Resource Category: The Temple
Lest you think that your sacred name was inspired just for you…
Want to see the temple name of any member based on their endowment date? Here you go.
As part of the temple endowment ceremony each Mormon receives a new name which they are instructed that they “should always remember and which (they) must keep sacred and never reveal, except at a certain place…”
Since January 1, 1965 each Mormon who goes through the temple on any given day receives the exact same new name, regardless of which temple they attend across the globe.
These names are given to the temple workers each day during a special prayer meeting. Every temple has a set of placards with male and female names on them, in addition to a small number. The number is the day of the month. The choice of which new name a temple patron receives depends only on their gender and the day of the month.
The only confirmed exception to this rule occurs when the new name of the day coincides with the person’s actual first given name, in which case he/she receives the replacement name of Adam/Eve respectively. This has been known to occur even in cases of near matches, such as Paul/Saul. For endowments given in languages other than English, new names are translated to their nearest equivalent in that language.
This website is a collection of new name submissions and information that has been inferred from them.