Freemasonry and the Latter-day Saint Temple Endowment Ceremony
Author: Steven C. Harper
The endowment introduced in 1842 by Joseph Smith represented a stark departure from the other ordinances introduced by the Prophet. It was ripe with formality and ritual that would only intensify as it was refined and modified through the years.
Joseph introduced the endowment ceremony just weeks after becoming familiar with Freemasonry, a fraternity that also employs ritual and ancient symbols in it's ceremonies. The chronology has led many to wonder if Freemasonry inspired the temple endowment. While the similarities between the ceremonies are too plentiful to deny, determining the relevance of that correlation remains elusive.
Learn more about this topic in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History