Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Kirtland Purification Process

Kirtland, Utah
The Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio. This temple was the first temple constructed by the LDS Church and still stands today, but is currently owned by the Community of Christ.
Note: Never did I think when I started this blog that I would have a following from individuals of other faiths, however, I'm pleased that this has been going on for quite some time now. This contingent is increasing with the life of this blog, and so to help my non-LDS friends, I will use captions under the pictures to explain what the picture is. Some of my non-LDS friends do not need this added help as they have researched the Church and its history, whereas, there are others that know very little and this will help make more sense and assist in piecing the LDS story together. Thank-you all, both LDS and non-LDS.

Purification was one of the steps necessary preparatory to receiving one’s endowment. This process involved two washings with liquid, the second of which was washing one’s body with perfumed laced water. What did the first washing consist of?
a.      Washing the body with cinnamon perfumed whiskey
b.      Washing the body with milk
c.       Washing the body with water
d.      Washing the body with perfumed cider
Yesterday’s answer:
c.   Lucy Bigelow Young
On 21 August 1877, Sister Lucy Bigelow Young was baptized for Martha Washington and female members of the family and seventy other eminent women. Later that week the men were ordained elders—except George Washington, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus, who were ordained high priests—in preparation for the endowment ceremony, which was likewise performed by proxy for them.

Wilford Woodruff. Wilford Woodruff’s Journal. Edited by Scott G. Kenney. 9 vols. Midvale, Utah: Signature Books, 1983-84.

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