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A Revolution of Values Through Religion

Book I - Comparative Religions

Part X - Mormonism

A/K/A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Mark Twain has observed that "truth is stranger than fiction - it is just less popular." The Mormon religion is a case in point, and owes its existence to the coming together of a number of bizarre coincidences that were not likely to happen. Most strange of all, however, is the fact that the basic book of Mormonism was written by a man who had no intention of starting a religion, never heard of Mormonism and died fourteen years before the Mormon Church was founded in 1830.

THE THREE KEY ACTORS IN THE DRAMA

Solomon Spalding (1761-1816)

The story rightfully begins with a sometime Congregational preacher and part-time novelist named Solomon Spalding, who was born in Ashford, Connecticut on February 20, 1761. Although he was never too successful as a preacher, nor as a writer, nor as a businessman, yet, what he started more or less by accident would have ramifications that would reverberate into the 20th Century and far beyond.

Solomon Spalding was the third of ten children. His father, Josiah, joined the Revolutionary Army, and Solomon followed him on January 8, 1778 as a private. After the War, Spalding studied law in Windham, Connecticut, and later entered the prestigious Dartmouth College in preparation for the ministry, where he graduated with a Master's degree in 1785.

He became associated with the Windham Congregational Association in 1787, which at that time was one of the largest Congregational denominations in the eastern United States. He was ordained and remained an evangelist for about a decade, but finally quit the ministry because of ill health.

In 1795, he married Matilda Sabine and shortly thereafter moved to Cherry Valley, New York, to join a brother in the mercantile business. After several other not too successful ventures, Solomon and Matilda moved to Salem, Ohio, in 1809 in order to superintend a small property they owned, while also working at an iron forge. As his health further deteriorated he began writing novels in an effort to earn a living.

When the War of 1812 began his business failed and the family moved to Pittsburgh in the hopes of printing and selling his second novel Manuscript Found, in order to help pay off their debts. Spalding and his wife then moved to Amity, near Pittsburgh, where living was less expensive and the climate hopefully more conducive to his now rapidly failing health. However, change of climate not withstanding, six weeks later on October 20, 1816 Solomon Spalding died.

Although desperately in need of money, Spalding never was able to sell Manuscript Found. He left it with a printer in Pittsburgh, who did not see fit to spend his own money printing it, but would print it if Spalding would pay the costs. There it remained at the time of Spalding's death, and for many years thereafter it lay there in Patterson's Print Shop, unwanted and unpublished.

Sidney Rigdon (1793-7)

The scenario now shifts to another set of characters. Working at this same Patterson's Print Shop in Pittsburgh was a man by the name of Sidney Rigdon, who was also a sometime preacher, and an unstable religious renegade of shifting ideologies. Somehow Spalding's unpublished manuscript fell into his hands (it is claimed he stole it from the print shop and copied it at home.)
Now Sidney Rigdon was a man of vivid imaginations and unstable character. As a boy, he had been thrown from a horse, his foot entangled in a stirrup and he was dragged some distance before he was freed. In the ensuing accident he received severe contusions of the brain that effected his mental stability and character ever after. Although his mental powers were not diminished, it did greatly affect his equilibrium and he was subject to running into wild visionary views on almost every question, and strangely enough, this focused in particular on religious hallucinations and visions.

Born on February 19, 1793, Rigdon joined the First Baptist Church in 1817 near his hometown of Liberty. He was ordained a year or two later and in 1822 he became minister of the First Baptist Church in Pittsburg. His ministry, however, was short lived and he was excommunicated on October 11, 1823 for teaching irregular doctrine.

This experience greatly embittered him. It was between 1823 and 1827 that his vivid and unstable imagination conceived the idea of converting Spalding's fictional novel into the "Holy Book" of a new religion and laying the basis of Mormonism.

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844)

The drama now shifts front stage and center to the "hero" of our story, the alleged founder and prophet of the Mormon religion.

