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Background Information

Employment History

BOAP

Bookcraft Inc

Methodist Minister

Hiram College

Mormonism Investigated

Affiliations

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Member
Jesus Christ

Founder
The Church of Christ

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Mormons

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The Prophet Joseph Smith.org

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Ezra Booth

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Ezra Booth

"This was Ezra Booth, formerly a Methodist minister of Hiram, Portage county, Ohio.


Feature Articles: When did Sidney Rigdon first meet Joseph Smith? Part 3

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The force of this shock was like an earthquake, when Symonds Ryder, Ezra Booth and many others, submitted to the "New Dispensation."

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First of all was the preacher, Sidney Rigdon (who undoubtedly was a fellow-conspirator with Joe Smith, and perhaps the real originator of the fraud), then there was Oliver Snow, a Baptist since 1809, later in the Disciple Church, a farmer of property and intelligence; and Rev. Ezra Booth of the Methodist Church, a bright and well-informed man, whose daughter, Almeda, a score of years later, became a prominent teacher at Hiram and an associate of President Garfield in that noted school; and last, but not least, Symonds Rider, of Hiram, the young preacher who had come out to profess his faith when Elder Thomas Campbell (father of Alexander) preached May 25, 1828, in Jotham Atwater's barn.


Ezra Booth

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Ezra Booth

"This was Ezra Booth, formerly a Methodist minister of Hiram, Portage county, Ohio.


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).

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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.
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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.
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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).
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See also the Ohio Star of Oct. 20th for Lewis L. Rice's comments on Ezra Booth's "renunciation"
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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.
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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.


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.

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Booth requested the opportunity to speak after a Ryder sermon, and Ryder consented.
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On 7 June 1831 Booth was commissioned by Joseph Smith to participate in the first missionary tour to Missouri.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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12 In this war of words with Booth, Rigdon was the designated Goliath.
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Booth did not attend the 25 December lecture, and Rigdon, in a bad-tempered rhetorical assault, skewered his antagonist's character.
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Booth was not a total milksop; he merely preferred the safer medium of the newspaper.
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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.

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