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13—The Lone and Dreary World

After taking these oaths, we were led out of the Creation Room and into the "Lone and Dreary World", or Telestial Room – which represents the world after Adam’s Fall. This movement from place to place within the temple is very much in keeping with Masonry and Wicca, for in the Craft, one allegorically spends his first Degree in the ground floor of King Solomon’s temple and his Second Degree in its Middle Chamber. (See the Three Temples Chart) Similarly, the witch or magician spends his first four degrees on the lower (infernal) triad of the Tree of Life and his next three degrees on the middle triad. (See Tree of Life Chart)

Temple workers playing Adam and Eve come on stage and kneel before a Masonic-type altar with scriptures resting on it. Adam raises his hands in a manner identical to the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress of the Master Mason (34) and prays three times: "Oh, God, hear the words of my mouth."

But who should answer Adam’s prayer to God? Not Elohim, but Lucifer! Here in the Mormon temple, Adam is praying to God, and he is answered by the Devil. Why should Satan, in Mormonism, have power to answer prayers which are directed to God?

Adam enters into dialog with Lucifer and there follows a blasphemous little playlet in which a Protestant minister is brought out and mocked as a hireling of Lucifer. The minister eagerly accepts a position in Lucifer’s employ – teaching nonsensical parodies of Christian doctrine to gullible Christians. Elohim sends down Peter, James and John (whose appearance is only theoretically possible through Mormonism’s unbiblical doctrine of pre-existence) to investigate and ultimately banish Lucifer. They then teach Adam the Law of the Gospel and make some adjustments to the temple clothing. Participants learned the next secret handshake and name. (See Second Token of the Aaronic Priesthood Chart).

Before Lucifer leaves (with wounded, tragic dignity) he gets his last (and best) shot. He turns to the audience of the temple patrons and addresses them in a emphatic declaration: "I have a word to say concerning this people. If they do not walk up to every covenant they make at these altars this day, they will be in my power!"

Even as an enthusiastic new Mormon, those words sent a chill down my spine. Even my hardened conscience trembled to hear it. That meant if we didn’t keep every single covenant that we made in the temple, we were in deep trouble. I didn’t understand it at the time, but it meant I was under law, not grace. I’ve had several LDS people tell me that they were terrified because they weren’t certain that they were keeping all their covenants. What a Pharisaical burden to be under. (Mt. 23:4)

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