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Mr. Ezra Booth

Wrong Ezra Booth?


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Employment History

  • Mormonism Investigated
  • Methodist Minister

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  • Member
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Between October 13, 1831, and December ..., 11 Mar 2012 [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.
Uncle Dale's Old Mormon Articles: Early Ohio 1829-31 [cached]
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.
Ezra Booth and the Dangers of ..., 1 May 2011 [cached]
Ezra Booth and the Dangers of Gossip
Ezra Booth, a former minister, became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are often called Mormons, in 1831, when the church was still new. He had seen Joseph Smith heal the arm of a church member, and this was his reason for joining. However, Mormons know miracles don't really convert people. The miracle must be followed up with appropriate steps to gain a true testimony, including study and prayer. However, Booth did not do this and so he had only the single miracle to bolster his thin faith.
In the early days of the church, adult men, even those married, could be sent out on missions and often did so when they were quite new to the church. This is not the case today, where missionaries must be well-versed in their religion and have strong testimonies. Ezra Booth left on his mission only a few months after joining. This mission demonstrated his lack of true testimony as he faced his first necessity to sacrifice for his faith. He was angry over having to walk to his destination instead of being given transportation, even though the young church had no money for such things and neither did he. He began to feel upset that he didn't see a continual stream of miracles, not understanding that miracles are miracles precisely because they are rare. Missionary work wasn't the glamorous task he expected it to be.
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Tags: agency, Ezra Booth, gossip, integrity, Joseph Smith, Mormon history, Mormons
Ezra Booth and the Dangers of Gossip The Mormon Relief Society
Now lets look at the other ..., 19 Aug 1994 [cached]
Now lets look at the other contributor to E D Howe's book Ezra Booth.
Before joining the Church he was a Methodist minister paid no doubt for his services, shortly after he joined was sent on a mission during which he in some way incurred the displeasure of the Lord (D&C 65:15-16). Following this he left the Church and renounced mormonism and published a series of nine letters in the "Ohio Star".
I love D&C 65 so much I got carried away, the reference concerning Ezra Booth should be D&C 64:15-16 Jeff Walsh.
Mormon Claims Answered – Chapter 6: Priesthood | Utah Christian Publications, 21 Oct 2013 [cached]
Apostle George A. Smith also said Ezra Booth, a Methodist minister, was present when the elders first received the high priesthood in June, 1831 (J. of D., Vol. XI, p. 4).
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