‘Uncle’ John Smith Intro
July 16, 1781 – May 23, 1854
Leviticus 18:6; “None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.”
Everyone in life leaves an indelible mark on this earth whether they’re here for an hour, a decade, or century. Even though we may not we like to admit it, in the majority of cases, the legacies we leave behind are up to us individually.
The life of John Smith, affectionately known by ‘Uncle John’ by family members, is a good example of someone who isn’t known for living an exemplary life by setting a high standard to live by. Rather, this man’s legacy can be marked by the company he kept.
Mr. Smith married ten women, was the father of four, and a fair amount of his wives were actually the mothers of either his daughters-in-law, or his kids were married to their step-brothers or sisters. In one case he actually married his own daughter-in-law. The whole saga is just that. A disturbing profile of what can go wrong when we dump the Bible for another gospel.
You can find out more on his life and his wives here. One interesting item in his story is how one of his wives was allegedly a relative of early Mormonism’s nemesis; Philastus Hurlbut. It all sounds like a mystery novel…