Unknown to most, except Mormons or Latter Day Saints, this quiet little town of
Burlington, Wisconsin is not what it seems. While some see  Burlington as Chocolate
City, USA, home of Nestle's Chocolate, other's know the hidden secrets that lie within
the  unspoken name of , Voree, right outside of Burlington. . The congregations of
the Mormon Church speak of Voree as the 'promised land' or 'The New Jerusalem'.  
Burlington and Voree are treasure chests filled with stories of the mystik .
They are the  home to the Mound Builders and an Israelite Tribe that was here to
harvest the bounty for King Solomon's Temple.
Yes - This could have been one of the very places of The Lost Mines of Solomon!
Mary Sutherland

Gathering to Zion
The Mormons believe that the Burlington Area is the 'Promised Land' - The place that Jesus Christ will
return to during the End Days. It is one of the sacred places their people are to gather  during these
Could this be true?  In my years of investigation of this area, it does seem there is more truth in these
statements than others may have thought.

Burlington Wisconsin, if not the place of the gathering, definately is a place of mystery, mysticism and
sacred sites , once inhabited by a people wiped out of our history and memory. The true history of this
area has been replaced with a fallacy.

The Strangites of the Burlington area are a  smaller group of people, also calling themselves Latter Day
Saints, who have been in the Burlington area continuously since 1835. These people are the remnant of
James J. Strang's 1844-1856 settlement called the City of Voree, on Burlington's west edge, that once
numbered more than two thousand people. After their leader, James J. Strang was shot and killed in
1856, the group almost vanished. Nevertheless, its colorful contribution to American culture is
recognized in books, articles, and newspaper stories appearing from the press every year since
Strang's death.  Strang was shot on Beaver Island but went home to Voree where he died and was
buried at the old Voree Cemetery on Mormon Road. His remains was later reburied in the Burlington
City of Voree - Short History

The remainder splintered almost to extinction, and are holding public meetings in two places, one in
Burlington Township and a newer one in Lyons Township.

Although there is a Marker in Echo Park, The Latter Day Saints around Burlington object to its
placement. It was placed there by the Utah corporation giving information on the marker that they
believe to be  false, misleading, and religiously biased.

Jerusalem in Jackson County, Missouri), or to one of its stakes (historically Kirtland, Ohio; Far West,
Missouri; Nauvoo, Illinois; and
VOREE, WISCONSIN ), or to the Islands of the Great Lakes where Godâ
€™s literal kingdom was established in 1850.

Voree has a special promise of peace and refuge, and in keeping with that prophecy there has never
been persecution there. Instead of gathering to stakes of Zion, other Mormons now put stakes among
the gentiles, for convenience, and
church periodicals from Zion, Kirtland, Far West, and Nauvoo, gathering was emphasized over 1000
times, whereas the endowment was mentioned only about 150 times.  The numbers are similarly
proportioned in the scriptures.  Surely, it is important to live in sacred places.

66 And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety
for the saints of the Most High God.  (D&C 45:66)

39 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let
thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that
they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting
joy.  (D&C 109:39)

6 And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense,
and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the
whole earth. (D&C 115:6)

10 For the day of my visitation cometh speedily, in an hour when ye think not of; and where shall be the
safety of my people, and refuge for those who shall be left of them?  (D&C 124:10)
"The Record of Rajah Manchou of Vorito."
(Facsimile of the Brass Plates). Voree,
Wisconsin Territory: 1845.19.6 cm. x 10.6 cm.
This earliest known imprint of the Mormons who followed James J. Strang is a rare facsimile of the brass plates, which
in 1845 Strang purportedly discovered buried in a hillside beneath the roots of a giant oak tree at Voree, Wisconsin
Territory and which were lost at the beginning of this century.
The area is now known as Morman Road in Burlington, Wisconsin.
On 1 September 1845, as the time drew near when Strang needed to perform his promise to his
"faithful", he announced another revelation so influential that he used it repeatedly in the columns of his
papers, in the Voree Herald, January 1846; Zion's Reveille, 25 March and 1 April 1847; and Gospel
Herald, 4 May 1848:
"The Angel of the Lord came unto me, James, on the first day of September, in the year eighteen
hundred and forty-five, and the light shined about him above the brightness of the sun, and he showed
unto me the plates of the sealed record, and he gave into my hands the Urim and Thummim. And out of
the light came the voice of the Lord saying . . . Go to the place which the Angel of the presence shall
show thee, and there shalt thou dig for the record of my people in whose possession thou dwellest.
Take with thee faithful witnesses . . . And while I was yet in the Spirit, the Angel of the Lord took me
away to the hill in the east of Walworth, against White River in Voree, and there he showed unto me the
record buried under an oak tree as large as the body of a large man; it was enclosed in an earthen
casement, and buried in the ground as deep as to a man's waist; and I beheld it as a man can see a
light stone in clear water, for I saw it by
Urim and Thummim; and I returned the Urim and Thummim to
the Angel of the Lord, and he departed out of sight."
A unique teaching of Mormonism is the
practice of baptizing on behalf of the
In every active Mormon Temple proxy
baptisms for the dead take place in
which living Mormons temporarily
assume the names of dead people to
perform baptisms on their behalf.
Magical or Occult Symbols

