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Calling the Wife on the Resurrection Day

One of the unique aspects of the LDS temple ceremony is that participants are given new names. This name is to be considered sacred and never to be revealed except at a certain time later in the ceremony. All men entering the temple on the same day are given the same name; the same occurs with the women. These names are usually taken from either the Bible or the Book of Mormon. Mormon leaders have taught that the husband has the ability to call his wife from the grave on resurrection day. According to Charles W. Penrose, who later became a First Counselor to Heber J. Grant:

“In the resurrection, they stand side by side and hold dominion together. Every man who overcomes all things and is thereby entitled to inherit all things, receives power to bring up his wife to join him in the possession and enjoyment thereof” (Mormon Doctrine Plain and Simple, 1888, p. 51).

In 1857, Mormon Apostle Erastus Snow, declared:

“Do you uphold your husband before God as your lord? ‘What! – my husband to be my lord?’ I ask, Can you get into the celestial kingdom without him? Have any of you been there? You will remember that you never got into the celestial kingdom without the aid of your husband. If you did, it was because your husband was away, and some one had to act proxy for him. No woman will get into the celestial kingdom, except her husband receives her, if she is worthy to have a husband; and if not, somebody will receive her as a servant” (Journal of Discourses 5:291).

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