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| I Just Did The Mormon Kirtland Tour - Talk About Sugar-Coating |
Monday, Aug 29, 2005, at 01:41 AM
Original Author(s): Anonymous
Topic: NAUVOO -Link To MC Article-
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| I took the historic Mormon Kirtland area tour last week. The historic aspects of living in the 1800s was interesting but I was disturbed by the one-sided sugarcoating of events by the Mormon tour guides. A few things came to mind as I went on the tour.
1)When I visited the Newel K. Whitney Store, I was told how Joseph Smith went to the Newel K. Whitney store and asked Newel what he wanted of him. Joseph knew who Newel K. Whitney was because he was a prophet and God told him who he was. Well just maybe the big, bold 15 inch high letters above the store that spelled NEWEL K. WHITNEY gave him a clue.
2) On the tour we were told of how Joseph healed Mrs. Johnson’s rheumatic arm and he was able to do so because he was a true prophet. And that many people were converted by his healing that woman. What they didn’t say was that all of the woman’s family later left the church except for the woman that was healed.
Was it a miracle, who knows? It may have been psychosomatic. If you are told a prophet was coming and he all of a sudden says your arm is healed, your mind may in effect heal you – televangelists do that all the time. How bad was her arm to begin with? Now if her arm was cut off and he restored it, that would be a true miracle like the ones reported to have been done by Jesus. Or maybe, if there is a God, he healed the woman for his own purpose.
If Joseph really had the power to heal people, then why did so many of his own children die? Wouldn’t he have tried to save them? There are also many accounts of him trying to heal people and they were not healed and of course that is not talked about or blamed on the lack of faith of the people wanting to be healed.
3) In the Whitney House, we were told of the revelations recorded at that time and how Joseph was a true prophet as he predicted the Civil War as stated in DandC sec. 87. But they didn’t state that many parts of the prophecy did not come true – e.g. war will be poured out upon all nations. There is also ample evidence that indicated that many people thought there would be a war there and that the rebellion in South Carolina alluded to by Smith was something other than the start of the Civil War.
4) We were told of the heart-wrenching story of how Joseph was dragged out of his bed and tarred and feathered by a heartless mob because of their hatred of Mormons. Although it was certainly wrong of those people to do that, they didn’t explain that they did that because the mob was ignited by rumors that Joseph had made sexual advances to a seventeen-year-old girl. They had a doctor there to castrate Smith but he refused. The reason they wanted to castrate him is for sexual crimes.
5) We were told that the country was suffering from a national financial crisis and Smith and Co. left Kirtland. They didn’t say that Joseph set up his own bank called the ‘Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company’, bilked investors out of thousands of dollars and fled town faced with a warrant for his arrest on a charge of illegal banking.
Half of The Quorum of Twelve Apostles accused Smith of improprieties in the banking scandal, and LDS Apostle Heber C. Kimball later said that the bank's failure was so shattering that afterwards "there were not twenty persons on earth that would declare that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God."  Warren Parrish, a KSABC officer who later apostatized claimed that Smith had prophesied that KSSABC "shall become the greatest of all institutions on EARTH." 1837.)  Wilford Woodruff's diary confirms this in partial detail. Woodruff records that Smith had a revelation on the topic, but declined to share it, saying only that "if we would give heed to the commandments the Lord had given this morning all would be well." It is then Woodruff who expresses his own hopes that the KSSABC will "become the greatest of all institutions on EARTH." (see The Kirtland Diary of Wilford Woodruff by Dean C. Jessee Fn, BYU Studies, vol. 12 (1971-1972), Number 4 - Summer 1972, p. 381.)
In conclusion, the guy doing the tour was a distant TBM relative so I was polite and didn’t say anything on the tour but it bothered me to only get one side of the story. To outsiders these faith-promoting stories must sound impressive.
| Prompted by (oh geez, I said "prompted"!) a local news article that claimed the original Nauvoo temple was destroyed by both "lightning and arson", I started Googling the subject.