Taking a walking tour of Burlington, notice  the symbols displayed in the architecture of it's
buildings...old and new alike. This sleepy little town is alive in the Occult (hidden knowledge).

The founding fathers were quite aware of the meanings behind the symbols and through time the
magical practices have been carried on, knowingly or unknowingly, through symbology (practice of
magic through symbols)

Burlington's symbolic heritage through Mormonism is quite obvious to one that studies such ancient
knowledge. Even the Mormon name hints at the  occult. Mormo is the King of the Ghouls or the living

As you tour the symbolic sites you can observe the parallel they have with Freemasonry and Scottish
rite free masonry. Even their old temples and drawings are set up with reference to the Masonic
temple. Their old newspaper was a direct reference to the occult.
Spiritually speaking, symbols have been employed to communicate hidden mystical messages. For
practitioners of the occult, these symbols are tools specifically used in wielding supernatural powers
and in communicating their various doctrines. These symbols can be many centuries old, yet their
meanings  remain  the same. Although in this Age we may not 'know' the meanings, it in no way
negates their significance.  Manly P. Hall, one of the most influential occultist of the last century, wrote
this of symbols, "They are centers of a mighty force, figures pregnant with an awful power…"
(Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, p. 356).
               The Language of Runes
Runes are letters used in the earliest Germanic and Nordic alphabets. It’s a modification of Roman
or Greek characters and was used from about the third century. Jack Tresidder, author of the
Dictionary of Symbols, wrote, The linking of specific runes to the sun, moon and other sky gods, and
the art of funerary rune carvings, led to the belief that runes embodied supernatural powers  Â¾to
protect, to avenge and particularly to foretell the future. (p. 173).( Notice in your tour of Burlington the
many runes linked to the Sun and Moon .)

Expanding this idea further, The Complete Book of Amulets and Talismans reports, The runes of the
Scandinavians were believed to possess great magical qualities, and they were used commonly in the
preparation of spells…. Some of the runic letters and signs are so powerful, tradition warns the
uninitiated against trying to perform any feat of magic with them.

From 1880 to 1910 (and during the Nazi era of the 1930’s and 40’s), an entire sub-culture of
Germanic esoteric orders emerged. Indeed, occultism flourished throughout much of the west during
that time. Theosophy, Freemasonry,Mormonim, Rosicrucianism, neo-templar orders, Hermetic orders,
and a variety of other occult societies competed for membership and influence, each claiming that to
hold the secrets of the universe. Mysticism rose out of it's hotbed.The Occult Roots of Nazism (New
York University Press), describes List’s use of runes and their supernatural importance,

…[runes] were also used for their magical properties in divination, the casting of lots, invocations and
the preparation of amulets and charms. Thus each individual rune possessed its own name and
symbolism over and above its phonetic and literary value…List attributed a specific individual rune to
each of Wotan’s verses, adding occult meaning and a summary motto of the spell. These occult
meanings and mottoes were supposed to represent the doctrine and maxims of the rediscovered
religion of Wotanism. Typical mottoes were: ‘Know yourself, then you know everything!’; â
€˜Embrace the universe in yourself, and you can master the universe!’; ‘Do not fear Death, he
cannot kill you!’; ‘Your life rests in God’s hand, trust him in yourself!’; ‘Marriage is the
root of the Aryan race!’; and ‘Man is one with God!’
Today, runes are evident in New Age shops, occult books, movies, and television shows. J.R.R.
Tolkien’s massive Lord of the Rings trilogy contains numerous references to magical runes. Mr.
Tolkien was, however, a very real expert on ancient Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Nordic languages.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that he incorporated runes and a variety other mythical elements into
his literature. The magical element is almost always connected with a part of nature or life.  Although
personally I also believe in Nature Religions but it is a matter of knowledge and respect for the runes.
Nature is non-biased, non-discriminating. Runes can be used for good or for the selfish purpose of an
individual. The powers can be both used for good or evil and the power of the spell can last
indefinately..sometimes eternally.
Occult Symbols Explained

It is a well known fact that most of the early Mormon leadership were Masons. And that they had established 5 lodges in and around Nauvoo Illinois. It is
plain to see they adopted the symbolism from Freemasonry in the construction of the Nauvoo Temple.  ( In your tour, please notice the replica of the
Navoo temple in down town Burlington.) But the symbolism used on the Salt Lake and Nauvoo Temples and on other temples is older and has more
meaning than even  Mormon congregations have been led to believe.

