200 legal cases??? No comments???
It's well known that Joseph was involved in many legal cases. He was continually
accused by those seeking to suppress his religious leadership, arrested,
charged, acquitted, and then released. And then the process repeated. If you're LDS, you believe he was falsely accused. If you're anti-LDS, you
probably wonder if there was truth to the accusations. And such is the
debate.But I'm not sure what Anonymous would like us to comment on?
From the time of the First Vision, Joseph Smith was hounded nearly without
interruption until his death. The harassment came in various forms, from the
brutally physical, to persistent anti-Mormon editorializing, to legal
proceedings. Joseph was constantly being arrested on various
trumped-up charges. However, he was never convicted of any of the charges ever
made against him - a feat made even more impressive due to the sheer volume.Keep in mind that today there are many more protections available to
prevent frivolous lawsuits and charges than there were on the frontier of the
1830's and 1840's.Of the more than 30 volumes anticipated for the
Joseph Smith Papers Project, at least three are planned for legal and business
Anonymous needs to do a little reading and then comment. It is always gutsy to
use your own name.
If you are feared, despised, and hated, its just as well if it had been over 400
times. It’s not relevant to the true facts. Just trumped up charges, no
different then what Jesus went through.
probably just trying to stir a pot that does not need stirring. history
continues to repeat itself.
"If you're LDS, you believe he was falsely accused. If you're anti-LDS, you
probably wonder if there was truth to the accusations."Why do
Latter-day Saints always refer to someone who is not LDS as "anti-LDS". I am not
LDS but I am by no means "anti-LDS". It just means I don't believe in the
teachings of your Church. I am no more "anti-LDS" than I am "anti-any religious
group". I notice that Mormons usually refer to anyone who disagrees with them as
"antis". This is really a very childish approach to criticism. I , for one, am
fascinated by Mormon history and not being a member , I am able to view your
history unclouded by emotional attachment. Please give those of us who have an
interest some credit. I would hardly call Jan Shipps "anti-LDS".
Never say never. According to Bushman, Joseph was convicted of illegal banking
activity (Kirtland Anti-Banking Safety Society, 1838) and fined $1,000. "Rough
Stone Rolling", p. 331.
How many people living today face or have faced 200 legal cases? That is an
astounding number. Assuming that only 10% had any merit and Joseph still comes
out looking like a bad man. If the angry mob that exchanged gunfire
with him at the time of his death had let him get prosecuted instead of killing
him this whole discussion would not even be taking place. Of course, from their
point of view, you're better off killing the fox in the henhouse when you have
got him in your grasp, if you don't the old fox will just go over the hill to
some other henhouse.
If any here have referred to non-LDS as anti-LDS, then let me apologize on their
behalf and mine for our ignorance. Yes, Jan Snipps, is Methodist, but I love
her writings about our faith, she brings out the light on very many important
points in LDS Church history, and I consider her a friend of the Church, not an
enemy. If one truly has a solid testimony of the validity of this Work, they
have no need to fear the rantings of anyone, anti- or otherwise. The Gospel is
true, it will continue to roll forth to fill the Earth. We have nothing to fear
but our own doubts, and we should always rely on our Heavenly Father and keep
our trust anchored in His Witness of the Truth of this Work of God. In the Name
of Jesus Christ, amen.
Anti mormons post 4 of the first 9 comments. Unreal. I wonder if there is pay
in being an anti mormon. Actually mainstream christianity is the
only religion out there with a basis of anti this or that. You talk to a
mainstream christian (baptist, lutheran, protestant,etc) about his religion and
its wrapped up in one sentence. But all of them think they are experts in every
other religion, oh they go on and on about why Mormons, Catholics, Muslims,
Budhist, Jehovah Witness are all wrong. They always know the "secrets" of those
religions and claim to know more about them than the people living those
religions. Thus I refer to all mainstream christians as antis since that is the
basis of their religion.
Similar, though not violent, response in Sarah Palin's numerous ethics
complaints against her while Governor of Alaska. Some people just want to
destroy another person's character because of what they stand for.
I consider the militia leader's action to be most patriotic and worthy of the
Congressional Medal of Honor. Exposing fraud anywhere should be rewarded.
The truth will win! The new historical documents tell the truth
George M. Hinkle wanted to profit from the death of Joseph Smith. This was
blatant corruption by George M. Hinkle. Sadly,
“Anonymous” doesn’t want to consider or does not know how to
look at the historical documents that Jeff Walker cited in this article.