Entries by Rob Fotheringham

Brigham’s Priesthood Ban

The history of Brigham’s introduction of the race-based Priesthood ban and other changes to Church doctrine and structure. Sources: Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview, Lester E. Bush, Jr. https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V08N01_13.pdf Writing “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview” (1973): Context and Reflections, 1998, Lester E. Bush, Jr. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/mormonhistory/vol25/iss1/1/ Download PDF and go to page 233. David […]

The Words of Joseph Smith?

How the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed its doctrine on the Godhead after Joseph Smith died. This analysis, “The Textual Development of D&C 130:22 and the Embodiment of the Holy Ghost” published in BYU Studies Quarterly in 2013 was the source for much of this video. SOURCE

To The Rescue?

Brigham Young’s correspondence and firsthand pioneer accounts paint a different picture of the Willie and Martin handcart disaster. ———- Recommended Church history research: 1. The research that led to the Church’s policy change on Blacks and the priesthood: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V08N01_13.pdf 2. The author who wrote the above paper on Blacks and the priesthood discusses the development […]

Joseph Smith Never Mentioned a Visit from Elijah in the Kirtland Temple

Although D&C Section 110 claims Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received visitations from Elijah, Moses, and Elias in the Kirtland Temple in 1836, neither Joseph nor Oliver ever mentioned any such visitations in their public teachings and publications. This video provides examples of Joseph Smith’s public teachings that repeatedly referred to the return of Elijah […]

Rejecting the Fulness

How truth restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith was altered and forgotten after his death. Recommended reading on the historical development of the Word of Wisdom: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V14N03_80.pdf SOURCE

First LDS Polygamist: Joseph or Brigham?

Reconsidering the LDS Church’s established narrative on polygamy. Credible evidence (documented statements from Joseph, Emma, Hyrum, and others) indicates that it may have been Brigham, and not Joseph, who introduced polygamy to the LDS Church and that historical records were later changed to misrepresent Joseph’s teachings on polygamy. Recommended reading: http://downloads.miridiatech.com.s3.amazonaws.com/remnant/JosephSmithsMonogamy.pdf SOURCE