The Nauvoo Temple Vision

Even though there is no first-hand account of the actual vision that was given of the Nauvoo Temple, Joseph Smith recorded that he did indeed see one.
While discussing some of the details of the building with William Weeks, the temple architect, he stated, "I wish you to carry out my designs, I have seen
in vision the splendid appearance of that building illuminated, and will have it built according to the pattern shown me." (History of the Church 6: pp.196-
197; Symbols in Stone, pp. 89,90.)

Now then, knowing that Joseph Smith had been, "raised to the sublime degree," in Freemasonry on March 16, 1842, it is no wonder that he was
influenced by that organization. With that in mind, look at the meanings behind the symbols as defined by, and accepted by Masonry.

"In Freemasonry, all the instructions in its mysteries are communicated in the form of symbols. Symbolism is therefore, the prevailing characteristic of
these primitive Degrees."

"Egypt has always been considered as the birthplace of the mysteries. It was there that the ceremonies of initiation were first established. It was there
that truth was first veiled in allegory, and the dogmas of religion were first imparted under symbolic forms."

"To Egypt, therefore, the Freemasons have always looked with peculiar interest as the cradle of that mysterious science of symbolism whose peculiar
modes of teaching alone, of all modern institutions, have preserved to the present day."

"Each of the Pagan gods, had, besides the public and open, a secret worship paid to him, to which none were admitted but those who had been selected
by preparatory ceremonies called Initiation. This secret worship was termed the Mysteries."

"...both the Greeks and the Barbarians, perform[ed] their religious ceremonies with the observance of a festival, and that they are sometimes celebrated
publicly, and sometimes in mysterious privacy. Secret ceremonies which were practiced in honor of certain gods, and whose secret was known to the
initiates alone, who were admitted only after long and painful trails, which it was more than their life was worth to reveal."

"As to their origin...the first of which we have any account are those of Isis and Osiris in Egypt. "

"These Mysteries undoubtedly owed their origin to the desire to establish esoteric philosophy, in which should be withheld from popular approach those
sublime truths which it was supposed could only be entrusted to those who had been previously prepared for their reception. Doctor Mackey was
disposed to accept Creuzer’s hypothesis on an ancient and highly instructed body of priests, having their origin either in Egypt or in the East, from
whom was derived religious, physical, and historical knowledge, under the veil of symbols."

(Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, pp. 1002, 1003; 316-317; 689. In later quotes referred to as E of F.)

"Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion: and its teachings are instruction in religion...This is the true religion revealed to the ancient patriarchs;
which Masonry has taught for many centuries, and which it will continue to teach as long as time endures." (Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike, pp.213-
214. Emphasis added.)

"Masonry, like all the religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the elect, and
uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light,
from them and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it. So masonry jealously
conceals its secrets, and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray." (Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike, pp.104-105. Emphasis added.)

The Sun

"Astrology is... a science demanding the respect of the scholar, notwithstanding its designation as a black art, and, in a reflective sense, and an occult
science;... This science was known to the ancients as the divine art." (E of F, p. 110.)

"From that science many of our most significant emblems are borrowed. The Lodge itself is a representation of the world; it is adorned with the images of
the sun, and moon and [stars]." (E of F, p. 110.)

"Those Brethren who delight to trace our emblems to an astronomical origin, find in the compass a symbol of the sun, and circular pivot representing the
body of the luminary, and the diverging legs his rays." (E of F p. 236.)

"Hardly any of the symbols of Freemasonry are more important in their signification or more extensive in their application than the sun." "...the sun, too,
as the regenerator or reviver of all things, is the Phallic Worship, which made a prominent part of the Mysteries." (E of F, pp. 987, 989.)

"Obelisks were originally erected in honor of the sun god." That connection comes from Egyptian worship of the Phallus. "The phallus was a sculptured
representation of the male organ of generation. The worship of it is said to have originated in Egypt." Osiris, the sun god [male] was killed by Typhon and
cut up into 14 pieces. When Isis, the moon goddess [wife to Osiris] heard this, "searched and found all the parts of his body except his phallus. She
buried all the parts and built a column [obelisk] as a symbol of his erected phallus, the missing part, and worshipped it." (E of F, p. 727; 769; 778, 779.)


