Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masonsby Matthew B. Brown
Why did Joseph Smith become a Freemason? Who introduced Freemasonry into Nauvoo, Illinois, in the early 1840's? Do the Masons really descend from the stonemasons who built King Solomon's temple? Is there a relationship between the Masonic lodge rites and Mormon temple ordinances? The subject of Joseph Smith and Freemasonry sparks a wide range of responses among
Why did Joseph Smith become a Freemason? Who introduced Freemasonry into Nauvoo, Illinois, in the early 1840's? Do the Masons really descend from the stonemasons who built King Solomon's temple? Is there a relationship between the Masonic lodge rites and Mormon temple ordinances? The subject of Joseph Smith and Freemasonry sparks a wide range of responses among Latter-day Saints, from curiosity ot suspicion to outright excitement. In this helpful guide, trusted LDS scholar Matthew B. Brown clearly and skillfully addresses the subject's history, theology, traditional understandings, and myths. Entering the upper room of Joseph Smith's red brick store, which was used as a temporary Masonic lodge room as well as a provisional temple, readers consider provocative questions as well as meaningful scriptrual patterns and interfaith connections. With research ranging from the particular to the panoramic, this volume offers engaging, edifying exploration of the relationship between the ritual practices of Freemasonary and the blessing of the House of the Lord.
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Mormons and Masons both suffer from profoundly unfair critics whose biases overwhelm any scholarship that they may be able to bring to the discussion. Matthew Brown is a genuine historian whose research and judgment may be trusted when he speaks to either subject. As an LDS High Priest and a Master Mason, I find his discussions correct and engaging. My copy is well read, underlined, and full of notes. Albert Gallatin Mackey would have done well to have written on the subject of the LDS Church as expertly as Matthew Brown has done on the subject of Freemasonry. Brown disdains the practice of commenting on subjects where he is poorly informed. His work is well documented, thoughtfully composed and as fair as real history can make it. This book is a valued piece in my small collection. I have shared the accompanying DVD with members of my Church and my Lodge, always evoking sincere compliments.
it still didn't answer the question of how or why Smith violated his solom oaths and obligations (masonic) to use these rights in Navu and there by condem himself in the eyes of many brother masons..........I belive it was brother masons who eventualy killed him An LDS/Mason:.