Reason #98: Changes in LDS Doctrine regarding Freemasonry
Alexander Campbell once noted that the Book of Mormon managed to comment on a surprisingly large percentage of the religious issues of their time. In addition to infant baptism, authority and ordination, the nature of the Trinity, free agency of man, the fall, and the resurrection, here is a more complete listing: freemasonry (Helaman 6:21-29; 3 Nephi 4:7), spiritual regeneration (Alma 5:14-21), rights and responsibilities of civil governments (Mosiah 29:11-17), church government (Moroni 4:6-9), the atonement (2 Nephi chapter 9), eternal reward and punishment (Alma 41:3-7), Catholicism (1 Nephi chapters 13 and 14), fasting (Alma 17:3), repentance (Alma 5:49), “religious experience” (Mosiah 27:24-29), and transubstantiation (3 Nephi 18:28-30).
Not surprisingly, when Joseph Smith first wrote the Book of Mormon, he condemned “secret combinations”– a reference to Masonic-type organizations then in existence in the America of the early 1800s. Later, when Smith himself became a Mason, the lines became blurred.
 Tanner, Mormonism
, Shadow or Reality?, 63-72.
For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading devices.