"Whenever the Israelites made one of their almost periodical deflections to idolatry, Baal seems to have been the favorite idol to whose worship they
addicted themselves."

"In Tyre, Baal was the sun, and Ashtaroth, the moon. Baal-peor, the lord of priapism, was the sun represented as the generative principle of nature, and
identical with the phallus of other religions. Baal-gad was the lord of the multitude (of stars) that is, the sun as the chief of the heavenly host. In brief,
Baal seems to have been wherever his cultus was active, a development of the old sun worship." (E of F, p. 114.)

The Moon

"By the side of the male head is the Sun, and by that of the female head, the Moon. And the hand on the male side holds the Compass, and that on the
female side, a Square." (Moral and Dogma, pp. 850-851.)

"The moon in phases are symbols of the witch goddess Diana (Artemis), and used in black magic. Different phases of the moon have various meanings
in witchcraft. All of which are displayed around the temple." (Why is the Salt Lake Temple Decorated with Satanic Symbols? p.1; A History of Witchcraft,
pp. 46-48, 158; What Witches Do, p. 93; A Dictionary of Symbols pp. 214-216.)

"As ...Osiris represented the sun... in Egyptian lore, Isis...represented... the Moon. But the truth is, that Osiris represented the male, active or generative,
powers of nature; while Isis represented its female, passive or prolific, powers." (E of F, pp. 678, 746.)

"The Druids of Britain and Gaul had a deep knowledge concerning the mysteries of Isis and worshiped her under the symbol of the moon. The moon was
chosen for Isis because of its domination over water. The Druids consider the sun to be the father and the moon the mother of all things." (Secret
Teachings of All Ages, p. LXVIII.)

Cteis. Symbolized as the moon. "The female personification of the productive principle. It generally accompanied the Phallus...and as a symbol of the
prolific powers of nature, and was extensively venerated by the nations of antiquity." (E of F, p.257.)

"The Cteis was a circular and concave pedestal, or receptacle, on which the Phallus, or column [obelisk] rested. The union of these two, as the
generative and producing principles of nature, in one compound figure, was the most usual mode of representation. Here we find the origin of the point
within a circle, a symbol which was first adopted by the old sun worshipers." (E of F, p. 769.)


"In the architectural plans [of the Salt Lake Temple] it is clear that the upside-down stars that we now see were originally meant to look exactly like those
on the Nauvoo Temple, with an elongated point on the bottom." (Symbols in Stone, p. 155.)

"The Freemasons of the United States have, by tacit consent, referred to it (the pentagram) as a symbol of the Five Points of Fellowship. The outlines of
the five pointed star are the same as those of the pentalpha or Pythagoras." (E of F, p. 358.)

"The pentagrams and sunstones which adorned the Nauvoo Temple were a clear indication of what transpired in side. The occultic face of ancient Baal
or Amon-Ra shone forth, interspersed with inverted five pointed stars or ‘Goatshead star’ (below) associated for eons of time with all pagan and
Satanic worship." (What’s Going On In There? p. 61.)

"In the science of magic the pentalpha is called the holy and Mysterious pentagram. ...the pentagram in the star of Magians; ...by virtue of the number
five, it has great command over evil spirits because of its five double triangles and its five acute angles within and its five obtuse angles without, so that
this interior pentangle contains in it many great mysteries." (E of F, pp.762-763.)

"Egypt, a great center of learning and the birthplace of many arts and sciences, furnished an ideal environment for transcendental experimentation.
False interpretations were given to the emblems and figures of the Mysteries, and elaborate theologies were created to confuse the minds of their
devotees. The masses, deprived of their birthright of understanding and groveling in ignorance, eventually became the abject slaves of the spiritual
impostors. Superstition universally prevailed and the black magicians completely dominated national affairs, with the result that humanity still suffers from
the sophistries of the priestcrafts of Egypt." (Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. CI. Emphasis added.)

"In symbolism, an inverted figure always signifies a perverted power. The average person does not even suspect the occult properties of emblematic
pentacles. On this subject the great Paracelsus has written: ‘No doubt many will scoff at the seals, their characters and their uses, which are described
in these books. because is seems incredible to them that metals and characters which are dead should have any power and effect.’

A good instance of this practice is found in the pentagram, or five-pointed star, made of five connected lines. This figure is the time-honored symbol of
the magical arts.... The pentagram is used extensively in black magic....The star may be broken at one point by not permitting the converging lines to
touch; it may be inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted by having the points of varying lengths. When used in black magic,
the pentagram is called the "sign of the cloven hoof," or the footprint of the Devil. The star with two points upward is also called the "Goat of Mendes*,"
because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat’s head. When the upright star turns and upper point falls to the bottom, it signifies the fall of
the Morning Star." (Secret Teachings of All Ages, p. CIV. Emphasis added.)

