Tag Archives: joseph smith

When Secrets Become Scandals: Joe Smith’s 42 Wives Were Friends of Emma

30 November

Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy: A Preliminary Demographic Report, pp. 128, 131; “The secret became a scandal in May 1844…During the two-and-one-half years from his first official plural marriage in April 1841 to his last known marriage in November 1843, Smith took as many as forty-two wives, one or two at a time. On average, this […]

Plagiarism, or Coincidence? Joseph Smith’s Sketchy First Vision

22 November

Joseph Smith History 1:14-17; “…in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. .. I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head … When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose […]

6+ Versions of Translating the Golden Plates

09 November

Today we’re looking at a vitally important piece of Mormon history – the translation process of the so-called golden plates. The other day I got to thinking about all the different stories I’ve read about Smith’s method of translation, and of course I wondered if my mother knows about them. Based on experience when discussing […]

Mormonism’s Ugly Underbelly – Fulfilling Smith’s Prophecy by Breeding with Native Americans

03 November

People often ask us at LAM if anyone knew what Smith and his friends were up to in the early days of Mormonism. The answer to that is a resounding, YES! Books and pamphlets were written exposing the Church’s nefarious deeds. Conferences were held, meetings scheduled, and an all out propaganda machine was in full […]

Thought of the Day: Separating Facts from Assumptions

24 October

Today we’re doing things a little differently! The reason for this stems from an e-mail I received from Twitter notifying me about some of the responses I received from my post yesterday, ‘Mormon Church Ignores God’s Directives and Heeds Joe Smith’s Racism’. Now before we get into this, I want to be sure I make something abundantly clear. […]

Joseph Smith’s Attempt at Seducing Nancy Rigdon

17 October

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 256; “That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill’; at another time He said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children […]

Mormon Missionary Discussions – Part 3

29 September

The Restoration Once again before getting into the discussion, missionaries are to ask the investigators for a commitment to be baptized. In the instructions, missionaries read – “If the investigators have not yet committed themselves to be baptized or have not yet attended Church meetings, these commitments must be among your major objectives for this […]