Smith used Masonic terminology in his instructions that the Nauvoo Relief Society "should grow up by degrees," and that there should be "a close examination of every candidate" . He said he was going to "make of this society a kingdom of priests," and also encouraged the women to become "sufficiently skill'd in Masonry as to keep a secret," and that they should be "good masons" . Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Period I: History of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and…Period II: From the Manuscript History of Brigham Young and Other Original Documents, ed. B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. [Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1902-32; 2d ed. rev. -Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1978]. changed "this society" to "the Church of Jesus Christ."
[Source: 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]