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Andrew F. Ehat: Why Did Joseph Smith Build Temples? The First Endowment of this dispensation

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Kirtland Restoration of Keys and Ordinances

Andrew Ehat is the Director of Research of the Joseph Smith Research Institute:  The purpose of the Joseph Smith Research Institute is to research, chronicle, interpret, and promote the life and teachings of the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Institute aspires to understand and articulate Joseph Smith’s perspective of truth and his calling as a prophet to the Church and the world. While the Institute is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its efforts will not be inconsistent with either its teachings or practices.

Andrew was requested by the Joseph Smith Jr & Emma Hale Smith Historical Society to address the Joseph Smith Jr. Symposium and Family Reunion in 2011 to speak on why Joseph Smith built temples.  Andrew has become an expert in Old Testament, New Testament and Book of Mormon Temples, their religious rites and ceremonies.

The endowment of the Prophet Joseph Smith began on January 21, 1836 in the Kirtland Temple.  In conjunction with the video is the transcription directly from the Prophet’s personal diary:  The Endowment of the Prophet Joseph Smith On January 21 1836 From Original Manuscripts