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2014 yahExodus 15:2; “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”2014 Yeshua

Acts 7:55,56; “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 16:166; “If we could make every man upon the earth get him a wife, live righteously and serve God, we would not be under the necessity, perhaps, of taking more than one wife. But they will not do this; the people of God, therefore, have been commanded to take more wives.” — Brigham Young, Paris, Idaho, August 31, 1873

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‘Uncle’ John Smith Intro

July 16, 1781 – May 23, 1854

 Leviticus 18:6; “None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.”

Early Mormon PolygamistsEveryone in life leaves an indelible mark on this earth whether they’re here for an hour, a decade, or century. Even though we may not we like to admit it, in the majority of cases, the legacies we leave behind are up to us individually.

The life of John Smith, affectionately known as ‘Uncle John’ by family members, is a good example of someone who isn’t known for living an exemplary life by setting a high standard to live by. Rather, this man’s legacy can be marked by the company he kept.

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John Smith Intro

September 22, 1832 – November 6, 1911

Early Mormon PolygamistsWe’ve been gathering info for more installments on our Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders series and this time around we’re highlighting the life of John Smith.

 

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Solemn Covenant, p 150; “Matthias F. Cowley, testimony under oath, May 10, 1911, The Trials of Apostle John W. Taylor and Matthias F. Cowley, ‘The Manifesto was not a divine production but something manufactured to outwit the church’s enemies.’” – B Carmon Hardy

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Joseph Smith Papers, Letter from Parley P. Pratt to Joseph Smith, 23 May 1837; “I have at length become fully convinced that the whole scheme of speculation in which we have been engaged, is of the devil. I allude to the covetous, extortionary speculating spirit which has reigned in this place for the last season…And being convinced that you, and President Rigdon, both by precept and example, have been the principle means in leading this people astray, in these particulars, and having myself been led astray and caught in the same snare by your example, and by false prophesying and preaching, from your own mouths, yea, having done many things wrong and plunged myself and family, and others, well nigh into destruction, I have awoke to an awful sense of my situation…If you are still determined to pursue this wicked course, until yourself and the church shall sink down to hell, I beseech you at least, to have mercy on me and my family, and others who are bound with me for those three lots [of land] which you sold to me at the extortionary price of 2000 dollars…But if not, I shall be under the painful necessity of preferring charges against you for extortion, covetousness, and taking advantage of your brother by an undue religious influence.”

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November 12 – Genesis 3:17; “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”

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