Did the LDS Endowment Ceremony Originate with Joseph Smith?

President Wilford Woodruff said it did.

In March of 1897 President Wilford Woodruff of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke into a talking machine and said he received his endowment under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith. So in 1897, whatever the endowment ceremony was like, Wilford Woodruff personally knew its source because he witnessed it.

That’s not saying Joseph Smith didn’t get it from heaven.

This recording is fascinating. Listen. Notice Wilford Woodruff knew and also mentioned his recording would preserve his voice’s tone.

I bear testimony that Joseph Smith was the author of the endowments as received by the Latter-day Saints. — Wilford Woodruff, March 19, 1897

The 1897 Audio Record of Wilford Woodruff’s Testimony

See also “This Is My Testimony, Spoken by Myself into a Talking Machine”: Wilford Woodruff ‘s 1897 Statement in Stereo

President Trump is Right about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War

by Robert John Stevens, May 2, 2017

President Donald Trump is right about Andrew Jackson and that the civil war could have been avoided. Discussions on how to solve the slavery problem were well underway in Jackson’s day. For example, Mormon Church Founder Joseph Smith, who died a year before Andrew Jackson, proposed an ingenious solution in his 1844 campaign for the President of the United States that could have not only freed the slaves but avoided the American Civil War’s 620,000 deaths:

Eliminating slavery was another important part of his platform. He wrote in General Smith’s Views: “The Declaration of Independence ‘holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;’ but at the same time some two or three millions of people are held as slaves for life, because the spirit in them is covered with a darker skin.” Instead of simply calling for the abolition of slavery, Joseph Smith’s platform would have Congress “pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands, and from the deduction of pay from members of Congress.” — Joseph Smith: Campaign for President of the United States

Former Congressman Ron Paul has repeatedly argued that all other civilized nations ended slavery without fighting a civil war.

Fact Check: Could Andrew Jackson Have Stopped The Civil War, As Trump Said?

White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials

Leaders who welcome document preservation and transparency are most likely honest; Thieves, liars and crooks order the destruction of evidence.

Compare this act to the destruction of the 9/11 documents and Cheney’s emails. See White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials.

Compare this to Mormon Founder Joseph Smith who encouraged his members to keep journals, and hired scribes to record his sermons and to preserve his documents; however, he wasn’t transparent about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon:

“When pressed for specifics about the process of translation, Joseph repeated on several occasions that it had been done ‘by the gift and power of God’ and once added, ‘It was not intended to tell the world all the particulars of the coming forth of the book of Mormon.’ — The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Are the Notes on Joseph Smith’s 1833 City of Zion Plat Written in Early Modern English?

by Robert John Stevens, February 28, 2017

I noticed today that Mormon entrepreneur David Hall’s PowerPoint slides on the City of Zion says the “Language of the plot is Tyndale’s 16th century English.”

March 1, 2017: I called David Hall and asked how he determined the notes on the City of Zion Plan were Tyndale’s English. He said Stan Carmack helped him identify that with the help of Royal Skousen. So if the notes are in the handwriting of Frederick G. Williams, then how were they Early Modern English?

Read the notes on the Plat of the City of Zion, circa Early June–25 June 1833 and also Page 2 of the Plat of the City of Zion. These documents say the handwriting is that of Frederick G. Williams (1787 – 1842).

It is very unlikely that Frederick G. Williams wrote in Early Modern English—a language 300 years before his time.

I love Joseph Smith so please don’t shoot me as the messenger for asking this question:

If the Book of Mormon was not a 16th-century manuscript that came into the possession of Joseph Smith, then why would the City of Zion plat notes be written in Early Modern English?

Joseph Smith said the City of Zion plat was given to him by revelation, so if the notes are Early Modern English then in 1833 did Jesus Christ speak in Early Modern English? Or was this revelation given via an angelic being who did?

Did Frederick G. Williams copy the notes directly from a 16th-century plat?

Click this link on NewVistas Foundation Website and then click the link Joseph Smith’s City Plot to see that PowerPoint slide.

Notice the notes were removed from the Revised Plat of the City of Zion, circa Early August 1833.

March 1, 2017: I called my Barry Prettyman of Cole’s Engineering in Spanish Fork, Utah. Barry is a surveyor and engineer. I asked if he ever heard of the word “perches” which was used in the notes of the City of Zion Plan and must be a unit of measurement. He hadn’t heard of the word. Is it an Early Modern English word?

See Also

Mormon Church: Free toleration and equal privileges for all

President Joseph Smith said in 1843:

If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a ‘Mormon,’ I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter-day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics, or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul—civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka “Mormons”) also included a second quote from its founder President Smith, said in Nauvoo, Illinois on March 1, 1841:

Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Nauvoo, that the Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Latter-day Saints, Quakers, Episcopals, Universalists, Unitarians, Mohammedans [Muslims], and all other religious sects and denominations whatever, shall have free toleration, and equal privileges in this city…

See: LDS Church statement reiterates religious freedom for all

“I am a friend of virtue and the people”

“I am a friend of virtue and the people” wrote Joseph Smith in his pamphlet, “General Smith’s Views of the Power and Policy of the Government,” where he outlined paying off slave holders to free the slaves, making prisons places of education and then freeing most prisoners.

Here is the quote in context which was written as a letter closing in 1844:

With the highest esteem,
I am a friend of virtue
and the people,

Improving the City of Zion Design for the 21st Century

by Robert John Stevens, September 1, 2015

This afternoon I met with Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee. He’s very smart, pleasant, insightful and has a solid foundation in liberty.

Among many other things, we discussed for Utah County my proposed 21st-century improvements over Joseph Smith’s City of Zion design:
City of Zion by Joseph Smith

Joseph’s city blocks have high home density because he planned for large farms to be at the outskirts of the cities.

I’d retain Joseph’s idea of common areas in the middle of the city, and his brilliant idea of facing the homes different ways for adjacent blocks, but I’d reserve land in the middle of each block for pleasant views, neighborhood parks and defensible coop farming which would be essential for self-sufficient communities after major disasters such as EMPs.

Joseph’s design and my alternative design could exist together and run parallel to each other along roads.

I’ll draw my proposed improvements and post them soon.