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Mormonism: A history of outlandish outerspace opinions, crazy cosmology, silly spacemen, and lunar lunacy.

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Joseph Fielding Smith, tenth prophet/president of the Mormon church, said the following:

We are not the only people that the Lord has created. We have brothers and sisters on other earths. They look like us because they, too, are the children of God and were created in his image, for they are also his offspring. Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 1, Page 62

Brigham Young, second prophet/president of the Mormon church, announced the following two gems of wisdom:

Mankind are here because they are the offspring of parents who were first brought here from another planet, and power was given them to propagate their species. Journal of Discourses, Volume 7, Page 285, 1859

We are called ignorant; so we are: but what of it? Are not all ignorant? I rather think so. Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon? When we view its face we may see what is termed “the man in the moon,” and what some philosophers declare are the shadows of mountains. But these sayings are very vague, and amount to nothing; and when you inquire about the inhabitants of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the most ignorant of their fellows. So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life there? No question of it; it was not made in vain. It was made to give light to those who dwell upon it, and to other planets; and so will this earth when it is celestialized. Journal of Discourses, Volume 13, Page 271, 1870

William A. Linn had this to say about Martin Harris, one of the three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon,:

Daniel Hendrix relates that as he and [Martin] Harris were riding to the village one evening, and he remarked on the beauty of the moon, Harris replied that if his companion could only see it as he had, he might well call it beautiful, explaining that he had actually visited the moon, and added that it “was only the faithful who were permitted to visit celestial regions.” William A. Linn, The Story of the Mormons, Page 35, 1902

Oliver B. Huntington, who was a close associate of Joseph Smith and remained a faithful Mormon his whole life, said:

Astronomers and philosophers have, from time almost immemorial until very recently, asserted that the moon was uninhabited, that it had n atmosphere, etc. But recent discoveries, through the means of powerful telescopes, have given scientists a doubt or two upon the old theory. Nearly all the great discoveries of men in the last half century have, in one way or another, either directly or indirectly, contributed to prove Joseph Smith to be a prophet. As far back as 1837, I know that he said the moon was inhabited by men and women the same as this earth, and that they lived to a greater age than we do, that they live generally to near the age of a 1000 years. He described the men as averaging near six feet in height, and dressing quite uniformly in something near the Quaker style. In my Patriarchal blessing, given by the father of Joseph the Prophet, in Kirtland, 1837, I was told that I should preach the gospel before I was 21 years of age; that I should preach the gospel to the inhabitants upon the islands of the sea, and–to the inhabitants of the moon, even the planet you can now behold with your eyes. Young Woman’s Journal, Volume 3, pages 263-264, 1892

Huntington also told of founding prophet/president Joseph Smith’s teaching regarding the moon:

“The inhabitants of the moon are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants of the earth, being about 6 feet in height. They dress very much like the quaker style and are quite general in style, or fashion of dress. They live to be very old; coming generally, near a thousand years.” This is the description of them as given by Joseph the Seer, and he could “see” whatever he asked the father in the name of Jesus to see. The Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, Volume 3, Page 166

6 comments on “Mormonism: A history of outlandish outerspace opinions, crazy cosmology, silly spacemen, and lunar lunacy.

  1. I’m guessing the LDS faithful would happily twist these absurd statements into “fulfilled prophecies” by pointing out that yet future lunar missions would actually put men on the moon and this is what their “inspired prophets” were referring to.

    I guess being a cult leader has its perqs…

  2. taken out of context a pile of doo

  3. Dear Jon Dobbie:

    Thank you for your comment but your accusation is not true and I think you know it.

    If you really believed that these quotes were “taken out of context” then I’m certain you would have provided some example or proof.

    I provide the location of all LDS quotes I post on this blog so that others can investigate and research this stuff for themselves.

    Throwing out an accusation as you did may be sufficient to ease the conscience of some, but those who earnestly want to know the truth will not be swayed so easily.

  4. Exmormonsforjesus.org

  5. Even worse are some of the racial remarks/prophesies made by early leaders of the LDS church…

  6. Mormons also believe God lives in outer space on Planet Kolob. When do the hold their primaries and may I get a frequent flier voucher and free drink tickets in their guest lounge?

    They believe Jesus visited America.

    Blacks were not allowed to be Mormon priests until 1978. Women are still banned.

    Weirdly enough, they believe there are multiple universes each with their own God. Thus, they believe in multiple Gods.

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