The Mormon Moment

Posted on October 10, 2012 by


SCOTTIE LEE MEYERS (@thestoresocial) recently did a ride along with some missionaries and details the experience in his article The Mormon Moment. As Mr. Meyers documents his time spent with two LDS missionaries he ties it in to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. A few things need to be addressed about Mr. Meyers facts regarding the Church.

Mormonism was literally pulled out of Joseph Smith’s hat. In 1827 Smith was a 25-year-old New Yorker who made a living using psychic powers to find treasure. According to church teachings, an angel asked him to retrieve golden plates buried in the hills of upstate New York. An unknown language was engraved on the plates, and Smith deciphered it by reading reflections in a seer stone at the bottom of his hat. Smith’s transcriptions became the Book of Mormon, and the text remains the cornerstone of the religion to this day.

  1. Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805. A quick search of google or wikipeida would have help the author get his information correct. Joseph was 22 years old when he finally received the Golden Plates in 1827. Moroni first visited Joseph in 1823, when he was 18 years old.
  2. “made a living using psychic powers to find treasure” Rumors about Joseph being a “Money Digger” or other things are not a new claim and addressed in his history.
  3. “Smith deciphered it by reading reflections in a seer stone at the bottom of his hat” The plates were translated using the Urim and Thummim, where are described as “two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fastened to a breastplate”

In 2008, Mormons contributed more than $20 million to passing California’s Proposition 8, a gay marriage ban still being contested in the courts. The church was by far the biggest donor, contributing more than half of the $40 million aimed at preventing gay people from marrying.

This is an important correction, “the Mormon Church” did not contribute to prop 8, but encouraged its members to volunteer and contribute. This may seem like a small issue but it is a big deal. When people want to punish The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for taking a stand for traditional marriage, one weapon they try to use is encouraging the government to revoke the 501(c)(3) status of the church. Regardless of the position you take about prop. 8 and the influence of a 501(c)(3) organization in that referendum, the correct information needs to be reported.