We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Friday, January 28, 2011

Joseph Smith - Prophet? Final Episode

The following are reports of prophecies made by Joseph Smith found in unofficial sources.  Not that they can’t be found in official sources, just that I haven’t taken the time to research them; I trust the sources cited.

1.  In 1830 Joseph received a revelation from the Urim and Thummin directing Oliver Cowdery and Hiram Page to go to Toronto, where they would find a man anxious to buy the Book of Mormon, financing its publication.  In Cowdery's Defense in a Rehearsal of My Grounds for Separating Myself from the Latter Day Saints, he said, "We did not find him and had to return surprised and disappointed.... I well remember how hard I strove to drive away the foreboding which seized me, that the First Elder had made tool of us, where we thought in the simplicity of our hearts that we were divinely commanded."  (Fawn Brodie, No Man Knows My History, p. 81)
Did Cowdery and Page acquire the financing as prophesied?  No, they did not.  Prophecy failed.
2.  In 1831 in Kirtland, at the first general conference, the following was observed by Ezra Booth, and reported by him (as cited by Brodie, p.111-112) after leaving the church later that year:
 Seizing a convert's hand which had been crippled by an accident, [Joseph] cried, "Brother Murdock, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to straighten your hand!" and tugged at the stiffly curled fingers.  Again he demanded it, but the fingers merely returned to their old distortion.

Quickly he turned to an old man lame in one leg and ordered him to rise and walk.  The man took a step or two and then his faith failed.  Now a father brought in a dead child, whom he had refused to bury until after the conference.  The most earnest and frantic prayers left the tiny gray body motionless.  Joseph found it impossible to reproach the parents for lack of faith, since they were the last to be convinced that the child could not be made to breathe again. 
These aren’t really prophecies, but are these failed healings something one would expect from a prophet of God?  Didn’t the biblical apostles, and even O.T. prophets, perform healings of this nature?
3.  "After the Cholera had ceased its ravages in New York, in 1832, Smith prophesied it would return the ensuing year, with much greater severity and violence, and nearly depopulate the city.  From the known character of that disease, its return was apprehended by most people, and with more fatal effects.  This was thought by our modern prophet, to be too good an opportunity to pass unimproved, for establishing his reputation as a true prophet of God.  But the prediction wholly failed."  E.D. Howe, 1834, Mormonism Unvailed, p.132
Would this be an indication of a false prophecy?
4.  Reed Peck, in his manuscript dated 9/18/1839, Quincy, IL, stated that in the summer of 1834 Joseph told Zion's Camp that, "within three years they should march to Jackson County and there should not be a dog to open his mouth against them."  
Did this happen before the summer of 1837?  No.  This prophecy failed to come to pass.
5. In 1837 Joseph Smith stated that  The inhabitants of the moon are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants of the Earth, being about six feet in height.  They dress very much like the Quaker style and are quite general in style, or the one fashion of dress.  They live to be very old: coming generally near a thousand years. Journal of Oliver B. Huntington.  Also in The Young Woman's Journal
Is this an accurate prophecy?   Of course not; it is nothing but foolishness.
6.  July 4, 1838 at Far West.  As reported by John D. Lee:
That day Joseph Smith made known to the people the substance of a revelation he had before received from God.  It was to the effect that all the Saints throughout the land were required to sell their possessions, gather all their money together, and send an agent to buy up all the land in the region round about Far West, and get a patent for the land from the government, then deed it over to the Church; then every man should come up there to the land of their promised inheritance and consecrate what they had to the Lord.  In return the Prophet would set apart a tract of land for each Saint - the amount to correspond with the number of the Saint's family - and this land should be for each Saint an everlasting inheritance.  In this way the people could, in time, redeem Zion (Jackson County) without the shedding of blood.  It was also revealed that unless this was done, in accordance with God's demand, as required by Him in the revelation then given to the people through his Prophet, Joseph Smith, the Saints would be driven from State to State, from city to city, from one abiding place to another, until the members would die and waste away, leaving but a remnant of the Saints to return and receive their inheritance in Zion (Jackson County) in the Last Days.  Sidney Rigdon was then the mouth-piece of Joseph Smith, as Aaron was of Moses in olden time.  Rigdon told the Saints that day that if they did not come up as true Saints and consecrate their property to the Lord, by laying it down at the feet of the apostles, they would in a short time be compelled to consecrate and yield it up to the Gentiles.  That if the Saints would be united as one man, in this consecration of their entire wealth to the God of Heaven, by giving it up to the control of the Apostolic Priesthood, then there would be no further danger to the Saints; they would no more be driven from their homes on account of their faith and holy works, for the Lord had revealed to Joseph Smith that He would then fight the battles of His children, and save them from all their enemies.  That the Mormon people would never be accepted as the children of God unless they were united as one man, in temporal as well as spiritual affairs, for Jesus had said unless ye are one, ye are not mine; that oneness must exist to make the Saints the accepted children of God.  That if the Saints would yield obedience to the commands of the Lord all would be well, for the Lord had confirmed these promises by a revelation which He had given to Joseph Smith, in which it was said: "I, the Lord, will fight the battles of my people, and if your enemies shall come up against you, spare them, and if they shall come up against you again, then shall ye spare them also; even unto the third time shall ye spare them; but if they come up against you the fourth time, I, the Lord, will deliver them into your hands, to do with them as seemeth good unto you; but if you will then spare them it shall be accounted unto you for righteousness."
Did the Saints retain the ground in Missouri as an "everlasting inheritance"?  Did the Mormons defeat the Missourians?  The answer to both questions is a resounding “NO.”  
Lastly, let us look at two hoaxes pulled on this “prophet of God.”  While there are plenty of references available for this information, the following is from pp. 290-291 of No Man Knows My History, by Fawn Brodie.

