Anthony W. Ivins emphasizes the Church's stance against its members affiliating with secret, oath-bound societies like Freemasonry, advocating loyalty to both the Church and the government.

Anthony W. Ivins

Anthony W. Ivins, The Relationship of 'Mormonism' and Freemasonry (Salt Lake City,: The Deseret News Press, 1934), 253–4.

Anthony W. Ivins
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The restoration of the Gospel, the command to preach it among all nations, and the gathering together of those who receive and obey it, are all told in the story of the Church since its establishment.

This treatise is not an appeal to the Masonic Fraternity to open its doors and admit to the "secrets of its order" members of the Mormon Church. It maintains the advice which it has always given to its members, viz.: that they refrain from affiliation with any secret, oath-bound society. It maintains that to loyally serve the Church and the government under which it exists is the first duty of every citizen, and that affiliation with any secret, oath-bound society is liable to lead men and women away from these two first duties.

The Church makes no attack upon any other Church or against any organization entered into for a just purpose. This is particularly true regarding its attitude towards Freemasonry, but if it is attacked and its integrity to God and the holy scripture, or its loyalty to the ideals of civil government of our country is questioned, it will defend itself.

Again quoting from the book which the author of "Mormonism and Masonry" says should be the guide to our lives and conduct, we call attention to the following:

"Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; and said unto them,

"Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, what ye intend to do as touching these men.

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"Refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this counsel or this work be of men it will come to nought;

"But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."

On this quotation from the book which Masons and Mormons, and all others who profess Christian belief, should make the guide of their lives and conduct, the Church rests its case.

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