In the field of modern Quantum Physics, the word ETHER is defined as: “a very rarefied and highly elastic substance formerly believed to permeate all space, including the interstices between the particles of matter, and to be the medium whose vibrations constituted light and other electromagnetic radiation.” In other words, it is the very essence of the inter-dimensional plane that separates all “parallel universes” from what is commonly termed “reality” on the earth today.
There can be very little doubt that Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of “Mormonism” (aka the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) spent quite a bit of time exploring the “Ether” in a state of cognitive dissociation. At the very tender age of 7 years, he contracted typhus. A very large abscess of typhus toxins settled under his arm – swelling it severely – and he became critically ill. Physicians at nearby Dartmouth College in the vicinity of the Smith home in Sharon, Vermont, proceeded to surgically lance the abscess and drain it of its infection, but that was only the beginning of young Joseph’s troubles. The toxins eventually moved, and colonized massively in the lad’s shin bone and periosteum. He then endured two other highly traumatic “experimental” surgeries performed without any anesthesia.
The complete details of the incredibly GORY HISTORY of these half-day-long surgeries from the actual Dartmouth microfiche records are explained in Dr. William Morain’s incredible book, “The Sword of Laban – Joseph Smith Jr. and the Dissociated Mind.”
The synopsis of the book explains:
“A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not.” Lenore Terr, Child Psychiatrist
What behavioral patterns could one expect from an adult whose brutal childhood traumas held themes of dismemberment, punishment, and worse? For Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, a religious superstructure of narcissism may well have evolved, with sexual and ritualistic features that flowed directly from traumatic events.
Joseph suffered unspeakable pain as a seven-year-old child from a leg bone infection and its surgical treatments without anesthesia. He survived as the crippled middle child of an impoverished migrant family, retreating into a fantasy world of violence, persecution, and revenge from which he never completely emerged. As an adolescent, the sudden death of his beloved older brother Alvin contributed bizarre bereavement fantasies to an already traumatized psyche.“
Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph’s mother, declared in her book that in the years following his very real brush with death, young Joseph would often mesmerize the entire family with his vivid tales and detailed descriptions of ancient peoples and their magnificent cities. He often told them that he had actually visited the places and conversed with the people. As Dr. Morain documents in his highly professional treatise, this is a CLASSIC example of a clinical psychological condition known today as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” – aka D.I.D. or M.P.D. (Multiple Personality Disorder). Today, such traumatized mental patients are quite rare thanks to the advance of modern medicine and anesthesia, but occasionally, D.I.D. is still diagnosed and successfully treated. The D.I.D. victim is often institutionalized, counseled, and medicated to control their delusional excursions into their make-believe land of fantasy (the Ether) and its illusion – and thus many are able to significantly contribute positively to society. In the early 1800’s, however, they were simply odd, or “special” people. Clearly, they were not “normal” by any definition. The public’s perception of such an individual fell into three camps of thought: Some just ignored them as “quaint” but harmless, many others felt they were “evil” or “possessed of the devil”. Still others regarded them as special “prophets” sent from God.
Often, the D.I.D/M.P.D. victim often develops into a highly narcissistic adult personality if untreated. They develop an insatiable desire for titles and honors. They also develop an extremely hyper libido – and the desire for multiple sex partners becomes insatiable.
This, then, is the true personal history of the life of Joseph Smith, Jr. Keep in mind this is written not to condemn the man, only to explain him rationally and logically. At 12 years of age, the traumatized D.I.D. victim Joseph became the apprentice/constant companion of a man named Luman Walters. Sadly, Walters’ history is extremely dark. He was a favored student of the high-level Masonic hypnotist Anton Mesmer in Austria, and was eventually expelled from Europe for “wizardry and necromancy”. Walters’ name (L. Walters – America) appears as one of the “charter members” of an Austrian secret society called “The Fratris Lucis” (The Brotherhood of Lucifer.) Walters’ was trained and skilled in the use of mind-twisting entheogens such as Amanita Mascara mushrooms and Daitura – used for thousands of years by the “shamans” of various satanic mystery cults over the centuries in order to produce ‘sacred’ visions with the ‘God of the Earth’. There can be little doubt from analyzing the factual historical record, that Joseph Smith literally became the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. LDS Church Historian D. Michael Quinn in his seminal book: “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” declares that Joseph and Walters’ became “inseparable constant companions”.
