Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lying for the god of Mormonism




How can anyone rationalize deceptiveness by the LDS Church leaders? If they will teach their own missionaries to mislead the public, how can you trust anything the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) say?

Friday, October 23, 2009

So, What do we do with Glenn Beck?

by Rocky Hulse

May 2009

First let me say that, for the most part, I like Glenn Beck. I have occasionally listened to his radio program, and lately, I have seen his new TV show on Fox News. Again, for the most part, I like Glenn Beck. I agree with many of his conservative views; however, I have found myself in stark disagreement with his cavalier attitude towards TV evangelism, and Christianity. I have seen him mock TV evangelists and this very night as I have begun to write this newsletter, April 24, 2009, he was on the O’Reilly Factor, and couldn’t help but let his disdain for evangelicals show forth. He was talking about Senator Diane Feinstein, (D) California, and some questionable activities relating to her actions as a Senator and the benefit those actions may have made financially to her husband’s company. Glenn portrays to Bill O’Reilly that the benefit to Feinstein’s husband’s company is “a miracle.” Then Glenn throws his hands in the air, and in his best Southern drawl mockingly says “Halleluiah! Thank you, Jesus.”

IT’S NOT HIS FAULT, HE IS A MORMON.

Glenn’s apparent disdain towards evangelicals, is deeply embedded in the roots of Mormonism. The Mormon Church belief is that all other churches in the world are false and that only it, the Mormon Church, is true. All other churches are an “abomination” in Jesus’ eyes. The following is an excerpt from the article I wrote titled “In Defense of Christianity,” which is found on our website under the “Resources” drop down window at the top of the “Home,” page.

“The very beginning of the Mormon Church was, and continues to be, an all out attack on Christianity. The foundational belief of Mormonism from its inception is that all Christian Churches are wrong, all Christian Creeds are abomination in God’s eye and all professors of Christianity are corrupt.

BACKGROUND: Mormonism begins with Joseph Smith, the founding prophet and the “First Vision.” The “First Vision” story, as now told by the Mormon Church, is that Joseph Smith, born in Sharon, Vermont in 1805, was living in Palmyra, New York in the year 1820. There was a great excitement concerning religion happening in the Western New York area and Joseph was confused on which church he should join. The “official” version of the “First Vision” states that Joseph was reading in his Bible in the Book of James, chapter 1 verse 5: “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Joseph said “Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.”

THE VISION: So, Joseph claims he retired to some woods near his home and knelt down and prayed. Joseph states that as he prayed a vision opened up to him:

16. …I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.

17. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other – This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
18. My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right – and which I should join.

19. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:16-19, 1977)

The above quote comes from one of the books of the “Official” Mormon Canon, The Pearl of Great Price. This quote is part of Joseph Smith’s recounting of the “First Vision,” which is day one, hour one, minute one, second one, of Mormonism.

So, the first moment of Mormonism is an all out attack on the last six thousand years of Judeo-Christian history. The above passages are further broken down in Mormonism to state that Joseph said that the “Personages” were none other than God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; and that the “Personage” who answered him in verse 19 was Jesus Christ himself. The all out attack is as follows: (1) In that one sentence of verse 19, Joseph Smith destroys all of known Christianity. In that sentence prior to the semi-colon, three major points are made: first – that all Christian churches are wrong; second – that all their creeds are an abomination; and third – that all professors of Christianity are corrupt. This effectively destroys all of Christianity in one sentence: he eliminates all Christian Churches by stating they are all wrong; he eliminates all Christian Theology by pronouncing Christian Creeds as an abomination; and he eliminates all Christians by saying that as a professor of Christianity they are corrupt. (2) Joseph Smith redefines God. For six thousand years the Judeo-Christian belief was in one God. In this “First Vision” Joseph Smith and Mormonism say that God the Father is a distinct individual with a body of flesh and bones and Jesus also is a distinct individual with a body of flesh and bones.” (from the article “In Defense of Christianity).

GLENN’S MORMON ARROGANCE

This belief by the Mormon Church that they are the only true “church” on the face of the earth, and all others are in error, a state of apostasy from the original truth which Joseph Smith restored to the earth beginning with the First Vision, develops in many Mormons an air of arrogance. I know – been there, done that, had it myself when I was a Mormon. Growing up in a staunch Mormon household, I remember well mocking so called “Christianity.” As a Mormon you are taught the “First Vision”; in fact, you cannot be baptized into the Mormon Church and become a member of it unless you profess your absolute belief in this “First Vision,” and Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God.

