Date: September 24, 2023 04:16AM
If I can drag you away from your usual topics...
Wallace Bunnell Anthony Smith, the great-grandson of Joseph Smith passed away on September the 22nd, which just happened to be the 200th anniversary of Moroni's supposed visit. He was 94.
His life makes for a good "compare and contrast" with Russell M. Nelson.
Wallace B. Smith was the last of the family to lead the Reorganized LDS church, and forfeited his role to a non-Smith successor when he retired. WBS was instrumental in many significant RLDS projects such as the ordination of women, building of their main temple and renaming the church to the Community of Christ. In certain respects he was ahead of the mainline LDS by thirty or forty years, and also shared some of their viewpoints. Like RMN, he had a respectable medical career behind him, but seemed less inclined to be sycophant-in-chief to the tyrants of this world. Maybe because he wasn't even on their radar.
The family resemblance isn't obvious in all of the photographs I've seen of him, but you can see it here.https://wheatandtares.org/2023/09/23/wallace-b-smith-1929-2023/