The following quotes from a thread on http://www.exmormon.org really highlights the ability of humans to come under the influence of cults. Humans are so very gullible and have great difficulty seeing through lies, scams, false histories, etc.
Subject: Disgusted with the Joseph Smith worship.
Date: Jun 03 16:03
Author: What’s in a name?
So we have Joe who was a flaming dirtbag and the Mormons insist on revering the bonehead. I think the following three paragraphs say it all and should be on the first page of the Joseph Smith PH and RS manual.
“The Sessions spent a year in Missouri and then settled in Nauvoo. There, Patty wrote in her journal: “I was sealed to Joseph Smith by Willard Richards March 9 1842 in Newel K Whitneys chamber Nauvoo, for time and all eternity…Sylvia my daughter was presant when I was sealed”. Patty was 47. Her daughter Sylvia had married Joseph a month earlier on February 8. It is unclear if Patty’s first husband, David, was aware of the marriage.
After her marriage to Joseph, Patty continued to live with David. Three months later, he left on a mission to his former home state of Maine. Of the occasion, Patty wrote in her journal, “He left me alone, and I am very lonesome.” Two months later she wrote that she was “making shirts for Joseph.”
Patty’s duties as Joseph’s plural wife included approaching and educating prospective wives, serving as a messenger and go between, and acting as a witness at the wedding ceremonies of Joseph and the other plural wives he took. Patty continued in this role until Joseph’s death in 1844.”
Subject: J.S. ran from Kirtland to escape creditors, lawsuits, anti-adultry citizens and jail time.
Date: Jun 03 17:45
Then, after declaring a “War of Extermination” on the U.S., committing arson, looting and killing Missouri Millitamen, he was sentenced to a firing squad.
He escaped and ran to Illinois where he burned a newspaper and was killed for the above reasons.
......and they want the faith-promoting, uplifting history version as…......The Persecuted Ones.
Subject: The other half of the story….....
Date: Jun 04 09:25
The one thing about Mormonism that still makes my blood boil is the fact that for 30+ years I was fed a diet of half truths. I only knew half the Joseph story and based on incomplete information they took my tithing checks and massive amounts of my time to promote their cause.
Faith promotion EQ lesson:
1-Joe was tar-n-feathered
2-Joe revealed the BOM
3-Joe organized the Relief Society
4-Joe revealed the endowment
The other half of the story
1-Joe was tar-n-feathered by the father and brothers of an underage girl he had been f**king in Kirkland.
2-Joe revealed the BOM with a rock in the bottom of his hat while the “plates” were safely burried miles away in the woods.
3-Joe was married to most of the RS women and neither their legal husbands or Emma were aware that Joe was bedding the “sistas”.
4-Joe revealed the endowment within a few short days of rising to the highest level of freemasonry and the endowment borrows heavily from mason tradition.
Now that’s the other half of the story…....