Date: August 09, 2018 08:39PM
The implication by the author is at the end of the description of the temple ceremony. It sounds like a sex act performed in the nude -- at least that is what is alluded to.
By early winter, the "upper rooms" of the Temple, set
apart for the mysteries of the Endowments were finished,
and the persons in the different quorums accounted worthy,
were sent for, to receive the "fullness of that blessing."
None but those of approved integrity, and of undoubted
orthodoxy, who have paid their "tithing," can travel this
"Mormon road to Heaven," as it is called. This "tithing,"
in its fullest sense, implies a tenth of all one's property
and income, and one-tenth of the time to be spent in labor
on the public works, or money to hire a substitute.
There are many things about these initiations which I do
not feel at liberty to disclose, as I have received them as
religious mysteries, at a time I believed they were true —
when I knew no other religion. Indeed, my whole know-
ledge of religion, until within a few months, has been associ-
ated with these ceremonies, as opening the only road to
heaven. They have taught me to believe my chief duties
as a woman, in this life, consisted in having a great many
children ; and my prospect for happiness and "exaltation"
in the next world, to be greatly enhanced, by being one of
many fruitful wives of one man ; and that even my salvation
depended upon the pleasure of the Prophet, or on that of a
spiritual husband, and I had never heard a true account of
that beautiful story of a free salvation through Christ, of
which I am now anxious to know more.
Those things in the following ceremonies, which I have
neglected to disclose, are such as, while they would only
gratify the morbid curiosity of some readers, and offend the
good taste of others, are forever sealed within my own breast
by a solemn obligation of secrecy, and must so remain until
I can see how their disclosure can contribute to the public
good: a reason for silence on those points, which all con-
scientious people will, I think, duly appreciate; and yet I
am free to acknowledge, that I have had some difficulty in
settling with my conscience the exact point at which my dis-
closures should end; and the difficulty has not been lessened
by the instruction and advice kindly given me by several dis-
tinguished ministers of the Gospel, that I ought to feel
myself at liberty to make an unreserved disclosure of the
whole matter. I have, however, thought it safest to give my
conscience the benefit of the doubt, where there has been
any question as to what I ought to do; and hence the follow-
ing is all I have to disclose upon this part of Mormonism at
My husband, who was a member of the fourth "Quorum
of Seventies," and myself, were called to the Temple to re-
ceive our "Endowments."
We ascended the first stair, at the head of which Brigham
Young met us. He took me by both hands, and led me to a
door at the left, and whispering in my ear a pass-word, left
me to go in, and afterwards did the same with my husband,
who was directed to enter a door at the right.
The room I had entered was nearly filled with women: no
men were in this room; and no women were in the room at
the right, where Wallace had entered. Here we were un-
dressed and washed in a large tub of warm water, by a woman
who is "ordained" to that office, and then anointed with
"consecrated oil," by another woman, also "ordained" for
that particular duty.
Two high priests were in an adjoining room, consecrating
this oil, and handing the same into both rooms as it was
needed, which was poured from a horn over our heads, and a
lengthy prayer was then said over us. Every part of the
body being in turn the special subject of this prayer, that we
might become as little children, even as Adam and Eve were
when placed in the Garden of Eden, and many other matters
of a similar bearing, which I cannot now recollect, although
I witnessed the ceremony many times afterwards.
We were then dressed with a white night-gown and skirt,
and shoes of bleached drilling, and with our hair loose and
dripping with consecrated oil, each received a new name, and
were instructed that we were never to pronounce this name
on earth but once: and that, when we came to enter within
the "Veil" hereafter described.
The same process is gone through with in the men's wash-
ing-room, except that they wore nothing but shirt and draw-
ers, and when all was ready in both rooms, each party was
piloted by one of their own sex into a common room, fitted
up to represent, and called the Garden of Eden. On this
occasion there were about forty persons of both sexes. The
room into which we were taken was very large, the walls
were hung with white muslin, and was fitted up with boxes,
containing a great variety of trees, designed to represent the
Garden of Eden. All the trees were in life, and presented a
very fine appearance, and we were marched round the room
among them in slow and solemn procession.
