It began in the late s and ended abruptly, on June 27, at Carthage Jail. Within those few years, he burst upon the religious-political scene as a purported seer, recipient of visions, translator of dead languages, revelator of scriptures, president of an Ohio bank, mayor of the largest city in Illinois, and even a would-be candidate for the presidency of the United States. To his family, close associates and numerous followers, who sometimes addressed him as "Joe Smith" he was accepted as a man gifted with "second sight," as well as the chosen latter day prophet, "blessed to open the last dispensation" of the Christian gospel. To those who knew of him only by second-hand reports, he was a phenomenon of western news reports and the mysterious overseer of the desultory passing Mormon missionaries.
The reason the film created such a heated debate was that it openly joseph smith polygamy essay the acting head of the Mormon Church, President Gordon B.
Hinckley, of committing homosexual acts with another man and even with "feminine looking boys Lawsuit Threatened On Feb. The statements in question, relating to the personal conduct of President Hinckley, 'are entirely false,' said Mr. Shea, who is representing the LDS Church Ed Decker, who narrated the film and helped research and write it, said this is the first legal action the LDS Church has threatened against them.
Dick Baer, a prominent critic of the Mormon Church, took issue with the contents of the film when he was interviewed by a newspaper: Baer says 'God-Makers II' is sensational and dwells on the bizarre.
Baer and Ed Decker For instance, Sandra Tanner, who has written many books about Mormonism, including one that convinced Baer to leave the church, is not endorsing 'Godmakers II.
The reader may remember that Baer was present with Ed Decker in the lengthy scene at the lawyers' office.
Baer's name appeared in third place on that list. Because of Dick Baer's role in the first film and his extensive work with Mormons, his critical evaluation of The Godmakers II is very significant.
Before looking at the charges against President Hinckley, we need to take a look at another part of the video that throws some light on the question of whether the material presented in the film was thoroughly researched. In discussing the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the narrator Ed Decker asserted: The truth of the matter, however, is that there is absolutely no evidence to support such an accusation.
The idea that Joseph Smith would consider digging up his brother to obtain the plates actually came from the mind of document forger Mark Hofmann and was set forth by him in his infamous "Salamander letter.
Decker in saying that the spirit actually required Joseph to dig up his brother's body. Hofmann confessed to prosecutors that he forged the Salamander letter. He, in fact, was questioned about the very part of the letter that mentioned Alvin: What about, 'shall I bring what remains', talking about Alvin?
Part of that was from my own imagination and part was from Since Hofmann's confession that he forged the Salamander letter has been known for over five years, it seems hard to believe that anyone would still be maintaining that there is "strong evidence" that Joseph dug up Alvin's remains to please the spirit.
In any case, the use of this discredited tale should alert the reader to be careful about accepting statements in Godmakers II without doing further checking.
Ed Decker and others who have brought accusations of immorality against President Gordon B.Thank you for sharing your testimony of the Gospel! Especially as a happily employed lawyer mom, I know (and our leaders acknowledge) that our church leaders are not infallible and have made sexist and seemingly sexist comments both in the distant and not so distant past.
Polygamy. Polygamy as a doctrine was introduced into the LDS Church by Joseph Smith. The practice continued after Joseph’s death in , and was publicly announced in . Download Essay.
Joseph Smith was sealed to ten women under that age of twenty. Four were nineteen, three were seventeen, one was sixteen, and two were fourteen.
The move toward transparency and discussion can be seen in the Joseph Smith Papers project and other sites maintained by Church members such as Joseph Smith's Polygamy. Many of the essays discuss controversial events or topics that haven't previously been addressed by the governing body of the church.
Some of these topics .
Polygamy essays provide information about early LDS Church — and current leadership "It's the most open and frank any official church statement has ever been on Joseph Smith, polygamy, age. Historical examination of Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of Mormonism, and his relationship with the traditions of Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Hermeticism, Masonry, and magic.
(Originally published in Gnosis: A Journal of Western Inner Traditions, Spring ).