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8—The Temple Endowment

After a Mormon temple initiate gets his new name and packet of robes, he goes through the actual temple endowment. This is a little initiatic drama which purports to cover the Genesis account of creation: the temptation and fall of Man. In reality, it is a fractured account, laced with extra-biblical doctrines.

We saw it for the first time in Salt Lake City performed live, like a play. In most temples, movies now replace the live acting except for an "officiator" who demonstrates various rituals.

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