It is required that each candidate be perfectly clean in
dress and person, and a filthy thing is here regarded an
A circumstance happened at this initiation which will
illustrate how readily propriety is sacrificed to their ideas of
orthodoxy. It appears that a large Irishman, who, though a
good Mormon, had not lost his native propensity to "bulls,"
had come into the wash-room for his "Endowments," either
thoughtlessly or ignorantly, with shirt and drawers not over
dean. He had, however, put on a clean "dickey," but this
would not pass after his anointing, and being the last one
washed, and the procession ready to move into the Garden
of Eden, he threw on his clean dickey, and marched in and
received, to use his own words, "Me Endowments, with nary
an onclane rag abute me," having on, in fact, nothing but his
But to continue. The first thing we saw in the centre of
the "Garden" was the "devil," dressed in black muslin, in
conversation with " Eve," the latter being tempted to partake
of the forbidden "fruit," to which she finally yielded. Eve
then went to Adam, with an offer of the "fruit," who, after
much resistance, "be likewise fell;" whereupon the "Lord"
came into the "Garden," with a glittering white robe, be-
spangled with every kind of brilliants that could send back a
flash of light, from whose face Adam, and Eve, and the
"Tempter" fled away, hiding among the trees; but finally
the first two confessed their "crime," and the "Lord" pro-
nounced a curse upon them and upon their race, copied from
Genesis, and the devil crawled out of sight upon his face.
The Lord then put aprons upon Adam and Eve, and upon us
all, made of white linen, illustrated by means of green silk,
to represent fig-leaves. We were then led out again, each
to our respective rooms, and thus ended the "first glory."
I deem it proper, and a duty I owe my sex, to hand dawn
to infamy the names of the women I have seen not only then,
but since, represent "Eve" in the "Garden of Eden," the
more so, because the persona whose names I am about to
mention appear to have performed it willingly and with "pleasure."
Eliza Snow, who was one of the wives of the Prophet
Joseph, and now a wife of Brigham Young "for time," as
it is termed, which means she will be Joseph's wife again in
heaven, performed this part more than any other woman.
Now at fifty years of age, she is even yet very beautiful, and
she may be said to perform infamously well. I have also
seen Mrs. Buel, mentioned heretofore, do the same. She is
the woman whose husband lived at Lima, Ill., when Joseph
seduced her from him. I have also seen Mrs. Knowlton in
the same capacity. She is the mother of my brother How-
ard's wife, Martha.
Martha is a good and pure woman, and will not submit to
the double wife practice although she is forced to acknow-
ledge, in common with all Mormon women, that it is right
in principle each week when she is questioned, as they all
are, by the "teachers." When my brother Howard one time
brought home another wife, Martha fought her out of the
house, and he was forced to console himself with one. But
when I left Salt Lake last year, he was courting two sisters
whom he intended to take home, thinking they would to-
gether be able to hold the balance of power in Martha's
household. I presume she will in the end submit, as that
is sure to be the fate of most Mormon women.
"Satan" is generally represented by Judge Phelps, for
whom I have no words sufficiently hateful. Levi Hancock
also often performed the same. And "Adam" by Orson
Hyde and Parley P. Pratt I have no doubt but these cha-
racters have been represented by others, but these are the
persons who generally do it. The whole room was hung
with white cloth, and behind one side of the "Garden of
Eden" there was no wall but the curtain, with an arrange-
ment of "peep-holes," where Mormons who have before taken
their Endowments may witness it again. Brigham Young
was in the practice of sending for various ones among the
women to that room, where he examined them as to their
pass-words and grips, and forced them to witness again the
"temptation." I was often sent for afterwards at Salt Lake
on such occasions.
The character of the "Lord" was always represented by
"Brother Brigham," if he could possibly be there--if not,
deputized some one; but Brigham never played the "Devil"
or "Adam" on these occasions.
I think I need not inform my readers how heartily the
women mentioned as "Eves" at these infernal rites were in
secret despised and hated bj the great mass of the Mormon
women: especially Eliza Snow. Though forced to treat them
well in society there, I take pleasure in letting them know
the opinion that obtained among their own sex, and which
would have found an expression of universal disgust from
those of their associates, if it were not crushed into silence
by the overshadowing power of the Prophet.
We were now undressed again, and each put on the "gar-
ment," which is so arranged as to form a whole suit at once;
and the "robe," which is a strip of white muslin, say three-
fourths of a yard wide, and long enough to reach to the feet,
gathered in the middle, and tied by a bow, to the left shoul-
der, and brought across the body, and the edges fastened to-
gether on the right side, with a belt around the waist of the
same. Over this was put the apron we had received in the
"first glory;" and the women wore what is called a veil,
made of a large piece of book muslin, reaching nearly to the
floor, and gathered up at one corner to fit the head. The
men wore a kind of turban, made of the same material, other-
wise men and women were dressed alike. Thus disguised,
it was quite impossible for us to recognize each other.
