Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mormon Roots?

I first learned about the Mormon religion (a.k.a. The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints) in a United States History class in college. I had never heard about Mormons or the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith before that time. When I heard about this man (Joseph Smith), my immediate reaction was that he was a lunatic or heretic (or both). It was just so incredibly unbelievable.

Over the years I have known several Mormon people. Some of them were very nice, well meaning people. Others were just ... not. I guess you could say that about the people who claim just about any religious affiliation, Followers included.

In 2012, a man from another Followers offshoot (The Church of the Firstborn), named Darren Russell shared a document with me called "ARTICLES OF FAITH OF THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN KNOWN AS THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST - 1918". One anonymous commentor pointed out that the Articles of Faith were similar to the LDS Articles of Faith. Another commentor claimed that Walter White (who was the leader of the Oregon City Followers of Christ church until his death in 1969) had a maternal grandmother named Carrie, who was part of the LDS Church.

If the Followers had Mormon roots, they were quite hidden to us! We didn't read (or even know about) the Book of Mormon and the other texts the LDS church uses.

Recently, the Idaho Followers have made the news again and this time the reporter has claimed that the Followers are "fringe Mormons." Interesting. At first I dismissed this as poor reporting. But, maybe there is something to this.

If any Followers (current or former) know anything about this, would you please comment on this post and enlighten me? 


6 comments:

  1. So many alternatives...
    What do we or you believe?
    The world is FULL of false profits.
    The devils way first is to make us doubt.
    We live thru FAITH not thru sight
    REMEMBER THE CROSS

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  2. Many will call us judgemental and closed minded.
    THE ONLY WAY TO THE KINGDOM IS THRU JESUS CHRIST
    SORRY BUT THAT;S THE WAY IT IS.
    HOPE TO SEE YOU IN HEAVEN.
    WON;T SEE YOU IN HELL

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  3. Cults...
    Mormons Jehovah Witness
    Masons
    The Foc We are not to edit the Scriptures
    to fit our circumstances.
    The way is narrow but with faith
    The burden is light

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  4. Jacob McDonald started out preaching the same doctrine as Joseph Smith. It is rumored that they may have been related. If you research the FOC and Church of the First Born bloodlines there many Mormon connections. Clyde Perry was an elder in the Boise church. His ancestor, Stephen Henry Perry, has ties to the settlement of Nauvoo, mentioned in stories about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. The Perrys and others share McDonald, Smith and Young bloodlines. The FOC will deny being connected to the Church of the First Born, Mormons, pentecostals and others. If you research historical records/newspapers the evidence is there.

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  5. The article was stating that Mariah Walton's parents were fringe Mormons not the FOC being a splinter group from Mormons.

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  6. Suzanne - I'd love to help research the history of this too - I'm LDS, but my mother was FOC.

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