Did the Founding Fathers ask to have their temple work done for them?
True, according to Wilford Woodruff
According to President Wilford Woodruff, the spirits of the signers of the Declaration of Independence came to him and requested that their temple work be done for them. Some research has placed some doubt on this by showing that many of the Founding Fathers had already had temple work performed for them before Woodruff made this claim, although records show just baptisms for the dead that had been performed prior to the event. For more information, check out this LDS Living article.
Below is the following account in Wilford Woodruff’s own words:
“I will here say, before closing, that two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, “You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.” These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two days and two nights. I thought it very singular, that notwithstanding so much work had been done, and yet nothing had been done for them. The thought never entered my heart, from the fact, I suppose, that heretofore our minds were reaching after our more immediate friends and relatives. I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others. I then baptized him for every President of the United States, except three; and when their cause is just, somebody will do the work for them.” (Journal of Discourses Vol. XIX, pg 229)