One visitor [to Nauvoo], Henry Caswall, an Episcopalian preacher from a St. Louis college, armed himself with an ancient manuscript psalter written in Greek and, pretending to be ignorant of its contents, offered it to Joseph for his scrutiny.  Under the prophet's questioning he finally admitted that he believed the language to be Greek, but this Joseph contradicted.  Caswall, exaggerating the imperfections of Joseph's grammar, later related the story as follows:
"No, it ain't Greek at all," Joseph said, "except perhaps a few words.  What ain't Greek is Egyptian; and what ain't Egyptian is Greek.  This book is very valuable.  It is a dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphics."  Pointing to the capital letters at the commencement of each verse, he went on: "Them figures is Egyptian hieroglyphics, written in reformed Egyptian.  Them characters is like the letters that was engraved on the golden plates."
When the prophet left the room, Caswall turned triumphantly to the men present and exposed his trick.  "They appeared confounded for a while," he wrote, "but at length the Mormon doctor said: 'Sometimes Mr. Smith speaks as a prophet, and sometimes as a mere man.  If he gave a wrong opinion respecting the book, he spoke as a mere man.'" 
....

Perhaps the most deliberate hoax ever played on Joseph Smith was contrived by three men in the near-by town of Kinderhook.  One of them, Bridge Whitton, cut six copper sheets into the shape of a bell, and the other two, Robert Wiley and Wilbur Fugate, covered them with fanciful writing by a simple etching process.  They smeared acid over the plates to corrode them, bound them together with a piece of rusted hoop iron, and carefully buried them along with some Indian bones in an Indian mound near by that had been an object of much curiosity and desultory digging.  Wiley spread the story that he had dreamed of buried treasure three nights in succession, and invited assistance in hunting for it.
Two Mormons were present when the plates were found.  Although they had suspected a hoax, the sight of the corroded plates banished their mistrust.  Shouting for joy, they begged to take them to the prophet for deciphering.  But before giving them up, Wiley was careful to clean them with sulfuric acid so that the "hieroglyphics" could be easily read.
The whole of Nauvoo soon buzzed with the discovery.  The Times and Seasons published full reproductions as further proof of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, and the printing office sold facsimiles at one dollar a dozen.  Joseph stated in his journal that he "translated a portion" and discovered it to be a history of the person whose bones lay in the mound, “a descendant of Ham, through the loins of Pharaoh, king of Egypt."
ARE THESE MISTAKES A PROPHET OF GOD WOULD MAKE??  And doesn't this prove false Smith's claim to be able to translate other languages?
In this series I have shown false prophecies, failed healings and inability to discern hoaxes; is this the sort of “prophet” to whom you want to trust your eternal salvation?
Mormonism is proven to be a false belief system just by exposing their founding prophet for the fraud that he was.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Joseph Smith - Prophet? Part 5

Today’s prophecies are the remaining which I have at this time from official LDS sources.  I’m sure with further study I will find more.
This time, if there are multiple prophecies in one item, I will be sure to count them!  Again, the numbers are in chronological sequence from previous posts.
29.  Hist. Vol. 5, p. 336 In 1842 Smith said the following: Were I going to prophesy, I would say the end would not come in 1844, 5 or 6, or in forty years.  There are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death till Christ comes.  I was once praying earnestly upon this subject, and a voice said unto me, "My son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years of age, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man." ...I prophecy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written - the Son of Man will not come in the clouds of heaven till I am eighty-five years old, [48 years hence or c. 1890].
This passage is taken from Smith's diary, but modern LDS historians have removed the last phrase.  Even without that phrase, Smith is stating that Christ will return about 1890.  Did this come to pass?  He claimed that some of the "rising generation" would not die before seeing Christ; since they are all dead, did Christ come?  In this item there are two failed prophecies.
30.  D&C Section 127:2 (Sep. 1, 1842):  ...for to this day has the God of my fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold, and lo, I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it. 
Did Smith triumph over all his enemies?  No, he was killed two years later by his enemies.  Therefore this is a failed prophecy
31.  Joseph Smith's Journal, as kept by Willard Richards, has the following for December 29, 1842:  Joseph said... Let the government of Missouri redress the wrongs she has done to the Mormons or let the curse follow them from generation to generation till they do.
Did Missouri ever redress the "wrongs" done to Mormons?  No.  Has it suffered the curse "from generation to generation"?  No it has not, therefore this prophecy has failed.
32.  Joseph Smith's Journal, as kept by Willard Richards, has the following entry for January 20, 1843: Hyde told of the excellent white wine he drank in [Palestine].  Joseph prophesied in the name of the Lord that he would drink wine with him in that country.  Joseph said, "From the 6th day of April next, I go in for preparing with all present for a Mission through the United States and when we arrive at Maine we will take ship for England and so on to all countries where we are a mind for to go.
Joseph never left the U.S.; would this then be a false prophecy?
33.  Joseph Smith's Journal, as kept by Willard Richards, has the following entry for April 6, 1843:  I [Joseph Smith] prophecy in the name of the Lord God, and let it be written, that the Son of Man will not come in the heavens till I am 85 years old, 48 years hence or about 1890.
This is similar to item 29.  Did Jesus come in 1890?  Nope.  False prophecy.
34.  Hist. Vol. 5, p. 394 (also found in Teachings, p. 302):  In 1843 Smith made this prophecy against the U.S.:  "I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and punish the crimes committed by her officers that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left..."  
The U.S. did not redress the wrongs; was this prophecy fulfilled?  No; it failed to come to pass.
35.  D&C Section 132 (July 12, 1843):  4. For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory. ... 6. And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant [i.e., polygamy or plural marriage], it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God. ... 52. And let my handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; and those who are not pure, and have said they were pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God. ... 54. And I command mine handmaid, Emma Smith, to abide and cleave unto my servant Joseph and none else.  But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord; for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law. 
There are two specific prophecies in this item.  1) If this was an "everlasting" covenant, why was it officially discontinued in 1890?  According to this prophecy, those who reject this command and are not living in plural marriage are damned.  2) Emma never agreed with this prophecy, and even later claimed it was a product of Brigham Young and Hiram Smith.  Was she destroyed?  No, she lived to be almost 75 years old, 36 years after this prophecy was given.
36.  Hist. Vol. 6, p. 58 cites the following prophecy from Joseph Smith:  "I prophesy, in the name of the Lord God of Israel, anguish and wrath and tribulation and the withdrawing of the Spirit of God from the earth await this generation, until they are visited with utter destruction." 
Did this happen to that generation? No, it did not.  The prophecy failed.
37.  Joseph Smith's Journal, as kept by Willard Richards, has the following for August 27, 1843: I [Joseph Smith] bear record this morning that all the combined powers of Earth and hell shall not overcome this boy.
Doesn't Joseph's death at the hands of a mob prove this prophecy false?
38.   Joseph Smith's Journal, as kept by Willard Richards, has the following for October 15, 1843: I [Joseph] prophecy in the name of the Lord God that anguish and wrath and trembulity and tribulation and the withdrawing of the spirit of God await this generation until they are visited with utter destruction.  This generation is as corrupt as the generation of Jews that crucified Christ and if he were here today and should preach the same doctrine he did then, why they would crucify him.  I defy all the world and I prophecy they will never overthrow me till I get ready.
This is similar to item 36.  Two specific failed prophecies.  1) Did that generation experience the prophecy; were they visited with "utter destruction"?   2) Since Joseph had a gun and fought back, was he ready to be overthrown when he was killed? The self-defense act would suggest he was not ready.
39.  Hist. Vol. 6, p. 116 cites this prophecy given 16 December 1843 (originally printed in the Millennial Star, vol.22, pg 455, and cited in Joseph's Journal as recorded by Willard Richards): "While discussing the petition to Congress, I prophesied, by virtue of the Holy Priesthood vested in me, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that if Congress will not hear our petition and grant us protection, they shall be broken up as a government.  AND GOD SHALL DAMN THEM.  AND THERE SHALL NOTHING BE LEFT OF THEM - NOT EVEN A GREASE SPOT."    
Congress refused to hear the petition; was it broken up as a government?  No; the prophecy failed to come to pass.
40.  The Nauvoo Neighbor, 19 Jun 1844, quotes Joseph Smith: "I therefore, in behalf of the Municipal Court of Nauvoo, warn the lawless, not to be precipitate in any interference in our affairs, for as sure as there is a God in heaven, WE SHALL RIDE TRIUMPHANT OVER ALL OPPRESSION."  
Just eight days later Smith was killed, and within two years the Mormons were driven from Illinois.  Wouldn’t this be a false prophecy?  Why or why not?
So today I have presented 16 false prophecies in 12 items.  I have gone over the past three articles in this series to count total prophecies.  There are 39 separate items listed in this series (item 10 was explanatory and clarification of item 9), containing a total of 62 individual prophecies, all of which failed.
It should be very conclusive to anyone that Joseph Smith was not a prophet of God.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

