There’s an odd little caveat in the prime revelation of Mormonism—D&C 132, which reads:

He shall commit NO MURDER whereby to SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit NO MURDER whereby to SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their EXALTATION and glory in all things (D&C 132:19)

Which is repeated:

If they commit NO MURDER wherein they SHED INNOCENT BLOOD, yet they shall come forth in the first resurrection, and enter into their exaltation;  (D&C 132:26)

That contradicts the Lord’s mandate that ALL sins be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Ghost:

Wherefore I say unto you, ALL manner of SIN and BLASPHEMY shall be FORGIVEN unto men: but the BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST shall not be forgiven unto men. (Matthew 12:31)

Which Joe was sure to hi-jack, along with other teachings:

The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall not be forgiven in the world nor out of the world IS IN THAT YE COMMIT MURDER wherein ye SHED INNOCENT BLOOD (D&C 132:27)

Murder has nothing to do with the Holy Ghost. Of the 33+ wives Joe married, one may ask why none of them had children by him. Is he responsible for the death of innocent children through abortion? Have all who participated in abortions damned themselves to Hell?

Why does the Mormon Church accept converts who have participated in abortions? As Joe said, if it’s unforgivable, aren’t they doomed to Hell?

Governor Lilburn Boggs

This is another fancy revelation penned by Joe [July 12, 1843] without the aid of the Urim and Thummim or God’s Spirit that served another sinister purpose—justify the attempted murder of Governor Boggs [May 6, 1842]:

“Let me tell you, that Joe Smith told me the fact himself. The words were substantially like this, ‘I sent Rockwell to kill Boggs, but he missed him. It was a failure; he wounded him instead of sending him to Hell.'” (Interview of William Law, March 30, 1887, Salt Lake Daily Tribune, July 31, 1887)

John C. Bennett reported that Smith had offered a cash reward to anyone who would assassinate Boggs, and that Smith had admitted to him that Rockwell had done the deed. (

John Cook Bennett (August 4, 1804 – August 5, 1867) was an American physician and briefly a ranking and influential leader of the Latter Day Saint movement, who acted as mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and Major-General of the Nauvoo Legion in the early 1840s.

Bennett was essential to the passing of the Nauvoo city charter, the provisions of which he had helped craft, in the Illinois Legislature. He even garnered praise for his lobbying efforts from the young Abraham Lincoln.

His efforts on behalf of the Mormons and the long time he spent living in the Mansion House in Nauvoo secured Bennett the confidence of Smith.

Contemporary sources indicate that Bennett used his trusted position as a doctor to allay fears of women he attempted to seduce by telling them that he could cause ABORTIONS by administering medicine if they became pregnant. While Bennett was mayor, he was caught in private sexual relations with women in the city. He told the women that the practice, which he termed “spiritual wifery”, was sanctioned by God and Smith and that Smith did the same. (

“All the way out and back, he [Joe] pressed me [Joseph H. Jackson] to kill Boggs, and said that he would pay me well for it … All the while, he was urging the killing of Boggs, he insisted that it was the will of God, and in God’s name he offered me a reward for his blood.

This was all done with an air of sanctimonious gravity, and with a look of innocence, that would make one almost believe that the Prophet really thought that he was acting under the command of Heaven.

I was utterly astonished to see this man concoct the most hellish plans for MURDER and REVENGE, and yet, with pertinacity insist that it was right in the sight of God.” (Joseph H. Jackson, A Narrative of the Adventures and Experience of Joseph H. Jackson in Nauvoo, Warsaw, IL, 1844, p. 6; see also: Attempted assassination of Lilburn Boggs

Dr. William Law

“They [Joe and Hyrum] tried to get rid of me in different ways. One was by poisoning.” (“Interview of William Law, March 30, 1887,” Salt Lake Daily Tribune, July 31, 1887)

“Our lives are threatened and our steps watched by night and day.” (Law Nauvoo Diary, 1 June 1844, in Cook, William Law: Biographical Essay, p. 55)

Chauncey L. Higbee, in an affidavit testified that Joseph H. Jackson said “that Joseph Smith of Nauvoo, had tried to hire him to murder…William Law.” (Warsaw Signal, Illinois, May 8, 1844)

Mormon Missouri War

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Mormonism and Violence

There were also notable incidents in which Mormons perpetrated violence. Under the direction of Mormon prophets and apostles, the Mormon burned and looted Davies County, attacked and killed a member of the Missouri state militia, and carried out an extermination order on the Timpanogos. Other Mormon leaders led the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Battle Creek massacre, and Circleville Massacre. Mormons have also been a major part in several wars, including the 1838 Mormon War, Walker War and Black Hawk War. (