180 years ago today - Mar 16, 1842

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were passed as Fellow Craft and raised as Master Masons. Within five months the Nauvoo Lodge had initiated 256 candidates and raised 243 others, which "was six times as many initiations and elevations as all the other lodges in the state combined."

[Homer, Michael, 'Similarity of Priesthood in Masonry':The Relationship Between Freemasonry and Mormonism, Dialogue, Vol. 27, No. 3]

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