One of my favorite hymns is Isaac Watts’ When I Survey the Wondrous Cross when sung to Lowell Mason’s tune “Hamburg.”  But as with other great old hymns, such as Amazing Grace twisted into Grace Like Rain, this wonderful hymn is being used for a song called The Wonderful Cross.
One thing both these new uses of old hymns do is remove very important verses with their solid doctrinal statements and replace them with trite choruses to be sung over and over.  I don’t understand why contemporary “artists” can’t just come up with their own songs instead of mangling old ones, except for perhaps it’s an easy way to make another buck without having any talent for hymn-writing.
I have to admit that, unlike Grace Like Rain which removes the very memorable tune of Amazing Grace and replaces it with a horrible, tuneless dirge, The Wonderful Cross at least keeps “Hamburg” as the tune for the verses.
Unfortunately, these gross misuses of old hymns don’t stay on the CDs or radio - the church has decided to adopt them as part of their worship services.  It seems to be all about pleasing the rock and roll crowd with their emotional need for 7/24 choruses (7 words sung 24 times).
Well, here is Isaac Watts’ When I Survey the Wondrous Cross as normally printed in hymnals, with that second verse which is deleted from the contemporary model.  Let’s go back to this in our worship services, and leave The Wonderful Cross version for the kids and their iPods.
When I survey the wondrous cross 
on which the Prince of Glory died; 
my richest gain I count but loss, 
and pour contempt on all my pride. 
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, 
save in the death of Christ, my God; 
all the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to his blood. 
See, from his head, his hands, his feet, 
sorrow and love flow mingled down. 
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, 
or thorns compose so rich a crown. 
Were the whole realm of nature mine, 
that were an offering far too small; 
love so amazing, so divine, 
demands my soul, my life, my all. 
[For the purists, there is a 4th stanza before the last one which I have never seen in a hymnal, although it wouldn’t hurt to add it:
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me]

