Understanding the True
Origins of Mormonism
The Incredible Story of a Race of Celestial Beings
that once Came to the Earth...
by Clare Gregory
The Silver Dollar Church
Mormonism, Mormonism, what shall we do with it? How many lives has it
touched for both good and evil? God help us as we judge this unusual
religion, that we judge accurately and wisely. The last thing I want to do
is offend anyone, or cause people to argue and fight emotionally in a spirit
of anger about our Maker. I provide this chapter to LDS and non-LDS as a
way to open up the mind to a new and different model to view Mormonism
through. The mind is an interesting tool. Each of us has different
perspectives and viewpoints that we’ve believed that we look at the world
through. The Anti-Mormons have a lens and so do active Latter-day Saints,
and these two perspectives are generally so far apart, there is no agreement
or reconciling of thought between the two extremes. Joseph Smith was either
a prophet of God or he was not. Joseph Smith either saw God and the angels
gave him the gold plates; or he lied, and Mormonism is the biggest fraud on
this planet. This either/or thinking is the view that is generally held by
both sides of the debate, and I’m going to challenge these black and white
viewpoints. For 170 years we have all watched black and white Mormonism.
I’m interested in changing TV sets. I propose we add color and view the
truth from a multi-dimension perspective as it was created to be viewed, and
not based on old models that stifle individual creativity and growth. To do
this we must see the black and white perspective and contrast it to what can
be an alternative explanation to the entire LDS story of Joseph Smith.
Where Do We Start?
Where do we start in our efforts to examine Mormonism from a perspective
that will stop the bickering and fighting over which religion is true? How
do we stop the negativity generated by fear and misunderstanding regarding
this unusual religion that claims exclusive salvation and revelatory gifts?
What mental glasses can we put on to see it the way God may view it?
May I suggest we start with a most controversial subject of the religion?
Nothing will get the heart pounding faster and the adrenaline flowing freely
than mentioning the fact that Joseph Smith married 27 women, while in our
second breath, we claim he saw and spoke with God. This extreme contrast,
even for many active Mormons, creates a mental jolt that leaves the brain
spinning into never-never land. It is so out of the ordinary experience of
common people, we just simply can not relate to it. It immediately puts
Joseph Smith into a realm of experience that few can even consider reality.
So, how do we bring these impossible extremes back down to a level that all
can see and understand a possible reconciling model? It is so emotionally
charged with sex and visions of possible misconduct and deception, achieving
this goal to seem like an impossible task. It appears that such and
endeavor would end in ruin.
Nevertheless, God is faithful. The truth, when confronted, is not as
unfriendly as we might think. It is only our own narrow-mindedness and lack
of truly being empathetic with the views of others that causes reactionary
impulses and quick judgements that make Mormonism a fireball of explosive
conflict. And it is the black and white TV lens that most have been given
that creates this explosion. Joseph Smith was either a prophet of God, or
he fabricated the whole story of angels and God, thus deceiving innocent
women and members for money and sex. That viewpoint is enough to start
World-War III between Mormons and non-Mormons. And yet, rather than trying
to find another model, people choose to remain the same, trying to control
the unusual feelings of rage, confusion, and unloving feelings that the
either/or reasoning creates.
Is there a better way to judge? Absolutely!
But In order to do change, the Mormons are going to have to stretch their
thinking and viewpoints as well as the non-Mormon. In some cases, the LDS
testimony might snap like a rubber band, and I’m sensitive to my writing
this book knowing the pressures it may cause on some. Nevertheless, the
either/or thinking simply is not true, and we must face the reality of the
truth, or continue to be blinded by false premises.
In order to change models that are false, we must look at facts and
reality. The mind must disconnect from biases and feelings and use the
intellect to change our direction. Although this process can be painful and
disturbing to some, nevertheless we must consider and face our false ideas
directly, or we can not change.