If you listen closely to Glenn Beck you will catch this Mormon arrogance towards all things “Christian.” Glenn tends to become emotional at times and has broken into tears on his program, more than once. To these episodes, I have heard him make belittling remarks about this by saying “I’m becoming a freaking Tele-Evangelist,” or “I’m turning into Tammy Faye Baker.” This plays directly to the Mormon idiom that all of Christianity is an abomination in Jesus’ eyes and is in a state of apostasy from the truth. Glenn just can’t help himself. If you listen close, he falls right into the Mormon habit of mocking all things Christian.

As I said, I saw this arrogance growing up in a staunch Mormon family. To this very day, I see this same thing when I am around my Mormon family and they are engaged in conversation.

BEWARE WHAT GLENN IS SELLING.

On March 24, 2009 I had to go pick up some items from District Headquarters. So, it’s about 9:00 or 10:00 AM, can’t remember exactly, but instead of being in class with my students, I was driving to HQ. The radio in my truck was on 740 AM, KTRH Houston, and none other than the “Glenn Beck Show” is on. I’m just driving along, half listening, not paying that much attention; in fact I can’t remember what topic was being discussed. What I do remember is Glenn Beck pushing a book titled “The Five Thousand Year Leap.” Glenn keeps going on and on about this book – pitching it numerous times in my 30-45 minute drive to HQ. He keeps giving out the title, and then he mentions the author: Cleon Skousen. The moment the author’s name left Glenn’s lips he had my full attention. Cleon Skousen is not a common name, and I knew it well from my Mormon upbringing.
W. Cleon Skousen is a Mormon writer and my father had many of his books and I read a couple of them when I was still a Mormon. In preparation for writing this newsletter, I did a little research and did a “google” search on Cleon Skousen. The top of the “google” search was a website that highlights “The Five Thousand Year Leap”; and wouldn’t you know it, the “Foreward” is written by a fellow that calls himself “Glenn Beck.” Small world, huh?

I completed my stop at HQ and got back in my truck and headed back to school. The Glenn Beck Show is still on the radio and Glenn takes a call from a female caller. She tells Glenn how he is her inspiration. Glenn quickly deflects her adulation and says (I’m paraphrasing here, this was a month ago on the radio): “Have you ever heard of Jon Huntsman? He’s my inspiration. In fact I called him and talked to him last night. Get his book “Winners Never Cheat.” Jon Huntsman is my inspiration; he’ll be your inspiration too.”
Who is Jon Huntsman? He is a devout Mormon who started his own chemical business and turned it into a major corporation. He is quite successful, and is a billionaire. His son, Jon Huntsman Jr, is the current Governor of Utah. He and Mitt Romney are being touted as Republican frontrunners in the 2012 Presidential campaign.

GLENN DRANK THE MORMON KOOL-AID!

The often mentioned reference to someone “drinking the Kool-Aid” comes from a misnomer of Jim Jones and the “Peoples Temple” in Jonestown, Guyana. On November 18. 1978 over 900 followers of Jim Jones committed mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored “Flavor Aid.” This incident is commonly used to depict someone who blindly follows a person or ideology, and is referenced as “Drinking the Kool-Aid.”

Glenn Beck self-describes his “Drinking the Mormon Kool-Aid,” in a You-Tube video: “LDS (Mormon) Church. Glenn Beck on Mormonism.” The Video is 8:24 in length; I recommend you watch it. Below, I have transcribed the interview where Glenn is talking about how he became a Mormon. He was invited to go to a Mormon Church service, and I’ll pick up the dialogue:

“So we went, and my daughter who has cerebral palsy went. And, the kids weren’t digging the whole church tour thing. We were walking out and my daughter said, “Can we come back there?” My wife and I stopped in our tracks and said “What?” And my daughter said “it just feels so warm inside.” So, we started to go, “We figured, OK, the kids like it.”

It was about six months later that I was sitting in a meeting and one of the guys I had dubbed “The amazing plastic man,” because he was the happiest guy to ever meet us. He was like, hey, the first time he met us, “I just love you so much.” I was like, “Just give it a rest brother, you’ll hate me in 10 minutes, please.” I spent my whole life hating me. He was talking in Sunday School and he was talking about the concept, that I’d never heard before, of Zion. And he said, “How does this happen? How do we get there?” (Remember in Mormonism, Zion refers to the New Jerusalem that will be set up at the Second Coming of Christ in Independence, Missouri. Mormons believe they will live there in Zion and live a utopian life during the Millennium where they will conduct their temple ceremonies and thereby provide the means to give all men eternal life.) And he said, (Glenn chokes up here) it’s still a powerful memory, he said, “The only way this happens is if I truly love you and you truly love me. And, we may not agree with each other, but we love each other.”

