Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show

Episodes of Mormon Miscellaneous, a talk show on Mormon history, scripture, doctrine and many controversial topics, by LDS host, Van Hale, now in its 38th year. All points of view are welcomed.
63. Joseph Smith’s View of Ancient Curses
Jul 12th, 2008 by mormonmisc at 11:33 am

63. Joseph Smith's View of Ancient Curses 

What I consider to be basic, elementary questions which require a leap of faith: 
  • How what we know exists, came to exist?
  • The universe: how? why? for what purpose? 
  • Is it the result of some intelligent design? 
  • Is it managed by a higher intelligence? 
  • Is all an accident or is it for some divine purpose? 


  • In his platform running for President, Joseph Smith presented some of his views against slavery. 
  • I discussed other sources in which we find Joseph Smith's views. 
  • I engaged in some debate with a caller over Joseph Smith's views. 
  • I insisted that there has been no evidence, from sources produced before Joseph Smith's death, that he believed an ancient curse was to be continued in the Restoration. 
  • And further, I presented some from a substantial body of sources that he believed that all should, regardless of ancestry, be considered equal, a view he was vigorously advocating at the time of his death. 
  • The caller, in his argument, ignored the statements of Joseph Smith written and published before his death, and rather relied upon a late reminiscence which alleged that Joseph Smith realized that he had been in error declared that the blacks were, in fact, yet under an ancient curse.


This is the 16 March 2008 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, now in its 29th year. 

Talk Show host: Van Hale, LDS

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