*Baphomet, The Goat of Mendes.

"Baphomet was indeed a common medieval form of the word Mahomet and that not only meant a false prophet but a demon." (E of F, p. 124.)

All-Seeing Eye

In addition to this one on the West end of the Temple there is another one on the East end and in the Garden Room of the Temple. In early Mormon
writings the "all seeing eye," and "the all searching eye," are referred to. (Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, pp. 32; 84.)

The All-Seeing Eye is, "An important symbol of the Supreme Being, borrowed by the Freemasons from the nations of antiquity. On the same principle,
the Egyptians represented Osiris, their chief deity, by the symbol of an open eye, and placed the hieroglyphic of him in all their temples." (E of F, pp. 52,

Point Within a Circle

The "points" were never finished on the Salt Lake Temple, but are shown on the original drawings. They are prominently displayed on the Portland
Oregon Temple around the foundation stones.

"This is a symbol of great interest and importance, and brings us into close connection with the early symbolism of the solar orb and the universe, which
was predominant in the ancient sun-worship. But...this was not always its symbolic signification, we may collect from the true history of its connection with
the phallus of the Ancient Mysteries. The phallus was among the Egyptians the symbol of fecundity, expressed by the male generative principle. It was
communicated from the Rites of Osiris to the religious festivals of Greece. Among the Asiatics the same emblem, under the name of lingam, was, in
connection with the female principle, worshiped as the symbols of the Great Father and Mother, or producing causes of the human race, after their
destruction by the deluge."

"‘On this subject...it was believed in India, that, at the general deluge, everything was involved in the common destruction except the male and female
principles, or organs of generation, which were destined to produce a new race, and to re-people the earth when the waters had subsided from its
surface. The female principle, symbolized by the moon, assumed the form of a lunette or crescent; while the male principle symbolized by the sun,
assuming the form of the lingam, placed himself erect in the center of the lunette, like the mast of a ship. The two principles, in this united form, floated
on the surface of the waters during the period of their prevalence on the earth; and thus became the progenitors of a new race of men.’ Here, then,
was the first outline of the point within a circle, representing the principle of fecundity, and doubtless the symbol, connected with a different history, that,
namely, of Osiris, was transmitted by the Indian philosophers to Egypt, and to the other nations, who derived, as is elsewhere shown, all their rites from
the East."

The Bee
The hieroglyphic symbol of the King of Lower Egypt, the fertile region of the Delta was the bee.Ê The role of the bee is to extract the essence of the
living flower, an organic receptor of the Suns life-giving force often expressing it's Phi nature in the number of its petals. Having transformed the nectar of
the pentagonal flower into Honey, the bee then stores this golden substance in the form of Hexagonal shaped honeycomb. The King in his role of the
Bee, like the Taoist Masters of Inner Alchemy, has the ability to harness the Life force within himself and transform it into the Solar essence often
referred to in Taoist texts as the "Golden Nectar".
Navoo Temple
    Masonic Symbols and the LDS Temple
Sandra Tanner

In the Spring of 2002 the LDS Church completed its reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple in Illinois. It was originally built in the 1840's but was destroyed
after the Mormons abandoned the town. Due to the publicity and photos regarding this new temple many people have asked about the symbols on the

To understand the symbols one must first know something of Joseph Smith's involvement with Freemasonry. Joseph's brother, Hyrum, had been a
Mason since the 1820's. Many other members of the LDS church, like Brigham Young, were Masons before they joined Mormonism. LDS historian Reed
Durham observed:

"By 1840, John Cook Bennett, a former active leader in Masonry had arrived in Commerce [Nauvoo] and rapidly exerted his persuasive leadership in all
facets of the Church, including Mormon Masonry. ... Joseph and Sidney [Rigdon] were inducted into formal Masonry...on the same day..." ("Is There No
Help for the Widow's Son?" by Dr. Reed C. Durham, Jr., as printed in Joseph Smith and Masonry: No Help for the Widow's Son, Martin Pub. Co., Nauvoo,
Ill., 1980, p. 17.)

