Freemasonry’s Impact on Mormon Mourning in Nauvoo

In Mormon Nauvoo, there was barely a person who did not feel the pangs of a loved one’s death. At the passing of one of his dear friends, King Follett, Joseph Smith sought to comfort those who had experienced loss. Secreted within the words of his sermon were Masonic themes which many in the audience had “ears to hear.” Joseph’s own death, greatly mourned by his followers, would contain Masonic elements. Cheryl and Nick will present the mythology of grief contained within Freemasonry’s legends and rituals. They will demonstrate how these features were present in the teachings, death, and burials of Mormonism’s founder.