Monday, October 02, 2006

Forthcoming: Nauvoo Sealings, Adoptions, and Anointings

Nauvoo Sealings, Adoptions, and Anointings
A Comprehensive Register of Persons Receiving
LDS Temple Ordinances, 1841-1846
LISLE G BROWN, compiler
hardback. 504 pages. / 1-56085-198-8 / $125.00
Liminted edition of 200 copies

Less than four years before his death, Joseph Smith began introducing
LDS members to new, ritualized forms of worship. Several of these
rites linked individuals not only to God but also to their immediate
families and even ancestors. The rituals, practiced by both men and
women, served to introduce initiates to new theological developments.
On a more practical level, they established layers of social contacts
around which the LDS community revolved, bonded, and interacted. Lisle
G Brown makes his comprehensive data base available to researchers 160
years after the fact, identifying the men and women who were initiated
into the nexus of temple ritual and priesthood ordinances during the
early to mid-1840s. He includes dates for endowments, marriages, proxy
marriages, sealings to parents, adoptions of living adults to married
couples, and second anointings.

Lisle G Brown is a professor of Library Studies and Curator of Special
Collections at Marshall University in West Virginia. He is the editor
of Preserving the Word: A Descriptive Catalogue of Maurice Harmon's
Library of Anglo-Irish Literature and Criticism; West Virginia: A
Historical Resource Guide; and other works; a contributor to American
Legislative Leaders in the South, 1911-1994; and has published in
Brigham Young University Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon
Thought, Mormon Historical Studies, West Virginia History, North
Dakota History, and elsewhere. He has created Internet exhibits for
Marshall University's Virtual Museum and is the webmaster for the
university's Special Collections.

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