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Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 12:00 p.m. MDT

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layton, UT

EternalPerspective,cSeeking truth.

A testimony of the Book of Mormon comes by the power of the Holy Ghost— Moroni’s words speak from the ‘dust’.

Compare poor KJV translation to(Latin vulgate, Is 29:4), and thy speech shall whisper out of the ‘dust’. and thy voice shall be from the earth like that of the “*pythonis=(familiar spirit)”, and out of the earth thy speech shall mutter.

. From, Acts 16:16 And it came to pass , as we went to prayer a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination= (*python/Gr,=4436) met us which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying .

(Latin Vulgate 1 Sam 28:7) And Saul said to his servants: Seek me a woman that hath a divining spirit=( *pythonem/familiar spirit), and I will go to her, and enquire by her. And his servants said to him: There is a woman that hath a divining spirit=(*pythonem)[witch]at Endor.

In Greek mythology, Pythian a serpent dwelt in the region of Pytho at Parnassus in Phocis, said to have guarded the oracle at Delphi and been slain by Apollo. 2. a spirit of divination.

Falconer, NY

1.96 Standard Deviations

Good quote! Compare that "fact" to the "feelings" expressed by the "naysayers".

1.96 Standard Deviations

Here is another statement from someone who knew Joseph Smith personally. Let me introduce, Emmeline B. Wells, to you both -- Church Member and Hutterite:

"In the Prophet Joseph Smith, I believed I recognized the great spiritual power that brought joy and comfort to the Saints. . . . He was beyond my comprehension. The power of God rested upon him to such a degree that on many occasions he seemed transfigured. His expression was mild and almost childlike in repose; and when addressing the people, who loved him it seemed to adoration, the glory of his countenance was beyond description. At other times the great power of his manner, more than of his voice (which was sublimely eloquent to me) seemed to shake the place on which we stood and penetrate the inmost soul of his hearers, and I am sure that then they would have laid down their lives to defend him. I always listened spell-bound to his every utterance—the chosen of God in this last dispensation."

-Emmeline B. Wells

Source: JosephSmith dot net

Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

to: 1.96 standard deviations

I think everyone agrees that there were people who knew Joseph who liked him, and thought he was a prophet of God (just like people today know Warren Jeffs and believe that he is also a prophet). I guess my point was, it would be advantageous for people to read the accounts of the people who didn't have good things to say about his character and his actions. So many believers won't even read those accounts, they call it "anti-mormon" and lies. If you are going to read and believe the accounts of the people who liked him you should also look into the other side of the equation as well.

Harwich, MA

I've studied the life of Joseph Smith in considerable detail over the years. I own about everything ever published by the Church covering his life's adventures.
I've also studied volumes of information concerning a less that favorable light.
It's unfortunate that so much is swept under the rug.

Salt Lake City, UT

JSH v.33:

"... my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people."

This comment board has been a small example of the proof of this prophecy.

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