== Founding of The Summit Lighthouse==
In 1958, the ascended master [[El Morya]] called [[Mark L. Prophet]] to Washington, D.C., to found The Summit Lighthouse and to publish the teachings of the [[ascended master]]s. Seven ascended masters—[[Archangel Michael]], the [[Elohim of Peace]], [[Saint Germain]], the [[Maha Chohan]], El Morya, [[Gautama Buddha]] and [[Godfre]]—gave the founding dictations of The Summit Lighthouse before the original board members on August 7, 1958, in Philadelphia.
By this time Mark was living in a brownstone house on Kentucky Avenue close to the heart of the nation’s capital. In a room on the top floor, which served as the first sanctuary for The Summit Lighthouse, Mark would sit at his manual typewriter under a 300 watt light bulb and receive the masters’ dictations for the [[Pearls of Wisdom]].
Among the few furnishings in his room were a rug, a large picture of El Morya, a phonograph and one record entitled “Hearts and Flowers.” This phonograph record had been used so much that the needle would stick on a certain spot each time it was played.
== Mother Finds Mark and The Summit Lighthouse ==
Elizabeth Clare Prophet met Mark, her [[twin flame]], when she attended her first Summit Lighthouse meeting on April 22, 1961, in Boston. (In later years, her students came to call her “Mother” because of her devotion to God as Mother, just as a mother superior is called “Mother” or a priest “Father.”)
Soon after this first meeting, El Morya called Mother to Washington, D.C., to be trained as a Messenger. Mark told Mother that his tenure on earth was drawing to a close but he would stay till she was ready to carry on in his stead. Her knowing this was a heavy burden on her heart. The Messengers served side by side for just eleven years and ten months.
In 1962, The Summit Lighthouse bought its first printing press. It was delivered to Mother’s apartment in Arlington, Virginia, where she printed the ''Pearls of Wisdom'' in her living room. Later that year, the organization bought a house in Fairfax, Virginia, and called it [[Holy Tree House]] for the abundance of holly trees on the property. Holy Tree House was surrounded by woods and the staff sat on the screened in porch to eat their meals. Mother cooked and ran the press until Bill Harper, a pillar in the early church, joined staff and took over the basement print shop.
Mother and Mark were married March 16, 1963. The Messengers’ first child, Sean Christopher Prophet, was born at Holy Tree House May 9, 1964. In July, Saint Germain anointed Mother as [[Messenger]] for the [[Great White Brotherhood]]. The Great White Brotherhood is a spiritual order of Western saints and Eastern masters. (The term “white” refers not to race but to the aura of white light that surrounds these immortals.)
In 1964, Mark went on his first people to people tour. He traveled throughout the United States and contacted just about every person on the mailing list. Mother recalls that he was very touched to visit a black couple who were readers of the Pearls of Wisdom. Although they were not educated, they understood perfectly the teachings of the Great White Brotherhood. In fact, they so loved the Masters that they papered the walls of their little cottage with the Pearls of Wisdom.
Mark and Mother were profoundly impressed by the lesson that this dear couple demonstrated: If you have the Holy Spirit, you don’t need a college degree to understand the teachings of the ascended masters. And if you don’t have the Holy Spirit, a college degree will not help you.
In July and August, Mark lectured in the eastern and central states. In September 1967, he toured the western states, lecturing in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and California. In those days Mark spoke of the dangers of [[drugs]] and [[rock music]], prophesying a great rise in murder and crime as a result of the opening of the [[astral plane]] through the hippie lifestyle. How right he was!
On October 25, the Messengers’ third child, Moira Ellen Prophet, was born. In August and September 1968, immediately following the International Re-Source Conference, held in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Mark, Mother, their three children and several staff members boarded the ''S.S. Bremen'' and embarked on their European tour. They lectured in major cities and visited Keepers of the Flame. Part of their mission was to clear the records of [[black magic]] and [[witchcraft]] in Europe and the [[false hierarchy]] behind those records.
In Europe the Messengers broke new ground. Even though they did not speak the language, they rented hotel meeting rooms and delivered lectures in English. Their message was always well received. Some of our members remember to this day meeting Mark when he lectured in a hotel in Amsterdam. As a result of this tour, we now have many [[Teaching Center|Teaching Centers]] and [[Study Group|Study Groups]] in various European cities where the Messengers traveled.
In April 1970, following the Easter conference, Mark, Mother, their children and fifty Keepers of the Flame and staff made a pilgrimage to India. They visited Darjeeling, Kashmir and many religious and historical centers throughout India. They met with the Dalai Lama, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, holy men and people from all walks of life. Mark delivered a sermon at Sarnath, where Gautama Buddha first began to teach.
Although the group toured sacred sites and scenic spots, Mark told them that their goal was to carry the light of the [[resurrection flame]] from the Easter conference held in Santa Barbara to India—to return the light from the West to the East. The Rev. Annice Booth, who traveled to India with the Messengers, notes that several of the students who went on the India pilgrimage are now ascended
masters—George Lancaster, Helen MacDonald, Ruth Jones, Marguerite Baker and Marguerite Wurtsbaugh.
In November 1970, Mark and Mother founded [[Montessori International]], a school for children one and a half to seven years old, in Colorado Springs. The curriculum was based on the educational principles set forth by Dr. [[Maria Montessori]] and the ascended masters. One of our two original teachers spoke Spanish to the children. This was our first bilingual program and we continue to stress the study of foreign languages for children of all ages. Enrollment swelled when our headquarters moved to Pasadena and Camelot in California, where more than two hundred students attended nursery school through high school.
