By Alex Beam
At thirty-nine years outdated, Smith had already lived a large lifestyles. as well as beginning his personal faith and developing his personal Golden Bible”the publication of Mormonhe had labored as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He’d led his humans to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, the place he based a urban better than fledgling Chicago. He was once operating for president. And, secretly, he had married greater than thirty women.
In American Crucifixion, Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic chief to public enemy: How his so much seismic revelationthe doctrine of polygamycreated a rift between his humans; how that schism grew to become to violence; and the way, finally, Smith couldn't get away the implications of his ambition and pride.
Mormonism is America’s biggest and such a lot enduring local faith, and the martyrdom” of Joseph Smith is considered one of its transformational occasions. Smith’s brutal assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the yankee West and declare their position within the mainstream of yank heritage. American Crucifixion is a gripping tale of scandal and violence, with deep roots in our nationwide identity.
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A member of the ruling Quorum of Twelve Apostles and patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hyrum also claimed to have witnessed Joseph’s miraculous transcription of the Book of Mormon from golden plates found near Palmyra, New York. ” Joseph had recently entrusted Hyrum with the delicate task of explaining his revelation concerning polygamy—the necessity of marrying multiple wives—to Emma, his faithful wife of seventeen years. “If you will write the revelation, I will take and read it to Emma,” Hyrum assured his brother.
Never has there been such a horrible crime committed since the day Christ was Crucified . . —SALLY RANDALL, writing to Mormon friends from Nauvoo, Illinois, July 1, 1844 CONTENTS Cast of Characters Place Names Introduction 1. Flight PART ONE “In Illinois we’ve found a safe retreat . . ” 2. King Joseph 3. Zion, Illinois 4. Everybody Hates the Mormons 5. Polygamy and Its Discontents PART TWO “Oh! Illinois! ” 6. “The Perversion of Sacred Things” 7. “Crucify Him! ” 8. Enter Pontius Pilate 9. Surrender 10.
I defy all hell and earth to refute it. Joseph referred to gods in the plural, because he explained that gods evolved from men and were not created ex nihilo, out of nothing. The raw material of godhead was a form of free intelligence that preexisted our creation. From intelligence, God became a man, then perfected himself to become a god. So did Jesus Christ. And so, Joseph said, can you. “You have got to learn how to be a god yourself in order to save yourself,” he proclaimed, —to be priests and kings as all Gods have done–by going from a small degree to another—from exaltation to exaltation—till they are able to sit in glory as with those who sit enthroned.
American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam