Originally Posted by ChasingPeace
I have a question for LDS/Mormons. I've heard that when a woman is born she receives a secret name from her father and when she marries, her father tells the secret name to her husband (the woman herself does not know the name). The secret name is important because a woman cannot enter heaven unless her husband calls her by her secret name. Is this true? If so, what if a woman doesn't marry? What if a woman's father dies before she marries?
It's half-true. Everyone - male and female - recieves a "new name" when they go through a temple for the first time. You recieve it personally and never reveal it to anyone else. The only
time that it is revealed is when a man and woman are married.
There is a ceremony that takes place in the temple where this name is used. Normally it is done with a trained temple worker and the member is doing proxy work on behalf of the dead (using the "new name" given to the deceased). However, before a man and woman are married, the husband-to-be takes the place of the temple worker and performs the ceremony with his wife-to-be and she uses the name she
recieved in the temple the first time she
Her father is never involved. The reason that it works this way (the wife tells the husband her "new name" and not vice versa) is because the doctrine of the Church is that at the final days - when the general resurrection of mankind occurs - the husband, in the office of his priesthood as a husband - will use this name to call his wife forth and - effectively - resurrect her when he is directed to do so. Of course, this won't happen until the Second Coming of Christ and is not something that happens willy-nilly.
As for your question of what happens if a woman doesn't marry - I don't know (and haven't been able to dig up an "official" answer) - but a general answer is that G-d has ways of making His designs/plans work for everyone no matter what their situation.
I don't know if that answers your question or raises more, but I hope it helped somewhat