26 January 2013

Suck is Endemic: Anti-Mormons

The following slander and character assassination of Joseph Smith as a false prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a "made up religion," is as old as the religions birth. The internet has provided anti-Mormons freedom to post their false claims against Joseph Smith Jr. All of these blogs, articles and stories of slandering and vilifying Joseph Smith truly proves that "Suck is Endemic."

What anti-Mormons have done and are continually doing, should be brought to the forefront of public view. By doing so, we may find their true intent, intolerance, prejudices, chauvinism, narrow-mindedness, discrimination, injustice, and unfairness, which in turn demonstrates their own bigotry and insularity as deceivers,  swindlers, con artists, cheats, storytellers, dissemblers of facts and fabricators of lies.

I ascertain that Joseph Smith Jr. was indeed an honest man who like the prophets of old, were true to their divine call as prophet, seer and revelator. I will demonstrate through historical evidence that our anti- Mormons are not only incapable of providing their readers with the facts but that they are so intent on destroying the character of Joseph Smith Jr. that they literally fabricate unproven "historical" stories to "establish proof" which in turn paradoxically only proves their unintelligent foolish desperation of appearing unto men as intelligible men.

Our anti-Mormon brethren provide stories without sourcing their correct historical documents and if they do source their claims then that source is most always either a bitter member of the church or a source taken totally out of context. It is indeed a sly endeavor to publish deceptive interpretations upon biased anti-Mormon sentiments and anti-Mormon propaganda. These writers form a type of communicational snare that is aimed towards influencing the attitudes and perspectives of anyone as ignorant and gullible as to listen to such nonsensical hogwash. 

I hope to prove to my readers that these false claims to discredit Joseph Smith is not only fiction but the writers themselves are no less than a historian than Homer Simpson is a nuclear scientist. Their total outright abuse of horrendous hearsay events as proven historicity is pathetic, laughable and to be honest quite embarrassing.

First Claim That Joseph Smith is Not a Prophet of God
"On September 1, 1842, Joseph Smith said, “…for to this day has the God of my fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold, and lo, I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it.”  (Doctrine and Covenants, 127:2).  The last phrase “for the Lord God hath spoken it,” indicates that this is prophecy.  Here, Smith has prophesied that God would allow him to “triumph” over all his enemies.  Less than two years later, these same enemies stormed the Carthage, Illinois jail where Smith was imprisoned and shot him dead...but his “enemies” triumphed.  This is a false prophecy.  By the litmus test, we have already shown Smith to be a false prophet."

What Really Happened:
As you can see the intentions are contentions based upon the tendency to promote rivalry rather than evidence. The reasons are built upon the foundation of anti-Mormon cognitive bias-isms.

The following so called, "evidences" that our brethren use are not evidences at all but are information-processing shortcuts (heuristics,) skewing the reliability of the evidence. 

For example, I as an LDS member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can skew and distort the "fact" that Jesus was a false Messiah if I were biased to having this view. Let me illustrate it this way:

"About 30 B.C.E, Jesus Christ gave a prayer heralded by millions of disciples afterwards.  But Jesus Christ says in his prayer, "deliver us from evil."[ii] since this is from Jesus you can be assured that this indicates prophecy "for the Lord has spoken it." Here Jesus has prayed that God would deliver them from evil. Shortly after evil enemies stormed the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was taken captive, tortured and crucified. His "enemies" triumphed. This was a prayer unanswered making Jesus a false Messiah. By the Litmus test, we have shown that Jesus to be a false prophet."

It always seems to be the case that anti-Mormons use methods to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution. Because of their biased views, impatience and lack of common intelligence they resort to "mental short cuts" to ease the cognitive load of evaluating, assessing and making conclusions. Don't believe everything your read!


