Joseph Smith was a mixed-up child. He may have been sexually abused. His father was a Unitarian. Many Unitarians have turned out to be homosexuals and homosexual apologists (decidedly antichrist). He claimed to have religious visions (hallucinations) of God and Jesus where God was/is a human being. That he would envision God in such a way is understandable given the Biblical passage saying God created man in God's image. It would then be a "literalist" vision. I'm not going to attempt to even summarize his whole history here. I'm only going to touch on salient highlights (dark points, as I see them).

Joseph was a seer much along the lines of New Age occultism in its negative sense. He hired out as one who would show where buried treasure lay by using his "magical" ability to ascertain the location of hidden treasure via seer stones in the bottom of his hat into which hat he would stick his face. It's called divination.

Joseph told a story that he was visited by an angel (one should think he was suggesting an angel on the order of an archangel of the Bible such as Michael or Gabriel). The angel Moroni (who was once a human being; an original American) told him where some golden plates were hidden under a rock on a hill within walking distance of the farm he lived on near the town of Manchester in New York State. The golden plates, of course, correspond to the golden tablets of Moses (the lawgiver). Joseph claimed that he found the plates in the 1820's and translated the plates via "Urim and Thummim" (a pair of stones). The plates and the stones disappeared. The translation became the Book of Mormon upon which the Mormon religion and Mormon Church {which includes but is not limited to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)} are founded.

The Book of Mormon is named after the American Indian named "Mormon" who was the father of Moroni and claims that ancient Israelites came to North America before any Europeans (before the Vikings even) and founded great cities and made war amongst themselves and one side was eventually wiped out. The book also claims that Jesus came to the Americas. Joseph preached this and the Book was printed and published in 1830. People heard it and read it and started following him as a prophet of God.

Others saw Smith and his followers as a dangerous cult. Read on. He left New York on account of it among other reasons and moved to Kirkland, Ohio.

It must be understood at this point that Smith was in his mid twenties and asking others to give over everything to his cause and to follow him in absolute obedience. He became their supreme religious prophet, military commander, judge, lawgiver (his word was law), financial controller, and moral (actually immoral) enforcer.

Smith fought for land. He coveted land. This was Old Testament thinking. He saw himself the new Moses of his followers. This land-coveting and violent-taking runs diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Smith also mishandled the financial affairs so much so that his Temple construction in Ohio was a failure. Building an edifice to his egotistical vision bankrupted his church and followers for a time. Smith envisioned a communal (communist) existence with free love or free sex called plural marriage or polygamy or in modern terms "wife swapping": decidedly antichrist. Smith did this but denied it for years. That's called blatant lying. He was obviously not a pacifist (contrary to Jesus), as he engaged in violence to the death. (Note: Not all Mormons swapped wives.)

He tried finding buried treasure in Salem, Massachusetts of all places: the site of the famous witch hunts. He failed. He printed up illegal fiat currency for his church in Kirkland. It failed. He fled to Missouri to avoid prosecution.

Joseph said that the original Garden of Eden was in what is today the United States of America, in Independence, Missouri. He planned to headquarter there eventually apparently. He was met there with hate for his teachings and practices as well.

Anyway, locals nearly always either converted or hated Smith and his followers. There was little middle ground. His religion and ambitions were seen as such a threat that calls for total extermination were made by official governments (Missouri Governor, Lilburn Boggs) ostensibly with largely Christian leadership. The Federal Government actually ended up outlawing Mormonism it was seen as such a grave threat. Everywhere he went, he was eventually loathed by many of the locals who were there before him. He would then point his followers to yet another location claiming it was the Promised Land. His followers went along with all of this nonsense for obvious selfish reasons: visions of grandeur, land, power, wealth, loose morals, etc., all to be cloaked under the guise of Christianity obscenely twisted by the obviously demented Joseph Smith.

Vengeance became the word. Smith feigned a loathing of war but made it anyway. It is known in American history as the Mormon War.

Kicked out of Missouri, Smith relocated in Illinois.