At age 14, Smith had his “First Vision” which was “early in the Spring of 1820”. (No specific DATE was ever given by Smith.) In this “1st Vision” Smith claims all CHRISTIAN churches are “abominations” and that he alone would establish the only “true” church. A decade later, March 26, 1830 – the first printing of the “Book of Mormon” is released for sale. There are no “Chapters or Verse” structures in the original text – it looks and reads just like any other traditional book – fictional fairy-tale or otherwise. Just days after the book is published, the “Mormon” Church officially begins with SIX (6) members on the 6th day of April, 1830.
Joseph Smith Jr., then embarks on a most remarkable journey into the pages of American religious history. In 1834 Smith leads a small Mormon army entitled “Zion’s Camp” from Ohio to Western Missouri. Smith promises complete physical victory over the old-time Missouri settlers who Smith declares are wrongfully possessing the sacred lands of the Biblical “Garden of Eden” (aka Adam Ondi-Ahman). In spite of Smith’s “sacred revelations” and promises of divine intervention – “Zion’s Camp” fails miserably. The stragglers limp back to Ohio, while Smith’s most zealous and militant supporters stay in Missouri. Just two years later, Smith forms a completely fraudulent “Bank” in Kirtland, and proceeds to issue thousands of bogus bank notes not backed by silver or gold. The “Kirtland Safety Anti-Banking Society” ponzi scheme ends in complete disaster – and his “Church” very nearly collapses from the scandal. Smith and his “First Counselor” accomplice, Sidney Rigdon, leave Ohio minutes ahead of angry mobs, and are subsequently welcomed with open arms by the Mormon zealots in Missouri who dismiss the truth of the banking scandal as the rantings of “apostates”. On the 4th of July, 1838, Rigdon gives a rabble-rousing “Salt of the Earth” speech wherein he declares all “Gentile” non-Mormons are the mortal and eternal enemy of God’s Kingdom and must be either converted to Mormonism or exterminated. (Salt with savor is good for nothing and must be trodden underfoot.) This speech IMMEDIATELY sparks incredible hostilities, and as a direct result, the Mormons are expelled from Missouri the following year after extensive bloodshed and looting BY BOTH SIDES. By 1840, Smith and his entourage are busy building “Nauvoo, the Beautiful” in Illinois on reclaimed, mosquito-infested swampland. On June 27, 1844 – Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum are killed in Carthage Jail.
What an incredible 14 years! During this time, Smith assembled and equipped the largest private military force in America (The Nauvoo Legion), made himself a GENERAL in his own army, (replete with a uniform that would have made Napoleon blush), married and sired children with at least 34 women, and campaigned for the U.S Presidency. At the very least, this D.I.D. victim was extremely “colorful” if nothing else.
Today, the Mormon Church that Smith founded has grown into a multi-national corporate empire dominated by secrecy. High-level Mormons such as Brent Scowcroft dominate the CIA, NSA, and Homeland Security. The details of its obviously vast financial holdings are guarded better than the Pentagon’s classified data. They pay zero taxes on their accumulated wealth. Millions of sincere people continuously contribute 10 percent or more of their income as well as donating massive amounts of volunteer labor. Tens of thousands of young men and women serve “missions” at their own expense – missions designed to convert “abominable” Christians into their “one-true” faith based on works, works, and more works.
It is completely amazing to me personally, as an Ex-Mormon, to observe the mass mind-control methods used by this “Church” on its membership. Critical reasoning skills are denigrated and demonized. Honest questioning and study is forbidden as “Sinful”. FEAR manipulated via peer pressure rules their lives.
If only the Mormon people would DEEPLY study the King James Bible – and apply even a small modicum of critical reasoning and logic – they would quickly see the D.I.D.-induced fantasies of Joseph Smith and the fact that he was indeed clearly delusional and suffering from (as his wife Emma candidly defined it) a “diseased mind”. For instance, they would come to realize the PROBLEMS with the portion of the Book of Mormon called the “Book of Ether.” In a nutshell, either (Ether) the Book of Mormon is correct, or the Bible is. One or the other – both cannot co-exist because of the “Book of Ether” declarations. Here’s a short synopsis explaining why this is true:
The “Book of Ether” is Joe Smith’s account of a people he calls the “Jaredites”. According to the B of M, a man named “Jared” was present at the Tower of Babel event following the biblical flood. Jared is more “righteous” than anyone in the land, including Shem. Just like Joe Smith, because of his incredible “righteousness”, Jared is allowed to see the great God Jehovah and actually lives to tell about it. Apparently Christ’s apostle John was ignorant about Jared, and thus completely wrong and mistaken when he wrote:
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (John 1:18)
Incredibly, Jared then learns and records what the “abominable Christians” of Smith’s day have known and taught for two thousand years – that JEHOVAH is JESUS CHRIST – that Jesus Christ is BOTH the Son, as well as the Father and is the ONLY HOPE OF REDEMPTION OF MAN FROM THE “FALL” OF ADAM. (See B of M Ether 3:13-14) One has to wonder why Joseph Smith taught exactly the opposite fallacy – that the Father and the Son are separate, distinct individuals of flesh and blood. In fact, Smith in a eulogy sermon at the funeral of a man named King Follett declared that God the Father was simply an exalted man.
