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Prince’s Research Excerpts: Temples & Mormonism – 1914

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TEMPLES, 1914.

1914:  10 Jun.:  2nd Anointing for dead woman.

“I also gave Bro. Joseph H. Richards of Arizona 2cond Annointing for his wife who is dead.”  (Anthon H. Lund diary, 10 Jun., 1914)

4 Oct.:  Two endowment sessions/day in SLC.

“There are two companies each day passing through this Temple to perform the ordinances of the House of the Lord for the living and for the dead, and our genealogical work is bearing fruit as we see in the attendance upon the temples for the performance of these ordinances, and we hope that this good work will go on.”  (Joseph F. Smith, Conference Address, 4 Oct., 1914; IE 18(1):78-79, Nov., 1914; CR Oct., 1914, pp. 5-6)

Oct.:  Woman shares in priesthood thru the endowment.

“In the restored Church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Priesthood is conferred, as an individual bestowal, upon men only, and this in accordance with Divine requirement.  It is not given to woman to exercise the authority of the Priesthood independently; nevertheless, in the sacred endowments associated with the ordinances pertaining to the House of the Lord, woman shares with man the blessings of the Priesthood.  When the frailities and imperfections of mortality are left behind, in the glorified state of the blessed hereafter, husband and wife will administer in their respective stations, seeing and understanding alike, and co-operating to the full in the government of their family kingdom.  Then shall woman be recompensed in rich measure for all the injustice that womanhood has endured in mortality.  Then shall woman reign by Divine right, a queen in the resplendent realm of her glorified state, even as exalted man shall stand, priest and king unto the Most High God.  Mortal eye cannot see nor mind comprehend the beauty, glory, and majesty of a righteous woman made perfect in the celestial kingdom of God.”  (James E. Talmage, “The Eternity of Sex,” YWJ 25[Oct., 1914]:602-603)

5-11 Dec.:  Intelligences before they became spirits.

5 Dec.:  “I had a telegram from El Paso in which I was asked to stop the publishing of the Manual on the Melchisedek Priesthood.  Edward Anderson told me this would not be done till the return of the President. . . .

7 Dec.:  I spent the day in the Office.  I had a telegram from Pres. Smith to stop the publication of Widtsoe’s manual for the Priesthood.  I called E. H. Anderson over, and he furnished me with a proof copy of the Manual.  I believe it is the idea of the origin of God, which he makes an evolution from intelligences and being superior to the others He became God.  I do not like to think of a time when there was no God.  I read several chapters. . . . 

8 Dec.:  Spent the day in business and reading Widtsoe’s manual. . . .

11 Dec.:  Bro. Widtsoe who wrote the manual for the Priesthood, came and we went over the manuscript and eleminated from it all that pertained to intelligences before they became begotten spirits as that would only be speculation.”  (Anthon H. Lund diary, 5-11 Dec., 1914)