180 years ago today - Mar 4, 1842

Joseph Smith gave final approval for publication in the LDS Times and Seasons of the second "facsimile" woodcut from "the Book of Abraham in the original," Egyptian papyri he had received from a collector on 3 July 1835. [The facsimile, copied from an Egyptian funerary document, contains two pictorial images of erect human penises and becomes part of official LDS scripture in 1878.] Smith's published interpretation of this Egyptian hypocephalus included two references to the "grand key words of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood, as revealed to Adam in the Garden of Eden," as well as the statement: "Contains writing that cannot be revealed unto the world; but is to be had in the Holy Temple of God." Exactly two months later, Smith began revealing those "grand key words of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood" to nine men .

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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