In my transition out of Mormonism, I looked at many factors. One of these
factors was the effect of plural marriage on the LDS Church, and
particularly, how it affected the lives of the three witnesses to the Book
of Mormon. God provided three witnesses to testify about the Book of
Mormon, I reasoned, and all three witnesses turned against Joseph Smith, his
plural marriages, and his esoteric priesthood doctrines. So in straight
numbers, that put the odds 3 to 1 that Joseph was wrong. Emma Smith, the
prophet’s wife, decided to turn away from Brigham Young after her husband’s
murder, adamantly denying Joseph Smith even practiced plural marriage. This
brings the odds up even higher that Joseph Smith had erred. Wouldn’t the
prophet’s own wife and family discern the truth? I believe this is
half-obvious evidence of the hand of God sending subtle messages to the LDS
people, if they would but choose to see it.
I saw the message, and I responded to the "evidence" before me. God
willing, I hopped on a plane to Sweden to complete the objective I had set
for myself. I wanted to unravel the mystery of Mormonism that had caused me
unbelievable confusion and heartache for two decades. I met Christopher
Warren, an ex-Mormon and religious theologian of sorts, and I found him to
be an unobtrusive and sincere person. He had the answers I was looking
for. He is the founder of the New Covenant Church of God, which provided a
smooth transition from Mormonism to Biblical Christianity. The New Covenant
Church of God allowed me to keep the things that are true in the LDS faith,
but discard the errors. The Olive Branch, which is a book of compiled
revelations, dreams, and visions from the Lord, was the meat I had been
hungering after, and which I needed. I had pretty much grown out of the LDS
paradigms, and it was time to move on. The Lord opened up a path for me,
and I took it, and I have been greatly blessed by the decision. When I
returned from Sweden, I immediately began writing down my unique views of
Mormonism, culminating in this formation of this book.
Before I left for Sweden, I had concluded Joseph Smith was a fallen prophet
based on several factors, but mainly on the testimony of the three witnesses
and plural marriage. Don’t misunderstand. I believe plural marriage has a
proper place in the scriptures. I believe Abraham, and Moses, and many of
the prophets in the Bible we permitted to practice this principle for
purposes known to God. The issue is not whether it is a true or false
principle. It is the compulsive way Joseph Smith implemented the practice
that caused him to err. Had he been truly commanded like Abraham to
practice the principle, then such would have been justified by God. But he
did not receive this command. And I will explain the keys to discern that
his actions were not from God.
I read the Book of Mormon, and I understood more clearly the workings of the
“Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For
there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines
he shall have none; For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women.
And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord, or cursed
be the land for their sakes. For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise
up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto
these things.” (Jacob 2:27-30.)
The Holy Spirit touched my mind. According to their own recorded beliefs,
God sent the LDS people to a "cursed land" or the “barren desert” of Salt
Lake Valley for specifically practicing plural marriage without His
permission. Jacob 2:29 was fulfilled to the letter. And I saw God subtly
rebuking the Latter-day Saints for following Joseph Smith’s compulsive view
of plural marriage--not that the principle was false, but that the spirit
which Joseph Smith implemented it was wrong.
In addition to the three witnesses, Emma Smith left her final testimony
that her husband erred by not joining Brigham Young in the West. She
adamantly denied to herself, her family, and to others that her husband had
ever entertained such notions. Her denial is demonstrates how strongly she
opposed plural marriage. The incorrect implementation of plural marriage
had severed the Church into fragments and Brigham Young had INNOCENTLY
followed Joseph Smith into error, thus propagating a false perspective of
plural marriage into the LDS Church. Marriages “sealed” by the LDS
priesthood in an LDS temple ceremony. It went beyond personal conscience.
The Church trusted the LDS priesthood instead of their own inner light and
So, the LDS Church is a good lesson on how NOT to practice plural marriage.
