DIVINING RODS They are so similar, in fact, that one writer was led to refer to the Endowment as Celestial Masonry.”(81), While members of the Mormon Church believe every jot and tittle of Mormonism, especially the temple ceremony, was received by revelation, one is reminded of Dr. Durham’s admission about the similarities to Masonry, “To explain them only as coincidence,” he says, “would be ridiculous.”(82). Joseph Smith told conflicting stories on how he found the plates: a. 2. (101) Journal of Discourses, Vol. . 27, No. (42) Reginald Scot, The Discovery of Witchcraft. . The Book of Mormon tells of a brass ball, the Liahona, which acts as a compass. This emblem, used in earlier centuries by Christian Hermetics, later entered Freemasonry. Smith arranges for three witnesses to the plates: Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer. (Parenthetical phrases are part of the quote.) 27, No. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. However, the Prophet Joseph Smith indicated that his name was Mahonri Moriancumer (Times & Seasons, Vol. Your generous support makes the work of MRM possible. However, it gradually grew to be more than just fascination. If this isn’t so, then Joseph wasn’t a prophet …at least he wasn’t a true prophet. (26) See Tanner, Magic, 32-33. He claimed he saw writing cut on the rocks in an unknown language telling where Kidd buried it, and he translated it through his peep-stone.”(10), According to Brigham Young and Martin Harris, it was through a peep stone found in the well of a Mason Chase that Smith located and translated the gold plates. The following was his first story: Smith said he had a dream in which he was shown the location of an iron box containing gold plates. He said, “Joseph’s manner of life rendered him unfit to be a member.” Smith was asked to withdraw unless he wanted to recant, confess, and reform himself. (104) Later, in the Amboy paper, Lewis, along with a local preacher, Joshua McKune, explained: “We thought it was a disgrace to the church to have a practicing necromancer, a dealer in enchantments and bleeding ghosts . (97) Joseph Smith, History of the Church, (Deseret Book, 1978), 6:305-312. Dr. Durham traced it to Manchester and to New York. . Ether, we are told, was a descendant of Coriantor, the son of Mormon. And if it be so that water come in upon thee, behold, ye shall stop the hole, that ye may not perish in the flood.” It is inconceivable that the brother of Jared is getting the instructions from the all-knowing God of the Bible. A year after his study with Neibauer, at the funeral of a man named King Follett, he began teaching some of these complex insights, gleaned from the Kaballah and other sources, his more famous one being the following: “[In the beginning] the head God called together the Gods and sat in grand council to bring forth the world . Joseph continued to rely upon these methods when he started his church, incorporating them into his temple ceremony along with rituals from ancient mystery religions. The church’s popularity began with the claim that the Book of Mormon was translated from gold plates. Mr. Stafford, the owner of the sheep, was later asked by M. Wilford Poulson, if Smith stole a black sheep from him. (99), Today’s Mormons argue that while all this may be true about Joseph Smith, the Church today no longer believes all that “superstitious stuff” “They have high morals, excellent ethics and standards, etc.”. Surely God would know that water would come in from a hole in the bottom of a boat. (34) He explained that Jupiter was known to the Egyptians as Ammon; Zeus to the Greeks. 27, p. 282; and in the Improvement Era, vol. He then stuck a row of witch hazel sticks, around the said circles, for the purpose of keeping off the evil spirits. . Smith tries to take the plates and is only successful after three attempts. (46) See Quinn, Mormon Hierarchy, 649. Joseph Smith’s Involvement with Magic, Masonry, and the Occult, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=61803, Joseph Smith’s claim of receiving gold plates from a holy angel, has attracted millions of converts to the Mormon Church, a church which now boasts a membership of nearly thirteen million, and continues to add about a million new members every three years or less.(1). See also Quinn, Mormon Hierarchy, 626. Delivering the gold plate to King Solomon, he places it in his underground vault along with the breastplate of the High Priest of Israel and the Urim and Thummin. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. (7) Historical Magazine, May 1870, 306. See also, “Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates,” Utah Christian Tract Society, p. 5. Joseph was involved in the use of peep stones, divining rods, witchcraft, astrology, blood sacrifices, necromancy, and magic circles. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. (Naked Truths About Mormonism, April 1888.) The family’s involvement in witchcraft was confirmed by Fayette Lapham who, after visiting the Smiths, wrote: “[Joseph’s father] was a firm believer in witchcraft and other supernatural things; and had brought up his family in the same belief.”