Whoa. I'm only 3 links into my search, and this is getting interesting. Intriguing "facts" (pending further light and knowledge, hehe) so far:
JS tried to sell the unfinished temple to the Catholics
JS and the architect, William Weeks, argued over the shape of the windows. JS insisted on round ones, which Weeks said would not be structurally sound.
After JS's death, BY took oversight the unfinished temple. BY sent Weeks west, and Weeks took the plans with him.
The Nauvoo temple was destroyed by a tornado in 1850.
The Nauvoo temple was destroyed by arson in 1848.
The Nauvoo temple was completed and dedicated in 1846.
The Nauvoo temple was still unfinished when it burned in 1848.
JS tried to sell the unfinished Nauvoo temple to the Catholics (!?)
The sale to the Catholics failed because JS's actual ownership of the property could not be verified.
BY hoped the temple would burn, and said he was pleased after it did.
BY allegedly torched the Nauvoo temple rather than have it fall into "enemy" hands now that the saints had moved on.
In 1845, the church told the Catholics they would "sell the whole or any part of the city of Nauvoo,” for fifty percent of its appraised value."
While in negotiations with JS, the Catholic delegation was given a tour of the Nauvoo temple, including the Holy of Holies.
In 1846, BY took out an ad in the local paper: "Temple For Lease".
In December 1845, BY discovered the unfinished (or not) Nauvoo temple was structurally unsound. He banned further public meeting there because the floor was failing, which in turn caused the walls to crack and prevented the doors from shutting.
In January 1846, Sunday meetings were moved outside.
In February 1846, a congregation was in the building when the floor suddenly collaped about an inch. People stampeded to get out - some jumped through windows to escape.
The title to the Nauvoo temple stipulated that it would be inherited by JS's successor(s).
The final cost to build the Nauvoo temple was over $1,000,000.00.
Visitors were charged admission to the dedication of the Nauvoo temple.
The dedication services were repeated several times over a 3-day period, while paying visitors were being admitted.
Joseph B. Agnew's obituary in 1972 named him as the suspected arsonist.
Baptisms for the dead were being performed in the basement of the Nauvoo temple in 1841, well before the temple was completed (or not).
lthough BY was saying he hoped the structurally unsound Nauvoo temple would burn, it was guarded "day and night" against the threat of arson.
The $1,000,000.00 Nauvoo temple was eventually sold for $5000 to David T. LeBaron (BIL of one of the temple trustees) in 1848.
A year later, David LeBaron sold the burned-out Nauvoo temple to the Icarian Community for $2000.
The Nauvoo temple was destroyed by lightning and arson.
Lightning struck the Nauvoo temple in 1848, but the damage was insignificant.
Joseph Agnew, the suspected arsonist, was trapped in the fire and was burned during his escape.
It's "feasible" that BY hired Joseph Agnew to torch the deteriorating Nauvoo temple.
What was left of the Nauvoo temple was completely razed after the tornado in 1850.
The west wall of the Nauvoo temple was still standing in 1865.
| Nauvoo Temple: Wild And Crazy Place |
Monday, May 14, 2012, at 07:33 AM
Original Author(s): Rutabaga
Topic: NAUVOO -Link To MC Article-
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| With Joseph dead and Brigham in charge, the Nauvoo Temple was a busy place with people receiving their washings, annointings, endowments and sealings for the first time.
There were many who had already received those ordinances who continued to hang around the Temple uninvited and added confusion to an already hectic situation.
Finally Brigham had enough. He shut down the Temple for a couple days to reorganize and call specific people to officiate and take steps to regulate who belonged in the Temple.
From Heber C. Kimballs diary:
“There was a necessity for a reformation of this sort. For some men were doing things which ought not to be done in the Temple of the Lord. Some three or four men and perhaps more, had introduced women into the Temple, not their wives, and were living in the side rooms, cooking, sleeping, tending babies and toying with their women…”
William Clayton, Diary kept for Heber C. Kimball Friday, December 26, 1845
There is always speculation about “getting to know” your spouse in the temple as part of the early Endowment. It is still speculation, but for a while the Nauvoo Temple was a wild and crazy place
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