[Part 3 here.]
Temple Ordinance Worker Leadership Structure
Once an ordinance worker is set apart by a member of the temple presidency, he or she may function in any number of positions in the temple leadership framework (without any other special ceremony). In this, temple service bears a relation to missionary organization. In larger temples, internal leadership may be organized along these lines:
Shift supervisor: this person is responsible for assigning other ordinance workers (of the same gender) what are usually rotating duties in the temple as outlined below. They conduct orientation of new workers or assign that task to other staff, conduct beginning-of-shift devotional/instruction meetings and take general responsibility to see that the temple services function as planned. Those male only assignments report to the male supervisor. Liaises with the presidency (males) or matrons (females), as needed.
Assistant supervisor: essentially has the same duties as the supervisor and they operate in tandem, separating to different parts of the temple as needed. If the supervisor is absent, the assistant functions as sole director of operations and vice versa. [Titles may vary. Supervisor may be called “coordinator” for example. Temple workers wear name tags and in some temples it is customary to include an appropriate title on the tag, like “supervisor.”]
Trainer(s): usually has responsibility to train new ordinance workers and help longer term workers maintain the coherence between actual sacramental performance and the Church model of same.
Endowment director (male only assignment): The endowment director sees that ordinance rooms are prepared properly, endowment instruction sessions begin in a timely way and are staffed appropriately, that any language needs are met for patrons not fluent in the temple’s primary language (determined by its geographic location) along with some administrative duties. The endowment director assists the recorder by counting the number of patrons attending the session for each endowment session during his shift.
Assistant Endowment Director: essentially the same duties as the director. While they may function in tandem, they can be in different parts of the temple as needed. The same may be true for other directors and assistants.
Initiatory Director: directs that portion of the temple endowment featuring symbolic washing and anointing. Prepares the sacred space and assigns ordinance workers in that space as needed.
Assistant Initiatory Director: essentially the same duties as the director.
Locker Room Director: The temple ceremonies involve ceremonial clothing and require the patrons to change from street clothing to basic white clothes over which ceremonial clothing is done. The locker room has (private) lockers! Surprise. Their systematic use is directed by, guess who. He also assists, or may assign others to assist, in helping patrons who are coming to the temple for the first time.
Assistant Locker Room Director: essentially the same duties as director.
Baptistry Director (male): directs the functioning and use of the temple baptismal font which is used by patrons to be baptized in proxy of dead persons who are their ancestors, the ancestors of friends or for dead persons whose names are accumulated by the temple in several different ways for this purpose.
Assistant Baptistry Director (male): as usual.
There may be several other similar officers, some assisting with the endowment ceremony others working with other aspects of the system. But you get the pattern.
Ordinance Worker assignments.
Ordinance workers are assigned by the shift supervisor or assistant supervisor to work in various areas of the temple during the shift. Depending on the time of day of the shift this could involve conducting/assisting an endowment session, administering initiatory ordinances, assisting the locker room director in various ways, helping first time patrons, etc. Each ordinance worker rotates through different assignments on a given shift, the rotation pattern usually changing every month or two for variety and to maintain the skill set. Specifically, these assignments could be:
Assisting endowment patrons: this assignment involves roughly 90 minutes.
Assisting initiatory patrons: also roughly a 90 minute term.
Assisting in the baptistry: (sometimes performing baptisms[males], sometimes recording their completion[males], sometimes helping at the baptistry desk, or assisting in proxy confirmation (males), distributing baptismal clothing, etc.
Assisting at the recommend desk: at the entrance to every temple is an admissions desk (the temple recommend desk) where patrons show their temple recommend to a male ordinance worker, indicating that they are approved by their local church leaders to participate in temple functions. The recommend is valid for 2 years, when it must be renewed by interview with the patron’s bishop and stake president.
Assisting new patrons during their first temple endowment experience.
Assisting temple patrons who are occupying the meditation chapel (see the next part on temple architecture) while waiting for an endowment session to begin.
Sealing in Latter-day Saint theology means connecting one individual to another with a permanent bond, one that persists beyond death. The bond may exist between husband and wife, between parents and children, and step-wise between the individual and all discoverable ancestors. This chain of seals is a defined purpose of Mormonism. The person who performs the sealing is traditionally called a sealer. Usually, the permanence of the “seal” is said to depend on the faithfulness of the individuals involved.
Temple sealers are men who have been assigned to this duty by the Church’s First Presidency (see part 3). Sealers have their own supervisory structure and may have a differing shift structure from other temple ordinance workers. Their duties involve performing marriages “for time and all eternity” for living patrons, and also for the dead, again using proxy patrons. They also seal children to parents. Sealers are also often invited to serve additionally as ordinance workers in the other sense. They have no special status in that service since the leadership structures are separate. The sealing ordinances are typically regarded as the chief or final ordinances one can receive, the other sacerdotal experiences are often seen as leading to this one. If parents were sealed in the temple, then doctrine defines that an automatic sealing is in effect between those parents and any child born after such sealing.
[Part 5 here.]
 And in some cases, at least historically, men who function essentially as extra counselors in the temple presidency.
 Since the large part of temple ritual does not change, when a patron returns to perform the temple sacraments for the dead, he or she repeats essentially the same performances each time.