posted on Nov, 15 2006 @ 05:36 PM
The Mormon Church is, at least theoretically, extremely anti-Masonic. The reason for this is a simple one:
Joseph Smith, along with several thousand other Mormons, became a Mason irregularly in Nauvoo. They all were expelled a few weeks later, and the
Mormons developed hard feelings against the Masons because of it; but that didn't stop Smith from being impressed with the initiation ceremony.
Later, when Smith composed the Mormon Endowment Ceremony, a great deal of it seemed to be just a plagiarism of Masonic ritual, as worked at the time
in Illinois. Smith claimed that the ceremony came to him as a vision from God, and that it was duty to restore the "true" Temple ceremony, which had
become "corrupted" through Freemasonry.
Smith once famously said that "Just as Christianity is the apostate religion, so is Freemasonry the apostate Endowment", meaning that the Christians
had corrupted the "real" religion, the Masons had corrupted the "real" initiation ceremony, and it was his job to "restore" them.
Obviously, the Masons of the time saw it for what it was: a line of BS. It was obvious that Smith had ripped off Masonic ritual, and nobody who was a
regular Mason was impressed.
This all lead to tension between the Masons and the Mormons, which still exists in some places. Indeed, for over a century, the Grand Lodge of Utah
refused to admit Mormons to the fraternity on grounds that they were followers of an illegitimate Masonic rite (the Endowment).
It is unlikely that Hinkley is a Mason (or any other high level church official) since technically we are regarded by them as infidels.