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
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.
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.
Sec. 52) on Mormon activities Missouri and attended the consecration of the "Temple Lot" in that state.
Following the disheartening outcome of his
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.
Note 2: Ezra was the first person to leave the LDS Church who wrote extensively of his experience while a member of that organization.
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.