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 “Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism”

Michael W. Homer

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 is common knowledge. Yet while Mormon Masons openly acknowledged this connection, the question of influence was later dismissed and almost became taboo among faithful church members. Just as Mormons tried to downplay any ties to Freemasonry Utah Masons also sought to distance themselves from Mormonism.

In Joseph’s Temples, Mike reveals how deeply the currents of Freemasonry and Mormonism were entwined throughout Joseph Smith’s tenure as church president and how Masonry was part of his restoration imperative. He goes on to narrate the events that led to a complete chasm between the two institutions that continued after the Mormons settled in the Great Basin until a détente was achieved during the 1980s. Since that time, Mormons have once again become active Masons, become Masters of their lodges and even ascended to the Grand Master’s chair.

Michael W. Homer practices law in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Board of State History (1997-2014) and served as chair (2002-2014). He is the Honorary Italian Consul in Utah (2008-Present) and is a member of the Utah Consular Corps. He is an award-winning author and has published numerous articles concerning law and history. He is the editor of On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834–1930(Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Company, 2006), reprinted (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2010). His most recent book is Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship Between Mormonism and Freemasonry (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014).


October 14, 2015 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

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