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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 10:34 a.m. MST

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Joseph Smith has had many things attributed to him but I've never heard of anyone accuse him of being dull. He's been called prophet, scoundrel, genius, fraud....like Citizen Kane it depends on who you ask.

We've made him too mysterious. He's fascinating alright but it's not impossible to explain Joseph Smith in human terms.

LordPillsbury
Mcminnville, OR

His awesomeness comes from being a true prophet of God and that he was not lying about the events that happened to him at an early age or the Book of Mormon. Truth is always awesome and irresistible to those truly seeking it!

justmesal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY

Coincidently I started the book last night. I don't like the way she makes fun of Joseph peering into a hat to see the translations of the Book of Mormon. To me she is making fun of Sacred things. I believe very much he was very human and I like studying the man as much as I do the prophet but felt she was not getting the full point of either Joseph the man or Joseph the Prophet. Looking forward to next month when a couple of descendants of Joseph and Emma who have joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be coming to speak at our Ward's Empty Nester's FHE.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Justmesal ,coincidently I started the book last night. I don't like the way she makes fun of Joseph peering into a hat to see the translations of the Book of Mormon. To me she is making fun of Sacred things.

But in your hearts sanctify Christ [not JS….(1 Peter 3:15)

justmesal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY

Sharrona (What a beautiful name)
Tee hee I was not sanctifying Joseph Smith! I am sorry I gave you the wrong impression.
All I was saying is just as I would never be disrespectful when speaking of the true prophets of old. Not Isaiah, Jacob, Abraham, Peter, Paul etc I would never want to be disrespectful when speaking about the true modern day prophets either. There is a difference between sanctifying and respecting. And of course Joseph Smith deserves respect when talking about the sacred things he did just as Moses deserves respect when talking about the sacred things he did.

Kazbert
VAIL, AZ

Yes, looking into a seer stone that is inside of one's hat would look peculiar to a casual observer and sounds silly in our ears. But was it not merely a practical convenience? I have a crystal that I stare into all day (it's called a computer monitor), and the darker it is around that crystal the better I can discern details. When I view my television at home, I turn off the lights in the room; I can see better.

Regasrding feeling drawn to a charismatic spiritual leader, I think it a good thing that Jane Barnes "love" alone of Joseph Smith does not compel her to join the church. There is a great diversity of reasons that lead people to want to know more about Mormonism, but there is only one legitimate reason for joining the Mormons: You join the church if and only if you have prayed to God about it and you feel the Holy Spirit witness to you that it is right for you to do so. Joining for any other reason is to build upon a sandy foundation. Barnes would do better to give her heart to Christ than to Joseph Smith.

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