Following this amazing vision, the hero/prophet Jared and his Brother, (Joseph and his brother Hyrum were also uber-righteous and thus blessed by God above all others) and all of their superior-righteous friends prevail upon Christ NOT to confound their languages. Christ grants the request and then promises them additionally that because of their self-righteous elitism, they will be given a special land “choice above all other lands” for them to inherit. These are exactly the same words given to Lehi and his entourage in 600 B.C. There’s only one rub – the Jaredites will have to cross the mighty ocean to get to this “choice land” – which is of course, pre-Columbian AMERICA.
This is where the “Jaredite” story gets really, well, “crazy”. As in D.I.D. ethereal psycho-brain crazy. They are told by Jesus to build special “barges” just as they did once before apparently very successfully; for these “Jaredites” earlier used them to cross “many waters”. (Ether 2:6) For some strange reason, however, this time around- Jared and his buddies suddenly don’t have a clue about how to build and then survive in these new barges – let alone navigate them! According to Ether Chapter 3, these new wooden “barges” are “tight like unto a dish” – top, bottom and sides. Watertight? YES, Airtight? Absolutely! Dark? As dark as Hell itself! Jared is deeply baffled and confused about this obvious problem after they are built. WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THESE 8 BARGES NOW, LORD JESUS??? IN THEM WE HAVE NO LIGHT; WHITHER SHALL WE STEER? AND ALSO WE SHALL PERISH, FOR IN THEM WE CANNOT BREATHE, ——- THEREFORE WE SHALL PERISH! What is the great Jehovah’s answer – the same Jehovah who less than a hundred years earlier gave very specific instructions in master-ship-building engineering to a man name Noah who successfully constructed the equivalent of a luxury cruise ship to house two of every animal? Get this – he simply tells Jared to: “Make a HOLE in the TOP, AND ALSO IN THE BOTTOM, (apparently these incredible “tight as a dish” vessels could flip over as needed) and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. AND IF IT BE SO THAT THE WATER COME IN UPON THEE, BEHOLD – YE SHALL STOP THE HOLE, THAT YE MAY NOT PERISH IN THE FLOOD!” (Ether 2:20) BRILLIANT! Absolutely BRILLIANT advice from the Creator of the Universe!! Now why didn’t Jared think of that???
Wow! That has to be the wisest and most profound COUNSEL from God to Man since the dawn of creation! Jared then goes out and cuts his holes and makes his “stopper-plugs” – but then realizes the barges are still dark as Hades. So Jared again asks Jehovah/Jesus for instructions, for he is still “in the dark”. This time, however, the mighty CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE has no idea what to do. “Let’s see, Jared, you can’t cut windows in these tight-as-a-dish miracle barges, and you can’t have FIRE. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?” In other words – Christ says: “you tell ME how to fix this dilemma – I don’t have a clue!” Then the smarter-than-God Jared politely asks Jehovah to touch some clear stones and make them glow for their light. This is what leads to Jared first seeing Jehovah’s finger touching the stones – and then his whole body is seen, which Jared learns is the coming Jesus Christ.
I find it stranger still that Jared didn’t seem to be at all concerned about how he was going to deal with the feces and urine sloshing around in these “tight as a dish” vessels during the upcoming. Keep in mind he also had his flocks and his “swarms of honeybees” to deal with also in these vessels. It would seem that breathing fresh air is only a part of a much bigger dilemma – imagine the smell emanating from the numerous men, women, and animals in an air-tight vessel only as “large as a tree” for weeks on end.
This construction project is diametrically different than Noah’s multi-year construction project. Jehovah gave precise construction blueprints to Noah, who had NEVER built a ship before.
As improbable as the barge-building account is to believe, the final clue that the entire fanciful tale is the product of a diseased D.I.D. mind is the historical facts concerning the “Book of the Ether” and its account of the Tower of Babel. Flavius Josephus documents the biblical account extremely well, and gives us important details. In his “Antiquities of the Jews” Josephus records the following:
Chapter 4. CONCERNING THE TOWER OF BABYLON, AND THE CONFUSION OF TONGUES.
