Today in Mormon History

“175 Years Ago Today – February 13, 1843. At Orson Hyde’s house Joseph Smith says that those who come to Nauvoo but don’t buy their land through the church “must be cut off.” At this time Joseph Smith is chief land agent for the Church, and had contracted debt associated with land purchases. William Law is now competing with Joseph Smith.”


John 10:10; “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”

When did it become a sin to buy land from the US Government, or some other land agent?

Where in the Bible does it state early Mormons must purchase land through Joe Smith?

Why did a so-called prophet of God incur debt from land deals?

Participating in this type of activity led to an even bigger problem for the Saints –

“165 Years Ago Today – Feb 13, 1853. Jedediah M. Grant preaches, “Some wonder why we don’t have revelation now in our day as well as in the days of Joseph. In his day the brethren would not build a log cabin till they went to Joseph to ask counsel how they should set it where they should put the door etc. But at the present day men have learned to do something themselves without troubling the president or the Lord about it.” Lack of “thus sayeth the Lord” revelations since the death of Joseph Smith lead to over a thousand Mormons breaking away and following Joseph Morris who receives such revelations eight years later.”

2 Timothy 4:3; “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”.

The Trickle Down Effect

Given their history, it’s no wonder people waited on their prophet to tell them where to put a doorway in their homes. It’s too bad they didn’t show these false prophets the door to leave their presence.

Several new ex-Mormons have told us one of the most difficult things to get to used to is making their own decisions for everyday life. They were so accustomed to being told what God wanted them to do for every situation, it took awhile for some to trust that God would guide them in life.

Pray for those who still haven’t experienced the freedom Jesus gives! Also ask the Mormon you know for their thoughts on what Joe Smith was doing. It’ll give them something to think about!

With Love in Christ;


1 Cor 1:18