We were next led into what is called the Terrestrial Glory ;
where Brigham Young received us, and after a long effort to
explain the disgusting scene in the "Garden," as necessary to
our future exaltation, he gave each a pass-woxd and grip
necessary, he said, to admit us into the "Celestial Glory;"
where our (i.e.Mormon) "god" dwells. Some say this is
Adam; and some that Joe Smith is to be our "god," and
afterwards, Brigham Young intimated, that he (Brigham),
was the medium of our salvation, and that Joseph was his
"god." They do not all agree upon this point; but they do
agree upon another thing, and that is: that there are many
gods, and they do not acknowledge the one Triune God of
the Bible, but that every man will sometime be a "god;"
and that women are to be the ornaments of his kingdom, and
dependent upon him for resurrection and salvation; and that
our salvation is dependent upon the recollection of these pass-
words; that when we get to Heaven, these pass-words will
open the door to us if we can recollect them; but even then,
Brigham's permission is necessary before the women can en-
ter. The absolute truth of which theory I have never doubted
until within a few months.
From this we pass, after being armed with the pass-words
and grips, to another room, where is an altar, before which,
if any wish, they are "sealed" — that is married. The name of
this I do not recollect, but it is the third "Glory." We
arrived finally, where a veil separated us from the "Celestial
Glory." A man behind the veil examined us, as to the pass-
words and grips Brigham had given us, and to whom we gave
our "new name," received at the first anointing. Holes
through the veil enabled him to see us when we could not see
him, and also, to cut with a small pair of scissors, certain
marks, beside others, the Masonic square and compass, upon
the right and left breast of our " garments," and upon the
right knee, a gash, deep enough to make a scar, by which «re
were to be recognized as Mormons. This gash upon the right
biee is now often omitted, because many of the women ob-
ject to it. We were then admitted into the "Celestial Glory,"
where, seated upon a throne, in great state, was a person
representing "our god." This was a gorgeously furnished
room, illustrating by earthly signs a heavenly glory. This
ends the first "anointing."
The time occupied in this initiation is about ten hours.
Two days in the week are set apart for this purpose, and
sometimes group after group succeeds each other, and the ini-
tiation is continued all day, and not unfrequently long after
Arrived at this point, the candidate is prepared to pro-
ceed to the "second anointing." This I have never received,
and for various reasons, not the least of which was, that very
few have received this as yet, and will not until the new
temple at Salt Lake city is finished. I had also heard it
hinted, that the "second anointing" was administered
without clothing of any kind; and moreover, as it will be
seen hereafter, I had reason to doubt somewhat, though not
entirely to discard Mormonism.
It was a noticeable feature, that the outside show of some
of the regalia and furniture connected with these *' Endow-
ments," were made to conform to those of Masonry; and
Mormons are anxious to have the "Gentiles" associate all
they know of these beastly "Endowments," with Masonry, or
as being a modified form of it, made eligible to women, as a
blind to cover the real objects of this "Institution;" and I
have noticed by the public prints, since my arrival in the
States, that this was the opinion entertained among those
"Gentiles" supposed to be best informed upon this subject.
But this is but a mere blind; and the real object of these
mystic forms is no way connected with, or borrowed from
Masonry. Now, in conclusion of my disclosures upon this
part of my subject, associated as it is with hateful memories
of that peculiar kind, most distasteful to the recollection of a
pure woman, I deem it my duty, in compensation for what
I have felt compelled to omit of the foregoing, especially of
that never to be forgotten scene in the "Garden of Eden,"
to state, that the "moral" and object of the whole is, socially,
to unsex the sexes; * * * * * * * * * * and when I call the attention of
the reader to the fact, that while I have described the dress
of all the parties to this inhuman display, and ocular demon-
stration, I have not mentioned the dress of "Adam and Eve"
nor the nature of the "Fruit" by which each was in turn
tempted; I think he will admit, that while I hare said enough,
I have also left more unsaid than the imagination, held with
the loosest possible rein, would be likely to picture; and I
have only to add, that the reality is too monstrous for human
* It would seem to be a misfortune, that a false estimate of pro
priety should be allowed to interpose a barrier against the exposure
of these Mormon debaucheries. But as Mrs. S , from consci
tious scruples, and a doubt as to the good to be accomplished by
more full disclosure, preferred ftlence, we leave this subject as it is.
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