Joseph Smith's Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845: A Documentary History
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: Signature Books
Date Published: 2005
Edition: Advance reading copy
Condition: Very good +
Book Id: 49415
314pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Yellow pictorial wraps. With only minor wear to the covers.
The first Latter-day Saint temple ceremonies were performed, not in Kirtland, Ohio, but on the second floor of Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store in Nauvoo, Illinois. For nearly four years beginning in 1842, the prophet's modest mercantile functioned as the de facto temple—the site of the first washings, anointings, endowments, and sealings. In contrast, the grand edifice known as the Nauvoo Temple was in operation for only two months before the Saints left Illinois for the West. "Despite the secrecy imposed upon members of the Anointed Quorum word of the gatherings above Joseph Smith's store soon spread . . . Only Nauvoo's elite were invited to participate in these new ceremonies - never more than ninety individuals and even fewer during Joseph Smith's lifetime - and, as the editors of the current volume write, only those who had been introduced to the prophet's doctrine of plural marriage."