|Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons. Matthew B. Brown. Mormonism. Freemasonry|
"Exploring the Connection Between Mormons and Masons" by Matthew Brown is a concise and informative book. 180 pages, but half of that is endnotes.
Why did Joseph Smith become a Freemason? Who introduced Freemasonry into Nauvoo, Illinois, in the early 1840's? Do the Masons really descend from the stonemasons who built King Solomon's temple? Is there a relationship between the Masonic lodge rites and Mormon temple ordinances? The subject of Joseph Smith and Freemasonry sparks a wide range of responses among Latter-day Saints, from curiosity ot suspicion to outright excitement. In this helpful guide, trused LDS scholar Matthew B. Brown clearly and skillfully addresses the subject's history, theology, traditional understandings, and myths. Entering the upper room of Joseph Smith's red brick store, which was used as a temporary Masonic lodge room as well as a provisional temple, readers consider provocative questions as well as meaningful scriptrual patterns and interfaith connections. With research ranging from the particular to the panoramic, this volume offers engaging, edifying exploration of the relationship between the ritual practices of Freemasonary and the blessing of the House of the Lord.