An example of such a lurid contemporary account can be found in the 'Warsaw Signal,' edited by rabid Mormon critic Thomas Sharp, for 18 February 1846: "'The Saints have endeavored to keep the ceremony of the endowment perfectly quiet; but some of them have let the cat out of the bag and disclosed all.We have the story from two different sources, and as both correspond, we give it credit, although persons abroad, not acquainted with Mormonism, will be loath to believe that so much depravity as is evinced in the invention of this ceremony can exist, and that men and women can be found who consider the obscene rites sacred. Gluttonous Temple Birthday Parties with Virgins and Other Fleshly Frolics for the Endowed Faithful. "Once inside the gleaming white structure that towers over the compound, investigators found 'multiple locked safes, locked desk drawers, locked vaults, as well as multiple computers and beds,' court documents said. ." These revelations (so to speak) raise certain questions related to the Mormon Church itself._____ REPORTED SEX ACTS IN THE FLDS TEMPLE According to recent media reports, the temple located on the grounds of Jeffs' patriarchal playground was used to consummate sex acts between male members of the sect and their new temple-signed, sealed and delivered underage wives. The temple inside [the FLDS] polygamous sect's outpost was used by husbands when they had sex for the first time with their new underage wives, according to an affidavit released Wednesday by Texas officials. "The affidavit, signed by Department of Public Safety investigator Leslie Brooks, said evidence was found inside the temple that the men would force the young girls to have sex 'at the initial time of marriage.' . David John Buerger, in his book, "The Mysteries of Godliness: A History of Mormon Temple Worship" (San Francisco: Smith Research Associates, 1994) reviews accusations from early Mormon temple days that secret sexually-oriented acts were being performed inside these edifices."'There must always be two candidates, a male and female presented for the endowment at once. If a male cannot find a female to take the endowment with him, the heads of the church provide one, and vice versa."The candidates are first taken into a room together, where they are stripped of all their clothing and are made to wash each other from head to foot."'The ceremony being ended, the candidates are brought together, still in a state of nudity, into a room where they are allowed to remain together, alone, as long as they see proper.
A 'Fort Worth Star Telegram article headlined, "Eldorado temple used for sex with young girls, records say," reports the following: " . "The search- and arrest-warrant affidavit said the temple at the YFZ (Yearn for Zion) Ranch contains an area with a bed where males over 17 engaged in sexual activity with females under 17. Early official Mormon reluctance to openly address and disavow these alleged practices (particularly relating to goings-on in the Nauvoo temple) did nothing but fuel speculation.
"On Saturday, investigators found 'disturbed bed linens and a strand of hair that appears to be from a female head,' the affidavit states. Buerger writes: "Despite injunctions for secrecy, accounts soon began to circulate about the temple rituals.