For example, Joseph having 27 wives is evidence something was wrong. Isaiah
4:1 teaches a number of seven wives and not multitudes like Joseph or
Brigham. Abraham and Moses had even less than seven. And having
“hundreds” of dead women sealed to prophets in the LDS temple certainly
violates the principle of agency, since a dead woman can not voice an
opinion in the matter, wouldn’t you agree? Also, notice the pattern in
Isaiah 4:1—it is the woman’s desire to participate in plural marriage, not
the man. This is very interesting. Look:
“And in that day seven women shall take hold of on man, saying, We will eat
our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name,
to take away our reproach.” (Isaiah 4:1)
Was this the pattern of Joseph and Brigham? Or was the spirit of
implementation closer to the false pattern in Noah’s day recorded in Genesis
6:1 before God destroyed all flesh with the flood?
“And it came to pass, when the men began to multiply on the face of the
earth, and daughters of men were born unto them, that the sons of God saw
the daughters of men that they were fair; and they TOOK THEM WIVES OF ALL
THEY CHOSE.” (Gen 6:1-2.)
The sons of God were fallen angels that mated with the daughters of men and
created a race of giants called the “Nephilim” [meaning Nephis or
Nephites]. These fallen angels brought a counterfeit gospel; they taught we
are “sons and daughters of God” by spiritual genetics. Assuming that the
“sons of God” came from the same pool of “intelligence” that God evolved
from, we can also through our free agency become gods and goddesses through
“eternal progression”. It is a theory of spiritual evolution of sorts.
Part of this philosophy is taking plural wives to increase our kingdoms in
the after life, thus duplicating what the LDS theology taught at the time of
Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Because of the intensity and pervasiveness
of the false light of the Nephilim across the earth at the time of Noah, God
sent the flood to destroy all living flesh.
I hope this message sinks in. The true order of plural marriage is recorded
in Isaiah 4:1. As such, it is the women who have the desire to practice the
principle, not the man. The Latter-day Saints ought to study the principle
of plural marriage in the Bible and compare the extreme differences in the
practices of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Why would God give Joseph
Smith a 14-year-old girl to be wed? She didn’t really want to, but Joseph
went to her father, and her father explained the principle to the daughter,
and she agreed? Emma was compelled to practice this principle against her
will. An angel threatened Joseph Smith with a drawn sword if he did not
implement the practice into the LDS Church.
Is this compulsive spirit the approach found in Isaiah 4:1 or the spirit of
Genesis 6:1? Isn’t it clear which of the two spirits Joseph Smith was
operating under? Latter-day Saints may close their eyes to the issue, but
nevertheless, the facts are plainly there for all to investigate.
So then, did Joseph Smith and Brigham Young sin before the Lord? Most all
non-Mormons, not understanding Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, may make a
snap judgement and condemn them to hell by discovering such facts as I’ve
listed, which are true. But I ask that the reader defer judgment until
finishing this book and understanding the perspective these two men more
clearly. We ought to be very careful in evaluating another person and to
judge as Jesus would. If we truly do not understand, we should make no
judgement. That is always the safest course. Facts and issues may not be
so easy to judge as we easily suppose with hasty first impressions,
especially when it comes to the human heart.
- 1) Joseph Smith practiced the plural marriage in secret, contrary to the
church covenants of receiving commandments and direction in the church by
“common consent” of the members.
- 2) Joseph Smith lied in public that he practiced plural marriage.
- 3) The Doctrine and Covenants, the LDS scriptures, included a commandment to
the LDS Church to have but one wife, which was not removed many years after
the Church moved to Salt Lake City and replaced by the revelation on plural
marriage Joseph Smith recorded in 1843.
- 4) Joseph Smith offered to let Emma have more than one husband as a “test”
of her faith.
- 5) Joseph Smith “tested” several brethren by asking them to give them his
- 6) The three witnesses and Emma Smith disagreed with Joseph Smith.
- 7) Joseph Smith married a 14-year-old girl.
Let me relate a personal experience to illustrate how careful we must be in
judging this matter. My ten-year-old daughter had a friend give her a
"silver dollar", and she brought it too me smiling like a Cheshire cat.
