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Posted on 07/04/2013 8:54:37 AM PDT by Colofornian
St. George Mormon Temple Haunted? Did the Declaration of Independence signers appear as ghosts to a later Lds 'prophet'?
Without saying his name, Mormon leaders and grassroots Mormons daily reference Wilford Woodruff when they interact with non-Mormons and the media.
Well, they like to tell others how polygamy is a supposed bygone of another era; how a certain Lds "prophet" in 1890 put the kabosh on it...or, at least, started a mainstream Mormon move toward monogamy.
Yet, there's a little-known episode that this same Wilford Woodruff said that occurred in the 1870s -- before becoming the head "prophet" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the last two weeks before he left the St. George, Utah temple, we have at least four accounts that claim that the spirits of the signers of the Declaration of Independence -- with George Washington -- having appeared to Woodruff.
Is the temple haunted? Were these indeed ghosts of the signers?
Could they have been demons in disguise as ghosts?
Or was the one even contemporary Mormons appeal to as the "authoritative" voice of God on polygamy vs. monogamy perhaps given to wild religious fantasies?
Furthermore, does the official Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints play down this occultic episode as being just a small event in the life of Woodruff?
Or are the sources questionable?
The answer to these last two questions is: Not at all. In fact anybody can go to Lds.org and find Lesson 39 of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teachers Manual, where they would see a Sunday School lesson plan that actually plays it up and highlights Woodruff's claims...giving credence that contemporary Mormons buy into it! -- The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers
In fact, in the lesson plan detailing the account, Mormon church curricula writers then have their teachers ask the question:
What can we learn from these two stories? (Answers could include that those who are dead are anxious for us to perform ordinances for them and that we should be diligent in our efforts to redeem the dead.)
So the Mormon church actually see such occultic ghostly/demonic encounters as evidential of baptizing dead spirits!
Furthermore, Brigham Young University also includes the account as part of their curricula for incoming freshmen who have taken their "Religious Education Intro to LDS Family History (Genealogy)" course. In the BYU version of the account, the comment includes how "those men who laid the foundation of this American Government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of Heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men."
Yet Lds doctrine is that ALL men and ALL church members of the 18th century were "apostates." Joseph Smith claimed that when entities appeared to him -- supposedly early in the 19th century -- that he wasn't to join any of the churches that the founding fathers of our country were part of...plus Smith specifically said that these unnamed entities told him that "all" professors (professing believers) were "corrupt" (see Lds "scripture," Joseph Smith History, Pearl of Great Price, verses 18-20). How could the signers of the Declaration of Independence be both "choice spirits, not wicked" -- and "corrupt?"
Official Mormon doctrine emerged -- a doctrine that remains to this day -- that the historic Christian church went into complete apostasy well before the Founding Fathers came along and remained in apostasy in the 18th century. How can BYU label "apostates" the founding fathers? How can they "play it both ways" -- that the Founding Fathers were both apostates and "choice spirits, not wicked?"
