Many times we’ve found that the majority of Mormons don’t know what’s in their beloved canon and have no idea the BoM doesn’t contain major doctrines of Mormonism. Making matters worse, they don’t have a solid understanding about the witnesses to the Book of Mormon.
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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 zest for flair and wasted no time displaying acts of grandiose ideals along with misplaced leadership skills. With the drive to lead we oft times find other parts of a personality emerge bordering obsession. If a person like this hasn’t the opportunity for a mentor who can help tame the wild side, you’re usually left with dictators. It’s up to the reader to decide if Smith fit those shoes.
Today we’re taking a look at Joseph Smith’s behavior between 1820 – 1827 to determine whether his activities reflected that of someone who had been called of God. This was a critical time in Smith’s life and his track record stands as a solid witness of what he was doing from the time of his first vision in the woods to the day he was able to retrieve the golden plates of Mormonism.
Common sense tells us his story needs to line up with four important sources; Joe Smith, the LDS Church, empirical outsider testimonies and most importantly, God.
While gathering resources for an article the other day I came across a snippet of info about Joe Smith’s family. After this many years I keep telling myself nothing else will surprise me and I’m reminded yet again I need to stop saying that!
The article I’m working on is about Joseph Smith’s participation in witchcraft so this little info is a type of precursor to what we’ll be looking at in a few days.