Mormon studies, temple work, endowment, sealing, ordinances for the dead
The first endowments for the dead in Latter-day Saint history were performed on January 11, 1877 in the St. George Temple (fig. 1). Seasoned Nauvoo Temple ordinance and Salt Lake City endowment worker, Alonzo H. Raleigh, wrote of the occasion:
Endowments commenced in the [St. George] Temple and for the first time Endowments for the Dead in this Dispensation. 72 persons received their Endowments. I took the lead in the washing and anointing and instructions in the same. Washed, anointed and clothed the first person and took the general lead of the same, all through by promptings by the direction of President Brigham Young through Elder Woodruff. We were late getting through. It was the most responsible and complicated day’s work I [have] ever done, as most of the workmen were new in the labor and the prompting devolved almost entirely on me for nearly all the parts.
Bennett, Richard E.
""Line upon Line, Precept upon Precept": Reflections on the 1877 Commencement of the Performance of Endowments and Sealings for the Dead,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 44:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol44/iss3/4