Joseph Smith; Early Life and Visions s 1. Founding of the Church; First Period s 2.
T O read the flux of books on the founder of Mormonism, one might think there were no middle course between vilification and deification. To sectarians Joseph Smith appears an ignoramus, a fanatic, an impostor, and a libertine; to his followers a prophet, a seer, a vicegerent of God, and a martyr.
If a solution of his perplexing individuality is wanted, the pathological grounds must be examined. Like the distorted views of his grandfather 'Crook-necked Smith' Joseph's mental abnormalities are to be connected with physical ills.
Before getting at the roots of his ramigerous family tree and grubbing in the neural subsoil, it is well to obtain an idea of what the man was like in his maturity.
Within a year of Smith's death and in the heyday of his power, four different persons visited Nauvoo, met the head of the Mormon Church, and wrote down what they saw. As outsiders their impressions are worth having. The first 2 said that General Smith was not a fool, but somewhat of a jockey; that his socialistic schemes were crude, but that he had a clear insight into the grosser principles of human nature.
The next eyewitness was an Englishwoman, the sister of a Mormon convert. He has a clear insight into the grosser principles of human nature and adapts himself and his theories to a taste and disposition he finds common enough among men -- credulity and self interest.
Assuming much for himself, and promising everything to his followers, he is able to draw around him a class of men who prefer being led to being starved Theirs is the crudest kind of socialism. If these descriptions are objected to as prejudiced, there remain two accounts which the Mormons quote with approval.
The first was given by the legal counsel of the Saints in their Missouri troubles. He has a large head and phrenologists would unhesitatingly pronounce it a bad one, for the organs situated in the back part are decidedly most prominent.
He is also very round shouldered. He had just returned from Springfield, where he had been upon trial for some crime of which he was accused while in Missouri, but he was released by habeas corpus.
I, who had expected to be overwhelmed by his eloquence, was never more disappointed than when he commenced his discourse by relating all the incidents of his journey.
This he did in a loud voice, and his language and manner were the coarsest possible. His object seemed to be to amuse and excite laughter in his audience. He is evidently a great egotist and boaster, for he frequently remarked that at every place he stopped going to and from Springfield people crowded around him, and expressed surprise that he was so "handsome and good looking.
They say he is very kind hearted, and always ready to give shelter and help to the needy.
Burnett, 'Recollections of an Old Pioneer,'p. His appearance was not prepossessing and his conversational powers were but ordinary. You could see at a glance that his education was very limited. He was an awkward but vehement speaker. In conversation he was slow, and used too many words to express his ideas, and would not generally go directly to a point.
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You hunger for one as you hunger for the other.'. 62 It is true that towards the five points of Calvinism, he had an Arminian attitude, but Joseph Smith knew as little about Arminius as Arminius did about Joseph Smith.
It was from the voice of the wilderness preacher that he obtained notions at variance with Presbyterian dogma. Born on December 23, , in Sharon, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph Smith Jr.
grew up on a series of tenant farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. Though in his youth Joseph was largely deprived of a formal education, he was “instructed in reading, writing, and the ground rules of arithmetic.”.