Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Ancient Church, Worship, Ancient Near East, Civilization, Religion, Book of Mormon Books, 3 Nephi, Book of Mormon, Criticism, Freemason Influence, Mesoamerica


The publication of the Book of Mormon brought forward the first of many comparisons between the restorational work of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his surrounding environment, including Freemasonry. One point of comparison has been the lambskin apparel mentioned in 3 Nephi 4:7. A possible connection exists between this item of apparel and ritual clothing that was worn in ancient Israel, Egypt, and Mesoamerica. I suggest a possible reason for the use of this item of clothing among the secret combinations in the Book of Mormon and discuss the lambskin apron used in Freemasonic ritual.