2 thoughts on “The LDS Church’s Most Overlooked and Underrated Scripture

  1. I have friends who claim to have had this experience. I believe they believe they have, but I have a hard time believing it. I have no doubt they are sincere in their claims, though.

    Joseph’s 1832 account bears more than a passing similarity to Lehi’s in 1 Nephi 1: noon-day sun, pillar of fire. It even borrows from Luke 2.

    The 1838 account came after the 1837 Kirtland Apostasy, when faith in JS was low. Also in 1838 David Patten warned the church not to sin against the authority of Joseph Smith. How better to reassert that authority than to claim a personal visitation of God the Father and Jesus Christ? (Patten died later that year in the Battle of Crooked Creek. Perhaps coincidental. Perhaps not.)

    In 1839 John Corrill left the church and wrote a small pamphlet on his time in Mormonism. He wrote:

    “I have left you, not because I disbelieve the bible, for I believe in God, the Saviour, and religion the same as ever; but when I retrace our track, and view the doings of the church for six years past, I can see nothing that convinces me that God has been our leader; calculation after calculation has failed, and plan after plan has been overthrown, and our prophet seemed not to know the event till too late. If he said go up and prosper, still we did not prosper; but have labored and toiled, and waded through trials, difficulties, and temptations, of various kinds, in hope of deliverance. But no deliverance came. The promises failed, and time after time we have been disappointed; and still were commanded, in the most rigid manner, to follow him, which the church did, until many were led into the commission of crime; have been apprehended and broken down by their opponents, and many have been obliged to abandon their country, their families, and all they possessed, and great affliction has been brought upon the whole church. What shall we say to these things? Did not your prophet proclaim in your ears that the day was your own, and you should overcome; when in less than a week you were all made prisoners of war, and you would have been exterminated, had it not been for the exertions and influence of a few dissenters, and the humane and manly spirit of a certain officer?”


    My faith crisis ended with a confirmation that God was real and the BOM was what it claimed to be. That was it. For a long time I tried to convince myself that JS was part of that equation, but he wasn’t. Over the last 6 months or so, as I’ve taken the time to investigate every line of the published revelations, I know understand why. Yes, some tampering has occurred. Records have been altered, revelations revised and edited. We have documentary evidence to support that. But LDS-ism so diametrically opposed to the Book of Mormon that one must choose one or the other…

    Wild times!


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