Washing 

Summary

Washing of bodies as an ordinance began on 21 January 1836, when JS had priesthood holders wash to prepare for the endowment “with power from on high” connected with the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio. Biblical in origin, ritual washing symbolized a cleansing of body and spirit to be worthy of God’s presence. It was performed in preparation for the ordinance of anointing with oil.1