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by latterdaytemplar
03 May 2021, 13:15
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

Roy wrote:
03 May 2021, 12:44
Thank you answering all my questions. I think I have a pretty good idea how a believing latter day saint can also be a Freemason and separate out each of them internally!
My pleasure!
by latterdaytemplar
26 Apr 2021, 11:24
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

One thing I wonder about is that D&C76, that you referenced, does not use the term "Degrees of Glory"... rather, it talks about the "Glory of the Telestial" and the "Telestial World", etc. Sure enough, you are right. It looks like the term degree was not used in any canonized scripture to refer to ...
by latterdaytemplar
26 Apr 2021, 09:35
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

Actually, come to think of it, were the Three Degrees - Telestial, Terrestrial and Celestial influenced by Masonry as well? No. Joseph received revelations concerning the three degrees of glory as early as February 1832 , just a little over a decade before he became a Mason. In addition, Freemasonr...
by latterdaytemplar
25 Apr 2021, 10:22
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

My frame of reference could be off-base but I find it interesting how the Book of Mormon includes some themes that run parallel to the concerns of the Anti-Masonic Party; a party formed shortly after the 1826 disappearance of William Morgan from a town about 50 miles from Palmyra. Then just 12 year...
by latterdaytemplar
21 Apr 2021, 05:59
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

Would you speculate that JS had received the endowment "principles that we knew of when first presented with the Plan of Salvation in pre-mortality " some time prior to becoming associated with masonry and was searching for a vehicle/teaching method? Or could experiencing the masonic ceremony have ...
by latterdaytemplar
20 Apr 2021, 11:26
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

At roughly the 11:50 mark in the video you mention that one of the purposes of masonry/tokens is to measure our integrity and ability to keep a secret. I remember arriving at a similar conclusion years ago, the supporting scripture in my mind was: Luke 16:10 wrote: He that is faithful in that which...
by latterdaytemplar
20 Apr 2021, 11:19
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

Many Masons used to believe their ceremonies went back to Solomon's temple. Very true; most Masons in Joseph Smith's day certainly believed this to be the case. Nowadays, that hypothesis is only held by a minority of Masons. As for occult accusations with Masonry, they aren't without some merit. Oc...
by latterdaytemplar
20 Apr 2021, 10:44
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

Thank you for sharing this. I found it very interesting. You're very welcome. I am glad that you found it to be of interest and I hope that it was also to your benefit. My apologies for the following novel in response to your excellent questions; I tried not to be too wordy. I do have some follow-u...
by latterdaytemplar
16 Apr 2021, 10:59
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

Re: The Church and Freemasonry

oon, You're very welcome. It was my pleasure (although I must say that, in the weeks leading up to the video being posted, my stomach was twisted in knots; perhaps a virtual form of stage fright?). I'm glad that my differentiation between ceremonial elements and subject matter was clear; it's typica...
by latterdaytemplar
16 Apr 2021, 06:52
Forum: History and Doctrine Discussions
Topic: The Church and Freemasonry
Replies: 23
Views: 1566

The Church and Freemasonry

I was recently interviewed on Saints Unscripted to resolve doubts that some Latter-day Saints may have relative to the relationship between the Church and Freemasonry. Consequentially, we did touch upon the topic of the temple endowment ceremony; however, I believe that we did well in respecting its...