Four accounts of The Haunting of St. George Temple:
1870s (Last two weeks before Woodruff left the temple):
Account #1 (BYU curricula): The following account of Wilford Woodruff helps demonstrate the importance of this work to those who are on the other side of the veil. I am going to bear my testimony to this assembly, if I never do it again in my life, that those men who laid the foundation of this American Government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of Heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men. George Washington and all the men that labored for the purpose were inspired of the Lord. Another thing I am going to say here, because I have a right to say it. Every one of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence with General Washington called upon me, as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the house of God for them. Men are here, I believe, that know of thisBrothers J. D. T. McAllister, David H. Cannon and James C. Bleak. Brother McAllister baptized me for all these men, and I then told these brethren that it was their duty to go into the Temple and labor until they got endowments for all of them. They did it. Would those spirits have called upon me, as an Elder in Israel, to perform that work if they had not been noble spirits before God? They would not. I bear this testimony because it is true. The spirit of God bore record to myself and the brethren while we were laboring in that way (Lundwall, 1947, p. 87). Source: Religious Education C261 Intro to LDS Family History (Genealogy)
Account #2 (personal journal of Chief Record of the St. George temple): Temple and witnessed the appearance of the Spirits of the Signers... .the spirits of the Presidents...And also others, such as Martin Luther and John Wesley...Who came to Wilford Woodruff and demanded that their baptism and endowments be done. Wilford Woodruff was baptized for all of them. While I and Brothers J.D.T. McAllister and David H Cannon (who were witnesses to the request) were endowed for them. These men.. ..laid the foundation of this American Gov., and signed the Declaration of Independence and were the best spirits the God of Heaven could find on the face of the earth to perform this work. Martin Luther and John Wesley helped to release the people from religious bondage that held them during the dark ages. They also prepared the peoples hearts so they would be ready to receive the restored gospel when the Lord sent it again to men on the earth. (Personal journal of James Godson Bleak-Chief Recorder of the St. George Temple) p. 2 of this pdf: Vision of Former Eminent Men in The St. George Temple (By Glen W. Chapman, Jan, 2002)
Account #3 (Journal of Discourses): Every one of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence with General Washington, called upon me as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George, two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the House of God for them. Men are here, I believe, that know of this, Brother J. D. T. McAllister, David H. Cannon and James S. Bleak. Brother McAllister baptized me for all those men, and then I told these brethren that it was their duty to go into the temple and labor until they had got endowments for all of them. They did it. Would those spirits have called upon me as an elder of Israel, to perform that work, if they had not been noble spirits before God? They would not. JoD, vol. 19, pp. 229-231, Sept. 16, 1877
Account #4 (Official Lds curricula): Explain that for a period of time, President Woodruff served as president of the temple in St. George, Utah. It was in that temple that endowments for the dead were performed for the first time in this dispensation (see Doctrines of Salvation, 2:171). While serving there, President Woodruff was visited by the spirits of many eminent men who had died. Invite a class member to share the following account by President Woodruff: The spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we
remained true to it and were faithful to God. These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence [of the United States of America], and they waited on me for two days and two nights.
I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McAllister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham , 16061). What can we learn from these two stories? (Answers could include that those who are dead are anxious for us to perform ordinances for them and that we should be diligent in our efforts to redeem the dead.) ((Lds Sunday School lesson from "Doctrine and Covenants and Church History," "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers," p. 3)
Source: Lesson 39 of the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teachers Manual -- The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers
Since this was published, I discovered the online link for Account #3: Not Ashamed of the GospelThirty Years Progress in the MountainsThe Gospel UnchangeableJoseph InspiredPresident Young's WorkWork of the TwelveLabors in St. George TempleGathering of the Spirits of the Dead Discourse by Elder Wilford Woodruff, delivered in the New Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Sunday Afternoon, September 16, 1877, transcribed by Geo. F. Gibbs on pp223-230 of volume 19 of the Journal of Discourses.
Here is a larger excerpt from this Lds "prophet" -- from Vol. 19, 1877:
...it was a duty that the God of heaven required of him to open up the Gospel to those in the spirit world who had not received it. And there is no greater duty resting upon the Latter-day Saints today than that of building Temples, and officiating therein for the dead as well as the living...We have labored in the St. George Temple since January, and we have done all we could there; and the Lord has stirred up our minds, and many things have been revealed to us concerning the dead. President Young has said to us, and it is verily so, if the dead could they would speak in language loud as ten thousand thunders, calling upon the servants of God to rise up and build Temples, magnify their calling and redeem their dead. This doubtless sounds strange to those present who believe not the faith and doctrine of the Latter-day Saints; but when we get to the spirit world we will find out that all that God has revealed is true. We will find, too, that everything there is reality, and that God has a body, parts and passions, and the erroneous ideas that exist now with regard to him will have passed away. I feel to say little else to the Latter-day Saints wherever and whenever I have the opportunity of speaking to them, than to call upon them to build these Temples now under way, to hurry them up to completion. THE DEAD WILL BE AFTER YOU, THEY WILL SEEK AFTER YOU AS THEY HAVE AFTER US IN ST. GEORGE. THEY CALLED UPON US...two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, "You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God." These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two days and two nights. I thought it very singular, that notwithstanding so much work had been done, and yet nothing had been done for them. The thought never entered my heart, from the fact, I suppose, that heretofore our minds were reaching after our more immediate friends and relatives. I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others; I then baptized him for every President of the United States, except three; and when their cause is just, somebody will do the work for them. I have felt to rejoice exceedingly in this work of redeeming the dead...
