List of LDS temple covenants

I don’t know where the idea that we can’t discuss anything that happens in the temple comes from. Probably like a lot of Mormon apocryphal beliefs, like caffeine, there is one tiny mention, and it’s extrapolated ad infinitum.

 

While it is true there are things revealed that we are put under obligation not to repeat, the vast majority of the endowment is not likewise protected.

 

Early on in the endowment, you are warned, “If you proceed and receive your full endowment, you will be required to take upon yourselves sacred obligations, the violation of which will bring upon you the judgment of God; for God will not be mocked. If any of you desire to withdraw rather than accept these obligations of your own free will and choice, you may now make it known by raising your hand.”

 

But so far, you are unaware of the covenants you will be taking. Many, many Mormons report uneasiness and even terror in that moment, because your temple prep class didn’t even mention this.

 

In an effort to ease the minds and spirits of Mormons in their first endowment, here is a list of the covenants you will make. Study them and prepare yourself to make these covenants before receiving your endowment.

 

Note that none of these solemn covenants are to not to reveal these covenants. There is nothing wrong with sharing these.

 

1.

Sisters: “You solemnly covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will each observe and keep the law of the Lord, and hearken to the counsel of your husband as he hearkens to the counsel of the Father.”

 

Brothers: “You solemnly covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will obey the law of God and keep his commandants.”

 

2.

“You solemnly covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will observe and keep the law of sacrifice, as contained in the holy scriptures, as it has been explained to you. [“And as Jesus Christ has laid down his life for the redemption of mankind, so we should covenant to sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if necessary, in sustaining and defending the kingdom of God.”]”

 

3.

You covenant that you “will never reveal the first token of the Aaronic priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign.”

 

4.

“You covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses that you will observe and keep the law of the gospel and this charge, as it has been explained to you. [“a charge to avoid all lightmindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed, the taking of the name of God in vain, and every other unholy and impure practice”]”

 

5.

You “covenant before God, angels, and these witnesses that I will never reveal the second token of the Aaronic priesthood, with its accompanying name and sign.”

 

6.

“You covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses that you will observe and keep the law of chastity, as it has been explained to you. [“which is that each of you shall have no sexual relations except with your husband or wife to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded.”]”

 

7.

You covenant “that I will never reveal the first token of the Melchizedek priesthood, or Sign of the Nail, with its accompanying name and sign.”

 

8.

“You covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar, that you do accept the law of consecration as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants, in that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.”

 

9.

“The second token of the Melchizedek priesthood, the patriarchal grip, or Sure Sign of the Nail…. has a name and a sign. You will be under the same sacred obligation in connection with this token and sign as you are with the other tokens and signs of the holy priesthood which you have received in the temple this day.”

 

Special thanks to http://www.ldsendowment.org/ who has the full endowment, save for things forbidden from sharing.

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