"Look, Dad, my friend gave me 100% pure silver dollar!" Her face gleamed
with happiness, pleased that her friend loved her enough to give her such a
valuable, pure silver coin.
But when I looked closely at the coin, I saw it was only silver-plated
copper. What was I to do? Should I tell my young daughter that her prize
was NOT 100% pure silver? Should I burst her bubble and break her heart?
No. At her young age, it would not be wise. It didn’t matter that much.
So I let her believe as she did, and she loved her friend for it. She would
grow up and learn the truth on her own, I reasoned.
Joseph Smith was just like my young daughter. Joseph Smith trusted his
angel friends. Indeed, an angel threatened his life with a sword to
implement the plural marriage into the LDS Church. So, Joseph believed the
principle could be compelled on Emma, falling for the half-true principle of
the Nephilim angel, praising the Lord for the love he thought had been shown
to him. But God, for purposes known only to Him, allowed Joseph to believe
his angel friend had given him a 100% “pure silver” theology. Like my
daughter, Joseph wanted to believe what he did, even though it was not the
“complete” truth. Do we understand? We need to be very, very careful on
how we judge Joseph Smith and God’s working with him. God always gets
things to go His way in the end, and the Mormon story is not over yet. All
of God’s purposes will unfold over time.
And in terms of BrighamYoung? It was the same. He trusted his closest
friend, Joseph Smith. Brigham loved Joseph and nearly worshipped the
ground he walked on. He trusted his priesthood and teachings implicitly,
not deviating one inch from Joseph's plans nor original doctrines. But
Brigham Young also had been given a silver-coated copper theology, which was
half-true. Neither did God desire to reveal the error to him, for God
Salt Lake Valley for the Mormon people, for future purposes known only to
Now back to my daughter. Rather than telling my daughter the truth, I chose
to just let her grow up and figure it out herself. So, I was silent about
the coin. She probably wouldn’t have believed me anyway. She loved her
friend. If I had forced my view on her, she would have started crying and
been upset, and she may not have believed me anyway. What good would it
do? Besides she would figure it out on her own in time anyway.
I believe that is exactly what God is doing with the Mormons. Gradually, as
more and more information is disseminated through available sources,
particularly the Internet, and for those LDS who are truly seeking Jesus,
they will realize that Mormonism is a silver-coated copper theology that is
half-true and half-false. And when they see what God has done by being
silent for so long about the Nephilim angels, they won't get all excited
about the silver-coated theology, but they will simply understand it was all
a part of God's purpose.
In the past, the Anti-Mormons have generally NOT been sensitive to the
Mormon mind, and they expose the "errors" and yell, "FAKE! The religion is
100% copper--a phony!” Which really isn’t the truth. This hurts A LOT of
people. Some people completely loose their testimonies of Jesus. It would
be like telling my daughter who loved her 100% silver dollar, "My daughter,
I'm sorry to tell you but that dollar is a COMPLETE FAKE! It is
WORTHLESS!" It would hurt her feelings. Not only that, but claiming the
coin was a fake would be a lie, because the copper dollar can be used to buy
anything in the society we live in—it works. Likewise, Mormonism also works
spiritually for many people, and they feel God’s Holy Spirit, and they use
it to bless others. The Mormons simply don’t know that the theology is not
100% pure as they suppose. On the other hand, the Christians don’t
understand the LDS Church is NOT 100% fake, either. They both believe a
lie. But how much does this really concern our Divine Maker? Probably
about as much as my daughter’s error concerned me. “She’ll grow out of it
on her own,” I thought.
So, my approach in dealing with Mormonism is try to point out that the LDS
religion does have much good in it. And just like our "copper" dollars can
be used to purchase goods and services, the LDS religion is used by God
constantly to bless the lives of the Latter-Day Saints. There is no doubt
about that. And when the time is right, and both the Christians and LDS
Religion are spiritually mature enough to bear it, both sides will be led by
the Lord to understand the truth about Mormonism. It’s a half-true
But it will be done in God's own time.
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