Archive for September 2015

I spent some time talking with a caller on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He made many claims which I believe solid sources rebut.

  • Brigham Young ordered the massacre through George A. Smith
  • His purpose was to murder and steal always accepted by Mormons
  • He knew all about the wagon train
  • The upcoming 1857 Utah War did not concern his interest in the MMM
  • He declared independence from the U.S. on August 24, 1857 celebration
  • BY was guilty but was given a pardon by the President
  • Denied that John D. Lee reported to BY in September
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Ezra Booth, one of the earliest converts soon left and wrote 9 letters which were published in the Ohio Star newspaper from Oct 13-Dec 8, 1831. He addressed many topics claiming accurate accounts, events and beliefs of Mormonism. Much is contrary from Mormon sources. I addressed several of his claims which probably all historians would obviously conclude false. 

  • Joseph Smith claimed all authority and live beyond any gospel laws and principles
    • Commit adultery
    • Kill the husband 
    • Common consent
    • Church covenants
I also addressed a claim by Lee Baker 2 weeks ago, that the First Presidency and the Twelve made a false statement about Joseph Smith in the 2008  2009 Priesthood and Relief Society Manual. 
It is difficult on many topics to sort out divergence sources to decide which to accept. 
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Christopher Smith, interested in Mormon history, has published an article in the Journal of Mormon History, "Playing Lamanite: Ecstatic Performance of American Indian Roles in Early Mormon Ohio."

Early Church history (1830-1831, in Kirtland) is open to considerable interpretation of diverse contradictions of many early and late sources. 
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For various reasons many insist that there is much mandatory doctrine required of Mormons and much forbidden doctrine. Drawing from many sources and such enlightening examples as the Adam God theory and Polygamy, I demonstrate that, from its beginning, the LDS Church has had very little official doctrine and almost no mandatory or forbidden doctrine. Price: 2:50