Well - I haven’t gotten in my requisite digs on this thread so I’ll dive in and state my piece.
It is recorded reliably that joey-boy smith, polygamist, convicted glass-looker and liar, known paedophile (”married” to multiple underage girls), false prophet (one failed prophecy a false prophet makes - Joe failed several - see Deuteronomy 18:22), and all-around moral profligate...requested a quantity of wine to be brought in for what turned out to be his final meal on earth, in direct contravention to the principles, rules and doctrines he imposed upon others in his church (and exerted judgment and punishment upon them for violations of same).
Testimony is also recorded that he sought and accepted the offer of not only one, but two six guns to be illicitly smuggled in to him where he was jailed, intended by him to facilitate a jailbreak in order to evade the justice that the courts were sure to impose upon him.
It just conveniently so happened that he had those guns with him when the mob of men came calling at the Carthage jail late that evening after Smith and fellow detainees had enjoyed a sumptuous repast, and...
In direct contradiction of the popular brainwash myth that is propagated among the LDS faithful to this day (namely the completely baseless and delusional LIE that Smitty-boy went meekly and willingly like a lamb to the slaughter and died as a courageous martyr, of and for the faith), the lying reprobate exhibited the same irredeemably weak moral fiber and cowardice he had displayed all his sorry, misbegotten life - unwilling to go quietly and stand to account for his cheating, thieving, defrauding, and other vices, crimes and misdemeanors.
He died having committed at least one murder most foul in full view of several witnesses - shooting a man in the face at close range, and the fact that more did not provably die by his smuggled gun that night is only attributable to either the misfire of shells, or the inaccuracy of his shooting skills.
Smitty died the death of a worthless, craven coward, desperate to escape the penalty for wrongs he knew he had done.
He initially hoped that the mob was friendly, and had come to assist him in gaining his freedom, but when he realized that was not the case his act of last resort was a low effort to appeal to fellow brother masons he hoped might be in the mob, raising his arms and trying to form a square and give the distress cry ‘O Lord my G-D have pity on a poor widow’s son’, but only finished the “Oh Lord my G_d..” portion thereof.
In long and short, Joey was far from an upright man and good example of righteous behaviour - he was an unrepentant braggart, a womanizer, a drinker, vengeful towards those he considered his enemies (NOT a short list - either in his estimation or theirs) and when he was killed that night
justice was absolutely served.
The indications that several of the members of the mob that night later prospered is not a vindication or an indictment of them - it is just a rather pleasant icing on the cake.
They did the nation a service, it is just too bad joey did not meet his end much earlier, before he had caused so much damage with his lies and machinations. I suppose that was a way for the Sovereign Lord (whose name and cause were misrepresented and misappropriated by ol’ Joe) to provide adequate time for the repentance that never did come.
Bearing in mind of course that his death came about a month after Smitty’s thundering public boast that he had done more than any man - even Jesus - who was left by the disciples, but no latter day saint had ever left him yet, blah blah blah!
Smith’s demise strongly suggests a Sovereign G_d who had wearied of such empty prattle, and he got what he deserved.
Far be it from me to doubt the wisdom of such Divine Providence raising a hand to strike down a fool and a worthless braggart.
You don't waste time catching up. :)
Good post about the Vile Prophet.
Joseph Smith did not die for his faith, like any
1. He was in jail for destruction of private property.
2. He had an angry mob after him because of a great deal
of wrongs he had done.
3. He fired into the mob as it rushed his cell.
4. He caught return fire.
He was neither a prophet, nor a man of God, nor a martyr.
He was simply a vile man who started life deceiving
others that he could see below the earth using a
peepstone. He admitted he faked it to get money.
He pursued other mens wives to add to his harem. They
understandably did not like this.
I am not mistaken about the mans character - he
admitted this himself. Nor am I mistaken about the events.
Ive read contemporaneous accounts.
Not a martyr, but a horndog.