Thursday, March 22, 2018

Changes in the Emma Smith Revelation....

Joseph Smith's Elect Lady Revelation 
becomes more strict over time.  

Timeline:  
July 1830:
Joseph Smith received a revelation of comfort for Emma.  The original document has been lost.  It was at a time when Joseph was in serious legal trouble.  

Spring of 1831:  
Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer are assigned to record Joseph Smith's revelations.  The documents are copied into a book called "The Revelation Book".  Below is a scan of their handwriting.  The revelation to Emma is called "27th Commandment".  



(Highlighting is digital) 

July 20, 1833

A group of four to five hundred Missouri vigilantes stormed the Church's printing office in Independence and destroyed or confiscated much of the contents.  The text below is from one of the few books that was made from rescued manuscripts.  There are minor changes made from the 1831 version.  





About 1833 - 1835
A teenage girl named Fanny Alger is hired to live and work in the Smith home.  She helps with Emma with the children, cleaning and cooking.  At some point she starts a relationship with Joseph Smith.  

November 1835
The book called the Doctrine and Covenants was published in 1835 in Kirtland, Ohio.  The Emma Smith revelation was put in Section 48.   A conditional clause is added to Emma's revelation.   In the 1831 version, Emma was called and "Elect Lady", but in the 1835 version it is given "IF THOU ART FAITHFUL and WALK IN THE PATHS OF VIRTUE".





Why would a conditional clause be added?

Is it possible that Emma had begun to grow weary with Joseph's polygamy / adultery?  Would this IF statement put greater pressure on Emma to accept Fanny Alger and the relationship she had with Joseph?

March 27, 1836
For context, be aware that the Kirtland Temple was dedicated after this revelation came out.  At that time, Joseph received the "Sealing Power" from an angel.  

July 12, 1843

Section 132 is recorded.  This section puts even more pressure on Emma Smith to conform.  Saying that she might be "destroyed".  



"and let mine handmaid Emma Smith receive all those that have been given unto my Servent Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; And those who are not pure <​and have Said they ware pure​> Shall be destroyed"

The Emma Smith revelation is now found in Doctrine and Covenants 25 in the present Utah - LDS Scripture.  

Link to Doctrine and Covenants 25

More to think about:
It is also worth noting that the source of the revelation changes between 1830 and 1835.  In the 1830 version,  Emma is called, "My Daughter in Zion", but in the 1835 version she is addressed saying,  "Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto you, Emma Smith, my daughter; "

Additional Reading 

BYU Article


FairMormon Article on Fannie Alger

Patheos Article


Mormon Think


The Revelations Books

Book of Commandments at Joseph Smith Papers





Young women saving the papers of the Book of Commandments. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Controlling by FEAR

The Mormon Church has perfected the doctrine of fear.  

Fear of Causing Suffering of Others.  (If you don't do Family History / Temple work, your dead family members are suffering in spirit prison for 100's of years.)

Fear of Death. (If you forget to pray before leaving the house, or drink coffee or eat out on Sunday)

Fear of Shunning, (If you wear the wrong cloths, say the wrong thing, express doubt, don't serve a mission)

Fear of Eternal Suffering, (If you have even sinned once and haven't repented)


Fear of loss of Family, (If they go to Celestial Kingdom and you don't)

Fear of Loss of Blessings, (If you fail to pay tithing or read you scriptures or pray or do Home Teaching)

Fear of Financial Ruin, (If you don't pay 100 percent tithing or do your calling)

Fear of Judgement, (By God, by bishop, by people in class, by neighbors)

Fear of Embarrassment, (If your house, car, kids, lesson, talk isn't perfect)

Fear of the Second Coming, (Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, death torture)

Fear of Damnation (If you tell secret temple handshakes, or oaths)

No wonder Mormons have some of the highest depression rates in the world.  Everything we do is motivated by fear.  

It is cruel and yet effective.  I wonder how many Mormon's attend Church and pay tithing only out of fear.  I would say most.  This defines a cult.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Bingo of Mormon Historical and Doctrinal Issues




Glossary:
Dunn:  
Paul H. Dunn told lies for years that went unnoticed by the "Prophets, Seers and Revelators" who were supposedly speaking to God.  
Translation:  
Several books and documents show evidence that Smith really couldn't translate. 
Coffee:  
Even with several health benefits, coffee will prevent a parent from seeing a child's marriage or participating in church.  
White:  
100 Percent of the Prophets and Apostles have been white.  
Perfection:  
Depression and suicide are unfortunate results of the expectation to be perfect.  
Misogyny:  
Women have been traded, abused, mocked and ignored throughout LDS history.  
Doors:  
Old men ask young boys and girls sexual questions behind closed doors.  
Noah:  
Mormons still claim a universal flood and a God that commits genocide.
Polyandry:  
Joseph Smith sent men on missions and had sex with their wives.
Hat:
For 2500 years the Golden Plates were supposedly created, engraved and saved from destruction and yet Smith wrote the Book of Mormon by looking into a hat.
Myths:  
Visits by God, Jesus and various angels have been made up years after the fact to support a narrative that the Mormon Church is special.
DNA: 
The Book of Mormon story is continually disproved by a mountain DNA evidence as well as a lack of archaeology.
Free:
Knowing these truths will truly set you free.  
LGBTQ:  
Doctrines related to LGBTQ members demonstrate an uninformed and cruel leadership.
Science:  
Ignored when convenient, embraced when supportive.  
Mall:  
Billions spend on luxury while children starve and suffer.  
Teen:  
Old men having sex with teenage girls and claiming that God commanded it. 
Old:  
Church leadership is out of touch with most of humanity.  
Horse:  
Making up excuses for serious anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. 
Predator:  
Joseph Smith stalked and raped young girls and married women.  
Polygamy:  
The Church will not admit the evil and abuse this doctrine is still causing.
Tyrant:  
Brigham Young's lies, abuse and oppression are insidious. 
Racism:  
LDS doctrine and scriptures are still filled with racism today.  
Money: 
Billions of dollars and millions of hours are spent doing rituals that help nobody.  
Handshakes:  Secret handshakes, costumes, oaths and chants show the Mormon Church is really a cult.