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Joseph Smith - Prophet? Part 4

It’s time to look at some more prophecies by Joseph Smith and to examine whether or not they came true.
The first one was cited in Fawn Brodie’s book, No Man Knows My History, on p. 195, and is recorded in The Millennial Star, vol. 19, p.343. 
18.  "The Kirtland Bank was said to have been established by a revelation from God [in late 1836], and rumor skipped through the town that the prophet had predicted that like Aaron's rod it would swallow up all other banks 'and grow and flourish, and spread from the rivers to the ends of the earth, and survive when all others should be laid ruins.'"
[Footnote] "According to Warren Parrish, who succeeded Joseph as cashier of the bank, in a letter dated March 6, 1838, published March 24, 1838 in Zion's Watchman.  This letter was certified to be a statement of fact by Luke Johnson and John F. Boynton (former apostles) and Sylvester Smith and Leonard Rich (former seventies)."
What was the final disposition of the Kirtland Bank?  It failed within a fairly short time.  Was this in accordance with the prophecy?  Absolutely not - the prophecy failed.
19.  D&C Section 111 (Aug. 6, 1836 in Salem, MA): I have much treasure in this city for you, for the benefit of Zion, and many people in this city, whom I will gather out in due time for the benefit of Zion, through your instrumentality.... And it shall come to pass in due time that I will give this city into your hands, that you shall have power over it, insomuch that they shall not discover your secret parts; and its wealth pertaining to gold and silver shall be yours.  Concern not yourselves about your debts, for I will give you power to pay them.... This place you may obtain by hire.  And inquire diligently concerning the more ancient inhabitants and founders of this city; for there are more treasures than one for you in this city. 
As noted in the booklet, ...And it DIDN’T Come to Pass..., by J. Edward Decker & William J. Schnoebelen, "Neither Smith nor other LDS leaders ever found any treasures in Salem.  They did not take control of Salem, nor have any Mormons since.  The 'many people' were never gathered out, as only 13 were baptized out of the whole city.  The silver and gold prophesied was never found.  They returned to Kirtland without funds to pay their debts." 
Since none of these things took place as specified, doesn't that make this a false prophecy?
20.  The Latter-day Saint Messenger and Advocate, April 1837, p.488 quotes Joseph Smith as saying: This place [Kirtland, OH] must be built up, and every brother that will take hold and help secure these contracts [for land] shall be rich. 

No one became rich, the Mormons were driven out of Ohio, and the Bank failed, with even Joseph going bankrupt.  How is this accounted for; is this not a false prophecy?
21.  D&C Section 112:4-9 (July 23, 1837, to Thomas Marsh): ...thou shalt bear record of my name not only unto the Gentiles, but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.  ...for I, the Lord, have a great work for thee to do, in publishing my name among the children of men.... And by thy word many high ones shall be brought low, and by thy word many low ones shall be exalted. Thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor; and at thy rebuke let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness. 

Marsh was excommunicated from the church less than two years later.  Although he did rejoin the church 20 years later, during his absence he was a bitter enemy of the church.  He never did any of the works this prophecy claimed he would do.  If this was a prophecy of God, how can this be explained?
22.  D&C Section 114:1 (Apr. 17, 1838):  Verily thus saith the Lord:  It is wisdom in my servant David W. Patten, that he settle up all his business as soon as he possibly can, and make a disposition of his merchandise, that he may perform a mission unto me next spring, in company with others, even twelve including himself, to testify of my name and bear glad tidings unto all the world. 

