Thank you weatherman. I hope you have been enjoying good weather in your part of the world, and have not been struck down too much with global warming! I have decided to hang around for a little while, just to clear my goods name and restore my good reputation. It looks like some people can’t leave Z-man alone, even when he is gone! I wonder why!
Had you ever read of, or been informed about, a report via Joseph Smith Sr. that Joseph Jr, “was baptized, becoming thus a member of the Baptist Church” in 1824?
Or, that Jr. was involved with the Methodists between beginning around 1821?
Or, that he sought membership with the Methodist Episcopal Chruch in Harmony, PA in or around June of 1828?
Forgive if this is old news for you. I’m sure you can dispose of these reports easily. Just that I’ve recently been reading about this subject in connection with the First Vision, and your post reminded me of it.
This information is presented (with references) in the Abanes book, One Nation Under Gods. I realize that this is a very anti-Mormon book. Frankly, I’ve found some problems with it. I’d like to know if this information it gives about Joseph’s association with Christian churches subsequent to the First Vision are true according to what you know.
No; I am not acquainted with those reports, and I do not consider them of sufficient interest or importance to me to want to research them out. I have not read that book, and it is unlikely that I ever will. It holds no interest for me that I should want to acquire it or read it. On the subject of Joseph Smith’s association with the churches of the day, before his First Vision, his own comments are as follows:
During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection and great uneasiness; but though my feelings were deep and often poignant, still I kept myself aloof from all these [religious] parties, though I attended their several meetings as often as occasion would permit. In process of time my mind became somewhat partial to the Methodist sect, and I felt some desire to be united with them; but so great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong. My mind at times was greatly excited, the cry and tumult were so great and incessant. The Presbyterians were most decided against the Baptists and Methodists, and used all the powers of both reason and sophistry to prove their errors, or, at least, to make the people think they were in error. On the other hand, the Baptists and Methodists in their turn were equally zealous in endeavoring to establish their own tenets and disprove all others. In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it? (JS–H 1:8-10.)
That I take to be a true and accurate representation of the course of events. If other people have a different story to tell, it is up to them to provide hard historical data to prove their case.