Joseph Smith Jr. was born on December 23, 1805, in Vermont, the third son of Joseph and Lucy Smith. When he was eleven his family moved to Palmyra, New York, where most of his family joined the Presbyterian Church.

The Smith family was a bizarre collection of individuals and was not well received by their neighbors when they moved to Palmyra. Both Joseph, Sr. and Joseph, Jr. had this droll obsession of digging for money and hidden treasure in the nearby hills and Indian mounds in the area. Both were in particular considered entirely destitute of moral character and addicted to vicious habits, according to an 1834 report.

Joseph, Jr. was an uneducated, (he only went to the fourth grade) uncouth character, slovenly in his manner of dress and had all the morals of an alley tomcat, as his later polygamous life-style was to prove. Before his untimely death at 39 he fornicated with at least 50 women that are on record and probably twice that many that are unrecorded.

He had one redeeming quality, however, that fitted him to become a spook peddler extraordinaire. Even in his younger years Joseph Smith, Jr. could lie fluently, skillfully and convincingly, and his imagination seemed to know no bounds. He was also subject to hallucinations and "visions" which he later managed to turn into a very useful tool in launching his new religion.

As a youth he, along with his father, were involved in such occultic pursuits as "glass-looking" and "crystal-gazing" and similar fortune-telling confidence games. In 1826, Joseph, Jr. was arrested, tried and convicted for the crime of defrauding a local victim by means of a "glasslooking" con-game.

From the combination of these three rather odd and bizarre characters was launched the mighty, affluent and powerful Mormon Empire that exists today. With truth still as unpopular as it was in Mark Twain's day, and with superstition and gullibility still as rife and rampant as it was five thousand years ago in the day of the Ancient Egyptians, Mormonism flourishes today as never before.
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SHORT HISTORY.

We have already sketched the origins of the Mormon creed and find it is based on Solomon Spalding's fictional novel Manuscript Found. This was then picked up by Sidney Rigdon in Patterson's Print Shop in Pittsburgh several years after Spalding's death. Evidence points strongly that Rigdon deserves the credit for conceiving the idea of Mormonism and converting Spalding's Manuscript Found into a new religion. He then sold the idea to Joseph Smith, Jr., whose more vocal and flamboyant talents were utilized to< spearhead and promote the new religion.

It was during the years 1827-30 that this ambitious pair got their act together and began to put their conspiracy into operation. Rigdon and Smith did their best to keep their contacts a secret in order to not arouse any suspicions about Spalding's manuscript. (The Mormon Church too, has tried to camouflage this relationship, pretending that Rigdon joined the church in 1830 only after it was organized, and that the pair did not know each other before. Despite all these precautions, and denials, however, the evidence is overwhelming regarding their previous relationship and the fact that Spalding's manuscript was utilized as the basis for the Book: of Mormon.)

Joseph Smith's story claimed he had had several "visions" and was told by the Angel Moroni to dig up a set of "golden plates" buried in a hill nearby. These "plates" were to "reveal" the true story of the peoples on the North American Continent and set the record straight. What Smith actually did was sit behind a curtain and dictate from Spalding's fictional novel to his "scribes," making suitable innovations and changes here and there to give it the flavor of a "new" religion. In tailoring the manuscript to fit the new religion much of the editing and detail work was actually done by Rigdon beforehand, with Smith picking it up from there. But basically the story was, and remained, Spalding's Manuscript Found. The "golden plates" then mysteriously and conveniently disappeared. No one else saw them except three, then eight, of his followers, and then only in "a vision."

(However, no problem. In 1979, I visited the Mormon Museum at Nauvoo, Illinois, where in a beautiful glass case they displayed a "replica" of the visionary golden plates.)

Be that as it may, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was organized on April 6, 1830 and was incorporated later that same year.

Spalding, who was too poor to have his Manuscript Found printed during his lifetime, would have been astonished to see the final outcome. In slightly modified form it was now printed up as the Book of Mormon, and the printing was paid for by Martin Harris, one of the original six founding members.

