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"Similarity of Priesthood in Masonry": The Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS "Similarity of Priesthood in Masonry": The Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism Michael W. Homer More than twenty years ago Reed C. Durham, Jr., director of the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah, delivered his presidential address at the Mormon History Association in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the topic of Mormonism and Freemasonry. He concluded his controversial remarks by stating that the Mormon temple endowment "had an immediate inspiration from Masonry," that "the Prophet first embraced Masonry and, then in the process, he modified, expanded, amplified, or glorified it," and that similarities between the two ceremonies were "so apparent and overwhelming that some dependent relationship cannot be denied."1 Soon afterwards Durham was censured by Church Education System administrators and issued a public apology. He has not subsequently participated in the Mormon History Association, and his presidential address was never submitted for publication. Although 1. There are at least three versions of Durham's article: Reed C. Durham, Jr., "Is There No Help for the Widow's Son?" Mormon Miscellaneous 1 (Oct. 1975): 11-16; (Nauvoo, IL: Martin Publishing Company, 1980), 15-33; and (Salt Lake City: Research Lodge of Utah F. & A.M., 16 Sept. 1974). 2. Reed C. Durham "To Whom It May Concern," n.d., in Patricia Lyn Scott, James E. Crooks, and Sharon G. Pugsley, "A Kinship of Interest: The Mormon History Association's Membership," Journal of Mormon History 18 (Spring 1992): 153,156.