Freemason Joe Steve Swick III criticizes Samuel Morris Brown’s new book on Masonic influences in Mormonism. In an editorial review, professor Richard Bushman described Brown’s book as weaving “the most exotic elements of Mormonism-seerstones, new names, hieroglyphs, angels, the Adamic tongue, Masonic catechisms, seals, ritual adoptions-into an illuminating and compelling explication of Joseph Smith’s beliefs about the temple, family, and human salvation.”
Joe Swick, however, as a Mormon and Mason, feels that Brown didn’t go far enough.
Almost unbelievably, Sam fails to anywhere significantly engage the funerary rites or traditions of Freemasons … the funeral sermon of King Follett—contained several clear Masonic references relevant to the topic of his book. These Masonic references likely exist because King Follett was the Prophet’s Masonic Brother, and the funeral itself was Masonic.
The “funerary traditions,” Swick notes, is symbolized by the apron. “Sam is unwilling to directly state that Masons – or Mormons – even wear aprons,” he writes.
For further investigation, see John L. Brooke’s The Refiner’s Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844 for more evidence of Masonic influences, including that of alchemy, Rosicrucianism and Hermeticism; Lance S. Owens’ classic “Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection“; and here.