MisterCurie wrote:Just ordered it. I am looking forward to reading it.Valoel wrote:I highly recommend the book "Mysteries of Godliness: A History of Mormon Temple Worship"
http://www.amazon.com/Mysteries-Godline ... 1560851767
It's in a pile of 'to read' books in my bedroom... been there for probably 3 years... <sigh>
Yes, on all of that. For me the clearest example is the "5 points of fellowship". I leaves no doubt whatever that we have 'borrowed' from Freemasonry. And I think it's really OK that Joseph did that. I think he did a great job.MisterCurie wrote:From what I've read, there appears to have been some influence from the Kabbalah on the development of the Mason organization, including its symbols, etc. Within Masonry there are actually many different types of lodges and each lodge actually has control over its own ceremonies etc. History suggests that the tokens have actually changed significantly within Masonry itself. However, the similarities between Masonry and Mormonism actually are specifically found in 19th century Masonry in the Illinois area. I highly recommend the link I posted in the OP. It appears that if you actually research the specific types of Masonry practiced in Illinois, the similarities between Mormonism and Masonry are actually even more pronounced than comparing Mormonism to modern Masonry.