TodayinMormonHistory.com — 170 years ago today – 1842 8 Aug. Joseph Smith is arrested as an accessory to the attempted murder of ex-Governor Lilburn Boggs. Nauvoo’s municipal court claims jurisdiction over Joseph Smith and discharges him….” – Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power
James 3:18 “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
Memories of Sunday school up through seminary come rushing to mind when I think about Joe Smith’s rap sheet. Like everyone who grew up in Utah Mormonism, the info you’re fed is heavily sanitized, making it unfairly lopsided. You won’t hear details on why he was arrested; just that he was mercilessly targeted.
Another thing you won’t hear is what God expects from those in a teaching position. The Lord’s directive reminds me of my days in journalism classes. No matter the grade level, teachers and professors alike, stressed the importance of presenting correct info to both sides of the story. Because your info is going into a very public forum, a higher standard is expected.
This is obviously missing in the Church, and unsuspecting members are getting walloped from both sides. The Church doesn’t tell the truth, and neither did Smith. Not one time was I told about Smith’s arrest for attempted murder. I heard about the ‘extermination order’, and other nefarious deeds imposed on the Church by outsiders, but nothing about his complicity in Governor Boggs’ being shot, and nearly killed by order of Joe Smith.
Be sure to ask the Mormon you know about this event. I highly recommend Mr. Quinn’s detailed investigation on this as well, his work is a must read!
In the end you must ask yourself: Would a true prophet of God behave this way?
With Love in Christ;