In 1890 the supreme court ruled to essentially dissolve the Mormon church. At that point, the church caved, upon threats of seizure of church property by the U.S. government. A document called “The Manifesto,” released by LDS president Wilford Woodruff officially renounced having more than one wife.
Achieving statehood was worth it but the rejection of the many wives issue was coerced. Added to that the fact that Smith had written into the religion the go-ahead for plural wives, many Mormons refused to recognize the federal law.
Some of the Stranger Things Mormon
The LDS Church accepts the story that Adam and Eve lived in Daviess County, Missouri after being expelled from the Garden of Eden. We always wondered where they went, so, The Book of Mormon explains it.
They also believe John the Baptist, one of the most revered apostles of Christendom, appeared to Smith to tell him to preach the true gospel. Smith was transcribing the “Book of Mormon” at the time.
Exaltation is a New to Christians
Exaltation, or what is called the plurality of gods, allows Mormons to become gods, and live in the presence of God and Jesus Christ, along with their Earthly family.
This sounds like a good deal. Dying takes away none of your Earthly spoils if you’re a good Mormon who achieved this privilege.
And What About That Other Book?
There are those of us who have learned everything we know about Mormonism seeing “The Book of Mormon,” the catchy-tuned and fun-filled musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Expecting biting irreverence all the way through, it comes as a surprise at intermission that it’s almost a celebration of the LDS Church.
When the curtain goes up after the intermission, however, it’s a different story. The floodgates open and inappropriate humor unleash for about an hour. Upon leaving the theater, one can only wonder how deeply offended an LDS in the audience must’ve felt.
Missionary in England Talks about the Other “Book of Mormon”
A missionary in England named Richard talked about opening night at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. He said that he staked out the venue ready to spread the word. He looked at the musical as the church does. He takes it for what it is, as for-profit entertainment, but also as an opportunity to convert the willing.
Richard had not viewed the production in full, but he had seen certain parts. He said some of those parts were very funny and that, overall, the musical was meant for people to have a good time.