Here’s another taste of esoterica being explored in this week’s MHA meeting in St. George: You’ve heard of the Adamic language; you’ve know about the Masons — what in the world could possibly connect them? — AEP
Throughout his life Joseph Smith was fascinated by the prospect of restoring the Adamic language. When Joseph Smith and other church members spoke in tongues, Joseph Smith would often tell them they were speaking in the pure language of Adam. In 1832 Joseph Smith took the first step in formalizing the Adamic tongue when he received a revelation revealing several words in the Adamic tongue. Joseph Smith revisited this Adamic revelation in the Spring of 1835 during the preparation of the Doctrine and Covenants; and added two new Adamic words; and he revealed six written characters associated with these words.
Shortly thereafter Michael Chandler arrived in Kirtland displaying several mummies and Egyptian papyri. Joseph Smith quickly declared one of the papyri to be written by Abraham; and the church purchased the papyri and mummies for $2,400. In July of 1835 Joseph Smith began translating the papyri; and in the process an Egyptian Alphabet was constructed. Contained in the Egyptian Alphabet are the same six characters as those found in Joseph Smith’s revelation on the Adamic language. Why did Joseph Smith think the Adamic and Egyptian written languages were connected? The answer to this question is somewhat complicated and perplexing. The answer lies in the finding that five of the six hieroglyphs are based on a Masonic code known as the Royal Arch cipher.
The Smith family had long held an interest in Freemasonry. Several of Joseph Smith Jr.’s uncles and cousins were Freemasons in Vermont; Joseph Smith’s father and brother both became Masons in New York. Historians have long recognized Masonic motifs in the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. In Missouri the Mormons formed an organization called the Danites whose secret signs, tokens, oaths and reported constitution were based on a Masonic template. Working behind the scenes through intermediaries, Joseph Smith brought Freemasonry to Nauvoo leading to his being his initiated, passed and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Nauvoo. After becoming a Freemason, Joseph encouraged others to join the lodge; and within a couple of years almost every eligible Mormon male was a Masonic brother. Smith created his own Masonic ritual based on Masonic sources including the Masonic legend of Adam’s initiation as a Freemason. Thus Joseph Smith had a sustained interest in Freemasonry throughout his prophetic career. Joseph Smith’s interest in the Adamic language also echoed Masonic sources.
To discover why Joseph Smith thought the Adamic and Egyptian language were written in a Masonic code, please join us at the MHA session entitled Mormon Esoterica and attend the lecture Cipher in the Snow: The Royal Arch Cipher and Joseph Smith’s Conception of Ancient Languages. This presentation will reveal the Masonic sources Joseph Smith likely read that shaped his understanding of ancient languages. Come be surprised by the fact that Joseph Smith thought Adam, Enoch and Abraham were Masons. Come and watch while we decipher Joseph Smith conception of the Adamic and Egyptian languages.