Journal of Discourses 2:165 “I wish the lawyer who says we have no powers in Nauvoo may be choked to death with his own words. Don’t employ lawyers, or pay them money for their knowledge, for I have learnt they don’t know anything. I know more than they all.” — Joseph Smith, Nauvoo, IL, June 20, 1843
Titus 2:7-8 “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed having no evil thing to say of you.”
My first thoughts upon reading this was my mother. She reveres Joe Smith, and refers to him by his first name, but doesn’t afford the same endearing term for Jesus.
Smith was in Nauvoo, and speaking to a crowd of 8,000+, having just returned from Dixon. He was rattled by thinking Sheriff Reynolds from MO wanted to kidnap, and haul him back there.
Our concern is obviously for those listening to this guy, and for people who still have faith in him. Those in attendance passed down the loyalty for Smith to their own kids. Unfortunately, most Mormons don’t take the time to read their own history. It’s ironic considering their love for researching their family’s history.
While God’s OT prophets weren’t perfect, we were unable to find even one who preached things like Smith. They delivered stern warnings from God, but hoping personal harm upon enemies was never part of the modus operandi.
Pray for Mormons today who’ve put their entire bank of trust on this guy, and others like him.
With Love in Christ;