JOSEPH SMITH: mythic and historical bio and the origins
of the Book of Mormon
the original followers of JS's time
Friends described him as being over six feet tall, well
built strong active, light complexion, light hair, blue
eyes, very little beard. he didn't appear exactly as I
expected to see a prophet of god. however... i found
him to be a friendly, cheerful, pleasant. I could not
help but liking him."
naysayers of JS's time:
"They (the smith family) were lazy and worthless men,
very much addicted to lying. JS to my knowledge, bore
the reputation among his neighbours of being a liar."
- born of a poor family
- educated at home from the bible.
- after his revolution began, most of his fellow
townspeople did not like him
- his neighbors either thought him a prophet or an
- wiki "british israelism"
- according to the official story: smith was confused
about religion during the time of the 2nd great
awakening and the westward expansion.
went to the woods to pray and ran into Jesus and God.
they told him the story found in the Book of Mormon,
revealed on a different day by an angel Maroni, the
last person who was destroyed by the red man, who had
hid the story of those people in the ground before
being murdered. - most people active suppressed the mormon community
and was forced to move a lot for a number of years
- their religious and civil freedoms as americans were
being denied them so they church announced he would run
for president but he and his brother were shot in 1884
by a mob of about 200, then put him in jail but the mob
broke in and then lynched him.
- at his funeral, 10000 peoiple showed up.
after this, Brigham Young took over and they set up in
Utah. They made this their own country. They were at a
very soft war with USA and pulled back into the union.
country name: DESSERET
- KING JAMES BIBLE IS CANON BUT IT IS IMPERFECT
- BOOK OF MORMON: THE RECORD OF THE 10 LOST TRIBES
COMING TO AMERICA
- NEPHITES AND LAMAMITES
- PRESERVED ON GOLD PLATES BY ANGEL MORONI
- brigham young became govenor of Utah
- mormon's heavily rely on texts. rely on King James
Bible only. but this bible is still imperfect.
- after Jesus died, the church fell away and didn't do
Christianity right until Joseph Smith showed up and re-
established the proper way that things should be.
- Book of Mormon is a narrative written in a fake
language called "REFORMED EGYPTION"
- narrative begins in Palestine around 6th century BCE
after the ten tribes of israel were scattered by ASYRIA.
- they got to a boat, made their was to NA. look at the
pyramids, mormon's say, the incas and mayans have them
jsut like the egyptions.
- jesus showed up in the new world after he died and
resurrected. they accepted christianity (or mormon).
Jesus hung around, preached to them, then went back to
- but the Nephites (the ten tribes) were destroyed by
the Lamamites (the people who became the First
- GOD CURSED THE LAMAMITES AND THAT'S WHY THEIR SKIN IS
read alongside Book of Mormon: DOCTRINES AND COVENANTS
(continuing revelations), given to the community as it
progressed (mostly to joseph smith and brigam young)
PEARL OF GREAT PRICE, another text, a collection
containing docrines about origin of humanity, Adam and
Eve, abraham and moses. This text is actually an
EGYPTIAN FUNERARY TEXT.
THEY'RE TEXTS ARE IN "REFORM" EGYPTIAN
MORE "COMIC" STORIES ABOUT HUMANITY AND CREATION.
GARDEN OF EDEN IS IN MISSOURI
GODHEAD - this is different than christian conception
HOLY "SPIRIT" OR GHOST, this is only spirit matter.
JESUS & GOD THOUGH, HAVE PHYSICAL BODIES. God the Father's name is ELOHIM, "MAN IS WHAT GOD ONCE
WAS, GOD IS WHAT MAN MAY BECOME." (SEE ALSO ROMANS
they percieve of God as having a beginning (unlike
Idea is, if God created man in his likeness, at once
point, he was a human a