Mormonism and temples/Endowment/Early Christian parallels

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Modern and ancient temple rituals

Summary: Important note: Members of FairMormon take their temple covenants seriously. We consider the temple teachings to be sacred, and will not discuss their specifics in a public forum.


Question: Do modern temple rituals have analogues in early Christian practice?

Joseph Smith was indeed inspired to restore something genuinely Christian and genuinely ancient

Latter-day Saint temple ritual, though it has some points of contact with nineteenth century ideas, also seems to have selected precisely those elements with analogues in early Christian practice, suggesting that Joseph Smith was indeed inspired to restore something genuinely Christian and genuinely ancient.

Given the sacred nature of LDS temple worship, this wiki article will avoid the citations of specifics. Instead, we include a list of useful articles and books which the interested reader can consult. Those who have familiarity with the LDS temple ceremony will easily be able to discern the parallels to which the authors allude.

Hugh Nibley


To see citations to the critical sources for these claims, click here

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