Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History

Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History


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 For the two months the Nauvoo temple was in operation (December 1845-February 1846), scribes carefully documented all activities and events taking place inside, including lectures on the endowment ceremony drama and sealing rituals. Their narratives begin with the lighting of fires and hauling of water each morning at 3:00 a.m. (many ordinance workers slept overnight in the temple) to late-night celebratory dancing (“We danced unto the Lord,” Brigham Young explained) and Sunday sermons delivered to the recently endowed.

Historians, biographers, and genealogists will find the names and dates of the initiates and documentation of sealings (including polygamous unions) to be of significance. Others will turn to the narrative portions of the records, including first-person accounts and minutes of meetings. For instance, as women cleaned the ceremonial robes for the next day’s endowment “companies” (or sessions), church officials would read from John C. Fremont’s published journal, anticipating their imminent exodus from Nauvoo for the Great Basin.

The sources extracted in this companion volume to Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed and The Development of LDS Temple Worship, include original temple ledger books and summaries of data compiled by early church scribes, including the “Book of Anointings”; “Book of Adoptions”; “Book of Proxey [sic]”; “General Record of the Seventies, Book B”; and William Clayton’s diary kept for Heber C. Kimball; as well as diary entries from Thomas Bullock, William Hyde, George Laub, Newel Knight, Franklin D. Richards, Abraham Owen Smoot, Erastus Snow, Hosea Stout, and others; and the autobiographies of Harrison Burgess, Rhoda Ann Fullmer, Joseph Holbrook, Joseph Hovey, Norton Jacob, Noah Packard, George Albert Smith, John Spiers, Nancy Ann Wilson, and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560851875
Publisher: Signature Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gary James Bergera is managing director of the Smith-Pettit Foundation in Salt Lake City, former managing director of Signature Books, and former managing editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is co-author of Brigham Young University: A House of Faith, editor of Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon DoctrineThe Autobiography of B. H. RobertsStatements of the LDS First Presidency, and companion volumes of Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845, and The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846 (also co-editor) and On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess, and a contributing author in The Prophet Puzzle: Interpretive Essays on Joseph SmithReligion, Feminism, and Freedom of Conscience: A Mormon/Humanist Dialogue, and The Search for Harmony: Essays on Science and Mormonism. He is also the recipient of a Best Article Award from the Mormon History Association.

Devery S. Anderson has published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (winner of the Dialogue ”Best Article in History” Award for 1999), the Journal of Mormon History, and elsewhere. He is currently researching a biography of LDS apostle Willard Richards and an analysis of the racially motivated murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955. He holds a degree in history from the University of Utah and continues to take classes while also working for Verizon Wireless. He and his children, Amanda, Tyler, and Jordan, live in Salt Lake City.

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jbfideidefensor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second volume of the set to which "Joseph Smith's Quorum of the Anointed" also belongs. In similar fashion but with a much greater wealth of material ¿ sometimes requiring 20 pages for the material from a single day ¿ it covers the development of LDS temple ceremonies as they were actually performed at the Nauvoo LDS Temple, covering the entire period of its use. The records included here give information on every instance of every ceremony performed, down to washings and anointings, as well as birthdates for participants. In short, a gold mine for LDS genealogists, as well as people simply interested in the development of LDS temple ceremonies. Some of the portions are mainly just lists of names (sometimes with other information attached), so those bits can be a bit tedious; but other portions include narratives and discourses, which can be historically and religiously interesting.