It was apparently at this transition time from Missouri to Illinois that Brigham Young rose in the eyes of the followers. Smith sent Young and twelve others to England for more converts. This time, Smith's efforts paid off. Many oppressed Englishmen left with their families for Illinois and on.

Smith made the most tentative and fleeting strides in what he named Nauvoo, Illinois. He had visions of building a great city under his complete control and authority. He continued "revealing" (elaborating upon) his visions.

Unlike the eternal God of Jesus, the creator of all things, Smith's god was more as the demiurge of certain brands of Gnosticism. Smith's god of flesh and bone created out of chaotic, pre-existing matter. This is of course, humanism and is in fact, Satanism and is also known as Luciferian and Luciferianism where man rises up to usurp God the spirit giving credit to himself rather than acknowledging the true origin. Jesus though teaches very clearly and plainly that no one, not he, not anyone, exceeds the God spirit who is the origin of matter and energy, the very existence of which things come and are supported. Without Jesus's and my God, there is only God without man. It means that man is nothing without God who created and allows for matter. In his level of theological understanding, Joseph Smith was a confused, misled, and misleading adolescent.

Joseph said that his church was the restoration of the original religion of Christianity. However, he radically diverged from the teachings of Christ; so, he was a complete apostate leading, and still leading from his grave, many others astray from truth. Hence Mormonism today, which now continues to advocate militarism ("Nice" but deadly), is also largely rabidly capitalistic. The LDS Church of Brigham Young in Utah is simply morphing itself into super-patriot Americans, contrary to Joseph Smith. There are traditionalists whom many refer to as Fundamentalist Mormons, and rightly so. They still practice plural marriage as practiced by Joseph Smith.

Some other important aspects to discern as being contrary to Jesus are baptizing the dead. The largest Mormon group headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, was actually baptizing everyone who is dead until Jews and others objected. Now, baptism is both symbolic and effective (effective if accompanied by real conversion). Those who died without attaining life as Jesus defined it, and still defines it, are dead and will not be a part of the resurrection. Smith taught otherwise. His followers were busily baptizing every dead soul regardless of Jesus. Consider how off and far that is.

Joseph Smith also preached that marriages could be for time (until death of the flesh as commonly understood) or for both time and eternity. Jesus though teaches that fleshly marriage is not in Heaven. Jesus teaches that we will be as the angels who do not marry thus. There is no sex in Heaven. There is no procreation. It isn't necessary. There is no reason to carry on the race through flesh births because no one dies.

Furthermore, Mormonism is to be secret. It is a secret society, per se. Its rituals may not be shown to or stated to non-Mormons and even to Mormons who have not attained certain levels of acceptance by the leaders. This is very much as with Freemasonry. Many people believe Smith modeled much of his religion on Freemasonry, itself loaded with antichrist, humanistic, usurping tenets and desperately desirous of remaining secretive and calculating at its top or bottom depending upon one's perspective.

Smith had himself ordained "King of the Kingdom of God." Blasphemy. He organized a Mormon army called the Nauvoo Legion. The Mormon militia was huge. It was half the size of the U.S. Army. He dressed up as a military general. He sent ambassadors to foreign countries and said the U.S. would be overthrown. Smith had preached that each of his followers were gods; not parts of God when becoming one with God spirit but individual gods. This can only be taken in light of his pronouncements that God was more akin to the demiurge. It is not to be confused with Jesus's logical refutation of the Pharisees and others when Jesus reminded them that their own father, David, had called them (his people) gods. We are God is we accept things as Jesus expressed them. We are not otherwise. We are not usurpers but joiners in sharing in righteousness, not free sex but rather faithfulness and harmlessness. Polygamy did great harm to the psyches (souls) of the Mormon women and men.

