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Joseph Smith's Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845: A Documentary History

by Devery Scott Anderson (Editor), Gary James Bergera (Editor)

Other authors: Todd Compton (Foreword)

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Today, some of the holiest ceremonies in the Latter-day Saint religion take place inside LDS temples. Some of these ceremonies include the 'endowment', in which a person receives what he or she needs in order to become 'exalted' in the highest heaven and meet God the Father again face-to-face; and also 'sealing', which allows an endowed man and endowed woman to be married forever in the afterlife, or allows children to remain the children of their parents, and so forth. Certain aspects of these ceremonies are considered too sacred to be mentioned outside of the temple, but other aspects can be discussed. This book is part of a three-volume set documentary history that uses primary sources – e.g., old diary entries, minute books, etc. – to illuminate the development of these ceremonies. This particular volume covers an organization in early Latter-day Saint history called the 'Quorum of the Anointed', or the 'Holy Order', a sort of elite prayer circle that mainly met in the upper story of Joseph Smith's store in Nauvoo, IL, and performed early versions of these ceremonies. The volume is fairly short, given how much time it covers, because the record isn't that rich. The end of the volume brings us to the point where the LDS temple in Nauvoo was finally complete enough that the ceremonies could begin to be performed there and could finally be opened up to more than just a select inner circle. As a non-LDS reader with an interest in the field of Mormon Studies, I got a lot out of this volume. ( )
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