Page 3 of 189I owe deep gratitude to so many people in the production of this work that simply to listthem all would require many pages. The following are preeminent:Truman G. Madsen has never been just an employer. On that day in 1971 when heemployed me as his research assistant, he changed my life and unknowingly became mymentor. His desire as director of the [v] Brigham Young University Institute of MormonStudies to see that a collection of the primary source materials of Joseph Smith's sermonsled directly to the book, The Words of Joseph Smith. In the process of compiling andediting that book, I analyzed the temple related diary entries of early Church leaders,entries fundamental to this thesis. Because of Dr. Madsen's intense interest in JosephSmith and his unabashed love and honor of the temple he greatly aided me inappreciation of these and many other source materials which now, eleven years later,shape this thesis. His loyal and always too generous praise made this work possible.Cited in the footnotes are many people who have supplied invaluable source materialsand ideas. They deserve recognition here also. I remember with particular pleasure DeanC. Jessee, Lyndon W. Cook, Ronald K. Esplin, Richard L. Anderson, Mark WilliamHofmann, Steve Pratt, Gertrude Richards, and LaJean Purcell. Dr. Esplin deserves specialrecognition because very early in my research he became a kind friend who was alwaysencouraging, truly feeling this study important. His significant article "Joseph, Brighamand the Twelve: a Succession of Continuity" appeared in Brigham Young UniversityStudies and is reflective of his insight.Materials used in this study were gleaned principally from the Church Archives, theHistorical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City,Utah. Other institutions included Special Collections, Archives and Manuscripts, and theMicrofilm Reading Room -- all in the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University,Provo, Utah; Manuscripts Division, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of [vi] Utah,Salt Lake City, Utah; Library-Archives, History Commission, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Auditorium, Independence, Missouri; The Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the Boston Public Library,Boston, Massachusetts. I am extremely thankful to the kind, professional staffs of theselibraries, who were patient with my requests and unfailing in their service.In early stages of this work many were kind enough to read and make suggestions whichwere incorporated in this study. I remember especially Grant Underwood, SteveGilliland, Richard L. Anderson, Truman G. Madsen, Dean C. Jessee, Lyndon W. Cook,and Ronald K. Esplin. Linda Hunter Adams, editorial assistant with Brigham YoungUniversity Studies, because I was away from Utah when the final draft of this manuscriptwas typed, spent much time making sure that my committee received a manuscript intact.As is her nature, she voluntarily applied her gifts and improved the readability of this paper.I appreciate the painstaking efforts and patience of Karin Orr, who typed the manuscriptthrough each of its drafts. I am also grateful for the assistance of Leigh Price, who aidedin the typing of the first draft.