Mormonism now was off and running. It had a creed, a bible, and an extremely loquacious con-artist as its "prophet." By the end of the first month it had 40 members and soon grew by leaps and bounds.

One of the major incentives that initially helped to spread and popularize the movement in the 1830's was the fact that the Mormons advocated and condoned polygamy. It was this practice, however, that also aroused the bitter hatred and violent opposition from other religions who were in fierce competition with Mormonism.

There is one other peculiarity that Mormonism had to offer in the way of promises "in the hereafter" that topped those of its rivals. All spookcraft religions are based on lavish promises of rewards, and dire threats of punishments, in the hereafter (a shoddy practice which needs no collateral to back it up). However, whereas the regular Christian sects promise their subservient followers that they will become "angels," fluttering about in a nebulous heaven after death, the Mormons went them one gambit better. The Mormon Church promises their faithful that they will become not subservient angels, but gods in their own right. Each will rule as a god over the untold trillions of worlds out there in the endless universe. Now there, as the head of the Maflosa said, is an offer you can't refuse. At least, it is extremely difficult to top. Promises, promises, promises.
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If one looks into the history of ancient religions, especially the early Xtian cults, one will find the use of hallucinogenic plants to create "miracles" to fool the gullible.

The practice of putting dope into people's bread and wine was also practised by Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church. Joseph Smith had training in the use of psychedelics and the diaries of several early Mormons made references of their suspicions of drugs being used just prior to the so-called miracles.

Did Joseph Smith use psychedelics to facilitate visionary experiences?

http://www.i4m.com/think/history/holy-ghost.htm
A possible mentor for Joseph Smith in the use of Datura was Black Pete. Black Pete, an African-American was called a revelator and a chief suggesting that he was also a root doctor. Black Pete was initially from Pennsylvania and in 1825 may have met the young Joseph Smith digging for buried treasure. After leaving Pennsylvania, Black Pete became one of the earliest converts in Kirtland Ohio joining the Church in early 1831.

As an early convert to Mormonism, Black Pete was described as "a chief man" who was "sometimes seized with strange vagaries and odd conceits." On at least one occasion Pete fancied he could "fly" and later recollections have him chasing "a ball that he said he saw flying in the air" or "revelations carried by a black angel." (Dialogue, Vol.12, No.2, p.24)

Black Pete was present during the Kirtland visionary period of early 1831 when the strange manifestations likely associated with Datura plant ingestion were particular pronounced. (Bushman, R. L. (2005). Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. P. 107, 131)
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The Restoration, Holy Ghost and Visions:

Did Joseph Smith use psychedelics to facilitate visionary experiences?

Excerpts from Dr. Robert Becksteadm's essay "The Restoration and The Sacred Mushrooom"
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There always has been and always will be people (usually men) who are obsessed with forcing their will on others. Whether it be with armies (war), statesmanship (politics) or prophesy (religion). All three seem to manipulate others with different degrees/levels of FEAR.

The difference in them (IMO) is whether they do it for the greater good (that does not include what they have convinced themselves is for the greater good) or whether they do it to satisfy their own mega-ego.

I find it difficult to embrace any mortal who claims to know the 'word' of g(G)od or what is best for me.

These religions appear far too similar to the brainwashing of the sheep instigated by the Usual Suspects. We Whites are condemned and ostracized by the Left for belief in the difference in races in much the same way religions ostracize their members for non-compliance to their rule set.
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That's very true Witchiepoo. But Mormonism takes all of that to a level most people aren't even aware of.
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The Jonestown suicides/massacre should be enough to tarnish anyone's halo with a healthy dose of suspicion.
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Mormon brainwashing begins early, and continues till death. You're expected to be at the church as a youth 6 days a week.

Before school the church will pick you up and take you to Seminary, then drop you off at school, then on Wed's you have service and usually some kind of activity. Saturday's it's church sponsored dances "No touching!!" Then the regular service on Sunday, which is 4 hours long.

If you miss any of these activities there's a special group of people called Home Visitors that will either call or come by and ask where you've been.
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