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  1. Patrick Abernathy

    Was Alexander Hamilton included in the “other 50 or so men” whose temple work was done by Wildred Woodriff in the Saint George Temple? Was he among those who appeared in Wildred Woodriff in the St. George Temple or was it only the signers of the Declaration of Independence? I do not see Alexander Hamilton’s name among the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. What information can you give me relative to his work being done along with the other founding fathers. Clearly Alexander Hamilton is among the founding fathers.

    Patrick

  2. I’m not sure if we have conclusive evidence of all those who had their temple work done. I’d have to search the records at the St. George temple, which I don’t think many have access to. From these quotes we know George Washington was there, as were the other signers of the Declaration of Independence. We also know 50 other eminent men were there including John Wesley and Columbus. I see no reason why Alexander Hamilton would not have been there.

    Alexander Hamilton’s dying words, July 12, 1804: “I have tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty; through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me.”

  3. I remember Truman Madsen’s lecture on WW states that George Washington and Ben Franklin were ordained to be High Priests as well, while the others will not. I’d have to look for more background on that.

    What I find fascinating about this is that because of these revelations, endowments and sealings by proxy began whereas before only baptisms were done for the dead. Moreover, I believe that this also ushered in proxy work for non-family members for the first time. The most interesting point, however, is that this revelation came through WW as the President of the St. George temple while BY was still the prophet. Strange that this would come through him and not through the prophet, but perhaps as the holder of keys to the temple, he was authorized to do so. I suppose this is an interesting tangent to the recent post on keys of authority in the BoM.

  4. President Benson said:

    President George Washington was ordained a high priest at that time. You will also be interested to know that, according to Wilford Woodruff’s journal, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus were also ordained high priests at that time. (Benson, Ezra Taft, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988. 602 – 604.)

    I’d have to see Truman Madsen’s lecture to see if the “others will not” be ordained high priests.

    I agree that Wilford Woodruff was allowed to do this work because he held the keys conferred from the prophet to do temple work at the St. George Temple. These were keys of presidency and keys to perform specific ordinances.

  5. Patricia Canfield

    I have seen a picture of these men in the Confirmation area of the Los Angeles Temple. Does any one know who painted it and what it is called? I would like to have a copy of it. Thank you.

  6. Karisa Walker

    In all that I’d seen on this, it has said that also all the Presidents of the US had their work done for them at the same time, except 3. The quote said something like, “and when their causes are just, someone will do their work for them.” Does anyone know who the 3 are?

  7. Alex Galamb

    Dear Karissa Walker
    Yes to answer your question in full the 3 presidents of the united states that have not had there temple ordinances performed in the st. George temple by President wilford woodruff are Martin Van buuren, James Buchanan, and Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was alive at the time of the ordinances and did not die until 1885. Van buuren and Buchanan were apparently wicked men. Van Buuren had refused to help Joseph smith with the extermination order in Missouri. Buchanan’s wickedness is unknown as to what he did. The statement is said simply “that when there cause becomes just someone will do the work for them”. For reference on this info because I don’t publish info that isn’t true see
    Journal of Discourses volume 19 page 229. Hope this helps and clears it up for you.
    Alex Galamb
    Cedar Hills Utah
    12th Ward

  8. Jennifer

    Alex said “Buchanan’s wickedness is unknown as to what he did.”

    President Buchanan was the one who sent the army to Utah in 1857 and President VanBuren was the one who answered the Saints plea’s for intervention and redress from the Missouri persecution with “I can do nothing for you.”

    Hans thought it “Strange that this would come through him and not through the prophet Brigham Young”
    The fact that the vision occurred between August 19-22 in the St. George Temple and Brigham Young died August 27th might also have been a major factor. Brigham Young had also been sick for a long time – so sick that he had to be carried around during the dedication of the St. George Temple on January 1, 1877. In addition, since endowments and sealing for the dead could not be performed outside a temple, these ordinances were not done between 1846 (when the Nauvoo Temple was abandoned) and 1877 when the St. George Temple was dedicated and therefore President Young could not have attended to them previously.

  9. Will

    Thomas E. Daniels actually gives some good info about this in the Ensign . Scroll down about half way to find the question about the Founding Father’s Temple work.

  10. Katie

    I’m trying to find out if Patrick Henry was one of the founding fathers present at the St. George Temple visit.

  11. Stacie

    There is a wonderful book titled THE OTHER EMINENT MEN OF WILFORD WOODRUFF written by Vicki Jo Anderson that lists all who appeared to Wilford Woodruff and had their temple work done. It lists the signers, presidents as well as the “other eminent men and women” who appeared. She was given permission to study Wilford Woodruff’s journals and has written short biographies of the “other eminent men.”

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