However, Joseph Smith's prophecy was in fact a true prophecy. Those who actually believe that this falsified statement that Joseph Smith did not triumph over all his enemies because he died at carthage jail, are ignorant to not only Jesus' world wide christian accepted prayer (The Lords Prayer) but also ignorant of Jesus' Atoning sacrifice that took place in the Garden of Gethsemane and Golgotha. Joseph Smith's prophecy that he will triumph over all his enemies and Jesus' prayer to deliver him and his apostles from evil were not false but were fulfilled upon their deaths wherein no longer will their enemies have power to destroy them.

Everything on the Internet is True
Second Claim That Joseph Smith Was Not A Prophet of God: "The following prophecy has only been recounted by one person, and that person eventually left the Mormon Church.  Typically, we wouldn't include it for that reason. However, the person in question was David Whitmer, one of the three “witnesses” to Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon. And since the LDS Church lends Whitmer the credibility of having him still listed as an original witness (check the beginning of any Book of Mormon), we shall afford him some level of credibility here as well.  As the story goes, during the printing of the Book of Mormon, Smith was running out of the money needed to finish it. Hyrum Smith (Joseph’s brother) suggested they could go to Toronto, Canada, and sell the copyright to the Book of Mormon for money. 

Whitmer picks up the account, “Joseph looked into the hat in which he placed the stone, and received a revelation that some of the brethren should go to Toronto, Canada, and that they would sell the copyright of the Book of Mormon. Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery went to Toronto on this mission, but they failed entirely to sell the copyright, returning without any money. Joseph was at my father's house when they returned. I was there also, and am an eyewitness to these facts. Jacob Whitmer and John Whitmer were also present when Hiram Page and Oliver Cowdery returned from Canada. Well, we were all in great trouble; and we asked Joseph how it was that he had received a revelation from the Lord for some brethren to go to Toronto and sell the copyright, and the brethren had utterly failed in their undertaking. Joseph did not know how it was, so he enquired of the Lord about it, and behold the following revelation came through the stone: "Some revelations are of God: some revelations are of men: and some revelations are of the devil." So we see that the revelation to go to Toronto and sell the copyright was not of God, but was of the devil or of the heart of man.” - AN ADDRESS TO ALL BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, David Whitmer, 1887.  

The stone to which Whitmer refers is the “seer stone” by which Smith arrived at many of his revelations, and which he used to help him “translate” the Book of Mormon.  Here, Joseph Smith himself admitted that he was susceptible to receiving revelations from men or from the devil, and passing it on as prophecy.  Strike two on the validity of Joseph Smith as a prophet.

What Really Happened:

"The following prophecy has only been recounted by one person, and that person eventually left the Mormon Church. Typically, we wouldn't include it for that reason. " 

That's exactly right. They should have stopped right there. They like all others would rather believe an ex-mormon or an anti-mormon or an enemy of the church than those who are in the church. Even non-Mormon scholars agree with this common sense. Krister Stendahl of the Catholic church (by which all other Christians  denominations apostatized from) once said before his death, 

"When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies."[iii] 

The "False Prophecy" introduces the story exactly as that... a story. "As the story goes..." it says. It also states that,

"The person in question was David Whitmer, one of the three 'witnesses' to Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon.   And since the LDS Church lends Whitmer the credibility of having him still listed as an original witness (check the beginning of any Book of Mormon), we shall afford him some level of credibility here as well." 

After David Whitmer left the Church in 1838 he recalled this "story" 49 years later in 1887! What credibility is there in a man who left the church who "recalls" 49 years later, "a story." Hardly a reputable source. Consider the foolishness and the hypocrisy of the claimed, "False Prophecy." They both denounce and accuse David Whitmer as having unauthentic illusory claims that he saw the Golden Plates and an Angel yet then use his unauthentic illusory claims to "prove" that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. So if there is no authenticity nor value in David Whitmer's claims, the objective, we see, is not justice for the truth but persecution of the LDS Church. For they believe David Whitmer to be a false witness of the Book of Mormon yet only believe him as an enemy of the church and of Joseph Smith Jr. 