Reed Durham further commented:

"I have attempted thus far to demonstrate that Masonic influences upon Joseph in the early Church history, preceding his formal membership in
Masonry, were significant....In fact, I believe that there are few significant developments in the Church, that occurred after March 15, 1842, which did not
have some Masonic interdependence." (Joseph Smith and Masonry: No Help for the Widow's Son, p.17)

The History of the Church records Smith's entrance into the Masonic lodge in 1842:

"Tuesday, 15.—I officiated as grand chaplain at the installation of the Nauvoo Lodge of Free Masons, at the Grove near the Temple. Grand Master
Jonas, of Columbus, being present, a large number of people assembled on the occasion. The day was exceedingly fine; all things were done in order,
and universal satisfaction was manifested. In the evening I received the first degree in Free Masonry in the Nauvoo Lodge, assembled in my general
business office." (History of the Church, by Joseph Smith, Deseret Book, 1978, Vol.4, Ch.32, p.550-1)

The next day Smith recorded:

"Wednesday, March 16.—I was with the Masonic Lodge and rose to the sublime degree." (History of the Church, Vol.4, Ch.32, p.552)

The Mormon involvement in Freemasonry reached its heights during the early 1840's in Nauvoo. In the Encyclopedia of Mormonism we read:

"The introduction of Freemasonry in NAUVOO had both political and religious implications....Eventually nearly 1,500 LDS men became associated with
Illinois Freemasonry, including many members of the Church's governing priesthood bodies—this at a time when the total number of non-LDS Masons
in Illinois lodges barely reached 150." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, vol.2, p.527)

The Salt Lake Tribune (May 4, 2002, p.C3) printed a picture of the original Nauvoo temple weather vane, which shows the Masonic symbol of the
compass and square above the angel. Reporter Peggy Stack wrote:

"Every detail of the historic Nauvoo Temple was reconstructed [in the new Nauvoo temple] meticulously with one exception: the flying angel weather vane
that graced the top of the 19th century Mormon edifice.

"In its place is the gold-leafed Angel Moroni, first used on the Salt Lake Temple,...

"Some speculate that the horizontal angel, with its compass and square, may be too closely associated with Masonic rituals for modern Mormons." (Salt
Lake Tribune, May 4, 2002, p.C3)

(Look in above picture of weather vane)
[Original architect's drawing of the Nauvoo Temple weather vane.
Notice the compass and square above the angel.]

Reed Durham observed:

"There is absolutely no question in my mind that the Mormon ceremony which came to be known as the Endowment, introduced by Joseph Smith to
Mormon Masons initially, just a little over one month after he became a Mason, had an immediate inspiration from Masonry....

(See picture above)
[Architect's drawing of the stars for the Nauvoo Temple.]

"It is also obvious that the Nauvoo Temple architecture was in part, at least Masonically influenced. Indeed, it appears that there was an intentional
attempt to utilize Masonic symbols and motifs. The sun stones, and the moon and star stones, were examples. An additional example was the angel used
on the weather vane on the top of the Temple. [Above the angel] is a beautiful compass and square, in the typical Masonic fashion." (Joseph Smith and
Masonry: No Help for the Widow's Son, p.18)

(see picture above)
[The compass and square as used in Masonry.]

Additional details of the Nauvoo temple symbols and pictures of the building are in the Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac (see pp.120-141). On
page 135 of the Almanac is a photograph of one of the original sunstones that were placed at the top of the columns around the outside of the temple. A
photo of a sunstone is also in Fawn Brodie's book, No Man Knows My History, p.298(b).

(see picture above)
[One of the original sunstones from the Nauvoo Temple.]

The Nauvoo sunstone, with its human face, is similar to the Masonic depictions of the sun. Below is an illustration from the Masonic book, The Craft and
Its Symbols, p.75:

(see above picture)

Masonic symbols have been pictured and discussed in a number of books. Albert Pike, in his book, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, discusses the various Masonic symbols and their meaning.

In the book The Craft and Its Symbols: Opening the Door to Masonic Symbolism, by Allen E. Roberts, p.11, is a drawing of the Masonic apron presented
to President George Washington by Lafayette The symbols on the apron, which were later used by the Mormons, include a beehive, all-seeing eye,
compass and square, and the sun, moon and stars.

(see above picture)

The Masonic Monitor, in 1820, had an illustration of the symbols of Freemasonry. This drawing is very similar to Washington's apron.

(see above picture)

Many Masonic symbols (the sun, moon, stars, all-seeing eye, beehive, hand grip, and the beehive) were also placed on the Salt Lake Temple.

(see above picture)
[Symbols on the front of the Salt Lake Temple.]

One of the more familiar symbols of Mormonism is the beehive. Examples of pioneer use of the hive can be seen on Brigham Young's home (known as
the Beehive House) in Salt Lake City.

(see above picture)
[Top of Beehive House]

(see above picture)
[Beehive House with Eagle Gate next to it.]

The beehive is also displayed on the doorknobs of the Salt Lake temple.

(see above picture)
[One of the brass doorknobs in the
Salt Lake Temple, displaying the beehive.]

