Greetings all my relations,
It is with great honor that I present to you this ancient record…
The Mentinah Archives Volume One, The Ways and Customs of the Ammonites,
Shi-Tugohah, a Lamanite, fought against Captain Moroni until hewas given an opportunity to join the Ammonites by covenant. He recorded the ways and customs of the Ammonites in marriage, in blessing of children, in coming of age, in baptism, in purification, in healing, in Council of Mothers,in ordination, in Sabbath worship, in celebrations, and in living the Law of Consecration.
The Record of Shi-Tugoha,
The Blessing of Children
1) Behold, when a man and a woman have married themselves and their community in this sacred manner, they proceed to build a home together, even they together and all their kin. And this dwelling place is modest and humble.
2) And when a child is born, behold, they wash it and dress it in beautiful raiment and bring it to the Peli.
And while the mother holds the child, the Peli places the hands of the father upon it.
Yea, and he also places the hands of all the kin of the couple who have been asked to participate, upon the child.
Then the Peli sings a song of thanksgiving. Then the father of the child speaks the name of the child in a clear voice and, when the Spirit is upon him, he does prophecy concerning the infant.
3) When he has finished speaking, the Peli once again sings a song of thanksgiving and takes the child in his hands and raises it up before all the people and again pronounces its name to them.
All the people clap their hands three times and say the name in a loud voice together. Once this is done, the child is given back to the mother again.
4) This is the sacred manner in which a new child is introduced to the community and to the world.
Yea, and this is the sacred manner in which the child receives its name in the sight of all the people.
And all things are done in the holy name of God and in a spirit of thanksgiving.
5) And the name of the child is written in the book kept by the Peli.
Age of Agency
1) Behold, it is the custom among the People of Ammon that all children are taught at home by their mother and their father.
Yea, the mother and father of every child are responsible for teaching them to talk in a sacred manner and to walk in a sacred manner.
And, notwithstanding the fact that many children do begin the study of trades even at a young age, nevertheless,they first learn to walk by faith and to speak peaceable things from the parents.
2) And the child is nurtured with all love and care so that there can be no doubt at all in the mind of the child of the position of importance in which the parents hold them.
Because of this confidence, the loyalty of the children for their parents is very great.
Yea, and they do speak with reverence and respect and they do not fight and quarrel one with another, because they esteem their neighbor as importantly as they do esteem themselves.
3) Now, when a young man or young woman approach the age of agency, whereby they are made accountable for their actions as any man or woman is made accountable, they are honored with a holy ordinance.
And this is the manner of the ordinance:
4) The youth is brought before all their relations and friends and is placed in the center of the meeting place.
And all the relations and friends sit themselves in circles around the youth, beginning with the parents and the brethren and sisters, and then the relations as they extend out from them, until all the relations are seated.
The friends stand all around the outside.
5) And when all are in their places, the Peli stand and form a circle around where the youth is seated. And behold, they raise up their hands above their heads and clap them loudly together three times.
When they have done this, all the people speak the name of the youth clearly, and they also clap their hands three times.
6) When this is done, the Peli stand one at a time and each speaks some good thing about the youth.
7) Then, every person who wishes todo so, stands up one at a time and courteously complements the mother of the youth. And after each person has spoken, the whole congregation claps their hands together three times.
8) And when all are done speaking, the brothers and sisters, and the cousins of the honored youth stand and go out to the outer court where the relations of the youth have laid down the gifts they have brought.
And they bring in the gifts and heap them upon the seated youth.
9) Now, though it is not required by the ordinance, it has nevertheless become the custom that the youth now stands and honors certain important people by giving awaysome of the gifts, and this also honors all the givers of gifts.
10) At this time, when all has been accomplished, the father, or designated Peli of the youth, raises an incense of sacred herbs in the sacred directions all around the youth and sings a song of thanksgiving in the hearing of all the people.
And when he has finished his song, the people raise their voices also and repeat the song, only adding the name of the youth at the end of it in a most tumultuous unison.
11) Having completed the ordinance, all the people proceed to a feast prepared by the mother, sisters and aunts of the youth and they share the good things together in honor of the passage of the youth into manhood or womanhood.
12) Now, as I said, the name of the youth is used in this ordinance, and the name is the same that was given by a sacred ordinance when they were born.
But, when they reach the age of agency, and this is that age when a young man must work for his support and when a young woman begins upon the years of childbearing, they receive a new name in a sacred ceremony.
And this is the manner of the ordinance of naming:
13) When the Spirit shall have testified to the youth of the rightness of the time, they present themselves before the principle Peli and they speak together for a long time.
Yea, sometimes they meet together many times over many days.
14) After they have spoken, the Peli seeks the guidance of the Spirit and the New Name is revealed to him by the Holy Ghost.
15) Having received the New Name by the workings of the Spirit upon the Way, the Peli and the youth meet again and it is given in a sacred ordinance.
And this is the manner of this sacred ordinance:
16) The Peli arranges the Sacred Place so that the altar blanket is stretched out from east to west. He prepares a place for the youth to sit on the west side of the altar blanket. He also prepares a place for himself to sit on the east side of the altar blanket.
17) The Peli then prepares an incense of sacred herbs and presents the smoke of it as an offering to the sacred directions, all the while singing a song of thanksgiving.
18) When he has finished, he gives the incense to the one receiving the New Name and the same song is sung by both of them.
19) When they have finished singing, the Peli claps his hands three times and declares to the youth all that the Spirit has revealed to him.
Having finished prophesying, the Peli pronounces the name and the youth repeats it.
20) Now, this is not the name by which the youth is known among the people, but is held in sacred reserve and is used as a keyword upon the Way.
Yea, the youth reveals the New Name only in a certain place upon the Way.
to be continued…cj