12Re: Patriarch Smith
- Aug 9, 2009Elyza,
As far as I know Eldred G. Smith continued
after granted emeritus status to give Patriarchal
Blessings and do monogamous marital sealings that's all.
The LDS resumed continuing plural marriage secretly
under Pres. Kimball's administration (that's why he
was able to get a bit of revelation). Eldred G. Smith
was not involved (PS couldn't be trusted).
There were also allegations of misconduct with boys against
Smith. He also refused to turn over to the church a seerstone
that formerly belonged to Joseph (hope I am remembering right
The real reason for President Kimball's retirement of
Eldred G. Smith is rumoured to relate to Patriarch Smith's
opposition to President Kimball giving the opportunity of
Priesthood to all worthy male members.
The whole story of the conflict between the Patriarch's and the
the church and Presidents of the church is documented in
Irene Bate's book LOST LEGACY which I highly recommend. The
book even explains cogently some of the disputes between
Hyrum and the Prophet Joseph (Hyrum was against plural marriage until
1843 or so).
I think President Kimball just wanted to be done with the
issue of the Patriarch to the church being "the highest office in the
church." [the Prophet Joseph at the trial of Benjamin Wincester]
If you read the book Lost Legacy you will see that
the problem of who presides over the church has a history.
President Kimball may also have known that the Patriarchal
priesthood line (D&C 107) has actually been with the Brigham Young
line and rightly belongs to the "natural" lineage heirs of
the prophet Brigham while the birthright to the fulness of the
priesthood belongs to a descendant of Brigham Young and his
Eldest adopted son Joshua Sawyer Holman.
The birthright to the Patriarchal keys and to the fulness
of the Priesthood Keys (D&C84:6-17) belong to the Brigham
Young line because Brigham Young's father was adopted to
the Prophet Joseph Smith as his birthright heir. The prophet
Joseph had a right to the presiding keys by BLOOD as the heir
of his Dad the eldest born of Ephraim.
Of course we are in the middle of an apostolic interregnum
with the 12 forming a First presidency (usually from the
President of the 12) and ignoring the Brigham Young line's
birthright to preside by lineage and by Blood.
I would be happy to dig out some quotes from the book
Lost Legacy if you have any questions.
During Pres. Hinkley's administration I felt especially
sorry for Patriarch Smith. Patriarch Smith was invited to the outdoor cornerstone ceremony for the Palmyra temple. He was
seated in the audience and not on the stand. While Pres. Hinkley
recognized him from the stand it was a slap in the face to
have the Patriarch emeritus or not, the only Smith relative present seated in the audience (in the sun no less).
Rest assured IMHO there were no secret missions for Eldred G. Smith
The Brethren did not trust him after 1978.
hope this helps,
--- In Church_of_the_Firstborn_Westwood@yahoogroups.com, "elyza2012" <adohni@...> wrote:
> I've often wondered if Patriarch Smith continued with the sealing keys after he was retired (LDS Church) and they only pretended publicly that he didn't perform the higher ordinances. Is it possible that the LDS Church continues the underground unbeknownst to you and me? With only those needing to know or called to know,,,,having that information?
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