A tipping point was when a local dissenter printed in his newspaper that Smith was, and I paraphrase, insane. The paper denounced Smith's egoism. It showed him as dangerous. Smith had the printing press destroyed. Now, I hold with censoring evil in the Church. Those who refuse to work toward perfecting in Christ to the best of their ability and refuse to repent when rightly rebuked by a brother or sister, per Jesus's specific instructions, is then not part of the body and may not remain in the bodies confidence or be allow to remain within speaking or doing as if the apostasy is acceptable or condoned. Jesus did clean the Temple. I'm all for that. Smith is quite another matter. The newspaper was the one doing the cleaning. Smith "crucified" the messenger. I'm not saying that I hold with everything the newspaper owner believed or disbelieved, as I haven't read the paper or discussed it with the owner (now deceased, obviously). The truth though is that Smith was way off the narrow way and the paper was right in warning the people, just as I'm warning here and now that others not be taken in.

Now, freedom of the press being an essential part of American philosophy, the others in the area took Smith prisoner. He was so hated that they didn't wait for the regular judicial system to turn its wheels but rather stormed the jail, and one shot Smith who fell out of the second story window and died.

Eventually, Brigham Young then led the exodus to Salt Lake City, Utah. He assumed total leadership. He too was militaristic. When the U.S. grew rapidly (especially via Fillmore's War, a wickedly conceived plan to strip Mexico of what is now largely the Western United States beyond the Louisiana Purchase) and sought to annex Utah as a state, trouble brewed, and Mormons slaughtered a wagon train from Arkansas in what is called the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Some say Young wasn't behind it. I don't believe it. I don't say that anyone can prove he knew and even ordered it, but I don't just accept it that he didn't.

Brigham Young became the new or next Moses of the largest group of Mormons. He was actually appointed Territorial Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs by U.S. President Millard Fillmore. No Jeffersonian separation of church and state in that, not that I hold with Jefferson. I don't.

As for wives, frankly, Young had a harem. Some say it was 55 wives. It's not much disputed that he had at least 50 wives with whom he had sexual intercourse. Apparently 6 of them had another husband or more.

Also, Young taught that Blacks had the mark of Cain and were forbidden. Smith though had been an abolitionist, although the Book of Mormon does say that the darker skinned people of North America were the wicked ones versus the fairer skinned and that the present-day Indians descended from those wicked ones. For the sake of worldwide expansion, the so-called prophets of the LDS Church have conveniently rescinded this doctrine of Young's. Which Christians claim that Christians may rescind the doctrines of Jesus? None do. Anyone claiming that he or she may rescind the doctrines of Jesus is clearly known not to be Christian. Now, top that off with Smith's and Young's doctrines being at odds with Christ's in the first place and you have confusion upon confusion.

"Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." — Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 110)

Remember, Young was a prophet in the eyes of his church and could not be speaking anything but the law of God. Yet, the current church he founded in Salt Lake City has renounced is teachings on plural marriage and race. It's called hypocrisy. If you haven't yet determined that this church is not Christian and is a total fake, you're blind to truth.

Young further held out that Adam is our God.

Young wanted "Mormon country" to be just that: an independent nation-state. He compromised though, which had allowed him to be named the Utah Territory Governor. He was reported as interfering with U.S. territorial judges, and U.S. President James Buchanan sent a military group with Young's non-Mormon replacement. The Utah War commenced. The Mormons fought using guerilla warfare tactics and succeeded for a time. The outcome was though inevitable, as the Mormons could not possibly stand up to the ever-growing United States. It was at this though that the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place.

So, there you have it. Mormonism is definitely not Christian. Anyone who says that it is, is duped or flat out lying in the most willful sense.

I do not accept Mormons as Christian brothers or sisters. It's impossible. Joseph Smith, et al., will not be in my Heaven unless they repent of their woeful errors, as I have had to repent of mine. There is nothing wrong with that. God has many mansions. The Mormons will go to the one built by Joseph Smith. What they find there will be receiving the logical end result of their system. Exactly what that is God alone knows. Even Satan cannot understand it although he's there too: the whole point of this exercise.

Tom Usher

Additional reading:
"The Life of Joseph Smith."
"Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, MA – Sermon."

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