Allusions to temple themes can be found throughout the scriptures, but it is not always easy to recognize them. Efforts have been made to bridge this gap through books that explain the meaning of specific symbols used in scripture and temple worship. However, most of us not only struggle with the meaning of individual concepts and symbols, but also—and perhaps more crucially—in understanding how these concepts and symbols fit together as a whole system. The symbols and concepts of the temple are best understood, not in isolation, but within the full context of temple teachings to which they belong.
My purpose is to explore ancient and modern perspectives that seem to shed light on the meaning and significance of Latter-day Saint scripture and temple worship.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
News and Events
October 3 and 9, 2022
Live and Virtual Firesides on Freemasonry and the Origins of Latter-day Saint Temple Ordinances
As is well known, there are elements of the Nauvoo temple ordinances—for example, some of the signs and tokens and related language—that are almost identical in form to those used in Masonic rites. Since modern Freemasonry is largely an 18th century creation, similarities like these seem to undermine Joseph Smith’s claims that the temple ordinances are ancient, going back to the foundation of the world.
The book Freemasonry and the Origins of Latter-day Saint Temple Ordinances looks systematically at each of the elements of the temple ordinances one-by-one in light of precedents in the Bible, ancient sources, and Freemasonry. My hope is that presenting the temple ordinances in the context of the Bible and ancient traditions—with an eye to relevant perspectives from Freemasonry—will make the comparisons more rich and meaningful.
When: October 3 at 7:00 PM MT
What: Live Fireside Presentation
Where: 10482 North Peyton Avenue (about 5800 West), Highland, Utah
Contact: Robert H. Hendershot, 858-229-5925
When: October 9 at 7:00 PM MT
What: Virtual Fireside Presentation for Salt Lake City Federal Heights Ward
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82864934498
Come Follow Me 2022 Resources
Proctor, Scott and Maurine and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Podcast on Isaiah 53.
Lomu, Ben, Lukas Drake, and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Come Follow Up, BYUtv, Episode on 1 Kings 17–19 (Elijah), June 27–July 3, 2022. Video
New, updated, and upcoming presentations and publications
Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., and Matthew L. Bowen. “Jacob’s temple journey to Haran and back.” In Proceedings of the Sixth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, 4–5 November 2022, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Temple on Mount Zion 7, in preparation. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2023.
Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “Truth and Beauty in the Book of Moses.” In The Temple: Symbols, Sermons, and Settings. Proceedings of the Fourth Interpreter Foundation Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference, 10 November 2018, edited by Stephen D. Ricks and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. Temple on Mount Zion 5, in preparation. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2023.
Lost Saints of the DR Congo. Teaser for an episode of the upcoming Interpreter film on “Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo.” 15 September 2022. Video
Lynch, John. “Examining the Origins of Temple Worship.” Review of Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Freemasonry and the Origins of Temple Worship. Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, 17 September 2022. Interpreter. PDF 16 September 2022. FAIR PDF
Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. Freemasonry and the Origins of Latter-day Saints Temple Ordinances. Orem and Salt Lake City, UT: The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books, 2022. Link
Hutchinson, Terry L. “The Great Jewel of the Restoration” Review of Cheryl L. Bruno et al. Method Dinfinite: Freemasonry and the Mormon Restoration and Jeffrey M. Bradshaw Freemasonry and the Origins of Temple Worship. Meridian Magazine, 29 July 2022. Link PDF
Bradshaw, Jeffrey M. “A church with one member”: The religious art of James T. Harwood, in preparation.