Did the LDS Endowment Ceremony Originate with Joseph Smith?

President Wilford Woodruff said it did.

In March of 1897 President Wilford Woodruff of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke into a talking machine and said he received his endowment under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith. So in 1897, whatever the endowment ceremony was like, Wilford Woodruff personally knew its source because he witnessed it.

That’s not saying Joseph Smith didn’t get it from heaven.

This recording is fascinating. Listen. Notice Wilford Woodruff knew and also mentioned his recording would preserve his voice’s tone.

I bear testimony that Joseph Smith was the author of the endowments as received by the Latter-day Saints. — Wilford Woodruff, March 19, 1897

The 1897 Audio Record of Wilford Woodruff’s Testimony

See also “This Is My Testimony, Spoken by Myself into a Talking Machine”: Wilford Woodruff ‘s 1897 Statement in Stereo

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