Joseph Smith’s Violent Behavior

Joseph Smith’s Violent Behavior

Ah, the life of Joseph Smith. You either love the guy or you don’t. This article isn’t so much about the Mormon Church and Smith’s accomplishments in his relatively short-lived life as it is a chronological look at his behavior pattern. The young man certainly had a...

This is the Place 1847

This is the Place 1847

July 24, 1847 On this day in history, Brigham Young stood in the Salt Lake Valley and declared ‘This is the place’. Contrary to the LDS version of why Brigham and 147 others hiked to the Wasatch Front, the first of many arrived to their new home because of their poor...

Handcart Blame Game

Handcart Blame Game

With the advent of the Mormon Church’s yearly tribute to Mormon Pioneers approaching we felt it’d be worthy to look at a few facts about the handcart companies to know the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say. The amount of attention the Church gives to this...

Joseph Smith’s Witchcraft, Scrying and Arrest 1820 – 1827

Joseph Smith’s First Vision

One of my first memories in life was sitting in my ward building learning for the first time that Joseph Smith was tarred and feathered in 1832 just because he told people about the vision he had.  The horror I felt in my body was something I can still feel just as I...

Book of Mormon and View of the Hebrews Parallels

Book of Mormon and View of the Hebrews Parallels

 “If such may have been the fact, that a part of the Ten Tribes came over to America, in the way we have supposed, leaving the cold regions of Assareth behind them in quest of a milder climate, it would be natural to look for tokens of the presence of Jews of some...

Kinderhook Plates Hoax

Kinderhook Plates Hoax

History of the Church 5:372, 577; “Comment of the Prophet on the Kinderhook Plates. I insert fac-similes of the six brass plates found near Kinderhook, in Pike county, Illinois, on April 23, by Mr. Robert Wiley and others, while excavating a large mound. They found a...

Book of Mormon Translation

Book of Mormon Translation

Last year the Church “quietly” began rewriting and giving new definitions to several doctrinal subjects in the Gospel Topics section of their website as well as releasing some very controversial historical documents they’ve kept from prying eyes for over a century....