Joseph Smith/Caráter


O caráter de Joseph Smith


Joseph Smith's character

Resumo: It is claimed that Joseph Smith was a disreputable person.

Was Joseph Smith disreputable?

Resumo: Was Joseph Smith known as a "disreputable" person?

The Hurlbut affidavits

Resumo: Some cite a collection of affidavits from Joseph Smith’s neighbors which claim that the Smith family possessed a number of character flaws. Many of Joseph Smith’s friends and neighbors signed affidavits that accused him and his family of being lazy, indolent, undependable treasure-seekers.

"Amusing recitals" and "Tall Tales?"

Resumo: Joseph Smith's mother reported that he told "amusing recitals" about the ancient inhabitants of the American continent well before he translated the Book of Mormon. Does this indicate that Joseph was simply a teller of "tall tales?"

Land speculation in Nauvoo

Resumo: Did Joseph Smith engage in "land speculation" in Nauvoo?

Personality and temperament

Resumo: Some point to what they perceive as personal failings of Joseph Smith, such as his allegedly short temper, as evidence that he was not a true prophet of God.

Joseph taught Porter Rockwell 'it was right to steal'?

Resumo: Did Joseph really teach Orrin Porter Rockwell that "it was right to steal?"

Psychobiographical analysis

Resumo: Is it possible to deduce Joseph Smith's thoughts and dreams years after his death? Some critics think so.

Alegado narcisismo de Joseph Smith


Joseph Smith's alleged narcissism

Was Joseph Smith ego-maniacal, proud, and narcissistic?

Resumo: Some quote Joseph Smith as saying such things as: "I am learned, and know more than all the world put together," "I combat the errors of ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the Gordian knot of powers, and I solve mathematical problems of universities, with truth . . . diamond truth; and God is my ‘right hand man.’” They use these quotes to portray Joseph as egomaniacal, proud, and narcissistic.

Joseph as a "second Mohammad"

Resumo: Joseph Smith is quoted as saying that he would be a "second Muhammad," threatening to spread his beliefs with the sword.

Did Joseph Smith 'boast' of keeping the Church intact?

Resumo: Joseph Smith is reported as saying: “I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam... Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.” (History of The Church, 6:408–409). This attitude strikes some as boastful, and unbecoming a prophet.