(7), While one may view this as shocking, one needs to understand the climate of his culture. 2. (60) See Doctrine & Covenants, sections 78, 92, 96, and 104. Smith, however, chose not to stick with the Masonic Lodge, but start his own. As a result, Mormons continue to be deceived, along with many unsuspecting converts, who are not told certain Mormon doctrines up front, but led to believe they are joining another Christian church.(106). See Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Mormonism, Magic and Masonry (Salt Lake City: Lighthouse Ministries, 1983), 27. Further, two Presidents of the Mormon Church said, “Joseph Smith is the foundation of this church,” and “Mormonism . Placing a stone door over the cavern, he erects two pillars, one of marble the other, brass. There were three other contributing motives. Therefore, suspending the larger of the animals from the “ceiling” (as would be the case) would not have been a problem for Noah as it was for the brother of Jared. (22) The Encyclopedia of Occult Sciences, 322. Other spooky figures have been spotted as well, and people also report hearing the cries of a newborn baby. . Occult writer Madame Blavatsky explains in her Secret Doctrine, that this is the “Venus’ looking-glass,” a symbol of human procreation and also the “sacred cross of Egypt” as carried in the hands of the gods, the Pharaohs and the mummified dead. This is, of course, contrary to his later story where he said that it was an angel who directed him to the gold plates. (100) President David O. McKay said, “The appearing of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith is the foundation of this church.” (Gospel Ideals, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1953, 85.) As Smith learned more about Masonic beliefs, he began to weave them into his buried treasure tale. So also were the Lodge meetings of the Mormon Masons. The Mormon Church has never really given an official position as to the route taken by the Jaredites. Joseph Smith’s father, when interviewed by Fayette Lapham, said, “Joseph spent about two years looking into this stone, telling fortunes, where to find lost things, and where to dig for money and other hidden treasure.”(13) He also used peep stones to read palms. Joseph Smith’s diary states he was studying with Neibauer in 1844. His job is to declare which tribe one descends from and often tells the individual’s future. — Introduction of the Book of Mormon Teacher Resource Manual. (63) Newspapers in Smith’s locale also speculated on the origin of the Indians. Herman R. Bangerter explains that if one is worthy of wearing the symbol of the square and compass on his or her garments, “and continues faithfully in the service of the Master, he will receive the spiritual light, which will enable him or her to unite the physical and the spiritual, and through the process of Divine Alchemy, change the mortal corruptible body into a Celestial Body and thereby have eternal life.”(75), In the St. George, Utah Tabernacle (not the temple), there still remains, on a mock fireplace, a round circle resting on the horizontal arm of a cross. This circle, said he, contains the treasure. He foresees a world-destroying flood and is shown that the holy treasure will eventually be kept in a secret cavern inside Mount Moriah. 206. (Italic, mine.) Kabbalah conveyed as part of its tradition a complex theosophic vision of God but simultaneously asserted that this image was alive and open to further revelation. The inverted p, HELLO THERE! Cited in Truth-In-Love Letter, (Truth-In-Love Ministries, Inc., Milwaukie, OR), March 1997. (74) This is the basis for the Mormon belief that one may be transformed into a god. His mother tells how Smith would often entertain the family for hours relating stories of how the ancient Americans dressed and acted, about their cities, warfare and religion long before he came up with the idea of writing the Book of Mormon.(61). )(67), In the temple in Salt Lake City, and large conference rooms were fashioned like Masonic Lodges and temples, and Masonic emblems were used extensively. (95) For an impressive list, see Owens, Kaballah, 191-192. There is no way Joseph, according to his mother’s story, could have tucked them beneath one arm, walked home, jumped over a log and run a mile from would-be attackers. Solomon then places the treasure in a secret underground vault beneath the temple, just as Enoch saw in his vision. (21) Book of Commandments 7:3. . Bruce R. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1956, 1:188.) Although the scriptural account never mentions it, the Prophet Joseph Smith revealed that this prophet’s name was Mahonri Moriancumer. Join Facebook to connect with Mahonri Moriancumer and others you may know. 1, No. But, he was no dummy. (6) Robert Hendrickson, Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins (Fact on File Pub., 1987) 2-3. Yet, these barges had to hold enough food and supplies to last a minimum of 344 days, or the time it took them to cross the ocean. Often, while his father was performing this service for customers, Joseph would be in the house using his peep stone to keep track of what the evil spirit was doing. King Solomon allows only a few to see the treasure. (30) Wandle Mace records this event in his journal: “Joseph told them to go to Kirtland, and cleanse and purify a certain room in the Temple, that they must kill a lamb and offer a sacrifice unto the Lord which should prepare them to ordain Willard Richards a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.” (Journal of Wandle Mace, p. 32, microfilmed copy at Brigham Young University.) . Joseph soon incorporated animal sacrifice into his new priesthood. (57) The Freemason’s Monitor or Illustrations of Masonry by Thomas S. Webb (New York, Southwick and Crooker, 1802), 256. 1. They no longer believe in divining rods or peep stones, and present day leaders certainly don’t engage in occult practices like animal sacrifice and magic circles.”. Can’t find another piece like it as it shows a large “SUN” Symbol inside the Masonic Square & Compass. The full quote of the angel appearing in Smith’s room, can be found in Bill McKeever’s Answering Mormons’ Questions (Minneapolis, Bethany House, 1991), 96-97. The legend concludes by stating that the treasure will be found by one of Enoch’s Israelitish descendants. Owens’ reference is Moshe Idel, Kabbalah: New Perspectives (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1988), 260. Genealogy for Mahonri Moriancumer Bishop (1848 - 1910) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. This name is not found in the Book of Mormon but is mentioned as the name of the “brother of JARED” in George Reynolds, Era 8, 705 and Alma P. Burton, Discourses of Joseph Smith (1956), p. 18. No doubt “small” was relative to the size of ships known at that time. . But, this isn’t so. (83) Tanner, Magic, 50. Dr. Durham tried to lessen the negative impact of Joseph having the Jupiter medallion, by confirming its appropriateness: “It carries the sign and image of Jupiter . (62) Palmyra Reflector, February 28, 1831. See Tanner, Magic, 5ff. Some of them did. For other examples, as well as Biblical sources for the names of the books within the Book of Mormon, see Tanner, Mormonism-Shadow or Reality?, 94-95. (53) The name of “Nephi” as the angel, appeared in the following publications: The 1851 edition of the Pearl of Great Price; Millennial Star, Lucy Mack Smith’s biography on Joseph Smith; and Times and Seasons, dated April 15, 1842, 3:753. (11), The stone found in Mason Chase’s well, was first used during Joseph’s occupation as a money-digger. The only record mentioning a people called Jaredites is found in the book of Ether (which begins on page 487 in post-1981 editions of the Book of Mormon). After three attempts to descend into the cave, they finally obtain the gold plate, noticing that “the brilliancy of the plate and jewels are of themselves sufficient to give light to the cavern.”(57). Mahonri Moriancumer Joseph Smith : While residing in Kirtland, Elder Reynold Cahoon had a son born to him. I'm sure someone will add a possibility assuming the book as a work of fiction eventually. See A Dictionary of Religion and Ethics, edited by Shailer Mathews and Gerald Birney Smith, (N.Y., Macmillan, 1921), 300. At that time, it was understood that there were both good and bad spirits guarding treasures. . September 14, 2016; 9 Comments; When we think of issues that are barriers to faith, we often think of issues such as Joseph Smith’s Treasure Digging, the Book of Abraham, Stones & Hats, and Prophetic Errors…. 400. (8) B.H. Cited in Tanner, Magic, 33. . The Secret Monitor grip “is [also] given in the palm of the hand, with one finger, or two, impressing the palm, according to the necessity of caution, or to the occasion for encouragement.” (Antimasonic Review, and Magazine by Henry Dana Ward, II:67.) Mahonri Moriancumer Cahoon was born 26 July 1834 in Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, United States to Reynolds Cahoon (1790-1861) and Thirza Stiles (1789-1866) and died 24 January 1888 in Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. . Pratt insists that the design of the barges were such that, even while capsized, they would be safe. Joseph Smith receives a revelation of the Book of Moses, giving an account of Enoch foreseeing a world-destroying flood. He said he wanted to cut its throat and make it walk in a circle three times around and it would prevent a pot of money from leaving.”(29), JOSEPH’S OCCULT PRACTICES USED IN HIS CHURCH AND TEMPLE CEREMONY, In addition to Smith’s peep stones and divining rods, he also carried animal sacrifice into his new religion. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church, 6 vols (1930; reprint, Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1965) 1:26-27. Joseph’s objective was to get to the very root of things and have a religion he could claim contained the most primordial doctrines–ones that originated as close to the beginning of time as possible. THE NAME MAHONRI MORIANCUMR “While residing in Kirtland, Elder Reynolds Cahoon had a son born to him. (92) Owens, Kaballah, 151. Joseph, spurred on by public interest in the subject and influenced by both Walters and Ethan Smith’s book, hit on the idea that he would be the one to provide the recorded history. Whether he could read them all is debatable; however, LDS history says he could read the German New Testament. One must not be gullible but discerning, like the Bereans in Acts 17 who were praised by Paul because they tested everything he said by the Scriptures. If Mormons believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, they must accept his claim that the Book of Mormon, including the Book of Ether it contains, is an accurate history. 1, p. 255; quoted in He That Receiveth My Servants Receiveth Me, p. 54. Among these characters is the Tetragrammaton, the holy name of God. But, this required some ingenuity. (59) See Pearl of Great Price, Book of Moses 7:32-38. Enoch’s legend describes God giving a secret doctrine to Adam in a dream. See “Non-gold plates,” The Evangel, November 1994, p. 6. 1, 1841], 362; Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 2. The use of divining rods and peep stones continued after the Mormon Church was established and was carried into his temple ceremony. In another order of Masonry, a Knight of Malta is told to “force the first finger into the centre of the [other’s] palm.” (Richardson’s Monitor of Free Masonry, 126.) 1, No. (84), Another clang is Mahonri Moriancumer, the name of a character in the Book of Ether. 2, Smith earlier claimed the plates were in an iron box, but later said it was stone. 1-2. The Beehive emblem was also utilized later as a symbol for the Mormon State by Brigham Young. LDS Idolatrous Personifications of Creation, LDS Hides Past Contradictions in Youth Magazine. The leader of this perilous journey was the brother of Jared (from other sources we know his name is Mahonri Moriancumer [see Messenger and Advocate 1:112]). According to magic books, “white animals [were] sacrificed to the good Spirits and black to the evil.”(25), Therefore, Smith procured a black sheep for one occasion, claiming it was the only way to appease the evil spirit of a particular treasure. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”. Long before he decided to say it was an angel who guarded the gold plates, he said it was the “bloody ghost” of a Spanish spirit. In a way, Smith’s desire to find God’s original revelation, was a noble endeavor. Faithful members believed his new insights were revealed from God. (45), Occult symbolism was important to the leaders. Cited in Tanners, Magic, 26. b. Joseph claimed he received them from a Spanish ghost. (77) Brigham Young gave this purpose for the temple endowment: “Your endowment is to receive all those ordinances in the House of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels, being enabled to give them the key words, the signs and tokens, pertaining to the Holy Priesthood, and gain you eternal exaltation in spite of earth and hell.” (Journal of Discourses, 2:31-32.) The 2006 count of the net increase of members’ “children of record” who were baptized was more than 94,000. . When written in a triangular form on parchment and hung around the neck, it acted as a charm to heal tooth aches and other ailments.(6). Cited in Tanner, Magic, 55. (11) One may wonder if Smith really had any gold plates. People speculate that this man is either John Benbow or Mahonri Moriancumer Cahoon, a pioneer man who was given his odd name by Joseph Smith. I just read your very informative article. See Plates, Brass.” See also Tanner, Magic, 2-3. (52), As the story developed over the years, the bloody ghost soon became a nameless angel, then an angel named Nephi. . In 1775 and 1816 Elias Boudinot and James Adair brought the idea to the forefront again. (75) Herman R. Bangerter, The Significance of Ancient Geometric Symbols, January 15, 1940, as quoted in Temples of the Most High (N.B. Joseph named him “Mahonri Moriancumer”, claiming that the Lord had just revealed the name to him: “The actual name of the brother of Jared is not given in the scriptures. (23) This instance was related by William Stafford, contemporary of Smith’s. (61) Wesley P. Walters, The Human Origins of the Book of Mormon (Ex-Mormons for Jesus, Clearwater, FL), 24. we have got to learn how to be gods . .” (McGavin, Mormonism and Masonry, 11.) LDS membership, as of 2006, is 12,560,869. See also Tanner, Magic, 33. However, the deceit of the whole matter was that the ideas gleaned from the ancient mystery cults, including the Kaballah, he passed off as revelation from the Holy Ghost: “Now, I ask all who hear me, why the learned men who are preaching salvation, say that God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing? . (94) History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Period 1. (Italics, mine.) The first . (87) According to Dr. Durham. 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