And I realized he was the most genuine person I’d ever met. And it was then that I thought, “I don’t care if there’s Kool-Aid down in the basement, I’m drinking it! Cause I want to be like that, you know. I want to be able to, um, genuinely love someone the first time I met them. What a great goal that is. And that’s what really changed our life.”

These are Glenn’s words not mine. In the words printed above, or if you watch the video, you’ll clearly see what Mormonism is all wrapped up in: A warm feeling, and pushing the family. Don’t get me wrong, family ties and strength is a wonderful thing, a Biblical thing; however, Jesus Christ saves you, not family. No where do you hear Jesus Christ as the factor of change. Why? Because Jesus wasn’t the catalyst of change – it was a warm feeling; it was a concept of the utopia of Zion.

To emphasize this point, there is a second video on You Tube that you should go watch: “Glenn Beck on Mormon (LDS) Church President Hinckley.” This video is an excerpt from the January 28, 2008 Glenn Beck Show on CNN. The previous day the 15th Prophet of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, had passed away at the age of 97. Glenn was paying a tribute to President Hinckley. He recounts that his daughter came to his room the night before and told him of their Prophet’s passing.

“I surprised myself. I wasn’t sad. It was a warm feeling. I just thought of a great man finally being reunited with his sweet, sweet wife.”

This video is 2:48 in length and never does Glenn talk about this “great man, a Prophet of God,” seeing/meeting/talking to Jesus. No, it’s all about reuniting with his wife. Mormonism is all about warm feelings and family. Mormonism’s center is not on Jesus Christ.

So, back to the original question “What do we do with Glenn Beck?” We need to follow the counsel of Mt 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

In dealing with Glenn Beck we need to be wise. We, Christians need to be educated. Those whom he supports and pushes, those books he pushes – find out if they are Mormon. Glenn has, and will continue to support Mormons in his TV and radio programs – he can’t help it; it’s what Mormons are programmed to do.
For those who have never read my book: “When Salt Lake City Calls,” I highly recommend you buy it, read it, and keep it handy for reference. “When Salt Lake City Calls,” clearly defines in much greater detail than I can in this short newsletter, that Mormons are bound by oath and covenant of absolute obedience to their mortal leaders – Mormons have truly drunk the “Kool-Aid” of Mormonism and give complete allegiance to it.
Am I telling you not to listen or watch Glenn Beck? No, I’m not. He does an excellent job at bringing forth conservative issues of concern. I’m saying, watch him wisely; be an informed listener/viewer.

If you have any questions about who he is promoting or the books he may be promoting, do some research. Be that informed person; be wise as serpents!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

ATTENDING THE 'COMMEMORATION OF THE RETURN OF THE SURVIVING CHILDREN"

Attending the “Commemoration of Return of Surviving Children”

Friday, September 18, 2009

Helen and I had the privilege of attending the commemoration events remembering the return of the surviving children from the Mountain Meadows Massacre which occurred on September 11, 1857. It was almost two years after the event before the U.S. Government became aware of this horrific event and attempted to find out what had happened. The leaders of the Mormon Church stymied the investigation and refused to cooperate. They knew what had happened and who was involved, and yet they did nothing. Not only did they not take action against their own members that they knew had committed this heinous act, they conspired against the United States Governments’ efforts to bring the guilty parties to justice.
Only through the extraordinary efforts of the U.S. Army and U.S. Government Indian Agent Jacob Forney were the 17 surviving children recovered, and eventually returned to family members back in Arkansas. The children were given a full military escort from Southwestern Utah back to the Old Yell Lodge in Carrollton, Arkansas, arriving on September 18, 1859.
Friday night, September 18, 2009, Helen and I arrived about a half hour late to the buffet dinner at the Old Yell Lodge (weather and bad roads slowed us down just a bit, and perhaps misjudging the time to drive almost 600 miles from Austin). It was great to see many of those in attendance that we had met and made friends with back in August and September 2007. During that time, we did three programs on our TV show, “Truth Outreach,” with the Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation leadership about this American history atrocity; and then we went out to Mountain Meadows, Utah for the 150th Commemoration of the Massacre. The various relatives related to those who perished in that infamous massacre on that fateful day, are just regular folks that love their families and life in general. Helen and I have enjoyed our friendship with these folks and their down home hospitality.
The buffet was great and we truly enjoyed socializing with those in attendance. When dinner was over, Dr. Shannon Novak, a forensic anthropologist spoke about what research on the bones of those who lived in the 1800’s around the country has shown; mainly, that those who lived in the Ozarks in that time period were healthier than many of their countrymen who lived in urban areas and other locals around the nation.
Dr. Novak was able to do a brief analysis of some of the victims of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In the Summer of 1999, while the Mormon Church was trying to prove how much they cared about the fact that they murdered over 120 innocent men, women, and children on September 11, 1857, by constructing a small monument at Mountain Meadows, Utah, a backhoe that was to begin the earthmoving required in the construction, unearthed thousands of bones, and bone fragments of the victims of the Massacre. Dr. Novak was asked to do the analysis of these bones. Her first hand knowledge of these deceased people, through her scientific work, is invaluable, and I truly enjoyed the information she shared.
Unfortunately for the families of these victims of the massacre, instead of allowing the bones to be fully analyzed, the Mormon Church flexed its power and had the Mormon Governor, Michael Leavitt, order the bones to be turned back over to the Mormon Church. The Mormon Church quickly had the bones placed in an enclosure in the newly constructed monument where they can’t be touched. This is why the Mormon Church has bought up all the property associated with the massacre. As long as they control who has access to the evidence, then they can control the story, which allows them, after all these years, to continue to protect Brigham Young, the Mormon Prophet who all the evidence points to as ordering this massacre.

