Two Prophets at Kirtland

Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz

in The Kingdom of Matthias

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780195098358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854134 | DOI:
Two Prophets at Kirtland

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This section provides the settings to which the Prophet Matthias—four months out of jail, who was found guilty of contempt of court and malicious assault on his own daughter—arrived at Kirtland on November 5, 1835 and sought to meet the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. Matthias announced himself as Joshua, the Jewish minister (there was no need to reveal himself as the infamous Matthias, whose name had appeared in all the newspapers accused of murder and theft) when he met Smith, with his scribe writing furiously at his side, who revealed details of his early sacred history in Palmyra New York. It notes that the meeting of Matthias and Smith was one of hundreds of strange religious events that occurred all across the United States from the 1820s through the 1840s.

Keywords: Prophet Matthias; jail; Kirtland; Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith; Palmyra; New York

Chapter.  2829 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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