On June 23, Lds had this special worldwide broadcast to its wards about its new missionary emphasis.
In this two-hour presentation, a pre-recorded clip
-- an interview with a long-time Mormon convert --
--Neill F. Marriott (she converted pre-marriage, pre-11 children after graduating from Southern Methodist University) was conducted...
[For who she is, you can see: General Auxiliaries: Sister Neill F. Marriott]...
Anyway, Mrs. Marriott talked about her 11 children as also being "choice spirits"...
What does the term "choice spirits" mean in Mormon culture...
That "special spirits" who existed in the alleged "pre-existence" came down from another planet and inhabited particular bodies.
More than 29,000 church members are expected to report in coming months, bringing the worldwide total of missionaries proselytizing and performing community service to an all-time high of 85,000 by this fall, new church estimates show.
That's 38 percent more than at any other time in history.
At least one church analyst predicts the total could swell to more than 100,000 next year before it levels out somewhat in the next several years. That would be nearly double the number of missionaries the church had during most of the 2000s.
BUT....FR mormons whine and complain about the presence of a few dozen FReepers who bring the truth about mormonism to light.
Church leaders “daily reference” this??? Your credibility is, once again, exposed as near-zero.
I am in my 50’s and have been actively involved in the LDS church for a lifetime, living in multiple states, and I have never, ever heard a church leader reference this, even once.
My impression is that you seem to fall into the category of those who lie to deceive because they suppose that others are lying to deceive.
....obviously "choice spirits" is defined by mormons to point out the superiority of mormonism over all Christian religions and the "speshulness" of its members.
Anyone want to feel what ‘perfumed emptiness’ feels like, just visit a Mormon church.
Its a VERY uneasy feeling.
EXACT same feeling when I visited the Masonic Temple in Alexandria.
Something very ‘false’ about those two places.
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be wondering how to resolve the tension of a faiththat is based entirely on subjective claims, yetwants to claim the same God who has commanded youto love Him with "all your mind."You are not alone in this journey.Many have approached us who are Christians asking whereto find out more and some, even, to ask how to come toknow the Biblical Christ and some even how to gracefullyleave Mormonism and start a new life with Christ.Many here have already set out to finally and joyfully know
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I quit taking Mormonism seriously after that.
LDS Temple Haunted ...
According to the noted historians Hubert Bancroft and Fawn Brodie, the Saints maintain that their 1836 dedication of the Kirtland, Ohio Mormon Temple featured appearances by "Jesus Christ, Moses, Elijah, Elias, and numerous angels; speaking and singing in tongues, often with translations; prophesying; foot washing; and other spiritual experiences." (See also D&C Sec. 110)
Mrs. Brodie went on to point out that the Saints had made and consumed a large amount of home brew in honor of the occasion, causing a number of them to be bombed out of their skulls.
It has also been well established that LDS leadership has from time to time lived by a different set of rules than those advocated in the Word of Wisdom. For example, Joseph Smith frequented Mossier's Tavern in Nauvoo, before opening a saloon in his mansion there. According to LDS President John Taylor, Joseph also polished off a bottle of wine before he was killed in a blotched jail break. The Tanners have proven that Brigham Young owned a distillery in Utah.
You don't suppose these facts may, in some part, help explain the sightings of ghosts in the St. George Temple?
Just asking ...
I have heard it plenty of times, it is one of the favorite ‘temple stories’. It has often been referenced in conference talks as well as LDS church history manual (official).
Ezra Taft Benson, The Faith of our Founding Fathers, 21 said this...