A quilt will make it all better!

The next speaker was Barbara Brown, a Mormon, who was the editor of the book “Massacre at Mountain Meadows” written by three Mormon historians, and critically reviewed as biased to the Mormon explanation of its role in this massacre; this book has been heavily criticized because it fails to mention the 150 year cover-up of the complicity of the Mormon Church in this terrible event.
I must admit, I had a very difficult time listening to what she had to say. I view any, and all, statements about the Massacre made by any Mormon Church spokesperson with complete skepticism. The Mormon Church leadership ordered this murder and for 150 years the Mormon Church has engaged in a campaign of damage control trying to deny its role in this event. For years the “official” Mormon Church explanation was that the “Indians” did it. As, I have previously said above, the Mormon Church has actively engaged in a deceptive cover up.
Barbara Brown unveiled a quilt that she initiated between her family and family members of those massacred. I found the offering to be nothing other than a distraction to the massacre family members. The massacre family members don’t need a quilt, they need the Mormon Church to do the right thing and turn the killing field over to the Federal Government so it can become a National Battlefield Park. I am not a massacre family member, just a friend of the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation (MMMF), and in my opinion the Foundation should tell the Mormons to “Keep your quilt, give us back our ancestors!”
Recently another mass grave may have been located on the Northern edges of Mountain Meadows. Scott Fancher, a direct descendant of the Massacre, asked Barbara Brown about the Mormon Church acquiring that property. The answer was evasive and disingenuous. Barbara Brown stated that the location is on private property and the owners do not want to sell. What a bunch of hooey. All the Mormon Church has to do is contact these Mormons and tell them the “Prophet” wants them to sell the property to the Church. As my book “When Salt Lake City Calls,” clearly and methodically lays out, a Mormon cannot refuse such a command from the person they believe speaks for God on earth: the Mormon Prophet. Even if the owner did not want to sell at current market prices, the Mormon Church, worth over 60 Billion dollars, could offer 10 times the value of the property and make it happen (10 times the price isn’t a penny in the Mormon Church’s multi-million/billion dollar yearly budget). So, who is the Mormon Church trying to kid here?

State Government Support & Auction

Arkansas State Government Senator Randy Laverty took the floor after Barbara Brown and talked about his support of the MMMF. He is to be commended for truly supporting the Foundation and the families of the Massacre victims. Scott Fancher presented Senator Laverty with a letter of commendation from the Foundation for his sustained superior support of the Foundation.
The night continued with a fund-raising auction of items donated to the cause. The President of MMMF, Phil Bolinger, is an auctioneer, and presided over the auction. He is really a down home funny guy and the auction was great fun.
Helen and I donated six of my books to the MMMF auction; a small contribution to a great cause and organization. Between autographing the books, I raised my hand a few times and bought a few things – all-in-all, it was an enjoyable time.

