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Posted by: steve benson ( )
Date: October 28, 2013 07:17AM

And wouldn't ya know? It paid off.

As they say, "Ask and ye shall receive." Smith asked--and got the money, thanks to his woe-is-me tall tale of selfless service to the Saints during hard economic times. Geezus, Just when you thought you'd heard everything about the crimes of the Mormon Cult, up pops this mother lode of a stinker.

The following telling tidbit of testimony-tattering tattling was provided by RfM poster "spanner"--to wit, that Joseph Smith and his co-conspiring charlatan-in-arms, Sidney Rigdon, were each paid (at their request, of course) $1,100.00 for their bogus "translation" of their fabricated Book of Abraham (which they claimed to have deciphered from hieroglyphics into English in 1835, via the gift and power of God working through pawned-off parchments bought from a traveling showman--whom "BYU Studies" describes as a "traveling entrepreneur"--depicting the sexed-up death rituals of ancient horn-dog Egyptians). What better way to kick-start the restoration of God's one and only true church?

Joe and Sid argued that the pay-out represented just compensation for temporal (as opposed to spiritual) services rendered.


Smith's pitch for cash for his trash is found in the officially-published "History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Period 1, Life of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, by Himself" (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1905, pp. 32-33), and reads as follows:

"Remuneration of the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon for Temporal Labors in the Church.

"Saturday, 12 [1838]--President Rigdon and myself attended the High Council for the purpose of presenting for their consideration some business relating to our pecuniary concerns.

"We stated to the Council our situation, as to maintaining our families, and the relation we now stand in to the Church, spending as we have for eight years, our time, talents, and property, in the service of the Church: and being reduced as it were to beggary, and being still detained in the business and service of the Church, it appears necessary that something should be done for the support of our families by the Church, or else we must do it by our own labors; and if the Church say to us, 'Help yourselves,' we will thank them and immediately do so; but if the Church say, 'Serve us,' some provision must be made for our sustenance.

"The Council investigated the matter, and instructed the Bishop to make over to President Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, each an eighty-acre lot of land from the property of the Church, situated adjacent to the city corporation; also appointed three of their number, viz., George W. Harris, Elias Higbee and Simeon Carter, a committee to confer with said Presidency, and satisfy them for their services the present year; not for preaching, or for receiving the word of God by revelation, neither for instructing the Saints in righteousness, but for services rendered in the printing establishment, IN TRANSLATING THE ANCIENT RECORDS, in etc., etc. Said committee agreed that Presidents Smith and Rigdon should receive $1,100 each as a just remuneration for their services this year."

("History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Period 1, Life of Joseph Smith, by Himself" [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 1905]. pp. 32-33, emphasis added, at:

For a link to the finer points of the Book of Abraham's phallic-focused fakery, see: "The Sex Cult of Joseph Smith: Borrowing from the Fleshly Pursuits of Ancient Egyptian Mythological Deities (Note to Faint-of-Heart Mormons: Contains Graphic Historical Content)," by Steve Benson, "Recovery from Mormonism" discussion board, 8 May 2013, at:,887931

Edited 26 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2013 08:12AM by steve benson.

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Posted by: The other Sofia ( )
Date: October 28, 2013 07:49AM

Unpaid clergy. LOL

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Posted by: left4good ( )
Date: October 28, 2013 10:20AM

Adjusted for inflation, that $1,100 apiece is about $25,000 today.

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Posted by: breedumyung ( )
Date: October 28, 2013 10:39AM

I've been telling my bilingual wife to become a translator.

She can translate Reformed Spanish into English.

She can translate Reformed English into Spanish.

Gotta be some good bucks there for this type of talent, eh?

Another 'Expose of the Testament of Jeezus Kriist'...

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