Shortly after Spencer W. Kimball became president of the Church, we met together in one of out weekly meetings. We spoke of the sacred records that are in the vaults of the various temples of the Church. As I was soon to fill a conference assignment to St. George, President Kimball asked if I would go into the vault at the temple and check the early records. In so doing, I realized the fulfillment of a dream I had had ever since learning of the visit of the Founding Fathers to this sacred place. I saw with my own eyes the records of the work that was done for the Founding Fathers of this great nation, beginning with George Washington. I was deeply moved on that occasion to realize that these great men returned to this promised land by permission of the Lord and had their ordinance work done for them. If they had not been faithful men, if they had not been God-fearing men, would they have come to the elders of Israel to seek their temple blessings? I think not. The Lord raised them up, sanctioned their work, and proclaimed them wise men. Moreover, a president of the Church declared them to be the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth, and testified that they were choice spirits and inspired of the Lord.
And there in the St. George temple I saw what I had always hoped and prayed that someday
I would see. Ever since I returned as a humble mi
ssionary and first learned that the Founding
Fathers had appeared in that temple, I wanted to
see the record. And I saw the record . They did
appear to Wilford Woodruff twice and asked why
the work hadnt been done for them. They had
founded this country and the Constitution of this la
nd, and they had been true to those principles
In the archives of the temple, I saw in a book, in bold handwriting names of the Founding
Fathers and others, including Columbus and other
great Americans, for whom the work had been
done in the house of the Lord... .All these appeared
to Wilford Woodruff when he was President
of the St. George Temple. President George Wash
ington was ordained a High Priest at that time.
You will also be interested to know that accord
ing to Wilford Woodruffs journal, John Wesley,
Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus we
re also ordained High Priests at the time.
(TEACHINGS OF EZRA TAFT BENSON
I can give you other references as well.
My impression is that you seem to fall into the category of those who lie to deceive because they they need to make the LDS church seem ‘normal’.
More sources from current LDS manuals - for someone with the screename ‘justthetruth’ you haven’t been telling it.
We don't call it a living history museum for no reason.
LOL, have to lock up the Vodka from the ghosts.
The one time I visited a Mormon church was during a family trip to Salt Lake City, when we took a tour of Temple Square and listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The people were lovely, and we couldn't have had a better time.
The LDS culture sees the division between the living and the dead as a thin and two-way passable veil. It is commonplace for dead relatives to visit and say things to the living(necromancy, talking to dead people, which scripture forbids) in the LDS world.
Cemeteries in the LDS culture are active places, where the living relatives will leave gifts, leave little solar lights and decorations, leave candles, even leave treats, in the thinking that it will please their relatives.
The cemetery, in fact, is one of the most telling places to indicate that indeed, Mormonism is paganism with a Christian veneer.
We watch it every day, as we live in a 90% LDS community, and our front door has faced the cemetery across the street for the last 23 years.
I am still waiting for anything to remotely support the “daily reference” assertion. Crickets chirping on that one?
Also, when in history have devoted followers of God and their beliefs been considered “normal” by the prevailing religious “orthodoxy” of the world in their day?
Check your reading skills.
#1...The "daily reference" was to Woodruff himself...not this "temple experience" he had with "the dead."
#2...I lumped grassroots Mormons AND church leaders TOGETHER...didn't "single them out" like you did.
#3...as an IDENTITY GROUP, yes, Mormons DAILY reference (at least indirectly) Woodruff.
Why? How? Because some Mormon somewhere...daily...is talking about the polygamy manifesto of 1890 -- issued by Woodruff. The context is usually some Mormon somewhere -- perhaps some Mormon missionary -- saying that "No, we don't engage in polygamy, anymore...back in 1890...President Woodruff..."
The Church Fathers and some modern Christian writers have debated the theological issues raised by this text. The story of King Saul and the Witch of Endor would appear at first sight to affirm that it is possible for humans to summon the spirits of the dead by magic.
Medieval glosses to the Bible suggested that what the witch actually summoned was not the ghost of Samuel, but a demon taking his shape or an illusion crafted by the witch. Martin Luther, who believed that the dead were unconscious, read that it was "the Devil's ghost", whereas John Calvin, who did believe in the immortal soul, read that "it was not the real Samuel, but a spectre."
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