Joseph Smith as a Sexual Predator

Joseph Smith as a Sexual Predator


Now, more on the dinner I had with this Mormon
Historian. One of things that I asked him in our long
conversation, was, well I have to tell you this was when I was working on the newsletter
that we just put out ‘sacred marriage’ or ‘secret affair’. I had just been working
on all of that, and going through all of the stories of Joseph wives and was fairly appalled
by the whole thing. So I’m having dinner with this guy and I
said, “How can you avoid the conclusion that Joseph Smith was a sexual predator?” And He said well that’s… He was sincere But, I said well no I don’t think that’s
the way he did it. For instance in the newsletter I tell about the case of Lucy Walker, now
here’s a young girl, she’s in a family of 10 children. The family converted to Mormonism,
they end up moving to Nauvoo, the Mother gets Malaria and dies, and then one of the children
dies. So now we’re down to 9 kids, and Joseph Smiths solution to this family’ s situation
is to send the father on a two year mission to the East Coast, divide up the children
into different homes, and take the teenagers into his home. So now he has this 16 year old girl living
in a home with her brother that’s a year or so older than her. He starts privately
going to the sister to try to convince her to become his plural wife. And she’s praying
about the whole thing, she doesn’t know what to make out of it. Well then it turns
out that Joseph’s wife Emma and the brother go on a shopping trip to St Louis and while
they are gone Joseph gets the girl to marry him, and she’s just the day before turned
17, when she marries him in Polygamy behind Emma’s back. She later wrote in her own story of her life
what a devastating thing and how hard this was for her to do. She said here I was without
Mother and Father to consult no one around to go to, to talk to. And yet being presented
with this great issue. And of course she prays and finally feel’s God spoke and told her
to do this and she goes into this plural marriage. But, so I’m talking to this historian. I
said this shows a deliberate effort of isolating this girl from her family, from everyone around
her from any support system, in a time of grief, and loneliness, to put that kind of
pressures on her, is signs of a spiritual predator. I don’t see how we can excuse
this kind of behavior and say “well, he was sincere.”
You wouldn’t give that kind of leeway to someone that approached your 16-year-old daughter.
If your pastor came to your 16-year-old daughter behind your back and proposed something like
that to her, and you found out about it you’d be so mad you would try to kill the guy. So, why does Joseph get a pass on these things?
I don’t understand how they keep saying its ok, and if you read the story of the different
wives they all are horrible, going to young teenage girls and saying God sent an angel
with a drawn sword that was gonna kill Joseph Smith if he didn’t go into polygamy if she
didn’t marry him God was gonna kill him. And these, struggle the weight of responsibility
this would put on a teenage girl. “I’m gonna be responsible for the prophets death”.
Then he would also put the responsibility on these young girls, that if you consent
to this it will ensure your parents eternal salvation, they will have exaltation.
How can a girl say no, I’m not gonna help my parents have eternal life. And so she finally
submits to this. But to me it clearly is the pattern of a sexual predator.
But this fellow feels the Mormon church does more good than harm, we’re here now and
that’s where his family’s at, and of course he’s not living in Utah so he’s got a
lot of non Mormons around him and so he doesn’t feel the same pressure as you would if you
were here locally. But we see this more and more with the scholars
of this, moving away from any truth claims and everything becomes relative. It doesn’t
work for you, if it’s working for you stay there if its not working look for something
else. And so, our heart is that they come to see
truth is important,. What we do with our lives is important. The lies of Joseph Smith do
affect people, they aren’t just innocent things that don’t touch other people. Because
of Joseph Smith’s polygamy we have all the polygamists today. Mormons will say to me
“but look at the fruits of Mormonism.” I say “yeah the fruits of Mormonism are
60.000 people living in Polygamy today,” that’s the fruit of Joseph Smith. Those
people would not be in those situations had it not been for him privately going to teenage
girls and coercing them into plural marriage.

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