1. Now the sons of Noah were three, – Shem, Japhet, and Ham, born one hundred years before the Deluge. These first of all descended from the mountains into the plains, and fixed their habitation there; and persuaded others (sons and daughters) who were greatly afraid of the lower grounds on account of the flood, and so were very loath to come down from the higher places, to venture to follow their examples. Now the plain in which they first dwelt was called Shinar. God also commanded them to send colonies abroad, for the thorough peopling of the earth, that they might not raise seditions among themselves, but might cultivate a great part of the earth, and enjoy its fruits after a plentiful manner. But they were so ill instructed that they did not obey God; for which reason they fell into calamities, and were made sensible, by experience, of what sin they had been guilty: for when they flourished with a numerous youth, God admonished them again to send out colonies; but they, imagining the prosperity they enjoyed was not derived from the favor of God, but supposing that their own power was the proper cause of the plentiful condition they were in, did not obey him. Nay, they added to this their disobedience to the Divine will, the suspicion that they were therefore ordered to send out separate colonies, that, being divided asunder, they might the more easily be Oppressed.
2. Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers !
3. Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them divers languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion.
Ether 2:1 clearly indicates that this quite size-able entourage of “Jaredites” led by the mighty hero Jared “went down” into the valley that was called Nimrod as this great tower was being constructed. The problem is, according to the Genesis account, as well as historians like Josephus, and the Book of Jubilees account – there was nobody named Jared ANYWHERE in the sacred genealogy. Keep in mind that at the time of Nimrod – who clearly was the Grandson of Noah’s son Ham – every body in the plain of Shinar was either a cousin, or a brother, or an uncle, etc. Genesis Chapter 10 is VERY clear on this. When the Tower was built, the only families were Ham’s four sons and their posterity (Nimrod being the son of Ham’s son Cush), Japheth’s seven sons, and Shem’s five sons. Each and every son and grandson is accounted for as the Tower of Babel was being built. JARED is simply not listed in the biblical genealogy. He simply didn’t exist, according to the Genesis account. Whoever wrote this fictional book of Ether should have used a different Genesis name for their hero – such as Elishah or Eber, if they wanted it to be taken seriously as true scripture!! How about Asshur and his clan – who were the only ones to abandon the Land of Shinar before the Tower was constructed? (Asshur’s family are all accounted for too – no “Jared” or his brother (Mahonri Moriancumer?) there either.)
That’s not the worst problem for Book of Mormon believers to deal with, however. The BIGGEST problem is that Jared’s “Choice Land” [i.e. the North American Continent] didn’t even exist at the time of the Tower of Babel, so how could Jared have possible sailed there in his wooden, “tight as a dish” barges??? “Continental Drift” had simply not yet occurred! There was no “Atlantic Ocean” and the land mass of North, Central, and South America was simply a part of the combined mass-continent at the time of the Tower of Babel – much of which was still submerged under water by the deluge. OOPS! See what happens when one tells fairy tales plucked from the Ether if you don’t know Bible History and world geography???
The Holy Bible is quite clear on this fact. Shem’s son Arphaxad begat Salah (the 1st cousin of Cush – Salah means scattering of the people – as in the Babel incident), who begat Eber (the same generation as Nimrod, his 2nd cousin), who begat a son named Peleg! In Hebrew, Peleg literally means “Divison by 7”! Genesis 10:25 tells us: “in his [Peleg’s] days WAS THE EARTH DIVIDED!” Notice it says THE EARTH – not the ‘people of the earth’ – literally meaning the division of the earth itself into 7 land masses known today as “continents”. Peleg lived well over 200 years, and was the 4th generation from Noah – so we’re talking at least 150 years since the tower of Babel and the scattering of people and scrambling of tongues! Futhermore, “continental drift” is a rather slow yet steady process of “dividing the earth” into the seven continents. It would likely have taken many, many centuries for the North American continent to drift to the point that it needed sailing vessels (or tight-as-a-dish barges) to reach it.
The concept of “Continental Drift” is one biblical concept that is generally accepted by science these days. Check out this animation from the U.S. Geological Survey to show exactly how the SEVEN continents formed over time, (and are still moving today).
In conclusion, check out this modern replica of Noah’s Ark – built from the Biblical dimensions and descriptions. Seems funny that BYU apologists have to-date failed to build any replica of the Jaredite Tight-as-a-Dish Barges for display at Utah Lake!!