The year 1972 was Mark’s last on earth and it was a busy one for both Messengers. Tatiana, the youngest of the Prophet children, was born on January 15. In June, Mark opened the [[Four Winds Organic Center]], a restaurant and health food store in Colorado Springs. Mark loved to meet the people who came to eat at his restaurant. The grand opening was recorded in articles in the local newspapers, ''The Sun'' and ''Gazette Telegraph''.
In June, the Messengers also published book one of [[Climb the Highest Mountain]], the Everlasting Gospel and scripture for the
Age of Aquarius. Mark, Mother, their four children and several staff members vacationed in Hawaii to celebrate the completion of the book. Upon their return, Mark took great pleasure in autographing the first copies of the newly published book for the staff.
While the Messengers were in Hawaii, Mark gave lectures from town to town. Many people recognized him as their spiritual teacher and followed him back to La Tourelle, where they joined staff. During this trip, El Morya told Mother that she would begin walking the [[fourteen stations of the cross]] with the Divine Mother on June 27. Subsequently, the [[Mother Mary|Blessed Mother]] dictated thirteen scriptural rosaries for the New Age.
== Worldwide Expansion through Publications and Outreach ==
In September 1973, Mother inaugurated the first full time, twelve week session of Summit University at the Motherhouse in Santa Barbara, where she taught three quarters per year. Summit University outgrew the Motherhouse, was held in Colorado Springs from fall 1975 through spring 1976, and then settled at the Nazarene campus in Pasadena until the Church moved to Camelot in 1978. Starting in 1988, Summit University convened at the Royal Teton Ranch.
In December 1973, Mother and a group of pilgrims embarked on “Mission South America” to help prepare South America spiritually to receive incoming souls of Light from the [[Great Divine Director]]’s [[seventh root race]]. The New Year’s conference, ''The Origin of Cycles'', was held in Mexico City. The group spent several days climbing the pyramids in the Yucatan, offering prayers and decrees to clear the ancient records of human sacrifice.
In the mid 1970s, we expanded our publishing efforts. When Mother first joined The Summit Lighthouse, ''Pearls of Wisdom'' were being published weekly, but we had no books in print, no decree sheets and no published tape recordings. By 1973, we had published ''Studies in Alchemy'' and ''Intermediate Studies in Alchemy'' in addition to Climb the Highest Mountain.
After Mark ascended, Mother quickly went to work to print all the books the masters had dictated in serialized form in the ''Pearls of Wisdom''. Among the books she published by 1977 are ''Cosmic Consciousness'' by Lanello, ''Studies of the Human Aura'' by Kuthumi, ''Intermediate Studies of the Human Aura'' by Djwal Kul, ''The Chela and the Path'' by El Morya, ''Quietly Comes the Buddha'' by Gautama Buddha, and ''Vials of the Seven Last Plagues'' by the Seven Archangels.
El Morya told Mother that each book she published was designed to reach a special group of souls who would know that this book was for them. And Mother has noticed that this always happens; every time we print a new book, our organization takes another leap in size, just as it did when Mark ascended.
In December, Jesus directed the messenger to move our headquarters to Los Angeles, the City of the Angels. By this time Mother was already recognized as a prominent religious leader and Church membership kept growing.
In 1976, Mother moved the Church headquarters to a leased campus in Pasadena, California. She also established the [[Ashram of the World Mother (Los Angeles)|Ashram of the World Mother]] in downtown Los Angeles. In July 1977, [[Padma Sambhava]] bestowed the mantle of [[Guru]] upon Mother and provided the link for us to pursue the [[Guru-chela relationship|Guru-chela]] (Master disciple) relationship through the embodied Guru in the lineage of [[Sanat Kumara]], Gautama Buddha, [[Lord Maitreya]] and [[Jesus|Jesus Christ]].
== Mother Stumps for Saint Germain ==
== Our New Home—The Inner Retreat ==
In September 1981, we purchased the Royal Teton Ranch, bordering Yellowstone National Park in Montana, and in October Mother and Edward Francis, her beloved co-worker and [[soul mate]], were married.
In the summer of 1982, the Ranch Kitchen Restaurant opened in Corwin Springs, Montana, featuring home cooked meals, delicious fruit-sweetened desserts and baked goods that won first prizes at the Montana State Fair.
In August, we held our first conference in the [[Heart of the Inner Retreat]] at the Royal Teton Ranch, the Retreat of the
[[Chohans ]] of the Rays. Devotees came from all over the world and camped in our newly opened campgrounds. It was a bit rustic in those first days in the Heart but we were enthusiastic pioneers. During this conference Mother and Edward announced the purchase of the [[Community of Glastonbury]], North and South, and parcels were put up for sale to communicants of the Church. Camelot was sold in 1986 and we moved our headquarters to Montana.
During the 1980s, Mother continued to stump for the Coming Revolution in Higher Consciousness. In 1985, she and her stump team toured Australia, the Philippines, Hawaii and Europe. In 1987 and 1988, Saint Germain stumped America from coast to coast through his Messenger.
== We Have Come a Long Way ==
We have come a long way since El Morya founded The Summit Lighthouse through Mark Prophet in 1958. And Mark is still a vital part of our activity. As the ascended master Lanello, he is called the “Ever-Present Guru.” From the ascended state, he continues to direct the activities of The Summit Lighthouse and Church Universal and Triumphant with our beloved Mother.
Mark gave us the vision of our mission with The Summit Lighthouse when he said in a sermon in 1972, “Ours must be a message of infinite love and we must demonstrate that love to the world.”
Lanello is truly our friend of Light. He cheers us on to our own victory—and always reminds us, “Don’t forget to call to me, for Lanello is my name!”
== Sources ==
''“The Past Is Prologue” – The History of The Summit Lighthouse'' (published February 1994).