Saturday, September 19, 2009, the Reenactment

A rainy, dreary day was the setting for the Commemoration of the “Return of Surviving Children.” Helen and I got a little wet as we photographed and filmed the two horse drawn wagons filled with children in period dress as they re-enacted the return of the 17 surviving children.
The re-enactment wagons began at the Old Yell Lodge, Carrollton, Arkansas, and proceeded to a park a short distance away for the commemoration ceremony. It’s hard to imagine the feelings of those family members so long ago as they came to take home these poor orphaned children. Obviously joy that these children survived, all the while grieving beyond measure at the loss of those 120 souls who were so brutally murdered by order of Mormon leaders.
Bob Fancher, another direct descendant of those massacred, Emceed the event. He read the names of the surviving children and a brief description of what we know of their lives. It was hard to sit there in the audience and listen to names and some of the events surrounding these poor children. What a tragedy this was.
Helen and I will continue to support MMMF in their quest to honor their deceased relatives and to achieve Federal Stewardship of the Massacre site. To this day, those massacred still lie in mass graves on the ground where they were murdered, and the family must rely on the party guilty of the murders, the Mormon Church, to have any access to their own murdered kin.
There is no incident in American History as diabolical as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which is still unresolved, 152 years later. The only reason that this tragedy is still unresolved is that the Mormon Church does not want the truth to come out about their complicity in this event; plain and simple, the Mormon Church continues to hide the truth!


Next year in Tulare


The next annual meeting of the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation will be in Tulare, California. This is Helen’s home town. The wagon train was headed to Tulare from Arkansas when it was ambushed and massacred by direction of the Mormon Church leadership in Southwestern Utah at Mountain Meadows. We are already making plans to go out and attend that meeting next year.
For those who have done some research on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, you are aware of Frank Kirkman’s outstanding website: www.1857massacre.com. Frank is a direct descendant of the victims of the massacre. He has done volumes of research and has put together a website second to none on this tragic event. Frank and his lovely wife, Diane, have become very dear friends of ours.
We had the opportunity to spend some time with them at the 150th Year Commemoration of the Return of the Children. We stayed at the same hotel. Frank bought a pie at the auction Friday night and we shared that coconut cream pie in our room over lots of conversation and laughter.
Helen and Frank work together on our respective websites and they share information back and forth. Frank has been very gracious to advertise my book on his website. I believe many of the questions about how the Mountain Meadows Massacre could have happened are answered in the pages of my book.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mormonism’s influence in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping. Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?

Elizabeth Smart on Thursday Oct 1, 2009 took the witness stand for the first time against one of her accused kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell. However, what do we know of the Mormon influence on this evil man?

July 2003
by Rocky Hulse



What, if any, was Mormonism’s role in the Elizabeth Smart abduction and captivity? Helen and I celebrate Elizabeth’s return home and look to the justice system of our great nation to dole out justice mete for this horrible crime.

When the initial reports began coming in, detailing the events of Elizabeth’s return, Helen and I began to notice certain statements that, if you know and understand Mormon Doctrine, seemed to parallel Mormonism. The initial reports identified Brian David Mitchell as a “street preacher” and religious fanatic. We speculated whether or not Mitchell was a Mormon. Within just a few days, Mitchell was identified as an excommunicated Mormon. We found it interesting those initial reports coming from Salt Lake City had called Mitchell a “street preacher” when they knew he was ex-Mormon. Mormons do not use the term “preacher” when referring to their own organization; rather, it has been used as a term of derision in their past against Christianity. It appears the Mormon Public Relations machine was at work trying to divert attention away from the Church.

Utah’s “dirty little secret,” polygamy, has reared its ugly head again in a terrible scenario. The news has reported with evidence outlined in the “Manifesto” Mitchell wrote called “The Book of Immanuel David Isaiah,” of a polygamy connection. There is no doubt at this point that Mitchell abducted Elizabeth to make her a polygamous wife. Mitchell identifies himself as a Mormon Fundamentalist. Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism are synonymous.

“The Fundamentalists are a splinter group of Latter-day Saints which sprung up in the last few years in opposition to the Manifesto issued by President Wilford Woodruff. They hold to the teachings of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young without deviation, and still believe in the teaching and literal practice of polygamy. Some of them have been tried in the civil courts for violating the law against polygamous marriage, which law was enacted by congress and accepted by the authorities of all other branches of Latter-day Saints.”1

The “Manifesto” that ended polygamy was issued by the 4th President of the Mormon Church, Wilford Woodruff, in 1890. Fundamentalist Mormons believe they are living true Mormonism. The official revelation on polygamy is contained in the Mormon canonical book titled “The Doctrine and Covenants.” The revelation has never been removed, and is there today, listed as Section 132. It states the following in verse 1: “Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines—” (emphasis mine).

This revelation starts out as “thus saith the Lord.” According to Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church, since this revelation is still present in their scripture, polygamy is a direct commandment from the Lord himself. This revelation is 66 verses long and clearly lays out the Mormon Doctrine of Polygamy.

Verse 4 of this Mormon revelation tells us what happens if Mormons don’t obey this commandment: “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.” (emphasis mine) This verse calls this doctrine “a new and an everlasting covenant” that must be followed or the Mormon will be “damned.” The wording is clear: everlasting means forever; and, if this revelation is not followed the Mormon is “damned.”

The Mormon Church stopped practicing polygamy only because it was trying to become a state and polygamy was against the laws of the United States. On September 24, 1890, Wilford Woodruff the 4th Prophet of the Mormon Church issued what was called the “Manifesto,” advising Mormons not to practice polygamy. Now remember, the revelation to Joseph Smith from “the Lord” instituting polygamy began with “thus saith the Lord.” Contrast the “Manifesto,” by Wilford Woodruff, which ends polygamy, beginning with “To Whom it may Concern:” No wonder there is confusion in Mormondom.

The “Manifesto,” which ended polygamy in Mormonism, really isn’t that long, being only five paragraphs in length. The first three paragraphs are simply a denial that any polygamous marriages are being conducted or condoned. The remaining two paragraphs make statements that the Mormons won’t practice polygamy any longer: “Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort, I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws, and to use my influence with the members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise.”2 (emphasis mine)

The wording here is key: “I hereby declare my intention,” and “use my influence.” The “Manifesto” opens with “To Whom it may Concern.” The issuing Mormon Prophet, Wilford Woodruff, says it’s his intention and he will use his influence. Joseph Smith’s original prophecy says “thus saith the Lord” and “if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned.”

The last paragraph of the “Official Declaration,” or “Manifesto” says: “There is nothing in my teachings to the Church or in those of my associates, during the time specified, which can be reasonably construed to inculcate or encourage polygamy; and when any Elder of the Church has used language which appeared to convey any such teaching, he has been promptly reproved. And I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any marriage forbidden by the law of the land.”3 (emphasis mine)

Notice the wording in this last paragraph: “I now publicly declare my advice,” and “to refrain.” It is easy to see why the Mormon Church has so many spin off groups and an underground that is practicing polygamy. Those splinter groups are simply looking at the facts of the case and are declaring that the 4th Prophet of the Mormon Church had no power, or authority, to overrule a direct prophecy from the Lord; certainly not with wording of “it is my intention,” or “my advice,” compared to Joseph Smith saying “thus saith the Lord.”

Brigham Young, the 2nd Mormon Prophet, said: “The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy. Others attain unto a glory and may even be permitted to come into the presence of the Father and the Son; but they cannot reign as kings in glory, because they had blessings offered unto them, and they refused to accept them.”4 (emphasis mine)

The Fundamentalist Mormons are an embarrassment to the Mormon Church proper; however, within the context of Mormon Doctrine, they, the Fundamentalists, are right. Do not misconstrue what I am saying here: Within the context of Christianity and the laws of the United States, polygamy is wrong; however, within the context of Mormon Doctrine and Mormon historical teachings, polygamy is right. Herein lies the problem that the Mormon Church faces: (1) Agree with the Fundamentalists, thereby acknowledging that the 4th Mormon Prophet was in error, which absolutely undermines the “line of authority” teaching of the Church, or (2) Disagree with the Fundamentalists, stating that polygamy is no longer a doctrine, opening the door of criticism which points out the contradictions in Mormon scriptures.

The Mormon Church has chosen the latter, once again showing the contradiction of Mormonism. The Mormon Church proclaims Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. The Mormon Church also proclaims that Wilford Woodruff was a Prophet of God, and was the 4th in a line of succession, after Brigham Young and John Taylor. Yet, 46 years after Joseph Smith’s death, Wilford Woodruff contradicts Joseph’s “thus saith the Lord,” with “it’s my intention,” and “my advice” to you is not to practice polygamy. Wilford Woodruff not only contradicts Joseph Smith, but also his successor, Brigham Young, who, as stated above, clearly preached that men cannot become Gods unless they practice polygamy. The Mormon Church cannot have it both ways; either the Fundamentalists are right, or Joseph Smith was a false prophet. Which is it? The Mormon Church is obviously caught between a rock and a hard place.

The Mormon Church chooses to deal with this dilemma by ignoring the embarrassment of Fundamentalist Mormon polygamy going on around them. Utah, which is 73% Mormon5, does not actively prosecute polygamy; to do so, would bring attention to the contradictions of Mormon Doctrine. Thus, Utah’s “dirty little secret,” polygamy, is alive and well. The Chicago Tribune reports “Government officials guess that the number of polygamists in Utah ranges from 30,000 to 50,000.”6

While listening to, and reading the news reports, Helen and I picked up on 12 parallels to Mormon Doctrine:



1. 49 Wives

2. “The Manifesto” or “The Book of

Immanuel David Isaiah”

3. “Lost Blessing of Polygamy”

4. New Names

5. Name “Remnant Who Will Return”

6. “Chosen-ness”

7. Brian Mitchell Descendant of Joseph

Smith

8. “True Church”

9. Brian Mitchell a “Prophet”

10. “Special Authority”

11. “Call to Repentance”

12. “Knew Him Not”



These items may not mean much to most people as they read past them; however, if you understand Mormonism, and put these items together, there are simply too many parallels here to call them coincidental. Each of these items will be addressed in order:



Parallel (1) “49 Wives” and Parallel (2) “The Manifesto” will be covered together. Brian Mitchell in his 27 page “Manifesto” calls his wife Wanda Barzee the “most cherished angel” who is to “take into thy heart and home seven times seven sisters,…” Of course

7 X 7 = 49. What is so special about the number 49? This is the number of wives Joseph Smith had when he was killed in 1844. Coincidence? When taken alone it probably would be; but, when all these items are laid end to end, one must ask the question: Is this coincidental or mirroring Mormonism?

The statement about the “seven times seven sisters,” comes from a document that Brian Mitchell called “The Book of Immanuel David Isaiah” and is referred to as “The Manifesto.” The term “Manifesto” is the name given by the Mormon Church to the statement by the 4th Mormon Prophet, Wilford Woodruff, to rescind polygamy in 1890. Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel number (3) “Lost Blessing of Polygamy”, as reported by the Chicago Tribune on March 22, 2003, “Mitchell, once a devout Mormon, was expelled from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last year vowing to restore the “lost blessing” of polygamy.”7 Section 132 of the Mormon scripture, The Doctrine and Covenants, still exists in their canon today and is the Mormon “Revelation” on polygamy and states:

“For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world.”8 Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel number (4) “New Names.” Associated Press reporter, Rebecca Boone, provides information on the “new names” that Mitchell gave to himself and his troop:

Brian Mitchell – Immanuel David Isaiah

Wanda Barzee – Hephzibah Eladah Isaiah

Elizabeth Smart – Shear Jashub Isaiah9

Brian Mitchell was a “Stake High Councilor” and a “Temple Worker” prior to his excommunication from the Mormon Church.10 In the Mormon Temple Ceremony, right after the “washing” and “anointing” and receiving the “garment of the Holy Priesthood,” patrons are given a “new name.” Mormonism’s Temple Ceremony provides new sacred names as part of the ceremony. Brian Mitchell, having been a Temple Worker, knew this concept well, giving himself and followers new names. Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel number (5) Name “Remnant Who Will Return”. Brian Mitchell told his attorney that he wanted to rename Elizabeth, “Remnant Who Will Return.”11 Mormonism teaches “After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us , and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.”12 “This great gathering will take place under the direction of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,…”13 With the Mormon teaching of the return of the “Lost Tribes” under the direction of the Prophet of the Church, is it a foreign idea to come up with a name of ‘Remnant Who Will Return?’ Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel (6) “Chosen-ness” and (7) Brian Mitchell Descendant of Joseph Smith, will be looked at together. Deseret News Religion Editor, Carrie Moore, says that Mitchell proclaimed himself a “prophet chosen by God,” and entertained “Such grandiose notions of “chosen-ness”’.14 Mormon Apostle Bruce R. McConkie states “The elect of God comprise a very select group, an inner circle of faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints…To gain this elect status they must be endowed in the temple of the Lord (D. & C. 95:8), enter into that “order of the priesthood” named “the new and everlasting covenant of marriage”…”15 Once again the “new and everlasting covenant” rears its ugly head. Mormon writers R. Wayne Shute, Monte S. Nyman, and Randy L. Bott lay out very clearly in their book “Ephraim: Chosen of the Lord” that the Mormon people believe that they are Jews of the tribe of Ephraim and that Doctrine and Covenants Section 113 identifies Joseph Smith as a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. By Mitchell identifying himself as a descendant of Joseph Smith16 he is also, by Mormon definition, a direct descendant of Jesus Christ. Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel (8) “True Church.” The Mormon Church teaches that they are the only true church on the face of the earth. President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., First Counselor in the First Presidency of Mormon Prophet David O. McKay said: “My brothers and sisters, fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the only true Church on the face of the earth at this time…”17 Mitchell claimed in his “Manifesto” his sect is the “true and living Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in it’s (sic) purified and exalted state.”18 Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel (9) “Prophet.” Joseph Smith called himself a prophet, and has always been identified as such by the Mormon Church. Jennifer Dobner, Deseret News Staff Writer, speaking of Mitchell’s “Manifesto” says, “In it, he claims to be chosen by God as a prophet along the lines of Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith Jr.”19 Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel (10) “Special Authority.” Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt said “But who in this generation have authority to baptize? None but those who have received authority in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints: all other churches are entirely destitute of all authority from God;…”20 Deseret News Staff Writer, Jennifer Dobner said Mitchell “wants to be a modern prophet. To carry on what Joseph Smith and Brigham Young did. (Fundamentalists) all want to feel like they have holy blood. They all form some kind of delusion along those lines to give them special authority.”21 Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel (11) “Call to repentance.” Mormonism claims that there is no salvation outside the Mormon Church (If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)22 and that all of Christianity is fallen, that all Christian Creeds are an abomination and all their professors are corrupt (19. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt…).23 Brian Mitchell believes the Mormon Church has fallen into a state of apostasy because they are not practicing the fundamental teachings of Mormonism. “Like other fundamentalists, Mitchell calls for repentance and sacrifice—especially from those in the LDS Church, of which he was once a member.”24 Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Parallel (12) “They knew him not.” Brian Mitchell said in his “Manifesto”: “And I, the Lord God, hid up my true servant Immanuel in the wilderness, and he is in their midst and they knew him not.”25 A famous quote of Joseph Smith is, “You don't know me: you never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it. I don't blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I could not have believed it myself.”26 A portion of the above quote, “No man knows my history,” became the title of a biography of Joseph Smith’s life written by Fawn M. Brodie. Of note, Ms. Brodie was the niece of the ninth Mormon Prophet David O. McKay and believed her research and book would be of great use to her beloved Church. Her efforts were rewarded by her excommunication from the Mormon Church. Brian Mitchell says “They knew him not.” The most prominent biography ever written about Joseph Smith is titled by one of his most famous quotes “No man knows my history.” Coincidence, or mirroring Mormonism?



Judge for yourself; are all of these parallels coincidence. I’m not a mathematician; however, the mathematical odds are significant that 12 parallels are not coincidental.



There is no doubt that this guy was a nut case and an evil man; but where did he get his ideas? I think there are simply too many coincidences here. Yes, this guy acted on his own; however, what fueled the fanaticism? The above parallels clearly point to the teachings of the Mormon Church. If the Mormon Church would simply open its archives and allow the truth to be told about Joseph Smith, the Fundamentalist and Mormons alike would see that he was a false prophet and that polygamy is a false teaching. Polygamy is not Christian, in fact, it is anti-Christian! The teaching that polygamy is required to become a God is grossly anti-Christian. God is God and man is not! Man will never become a God!! Period!!! Mormonism is a religion, but it is not a Christian religion. Mormons are sincere people, but they are sincerely deceived. We need to understand their teachings so we can prevent our family and friends from joining this false religion and so we can witness to them and bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.



1 Mormonism and Inspiration, p. 363

2 Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declaration,

paragraph 4

3 Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declaration,

paragraph 5

4 Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 269

5 Church News, week ending November 9, 2002,

pg 8

6 “Kidnapping of Smart stirs polygamy concern”

Judith Graham, Mar 22, 2003

7 Ibid

8 Doctrine and Covenants Section 132:5

9 “Elizabeth Smart’s abductor considers her his

wife” Rebecca Moore, Mar 17, 2003

10 Sunstone, May 2003, pg 72

11 “Elizabeth Smart’s abductor considers her his

wife” Rebecca Moore, Mar 17, 2003

12 Doctrine and Covenants Section 110:11

13 Mormon Doctrine pg 458

14 “From faith to fanatic delusion” Carrie Moore,

Mar 16, 2003

15 “Elect of God” Mormon Doctrine, pp 217-218

16 “Cousin may have been a target” Pat Reavy,

Deseret News, Mar 15, 2003

17 Conference Report, October 1960 p. 87

18 “Cousin may have been a target” Pat Reavy,

Deseret News, Mar 15, 2003

19 “Manifesto focuses on plural wives” Jennifer

Dobner, March 15, 2003

20 The Seer, p. 255

21 “Manifesto focuses on plural wives” Jennifer

Dobner, March 15, 2003

22 Mormon Doctrine, pg 670, 1958

23 Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:19, 1820

24 Deseret News “Manifesto focuses on plural

wives” Jennifer Dobner, March 15, 2003

25 Ibid

26 Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 11

Rocky and Helen Hulse

Rocky and Helen Hulse
Defending Christianity From Mormon Doctrine