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Wrong Ezra Booth?

Mr. Ezra Booth

Methodist Minister


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Mormon Church


Carlingford Court

Carlingford, New South Wales 2118


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Methodist Minister
LDS Church

Methodist Minister
Methodist Episcopal Church

Hiram College


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jesus Christ

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Uncle Dale's Old Mormon Articles: Early Ohio 1829-31

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9 of the RLDS History of the Church and Ezra Booth's letter of Oct. 31, 1831).

Note 2: For an anecdote on Alexander Campbell's supposed meeting with Sidney Rigdon during this period, see the closing paragraph of Ezra Booth's letter, published Nov. 11, 1831 in the Ohio Star.
Booth and Rider, two Methodist Ministers, who, a few months ago, joined the Mormon Standard, and followed the infatuated Jo Smith to Missouri, have recently returned to this section of country -- and that, at the late Campmeeting at Shalersville, in this County, they made a public renunciation of the Mormon faith.
Note 2: Historian Amos Hayden dates the alienation of elders Ezra Booth and Simmons Ryder from the Mormons to "about the 1st of September, 1831 (see Hayden's History of the Disciples, page 252).
See also the Ohio Star of Oct. 20th for Lewis L. Rice's comments on Ezra Booth's "renunciation"
Booth and Rider, two Methodist Ministers, who, a few months ago joined the Mormon Standard, and followed the infatuated Jo Smith to Missouri, have recently returned to this section of country -- and that, at the late Campmeeting at Shalersville, in this County, they made a public renunciation of the Mormon faith. -- Observer & Telegraph.
The numbers of Mr. Booth bear the impress of honest sincerity and deep repentance.
Note 1: Ezra Booth, (1792- aft. 1860) was an Ohio Methodist minister who witnessed a supposedly miraculous LDS healing and was baptized a Mormon late in 1830 or early in 1831, apparently in Portage Co., Ohio. Within a short time he was ordained an Elder, and on June 3, 1831 he was ordained a High Priest by LDS official Lyman Wight. During the summer of 1831 Booth traveled in company with Elder Isaac Morley (see LDS Doc. & Cov. Sec. 52) on Mormon activities Missouri and attended the consecration of the "Temple Lot" in that state. Following the disheartening outcome of his experiences, Booth withdrew from the LDS Church membership (some sources say he was excommunicated in early Sept. 1831) and, for the next 30 years lived on his farm at Mantua, Portage Co., Ohio.
Note 2: Ezra was the first person to leave the LDS Church who wrote extensively of his experience while a member of that organization. His nine letters on this topic have been often reprinted since he wrote the first of them for publication in the Ohio Star of Oct. 13, 1831. Strangely, not many newspaper editors saw fit to copy or notice Ezra Booth's remarkable series of disclosures.

Christianity & Mormonism - Roger Knecht

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Church of Christ, Ezra Booth, 1836

1994 Richard Van Wagoner Book

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Ezra Booth, a Methodist minister in nearby Mantua, converted to Mormonism in 1831 and went to Hiram on a brief missionary tour.

Booth requested the opportunity to speak after a Ryder sermon, and Ryder consented.
On 7 June 1831 Booth was commissioned by Joseph Smith to participate in the first missionary tour to Missouri.
Although Booth was "silenced from preaching as an Elder in this Church" on 6 September 1831, five days after returning from Missouri, he would not be
Booth complied in a series of nine letters to Reverend Eddy which appeared in the Ohio Star (Ravenna) from 13 October to 8 December 1831.
Ambrose Palmer, who was converted by Booth earlier in the year, felt the letters gave Mormonism "such a coloring, or appearance of falsehood, that the public feeling was, that 'Mormonism' was overthrown.
To counteract Booth's letters a 1 December 1831 revelation told Smith and Rigdon to stop translating "for the space of a season" and preach roundabout.
setting forth the truth, vindicating the cause of our Redeemer; showing that the day of vengeance was coming upon this generation like a thief in the night; that prejudice, blindness and darkness filled the minds of many, and caused them to persecute the true Church, and reject the true light; by which means we did much towards allaying the excited feelings which were growing out of the scandalous letters then being published in the Ohio Star, at Ravenna, by the before-mentioned apostate, Ezra Booth. 10
12 In this war of words with Booth, Rigdon was the designated Goliath.
Booth did not attend the 25 December lecture, and Rigdon, in a bad-tempered rhetorical assault, skewered his antagonist's character.
Booth was not a total milksop; he merely preferred the safer medium of the newspaper.
The volume contained a lengthy critique of the Book of Mormon, a reprint of Ezra Booth's nine letters, disparaging affidavits provided by Joseph Smith's old New York neighbors, and an introduction to the Spalding theory of the origin of the Book of Mormon.

Revelation, 10 January 1832 [D&C 73] - Summary

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At a 6 September 1831 conference held at Nelson, Ohio, Ezra Booth was "silenced from preaching as an Elder. Booth, a prominent Methodist minister before joining the Church of Christ, became disaffected during a mission to Missouri.

Between October 13, 1831, and December ...

prophetjosephsmith.org [cached]

Between October 13, 1831, and December 10, a former member of the Mormon Church, Ezra Booth, began printing lies about the Church in the Ohio Star Newspaper. He printed nine letters which he claimed truthfully detailed his experience as a member of the Church. God had chastened Ezra Booth in September:

"Behold, I, the Lord, was angry with him who was my servant Ezra Booth, and also my servant Isaac Morley, for they kept not the law, neither the commandment; they sought evil in their hearts, and I, the Lord, withheld my Spirit. They condemned for evil that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless I have forgiven my servant Isaac Morley."1
Ezra Booth was bitter and disillusioned. He had joined the Church when he saw a miraculous healing and was upset that he did not experience miracles constantly.
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were very successful in showing many that the things being printed by Ezra Booth were not true.

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