175 years ago today - 175 years ago - Sep 28, 1843

Emma becomes the first woman to receive her endowment, a year after men began receiving endowments. Joseph and Emma Smith are also the first couple to receive the second anointing in which each is "anointed & ordained to the highest & holiest order of the priesthood." "Beurach Ale" (IE Joseph Smith) was also ordained president of "Anointed Quorum". As an anointed prophetess, queen, and priestess, Emma Smith often performed the anointing and endowment ceremonies for other women introduced into the Holy Order during the next six months. Emma and Joseph are sealed together for time and eternity.

At the meeting Joseph Smith "led in prayer that his days might be prolonged until his mission on the earth is accomplished, have dominion over his enemies, all their households be blessed, and all the Church and the world."

Joseph Smith asked Emma Smith, Bathsheba W. Smith, and Eliza R. Snow to design the garment for the actual endowment ceremonies. "They were too poor to buy buttons, so they tore strips of the cloth for strings … in making the garment they did not know just how to finish them at the top. Emma suggested that a small collar be put on which was done." The basic garment worn by endowed persons when not participating in temple ordinances was the two-piece under-garment in common use at the time, with the addition of specified markings.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45; Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons; Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44]

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