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When Norman asked of what he needed to repent, his bishop replied, 'I don't know.' "In the end, many are troubled by the systematic censoring of believing members and undoubtedly this episode will be alluded to for years in discussions about the role and prerogatives of the Church and its members." ( Since the temple ceremony was supposed to have been given by revelation to the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, some members of the church, like the young missionary quoted above, are very disturbed that the current church leaders would make changes in the sacred ritual.Although some Mormon apologists would have us believe that the changes were really very minor or were only made so the ceremony could be shortened, the evidence we present in clearly demonstrates that many of the changes were major and affect very important Mormon teachings.

Nevertheless, they were still instructed to draw their thumbs across their throats to show the penalty.

In the 1984 account of the ritual, which we have published in our new book, pages 77-79, the reader can see how the wording was modified to remove the harsh language regarding the cutting of the throat and the tearing out of the tongue: "..desire to impress upon your minds the sacred character of the First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood, with its accompanying name, sign and penalty, as well as that of all other tokens of the Holy Priesthood, with their names, signs and penalties...

Later, after he wrote a protest and others petitioned Church leaders, his recommend was restored.

"In a similar scene in Cleveland, Ohio, Keith Norman's bishop reluctantly told him that he had been instructed to deny Norman a temple recommend for one year, after which he could have a recommend if he had repented.

A recent issue of the liberal Mormon magazine, "Last spring at the April general priesthood meeting when President Gordon B.

Hinckley counseled the men in the Church not to discuss the temple ordinances outside of the temple, few realized that his comments were a prelude to that soon-to-be-released new temple film which included changes in the ceremony and a streamlined narrative...."Adam—'We, and each of us, covenant and promise that we will not reveal any of the secrets of this, the first token of the Aaronic priesthood, with its accompanying name, sign or penalty. Some time in the first half of the 20th century, however, a major change was made concerning the penalties in the endowment ceremony.Should we do so, we agree that our throats be cut from ear to ear and our tongues torn out by their roots.'... For example, those who received the "First Token of the Aaronic Priesthood" no longer agreed to have their throats "cut from ear to ear" and their "tongues torn out by their roots" if they revealed the First Token.Many were talked to by their bishops or stake presidents, some met with general authorities.With two exceptions, all reported that their meetings were pleasant and non-threatening....The presidency referred to clippings from a thick Church file which had been gathered on him since his days in college.

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