Those Mormons who are initiated are given 'magic' underwear which must be worn next to
the skin day and night to protect the wearer from harm. This practice
originated with Joseph Smith himself [note: They
did not work for Joseph or his brother Hyram!] and the pattern was
considered so sacred that the design could not be changed. For years
Mormon leaders vigorously maintained that the garments must be 'worn as
intended down to the wrists and ankles and around the neck', and that they
could not be altered from 'the very pattern in which God gave them'
But despite their efforts to enforce conformity the garments were
'mutilated' from the earliest times, and in recent years, to accommodate
stylish fashions, abbreviated modifications have been permitted - Tanners
'The changing world' 526-527
The rituals are essentially taken from the Blue degrees
Ex-33rd degree Mason Tom McKenney explains on page 183 in
his book 'Tell me please..'
It was not long after Joseph Smith became
a Master Mason that he got the 'revelation' for the secret temple
ceremony. The rituals of the Mormon temple are so similar to those
of the Blue Lodge that there can be no doubt that Joseph lifted most
of it directly from the rituals of the lodge.
Many things are alike, but a
few examples will suffice. Elements apparently stolen by Joseph
Smith include the presentation and wearing of an apron, whispering
of 'secret' information 'on the five points of fellowship (i.e. foot
to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back, mouth to
ear), similarities in the oaths of obligation, the penalties and
penalty signs for each, and the symbolism of the square and compass,
which must be embroidered in significant places on their 'magic'
Masonic signs used in Mormon temple ritual.
From 'Christ, the Christian and Freemasonry'
by W J McCormick)
Yvonne Kitchen, on page 170 of her ministry manual 'Freemasonry. Death in the
family' lists the following similarities with Freemasonry..
The all seeing eye
The wearing of the apron with the square and compass
here for more details of links with Freemasonry
The most famous of all Mormon aphorisms declares
"As man now is God once was; as God now is, man may become"
This is again masonic thought. Manley P Hall. [33rd degree Mason] on
page 92 of 'Lost keys of Freemasonry'
wrote, "Man is God in the making.."
Mormonism and Freemasonry have always been
inextricably linked at the leadership level.
Not only were Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Masons, but so
was Smith's successor Brigham Young. As a matter of fact, the
first five presidents of the Mormon church (its first five 'living
prophets') were Masons. - Tom McKenney 'Tell me
please..' Page 183
All 'apostolic' successors since (Young) have been Freemasons. Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph Fielding Smith, and Herbert Grant. Masonic membership is still a requirement for members of the Mormon Church's 'apostolic' hierarchy. According to Tom McKinney, co-author of The Deadly Deception, the Mormon hierarchy must be members of the Masonic Blue Lodge. In Scottish Rite Masonry illustrated, Dr. J. Blanchard states of Mormonism and Masonry: "The two institutions are morally and legally the same" - John Daniel, 'Scarlet and the Beast' page 42, volume 1
brethren,I obligate myself to build as
great a temple as even Solomon did if the church will back me up.
Moreover it shall not impoverish any man but enrich thousands.'
- Joseph Smith
The original Nauvoo
Temple no longer stands. It was gutted by fire in 1848 and a
tornado toppled one of its walls in 1850. Two other walls
were torn down for safety reasons soon after, leaving only
its western facade standing. The citizens, who occupied
Nauvoo after the Mormons left, finally razed the Temple's
remaining wall in 1865.
The temple is
awash with Masonic symbols, many of which are shared with
deep occult.(the sun, moon, stars, all-seeing eye,
pentagram, beehive, hand grip, and the beehive)
here for a well documented account of these
For generations senior Mormons have
been going through
secret rituals within their 40 temples, having been told
that these rituals were divinely revealed, and that, having
gone through these secret rituals, they now were well on
their way to God hood.
In 1990 however the Mormon leadership
began to bring in dramatic changes to the long held sacred
rituals. Undoubtedly the changes were as a result of their
secret being exposed and being shown to be - not divinely
inspired - but drawn from the once secret rituals of
One of the most controversial aspects of the Latter
Day Saints is their being baptised for the dead. Its theology is based
on the idea that those who have died without having heard the gospel
should be given a chance to do so in their bodiless state.
While souls in the spirit world are being taught the Gospel (read
Doctrine and Covenants 138..), they are faced
with a dilemma: they need baptism to enter into a covenant with Christ
and receive a washing away of their sins, etc., but they lack physical
bodies in which to be baptized
The same author writes..
Baptism for the dead does not change anything for
the person unless they choose to accept that ordinance. It simply makes
it possible for the dead to accept baptism if they want it. It's
entirely their choice.
This practice in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is
NOT derived from 1st Corinthians15:29,
but from modern revelation which restored that practice and the
understanding and authority necessary for it to be done. As a result, we
now can go to the Temple and be baptized by immersion in the name of
specific deceased ancestors and others, one at a time, name by name,
offering our vicarious service as a proxy for the deceased.
1st Corinthians 15: 29 is probably the most
controversial verse in the New Testament, and nearly every commentator
offers a differing view on what Paul meant, or whether it was a true
translation. The reason for this is that scripture never asks that a
principle stand alone on one verse. Kingdom principles run through
scripture from Old Testament to New like veins of gold, appearing,
disappearing and reappearing. There are NO other verses in the whole of
scripture which link into or support the literal meaning of this verse.
However, the Bible does say..
And as it is appointed for men to die once,
but after this the judgment, (Hebrews 9:27)
Celestial marriage originated through 'a divine
revelation' given to Joseph Smith when he was trying to persuade his
first wife Emma to accept that God wanted him to have many other women
as wives. It was declared to be 'a new and everlasting covenant'.
Below are extracts from the revelation taken from Doctrine and Covenants
saith the Lord...
no one can reject
this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.And
let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those [wives] that
have been given unto my servant Joseph...
But if she will not
abide this commandment, then...I will...give unto him an hundred
fold in this world, of...wives...”
And if he have ten
virgins given unto him...he cannot commit adultery...if any man have
a wife...and he teaches unto her [this] law...then shall she
believe and administer unto him, or she shall be destroyed...
It was the means by which a man could be exalted to
become a God, or a Son of God..
Brigham Young said..
The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who
enter into polygamy. Others attain unto a glory and may even be
permitted to come into the presence of the Father and the Son; but they
cannot reign as kings in glory, because they had blessings offered unto
them, and they refused to accept them.
Journal of Discourses, Vol.11, p.268 - p.269, August 19,
Now if any of you will DENY THE PLURALITY OF WIVES and continue to do
so, I promise that you will be DAMNED; and I will go still further, and
say that this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord had
given, and deny it in your feelings, and I promise that YOU WILL BE
DAMNED. - Deseret News Nov. 14,
However when Polygamy was outlawed by four acts of
congress between 1862 - 1887 Mormonism
painfully underwent one of its very many changes.
Today, celestial marriage merely means to be married for time and
eternity in an LDS temple. However it is a well accepted
fact that in the western United States, there are at least 30,000
people involved in the practice of Mormon-based polygamy.
The church turns a blind eye if this is not flaunted in public, but should
it be they vigorously denounce it.