Joseph Smith and Freemasonry - 07/02/2004

I was reading your article on freemasonry and it mentions that Joseph Smith was a Mason. I have been trying to prove this to my Mormon relatives but I can't find anything concrete. The paragraph that says Smith was a mason has (Documentary History of the Church 4:550-551) next to it. But Im told that is not in the book of mormon, so where can I find that passage to see what it says ?
Any help will be greatly appreciated,
thank you,

- Diaz III (a baptist with the heart of a penticostal)





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:

Hi Diaz.  The Documentary History of the Church, by Joseph Smith Jr., can be obtained through Deseret Books (http://deseretbook.com/store/product?product_id=100015096).  This is a seven-volume set.  A set of hardbacks runs about $100, whereas the paperbacks are about $50.  Don't confuse this with the Comprehensive History of the Church, by B.H. Roberts.  The key part we referenced is from journal entries made by Smith in March, 1842:
Tuesday, 15.-I officiated as grand chaplain at the installation of the Nauvoo Lodge of Free Masons, at the Grove near the Temple. Grand Master Jonas, of Columbus, being present, a large number of people assembled on the occasion. The day was exceedingly fine; all things were done in order, and universal satisfaction was manifested. In the evening I received the first degree in Free Masonry in the Nauvoo Lodge, assembled in my general business office...
 
Wednesday, March 16.-I was with the Masonic Lodge and rose to the sublime degree.
That Joseph Smith was a Mason was also documented by LDS Apostle John A. Widtsoe, in his book, Evidences and Reconciliations.  This can be viewed here: http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/daily/history/people/joseph_smith/masonry_why.htm
 
For more information regarding the Mormon - Freemasonry connection, you should check out the Masonic Moroni website here: http://www.masonicmoroni.com/Menu.htm  Be advised though, that this site is the creation of someone who is both Mormon and Mason.  Don't be looking for true Christian doctrine here.  It's simply a good site for documenting the historical connection between Mormonism and Freemasonry.  May the Lord bless you as you contend for the faith.
 
In Christ,
 
Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries