|Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 8:08 pm: |
Founder of the Mormon Church on a very skeptical claim. Was it a brilliant hoax or Divne intervention?
He claimed in 1827 that an angel named Moroni showed him where to find a set of plates that tell the story of Jesus coming to the new world during his time and the draft of a branch of Christianity.
The plates were said to be made of a gold and copper type alloy that were in book form of six inches thick, eight inches long and weiging about 60 lbs. The angel instructed him how to decipher them.
No one was aloowed to actually see them but they were kept in a pillow case and immediate members of his family and a couple of close friends were allowed to touch them through the cloth.
They were locked in a box that niegbors smashed open to find it empty. He said he had a premonition that his neighbors were going to do this so he switched them to a different box and hid it in a barrel of beans.
He eventually let other people lift the box and they theorized it's contents were made from lead or gold.
After two years he said he had completed his translatiion of the plates and allegedly let 12 family members and personal friends actually see the plates. In 1829 he no longer had them and said that he had brought them back to the place he had found them on his father's farm and gave them back to the angel Moroni.
With no physical evidence left to back up his claims he convinced hundreds and then thousands of people that he was a prophet of God and his book of Mormon was scripture.
Within 20 years his followers would found a city that today Salt Lake City-Ogden-Clearfield and the Wasatch Front metropolitan area at over two million people is the third largest western US interior metro area behind Denver and Pheonix.
A little more than 60 years after begining his religion it had 200,000 members. Today it has 11 million members worldwide.
Did this come about as an incredibly successful elaborate and creative hoax or because of what Smith claimed really happened?
|Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 9:06 am: |
It is the fastest growing religion in the America.
I actually tried to read the Third Testament of Jesus Christ and gave up, shaking my head.
Did you know that many mid to high level Las Vegas casino managers are Mormons?
|Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 6:08 pm: |
Bring 'em young.
|Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 6:51 pm: |
Hey, I lived in Utah in the 40's, and I'm monogomous. I still like em young tho.
|Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2006 - 7:15 pm: |
Lucky me, I've got a young bride.
|Posted on Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:14 pm: |
Same here, Doug.