Was Joseph Smith Jnr. a Freemason?

A video released by the church in December 2019, talks about Joseph Smith Jnr”s connection to Freemason. Joseph was a Freemason who rose to the level of Master Mason. Joseph Smith became a Freemason in March 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois.

As many as 1,500 members of the Church in Nauvoo, Illinois, were Masons. Other notable members like Heber C. Kimball, Joseph Smith Snr. and Hyrum Smith were Freemasons.

Picture showing symbol of Freemasonry
Picture source: Wikipedia

To better understand what Freemasonry is, it is explained as a centuries-old, worldwide group of fraternal organizations. While some of its teachings are kept confidential, it promotes loyalty and morality and invites its members to seek knowledge and opportunities to serve others.

The church does not discourage members in joining Freemason. The church encourages members to join groups and organizations that promotes and helps them to be good citizenship.


  1. Thanks for the article, I will know how to answer questions from others when they ask whether we are Free Masons or not.


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