Burlington, Wisconsin
and the
'Veiled City of Voree '
Written by Mary Sutherland  @2002
Unknown to most, except Mormans 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 Morman 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
Yes - This could have been one of the very places of The Lost
Mines of Solomon!
Mary Sutherland
Mary Sutherland 2005


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 times.
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 Cemetery.
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

WE BELIEVE IN THE GATHERING OF GOD'S PEOPLE TO ZION (Jerusalem in Israel and New Jerusalem in Jackson
County, Missouri), or to one of its stakes (historically Kirtland, Ohio; Far West, Missouri; Nauvoo, Illinois; and
, or to the Islands of the Great Lakes where God’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
NEVER MENTION GATHERING TO A SACRED CITY.. In the early 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. Broadside.
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
A unique teaching of Mormonism is the practice of
baptizing on behalf of the dead.
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 dead.

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!’; ‘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
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

"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

"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,

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, 53.)

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
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 building.

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

"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 Temple.

"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.

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, north.

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 Orthodox.

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
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 circulated.
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.
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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.
Mormon Trivia
One inhabitant of Voree later made the scientific discovery that tomatoes are edible, instead of poisonous.
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.
One inhabitant of Voree  made the scientific discovery that tomatoes are edible, instead of

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 unbury an
ancient engraved brass record.
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