Episode 170: The Development of Mormon Temple Rituals, Part Two

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  • David

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    Great insights.

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  • GBSmith

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    I wanted to let you know as a master mason that the penalties as part of the endowment prior to ?1990 are identical to those associated with the entered apprentice, fellow craft, and master mason degrees. The portrayals are slightly different but are otherwise the same. As Devery Anderson said they are what the initiate swears to do rather than reveal anything to do with the degree and as regards the temple, the endowment. The fact that JS and masons in general at the time believed in the myth that masonry was linked with the building of King Solomon’s temple is evidence that the temple ceremony has nothing to do with exaltation and everything to do with JS’s attempt to insure loyalty by conferring specialness to his followers and to maintain secrecy about polygamy.

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