Date: September 17, 2010 12:30PM
While looking for references about possible extra-marital children of JS and the talk of Dr. Bennett's "taking care of problems" in regard to JS's flings, I discovered that Joe and Emma lost something like 5 of their kids in infancy. Just another thing that leads me to conclude he was just a typical early 19th century human, without any special knowledge or blessing from God. I'm sure TBM's & apologists would say that he was "being tested" and "prophets sacifice much" or that the babies were "specially blessed" and/or they were "needed in heaven". I know some apologists blame one death on a chill that led to one of the babies getting sick when JS was dragged out for the famous tarring and feathering incident (by "evil people" of course). If God wanted the earth to be replenished and seed to be raised up, I would think he would have that survival & protection thing worked out better, especially with The Prophet...