However, most people are not aware that the beehive was a symbol of Masonry years before Joseph Smith started his church. Masonic historian Allen E.
Roberts explains:

"The Bee Hive, Masonically, is an emblem of Industry....When and why the hive of the bee entered Freemasonry as a symbol no one knows....In the
book, The Early Masonic Catechisms, the bee in Masonry is mentioned as early as 1724..." (The Craft and Its Symbols, by Allen E. Roberts, Macoy Pub.,
1974, p.73)

While many people are aware of the symbols used on the Salt Lake temple, they were also used on other LDS buildings in Utah (see "Where Are All The
All-Seeing Eyes?", Sunstone Magazine, vol.10, no.5, May 1985).

LDS researcher Michael Homer discussed the Mormon use of Masonic symbols:

"Even after the turn of the century and the abandonment of polygamy, the same comparison [to Masonry] was made. The First Presidency stated in a
message on October 15, 1911, that '[b]ecause of their Masonic characters, the ceremonies of the temple are sacred and not for the public.'

"Mormon use of Masonic symbols has also been publicly acknowledged. Mormons were hardly discreet in their depictions of symbols long associated
with Freemasonry...including the square, the compass, the sun, moon, and stars, the beehive, the all-seeing eye, ritualistic hand grips, two interlaced
triangles forming a six-pointed star...and a number of other Masonic symbols on endowment houses, temples, cooperatives, grave markers, tabernacles,
church meetinghouses, newspaper mastheads, hotels, residences, money, logos, and seals." ("Similarity of Priesthood in Masonry": The Relationship
between Freemasonry and Mormonism, by Michael W. Homer, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol.27, no.3, Fall 1994, p.73)

In addition to these symbols, the LDS Church continues to use the up-side-down, five pointed star. The newly completed Nauvoo Temple has numerous
windows using it. For pictures see (off-site):


The inverted star was also used on the Salt Lake temple above the front doors and is also used in Masonry.

Since the LDS Church rejects the use of the cross as a religious symbol, one is left to wonder why they would adopt symbols used by the Masons and

When trying to explain the similarities between Mormonism and Masonry, one LDS author wrote:

"Masons who visit the Temple Block in Salt Lake City are impressed by what they call the Masonic emblems displayed on the outside of the Mormon

"Yes, the 'Masonic emblems' are displayed on the walls of the Temple—the sun, moon and stars, 'Holiness to the Lord,' the two right hands clasped in
fellowship, the All-seeing eye, Alpha and Omega, and the beehive. Masonic writers tell us that the Mormon Temple ritual and their own are slightly similar
in some respects.

"Without any apologies we frankly admit that there may be some truth in these statements." (Mormonism and Masonry, Introduction, by E. Cecil McGavin,
Bookcraft,1956 )

Later in the same book, Mr. McGavin stated:

"In the diary of Benjamin F. Johnson, an intimate friend and associate of Joseph Smith, it is recorded that 'Joseph told me that Freemasonry was the
apostate endowment, as sectarian religion was the apostate religion.' Elder Heber C. Kimball, who had been a Mason for many years, related that after
Joseph Smith became a Mason, he explained to his brethren that Masonry had been taken from the priesthood." (Mormonism and Masonry, p.199)

The problem with Mr. McGavin's position is that neither the Masonic or Mormon rituals can be shown to date to King Solomon's temple. In fact, most
historians place the beginning of Freemasonry in the 1700's. LDS author Michael Homer wrote:

"Prior to 1860 most Masonic writers accepted the legends of Freemasonry with claimed that it originated in antiquity. Although these claims were
challenged by most anti-Masonic writers in the United States,...most Masonic writers refused to discount these claims until 'a school of English
investigators' began to evaluate lodge minutes, ancient rituals, and municipal records. Eventually this movement...debunked the notion that the rituals
practiced in Speculative Freemasonry originated before the sixteenth century. Gould and others argued that the best evidence indicated that Operative
Freemasonry originated with trade guilds in the Middle Ages and that the development of Speculative Freemasonry, with ceremonies and rituals similar
to those practiced today, began in the seventeenth century....the rituals of Freemasonry have never been static, but have evolved both in time and
place. For example, only post-1760 rituals included separate obligations for degrees in conjunction with signs, penalties, tokens, and words, the form
found in most subsequent rituals and the same format followed in the Mormon temple endowment." ("Similarity of Priesthood in Masonry," Dialogue: A
Journal of Mormon Thought, vol.27, no.3, Fall 1994,  pp.103-104)

Since Freemasonry dates to the 1700's and Joseph Smith was a Mason before he introduced the LDS temple rituals and built the Nauvoo temple, one is
forced to conclude that the similarities between the two groups are due to Smith borrowing elements from Masonry.
Sun Stone
Craft and
Ritual Circle
White River is where the Mormons of the
Vohee Area did their baptizing for the
dead. You can locate the area by standing
at the Bridge in Burlington and looking to
the South.

