of Peter, James
- Are the covenants also allegory and not to be taken literally?
- So the death-oaths were never to be taken as literal?
Did Mormons know that at the time they were covenanting
to have their throats slit?
- So there isn't a literal veil like exists in the temple?
- So dead people don't literally need to know the secret
words and handshakes to enter heaven, like BY said?
- If Adam and Eve didn't really fall, then why do we need
- If there was a fall of man in some other way, why not
just show that in the endowment?
If you think it's both allegory and history,
then which parts are which? Mixing history and allegory
doesn't fit the endowment at all and makes it completely
confusing and doesn't achieve any practical spiritual objective.
It appears Joseph Smith and Brigham Young
intended for the endowment to be taken as literal history
to make it seem more "real." But this defeats
the purpose of spiritual enlightenment which is transmitted
But as I've shown, the endowment as history
doesn't make sense either. So what true knowledge exists
in the endowment?