3. Before 1990, an effort was made to streamline the ceremony by presenting the lecture at the veil only when first-time temple-goers were in attendance. In the 1990 revision, the lecture was omitted altogether.

The first codified lecture at the veil was written by Brigham Young in 1877, for use in the St. George Temple. This version of the lecture included an explanation of Young's idiosyncratic Adam-God doctrine, which held that Adam was a mortal incarnation of the same exalted being who had fathered the spirits of mankind in the premortal world.