Six months later David Patten was killed in Missouri.  Did God not know that would happen?  The LDS church in an effort to weasel out of this blatantly false prophecy, says that Patten was called on a mission to the Spirit world, but the context does not support this claim. 
23.  D&C Section 115:1. 7-12 (Apr.26, 1838): Verily thus saith the Lord.... 7. Let the city, Far West, be a holy and consecrated land unto me; and it shall be called most holy, for the ground upon which thou standest is holy. 8. Therefore, I command you to build a house unto me, for the gathering together of my saints, that they may worship me. 9. And let there be a beginning of this work, and a foundation, and a preparatory work, this following summer; 10. And let the beginning be made on the fourth day of July next, and from that time forth let my people labor diligently to build a house unto my name; 11. And in one year from this day let them re-commence laying the foundation of my house.  12. Thus let them from that time forth labor diligently until it shall be finished, from the corner stone thereof unto the top thereof, until there shall not anything remain that is not finished.

Although the cornerstone of this temple was laid, the temple was never built.  How is this accounted for, especially since God said that Far West was "holy and consecrated land?  Is this not another false prophecy?
24. D&C Section 117:12-15 (July 8, 1838): I remember my servant Oliver Granger; behold, verily I say unto him that his name shall be had in sacred remembrance from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord

Have you heard of Oliver Granger before reading this?  Has he been held in "sacred remembrance"?  Wouldn’t this be another false prophecy?
25.  Joseph Smith's Diary/Journal for 1838, written by scribe George W. Robinson, has the following for September 1, 1838:  The First Presidency [with] Judge Higbee (as surveyor) started this morning for the halfway house (as it is called) kept [by] Br. Littlefield, some 14 or 15 miles from Far West directly north, for the purpose of appointing a City of Zion for the gathering of the Saints in that place for safety and from the Storm which will soon come upon this generation.  That the brethren may be together in the hour of the coming of the Son of Man and that they may receive instructions to prepare them for that great day which will come upon this generation as a thief in the night.

Did "that great day" (i.e., "the coming of the Son of Man") come in that generation?  No, it did not.  This prophecy failed to come to pass.
26.  The following was written by Joseph Smith in a letter from Liberty Jail, Missouri, December 16, 1838, to the church in Caldwell County "and all the Saints who are scattered abroad:  I say unto you that those who have thus vilely treated us like Haman shall be hanged upon their own gallows, or in other words, shall fall into their own gin and snare and ditch and trap which they have prepared for us and shall go backwards and stumble and fall, and their names shall be blotted out, and God shall reward them according to all their abominations.
There is no record that any of those who were responsible for Joseph being in jail suffered from any of these curses.  Doesn’t that mean this prophecy failed?
27.  D&C Section 121:7-15 (March 20, 1839): My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.... And also that God hath set his hand and seal to change the times and seasons, and to blind their minds, that they may not understand his marvelous workings.... And not many years hence, that they and their posterity shall be swept from under heaven, saith God, that not one of them is left to stand by the wall. 
Did Joseph triumph over all his foes?  No, he was killed by them.  Did the LDS church triumph over its enemies?  No, it had to eventually evacuate to Utah.  
While in Utah, the church was forced to submit to federal law, give up polygamy, and change their position on blacks or lose their tax-exempt status; is this triumphing over enemies?  
When did God change the times and seasons?  When did God blind the minds of Smith's enemies?  Was every one of Smith's enemies "swept from under heaven?"  Absolutely not.  This short paragraph has several false prophecies, doesn’t it?
28.  D&C Section 124:56,59 (Jan. 1841) In reference to the Nauvoo House. "And now I say unto you, as pertaining to my boarding house which I have commanded you to build for the boarding of strangers, let it be built unto my name, and let my name be named upon it, and let my servant Joseph and his house have place therein, from generation to generation. ... Therefore, let my servant Joseph and his seed after him have place in that house, from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord."
Was the Nauvoo House ever finished?  No, it was not.  Has any of Joseph Smith’s family possessed it for this past 170 years?  No they haven’t.  Two failed prophecies.
Although I have noted 28 specific items, some of these entailed more than one prophecy, so that there are approximately 35 failed prophecies noted in this series so far.  How can Mormons of any sect continue to claim Joseph Smith was a prophet when the evidence demonstrates a track record of so many false prophecies?
There are much more false prophecies to be posted; keep tuned in.