Considering all that you have been through, tell us the truth about Smith and those Plates. You eventually realized it was all a big scam, didn ‛t you ? That is why you did not follow the Church, correct ?  
  No, there
was no
scam !
 
     
  I did suffer, but much of it I brought upon myself. I disagreed with many of the brethren on business matters in Kirtland. They had established the Kirtland Safety Society ( bank ) and asked me to participate. I did not want to invest in paper money ( I preferred Gold ), and so I did not join. Later, when the Safety Society failed, I spoke out against Joseph for promoting the idea. Some say I was excommunicated, but I was never officially notified. I later found out that Joseph had not been responsible for the failure of the Society and had tried to prevent it ‛s failure, but, by then, I was offended and my pride was hurt.1  
     
  I never wanted to lose my membership in the Church, and I consented to be rebaptized in 1842 to show my humility. However, when the Church moved west, I was left behind. This made me feel that I had not been treated with the respect that I deserved, considering I had sacrificed so much.2  

 

1 James ; “ The Man Who Knew,” Pgs 167, 168 2 Ibid

 

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