180 years ago today - May 3, 1842

Joseph Smith summoned five loyal Mormons to the upper room of his Red Brick Store and confidentially instructed them to "fit up that room preparatory to giving endowments... pertaining to the A[a]ronic and Melchisedec [sic] Priesthoods" . There are several significant features to this: two of the five were prominent Masons: Lucius N. Scovil, Junior Warden of the Nauvoo Lodge, and Dimick B. Huntington, official "Tyler" of the lodge ; several of the five were former Danites from Missouri: Huntington, Daniel Carn, and Hosea Stout ; Smith made special physical arrangements for these "endowments" that he did not require for the Masonic use of the "Lodge Room" of his store; he made no mention of "Patriarchal Priesthood," as alleged by some interpreters of these May 1842 endowment ceremonies .

[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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