This River and the Fox River are the two
rivers flowing through Burlington. It then
was ideal to use in travel because the Fox
River's currents flowed into town and the
White River's currents flowed our of town,

The Mormon practice of proxy baptism or
'baptising the dead' is a well known ritual
described in a lot of books. At the
beginning of this practice they were looking
for their ancestors with the aim of baptising
them, but later they began to baptise
everyone - Catholics, Muslims, Jewish, or

They believe that you can find out the
name of everyone who has been born on
the planet and then baptize them even
though they are dead. They do this by
going through all the birth records,
spending thousands of collective hours .
They even have built temples for this
purpose. This includes: babies being born
who don't even live long enough to be
named. Or, whole populations wiped out in
euthanasia or famine sweeping through
continents killing millions.

The genealogical work and baptism for the
dead is very important to the Mormons.
They feel that the  Mormons go to
'Paradise', while non-Mormons go to Spirit
Prison. Mormons in Paradise continue their
missionary work and preach the message
of Mormonism to those in Spirit Prison.
Those who accept, are able to progress on
to Paradise, but only after a living person
is baptised for them, by proxy.
"The greatest responsibility in this world
that God has laid upon us is to seek after
our dead." (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2,
p. 146). Joseph Smith
In Mormonism, there is an obsession with
the dead. This is reflected in both the
temple rituals and the genealogical work
each Mormon is expected to engage in to
redeem their ancestors. Not only do
Mormons seek after their dead, the dead
also seek after them: Wilford Woodruff, the
fourth president of the Church, stated the
"The dead will be after you, they will seek
after you as they have after us in St.
George [temple]. They called upon us,
knowing that we held the keys and power
to redeem them. I will here say before
closing, that two weeks before I left St.
George, the spirits of the dead gathered
around me, wanting to know why we did not
redeem them." (Journal of Discourses, vol.
19, p. 229).
In Mormon folk lore, it is common to hear
stories about the dead coming to the living,
and 'spirit beings' being seen in the
temples. Stories such as auras and lights
around speakers and melodic music, are
If Prophet Strang did have a revelation of a temple manifesting itself over Voree, we may have some
physical evidence to support this claim. While on Mormon Road photographing one night, we managed
to capture the temple manifesting in another dimension in the general area that Strang found the Plates.
Click Here to see photos

A Vision of Voree, given on 6-18-1844.
1. On the eighteenth day of June, eighteen hundred and forty-four, James J. Strang was in the Spirit,
and he was in the grove above the stone quarry on White River, and he had a vision; and behold, he
was carried away in the Spirit to the top of the hill in the west border of Racine, and Gardner's prairie
was to the north, and the White River marshes to the south, and he saw in the vision; and the lands
round about were covered with many houses and gardens, and there were streets, and shops, and
people; even a city of many inhabitants. And the city was built of stone, and there were few houses of
brick and less of wood, and the gardens were many; and a few houses were very great, and their
inhabitants many.
2. There was a change in the vision, and the people with lively pace and smiling countenances thronged
the streets and passed by.
3. There was another change, and they were all assembled in a vast hall, and James J. Strang,
surrounded by wise men and counsellors and priests and eloquent orators, arose and taught the
people; and the Spirit of prophecy witnesseth unto him, so shall it be; and the vision ended, and he was
strengthened but his faith was weak.
Directions to Voree from Burlington
Take Highway 36 south out of Burlington about one mile,
turn right on Mormon Road or take Highway 11 west out
of Burlington, turning left on Mormon Road.
Moses Smith and  a man named William Whiting  
made the first claim. Back then a claim was staked
by carving your initials and the date in a tree. The
spot Smith and Whiting claimed is where the
Standard Press building now stands.

Voree was large too, and new land record studies indicate that Voree's land development was on the east of modern Burlington as well as on the west.
Recently discovered court records at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, are giving new insight into the United and Associated Order at Voree.
Faithful members consecrated their surplus property into the order, then they received anything they needed for their support. Historic landmarks
remaining at Voree today include hand hewn quarry stone houses, and other houses built with a strikingly beautiful cobble stone architecture from New
York's Erie Canal district. Also in the area are the one hundred and fifty year old Cemetery of the Saints, and a historic temple building site. There is
religious significance in the place in a grove of enormous oak trees, where in 1845 Strang brought a group of witnesses to dig up  an ancient engraved
brass record.
Mormonism in Burlington Wisconsin
Strangite Mormons in voree Wisconsin
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