Temples & Freemasonry in the CES Letter

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Temples & Freemasonry in the CES Letter


The CES Letter raises questions about the temple endowment, including its relationship with freemasonry and the eternal efficacy of that ordinance.

Relationship to Masonry

Several subsections in this part of the letter challenge the divine origin of the temple endowment because of some similarities with freemasonry. The letter also questions if Joseph Smith "made up" the endowment based on masonic rituals he received. Below are relevant resources addressing these concerns:

Eternal Efficacy

The letter also challenges the eternal efficacy (or eternal impact) of the endowment. Below are relevant resources.