John Pack, part 2.5

This is not the next part in the series, I just wanted to let you know that we put up a portion of John Pack’s autobiography/journal on here It’s an interesting, if short, reminiscence which gives Pack’s patriarchal blessing from Joseph Smith, Sr. among other things. Those acquainted with upper division temple liturgy will find something there too, as well as “adoption.” Note that Pack’s first wife, Julia, is also represented.

Elkenah. Check Out Kevin Barney’s Stuff

If you’ve got at least a little interest in the Book of Abraham, you’ll be interested in Kevin Barney’s article in the latest Journal of Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 19/1(2010):22-35. Excellent, thorough stuff.

Joseph Smith, John Pack and the High Priesthood, Part 2.

A couple of months ago I wrote part 1 of this post, intending to do part 2 shortly thereafter. But things got busy. So back at it now. In part 1 I introduced John Pack and his dilemma. Briefly, John Pack was in the presidency of the 8th quorum of Seventy in 1879 when his quorum asked the Quorum of the 12 to move him out for a couple of reasons. The apostles, then the presiding quorum in the church (no First Presidency at this point) voted to move Pack out of the quorum and make him a high priest. Pack agreed after some convincing but then reneged (more details in part 1).
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The Return of Lorenzo Barnes: Don’t Leave My Bones Far From Home

In the spirit of rehashing old ground (former posts), I offer you the following on Lorenzo Barnes. Barnes was an Ohio period convert to Mormonism and a perennial missionary for the Church from that time until his death in late 1842 while in missionary service in England. Barnes’ was in some sense a kind of ordinary Mormon, not one who found place among central Church leadership. Barnes’ personal life is largely unknown, but a budding romance caught the eye of several, including Wilford Woodruff who kept track Barnes’ lost love in order to reminisce.

As far as this post is concerned, Lorenzo Barnes is in the spotlight because Joseph Smith offered memorial remarks in his behalf when the news of Barnes’ death reach Nauvoo and hence Barnes gets a chapter in our book. The sermon drives Lorenzo’s history — after his death! Take a look at our first post about Lorenzo:

Lorenzo Barnes

Unknown Sermons of Joseph Smith

I’ve bemoaned the lack of sources for Joseph Smith’s sermons here. Part of the problem is the tantalizing tidbits we get from various places. One debated issue is the timing of the visit of Peter, James and John to pass on authority to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Not solving that here (although I think it was probably in 1829). But the literalness of this particular event and the idea that Joseph preached about the experience is the issue I want to bring up.
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Joseph Smith’s Dispensational Transition: Elias to Elijah to Messiah

[A prerequisite to understanding this post is a solid reading of its base text here.]

In Joseph Smith’s “first” King Follett discourse (March 10, 1844) he codifies a bit of Mormonism that had been fluttering around its edges from the beginning: the transition from beginning the movement to fleshing it out. There are many ways this plays out between 1820 and 1844. As Pete Crawley astutely observed: Read more of this post

JSP Revelations and Translations volume – Collectors Edition

So, if you want the leather-bound collector’s edition of the first volume in the Revelations and Translations series of the Joseph Smith Papers, it’s available. Numbered copies, not sure how many, but I suspect the demand may be less than for the first “Journals” volume. But the “working copy” version of R&T was so terrific, that I figured some of you might be interested in this. It’s $225.00.

If you’re interested in picking one up, and I know the cash outlay is heavy, you can contact Deseret Book. Shipping is $5.00. It weighs in at 10 lbs. The regular volumes are on sale, 40% off I think.

I got vol. 1 of Journals in leather. It is a fine piece and it was the first of them. This one though. I don’t know. Pretty hefty price tag. Maybe I’ll ask the CFO.

Mormon Communitarianism- Distinct by Eschatology

Mormon communitarianism came close on the heals of a number of such experiments. Robert Owen’s communities had an influence on Mormonism because several Owenite co-ops existed in the vicinity of Kirtland just prior to the advent of the Lamanite Missionaries landing there. When Parley Pratt, Ziba Peterson, Oliver Cowdery and Peter Whitmer came through Ohio during the fall before the hard winter of 1830-31, they found an Owenite inspired commune on the Isaac Morley farm. Some of the interesting details are in Mark Staker, Hearken O Ye People. (Kofford, 2010). This does have something to do with Joseph Smith’s funeral sermons:

Albert Brisbane and Joseph Smith