Persecution of the Saints

It’s amazing how the Lord’s true prophet and church could be so persecuted. After all, the mark of the true church is that its members will be persecuted and its prophet martyred.

After the Saints had gathered into one place to build a Zion society with their prophet, neighboring Gentiles vexed the prophet with criminal charges and lawsuits. A disgruntled former counselor in the First Presidency published lurid tales of polygamy and debauchery, which inflamed the Gentiles to anger. At one point the prophet was arrested for treason. Undaunted by opposition, he ran for high political office, facing strenuous opposition.

Eventually the prophet was gunned down in cold blood. His murderers went through the formality of a mock trial but were not brought to justice. After the prophet’s assassination, mobs of Gentiles began attacking the Saints. Soon they drove the innocent Saints from their homes and plundered the city they had built.

Because the prophet was unclear about his successor, there was great confusion about who would be the next prophet. After a power struggle, the leading apostle of the church assumed the leadership of the church. A large faction refused to follow the new leader and eventually formed the RLDS church.

Of course, this great prophet I speak of was James J. Strang, who gathered his followers to Beaver Island, Michigan.


5 Responses to Persecution of the Saints

  1. razorswift says:

    “A large faction refused to follow the new leader and eventually formed the RLDS church.”

    After close to 200 Mormon factions/splinter groups -that came after the death of Joseph Smith- it sure does get confusing on who is following who and why.

  2. James Strang was obviously inspired of God; after all, why else would Satan persuade the misinformed mob to persecute such an obviously holy person?

  3. Mr. Chris says:

    Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

  4. Earl says:

    Joseph Smith and Sexual Polyandry. good article. just a small typo:
    “…or Joseph “lived with” Elvira as a wife but did not have sex with him.”
    I think you meant “her” (not him”).

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