Below is a video the “Prayer Circle” Mormons participate in during the later part of the endowment ceremony. It begins by the officiator holding up a box that represents the “prayers” people have called in to be put on the temple prayer roll, and then he places the box on the altar. Then the participants are invited to come up and to form a male then female, male then female circle around the altar. Women veil their faces, and both male and female raise their hand “to the square”, placing their elbows on the shoulder of the one standing beside them and then clasp their other hand around their neighbors.
I forgot to mention that before the prayer beings all members of the circle are to hold their hands up, then bring them down slowly, as they do this they are to say the words “O God, hear the words of my mouth” and they do this done three times. I’m not quite sure why this is done, but I do know this is how they believe Adam and Eve prayed to God after they were cast out of the garden.
Melissa Grimes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Special Note: thanks to Melissa for doing all this work! My concern? Why aren’t these people reading the prayer requests aloud and sitting down to pray over these requests? Why are they chanting and doing little dance-like maneuvers?
Please, please, pray for the people in this video and all the Mormons that do this on a daily/weekly basis believing this is from God.
With Love in Christ;