The revelation of the so called, "false prophecy" has now been historically published as part of the "The Joseph Smith Papers: The Revelations and Translations Series" which reads, 



"it Pleaseth me that Oliver Cowderey Joseph Knight Hyram Pagee & Josiah Stowel shall do my work in this thing yea even in securing the Copyright & they shall do it with an eye single to my Glory that it may be the means of bringing souls unto me Salvation through mine only Be{t\gotten} Behold I am God I have spoken it & it is expedient in me Wherefor I say unto you that ye shall go to Kingston seeking me continually through mine only Be{t\gotten} & if ye do this ye shall have my spirit to go with you & ye shall have an addition of all things which is expedient in me. amen & I grant unto my servent a privelige that he may sell a copyright through you speaking after the manner of men for the four Provinces if the People harden not their hearts against the enticeings of my spirit & my word for Behold it lieth in themselves to their condemnation &{◊\or} th{er\eir} salvation." 



Hiram Page, who was one of the missionaries sent to sell the copyright in Canada in 1838, wrote in a letter, that he felt that the revelation was fulfilled in that the prophecy was conditional upon whether or not the people in Canada would have their hearts softened. Can you not see? What anti-Mormons have done is not new to all of the false claims against Joseph Smith. They mislead by leaving out critical information. What they "forgot" to mention is that Joseph's prophecy was built upon IF clauses. Just as the prophecy states,



 "I grant unto my servant a privilege that he may sell a copyright through you speaking after the manner of men for the four Provinces if the people harden not their hearts against the enticings of my spirit ." 


There are surely many biblical prophecies that are cemented in stone. Alternatively, there have been many biblical prophecies build upon IF clauses that are conditional upon its strict adherence of its followers. "They are so called because the validity of the main clause of the sentence is conditional on the existence of certain circumstances." IV Let me illustrate this in the following way:


  • Jonah was a true prophet of God who gave the people of Nineveh only forty days to be destroyed. The document states that, "Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown." (Jonah 3:3-4). However, we do find that the people of Nineveh were not destroyed. Did this make Jonah a false prophet? Of course not! Jonah's prophecy was an unspoken conditional phrase. IF the people of Nineveh repent then the Lord would spare them. 
A quick online search can find over 1,400 instances wherein we find this if clause. Most importantly, Jesus' gospel is completely saturated and laden with IF clauses:

Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Matthew 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Matthew 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Matthew 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Matthew 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Matthew 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Matthew 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Matthew 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Matthew 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
Matthew 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
Matthew 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
Matthew 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Third Claim That Joseph Smith Was Not A Prophet
Prophecy about Jesus' return within 56 years - "President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called, because God had commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. He then gave a relation of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to Zion--our trials, sufferings; and said God had not designed all this for nothing, but He had it in remembrance yet; and it was the will of God that those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, for the coming of the Lord, which was nigh--even fifty-six years should wind up the scene." (History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 189). 
Jesus did not return within fifty-six years when 1891 arrived.


What Really Happened:
First of all the source is obviously wrong. The source is not in vol. 2, p. 189 but is located in vol. 2, p. 182. Now that this trivial matter is tossed to the side let us proceed by tracking the prophets revelations and statements about the matter.

February 14, 1835 It is true that Joseph Smith was purported to have said that the coming of the Lord... "was nigh--even fifty-six years should wind up the scene." Simply put... Joseph Smith was wrong. So was the prophet Jonah about the Ninevites, so were the tribes of Israel in selling Joseph to the Egyptians to the slaves, so was Balaam who smote his donkey, so was Peter who was rebuked by Jesus several times, so also were James and John who desired to call fire down from heaven to destroy and unrepentant people. 

April 2, 1843 Joseph receives a revelation that he was wrong about his guesses of the Second Coming. The revelation states that Joseph Smith, 

was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following: Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter. I was left thus, without being able to decide whether this coming referred to the beginning of the millennium or to some previous appearing, or whether I should die and thus see his face. I believe the coming of the Son of Man will not be any sooner than that time. (D&C 130:14-17)


[i] Titus 3:9
[ii] Matthew 6:13
[iii] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krister_Stendahl
[IV] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_clause




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