Joseph's Temples The Dynamic Relationship Between Freemasonry And Mormonism
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Date Published: 2014
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 40364
448 pp. [25 cm]; brown paper covered boards. Illustrated dust jacket.
"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 Masons, at least for a time, 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."