9781607813446-1607813440-Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism

Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism

ISBN-13: 9781607813446
ISBN-10: 1607813440
Author: Homer, Michael W
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Format: Hardcover 466 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781607813446
ISBN-10: 1607813440
Author: Homer, Michael W
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Format: Hardcover 466 pages

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Acknowledged authors Homer, Michael W wrote Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism comprising 466 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1607813440 and 9781607813446. Since then Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The apparent parallels between Mormon ritual and doctrine and those of Freemasonry have long been recognized. That Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and other early church leaders were, at least for a time, Masons, is common knowledge. Yet while early historians of the LDS Church openly acknowledged this connection, the question of influence was later dismissed and almost became taboo among faithful church members. Just as Mormons have tried to downplay any ties to Freemasonry, Masons have sought to distance themselves from Mormonism. In Joseph’s Temples, Michael Homer reveals how deeply the currents of Freemasonry and Mormonism entwined in the early nineteenth century. He goes on to lay out the later declining course of relations between the two movements, until a détente in recent years.

There are indications that Freemasonry was a pervasive foundational element in Mormonism and that its rituals and origin legends influenced not just the secret ceremonies of the LDS temples but also such important matters as the organization of the Mormon priesthood, the foundation of the women’s Relief Society, the introduction and concealment of polygamy, and the church’s position on African Americans’ full membership. Freemasonry was also an important facet of Mormons’ relations with broader American society.

The two movements intertwined within a historical context of early American intellectual, social, and religious ferment, which influenced each of them and in varying times and situations placed them either in the current or against the flow of mainstream American culture and politics. Joseph’s Temples provides a comprehensive examination of a dynamic relationship and makes a significant contribution to the history of Mormonism, Freemasonry, and their places in American history.

Recipient of the Meritorious Book Award from the Utah Division of State History

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