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1 Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000 - A Documentary History

Anderson, Devery ScottNew in New Dust Jacket, Signature Books, 2011, Sacramento

Hardcover



Brand new hardcover book! ; Over the years, the LDS Church has struggled with how best to convey information about the temple to its members. “We recommend that a definition be given in the temple of the symbolism and significance of the various marks in the garment,” a committee of apostles wrote to the First Presidency in 1936. “We are very concerned that our people [who are] going to the temple for the first time have a better introduction to the temple,” said Apostle Mark E. Petersen to regional representatives in 1969.In that spirit, historian Devery S. Anderson has brought together a comprehensive collection of official documents on temple ceremonies, limited only by what would be inappropriate to discuss publicly. The documents include rulings by the First Presidency on changes to the ceremonies, letters to temple and stake presidents and bishops reminding them of temple policies, minutes of Quorum of the Twelve meetings, excerpts from sermons and Church publications, and commentary by apostles and temple presidents in diaries, letters, oral histories, and temple scrapbooks.Yes, the temple ceremonies have changed since their inception in Nauvoo in the 1840s. The liturgy was originally conveyed as a memorized, oral tradition, then in 1877 the leadership committed it to writing to guarantee consistency among several temples and facilitate changes they wanted to make at that time. This was repeated in 1922 when George F. Richards and a committee of apostles was charged with reviewing and rewriting the ceremonies—again in the 1950s when the dramatic presentation was replaced with a motion picture and the script was shortened. One comes away from these documents with a better understanding of what constitutes the essence of the temple and what, by contrast, is malleable: staging, costumes, wording of the dramatic portions, and practical details such as whether marriage proxies should kiss across the altar.; 6.5" x 9.5"; 500 pages, 

51505

Price: 49.95 USD
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2 JOSEPH SMITH'S QUORUM OF THE ANOINTED, 1842-1845 A Documentary History

Anderson, Devery Scott & Gary James Bergera & Todd ComptonNew in New Dust Jacket, Signature Books, 2005, 

Hardcover



Brand New Book. ; The first Latter-day Saint temple ceremonies were performed, not in Kirtland, Ohio, but on the second floor of Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store in Nauvoo, Illinois. For nearly four years beginning in 1842, the prophet's modest mercantile functioned as the de facto temple— the site of the first washings, anointings, endowments, and sealings.
Preparations to initiate the first members of Joseph Smith's Quorum of the Anointed, or Holy Order, as it was also known, were made on May 3, 1842. The walls of the second level of the store were painted with garden-themed murals, the rooms fitted with carpets, potted plants, and a veil hung from the ceiling.
In this volume, the editors assemble all available primary references to the Anointed Quorum and its regular gatherings in the Red Brick Store and other locations prior to construction of the Nauvoo temple. ; 1.16 x 9.24 x 6.36 Inches; 265 pages, 

24899

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3 The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History

Anderson, Devery Scott & Gary James BergeraNew in New Dust Jacket, Signature Books, 2005, 

Hardcover



Brand new book. ; For the two months the Nauvoo temple was in operation (December 1845-February 1846) , scribes carefully documented all activities and events taking place inside, including lectures on portions of the ceremonies that were acted out as a play and the significance of sealing rituals. Their narratives begin with the lighting of fires and hauling of water each morning at 3: 00 a. M. In preparation for the day's events.

Historians, biographers, and genealogists will find the details (federal marshals searching the building to serve arrest warrants, for instance) , as well as the names of initiates and dates of ordinances, to be significant. For general readers, this documentary history also offers evidence of the great sacrifices on the part of the first Mormons, who were anxious to make themselves right before God, strengthen family ties, and unite their community. ; 2.15 x 9.24 x 6.38 Inches; 688 pages, 

24898

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