5 fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 5, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    " . . . . the Council of Fifty made efforts both to strengthen its ties to the U.S. government and form a new government entirely. Joseph Smith was put up for president both to symbolically protest poor treatment by the government and to literally effect actual change by winning. . . . "
    The workings and agenda of the Council of Fifty does not meet the standards of what we today call transparency. I suggest reading ‘Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States’ which is the closest thing we have to a Joseph Smith platform for his 1844 Presidential bid.

    What motivated him to run? We must consider the aspect of personal ambition. What kind of President would have made? He certainly would have been flamboyant. He had no chance of winning outright but his candidacy could have tipped the vote in Illinois thereby affecting the outcome of the election.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2018 8:39 p.m.

    I am glad that these documents (and others like them) are becoming more readily available. I am grateful to live in a time when more historic documents are being released. Let us use them with wisdom.

    Perhaps the best we can do is hope "that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents." (Jacob 4:3)

    Or, in this case, substitute first parents for, "the early leaders of the restoration."