Early Mormon Temple Rites & Entheogens

* The illustration shows a temple garment used by members of the LDS Church circa 1879.

As an extension of the temple, these undergarments are considered a sacred space and "constant reminder" of the covenants made. More than this, they are believed to provide "spiritual protection" as well as physical protection, credited by members for surviving car wrecks, fires, and natural disasters.

The original garment had four "Marks of the Holy Priesthood" sewn into the cloth. On the right breast was a reverse L and on the left breast a V, together comprising the Masonic square and compass. This was designated by founder Joseph Smith, Jr. who had been initiated into a Masonic lodge seven weeks earlier. Two additional marks at the navel and right knee represent strength and the acceptance of Jesus Christ.

Early members of the Church were Masons, including Joseph Smith, Sr., Brigham Young, Hyrum Smith and others. In the early 1840s a Masonic Lodge was formed by LDS Church members including Joseph Smith Jr and his brother Hyrum. In 1842 Joseph Smith Jr. became a Master Mason and his entire family lived by the tenants of Freemasonry.

Because of this, Mormon temple worship shares an extensive commonality of symbols, signs, vocabulary and clothing with Freemasonry, including robes, aprons, handshakes, ritualistic raising of the arms, etc. However, these are often applied in different ways. For instance, the handshakes are to be given to sentinel angels in order to be admitted into the highest kingdom of heaven.

There is a deep connection from the LDS Church through Masonry to the Temple of Solomon. In the "Temple and Salvation for the Dead" Brigham Young gives a quote about the temple which directly relates to the story of Hiram Abiff, a named builder of Solomon's temple and central figure in Masonic lore.

In the 28th and 29th chapters of the Book of Exodus, a ritual clothing is described being worn by Jewish temple priests in the ancient temple. The robes consist of a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a tunic, a cap, a sash and stones worn in various configurations. Members of the LDS Church wear ceremonial robes modeled after those described in the Bible. The clothing includes a robe that fits over one shoulder, a sash, an apron, a veil (for women), and a cap (for men). All of the clothing is white, except for the apron, which is green.

Both the LDS Church and Freemasonry are essentially a continuation of the traditions and rituals of the Temple of Jerusalem. A central tenant of the Church is the rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ some time in the future. This is believed to occur only after a Tribulation period of severe wars, earthquakes, hurricanes and other man-made and natural disasters.

The LDS Church and temple rituals can thus be seen as a Christianized form of Freemasonry, itself descended from Hebrew mystery tradition and the rituals of the Temple of Jerusalem. As posted earlier, this likely included use of an entheogenic communion by founder Joseph Smith and his followers as practiced by the early Hebrews (Shannon).