Skip to comments.Brother Brigham forces the LDS reader to ponder some uncomfortable thoughts
Posted on 04/23/2010 9:33:26 AM PDT by Colofornian
One of the quirkiest, and enjoyable edgy Mormon fiction out there remains Brother Brigham, (2007, Zarahemla Books) Its a pity that probably only a few hundred people have read the novel. Utah Author D. Michael Martindales bizarre, at times sexy tale prompts the attentive LDS reader to really wonder if theyre faith is as strong as they might like to think it is.
Brother Brigham, set in Salt Lake County, involves Cory Horace C.H. Young, descendent of Brigham Young, married in the temple to Danielle. A BYU marriage dropout with dreams of being a violinist, he works in a bookstore and lives in a tiny duplex with his wife and two sons, Petey and Glenn. At the bookstore theres a cute bohemian girl named Sheila who dabbles in satanism.
One day, out of the blue, Brigham Young appears to C.H. and tells him that the LDS Church has slipped into apostasy and that he, C.H., has been called of God to restore the Gospel. Brigham informs C.H. that polygamy must also be restored. Brigham leads C.H. to hidden away money in the desert west of Salt Lake City. The angel, using the same type of language as the Prophet Joseph Smith records in Mormon accounts, pushes C.H. to get things rolling. C.H. reluctantly agrees. He manages to convince his skeptical wife, and then follows the angels commandment to marry Satan-dabbler Sheila, who perhaps not surprisingly given her personality, accepts C.H.s offer. Things start to spiral out of control when Brigham commands C.H. to take an underage ward teen, Cyndy, as a second plural wife.
Brother Brigham is a lighter novel than may appear from the brief partial synopsis. C.H. is very reluctant to take on what hes been commanded to do despite promises from Brigham that he will be successful. Theres a lot of sex in Martindales prose. This will never be a novel found on the virgin shelves of Deseret Book. One funny, sexy sequence involves C.H. and Sheilas wedding night where, at least for the groom, plural love turns into solo lust.
I wont give away the ending of Brother Brigham, although a turn in the plot and the climax are quite clever. Mormon lore abounds in Brother Brigham. A promise in C.H.s patriarchal blessing seems to hint at what will occur to him. When Brigham appears to C.H., he follows Mormon lore by asking the angel to shake hands with him. The plot also includes references to the Book of Mormon and wrestling with demons and raging theological debates Parley P. Pratt-style.
Brother Brigham is not a book critical of the LDS faith, but its very plot forces the honest Mormon reader to confront two uncomfortable thoughts. How many of us, if we had lived in the time of Joseph Smith, would have believed a 14-year-old boy had been visted by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? And, a question perhaps even more difficult to answer, is: Had we been members of the early LDS Church, how many of us would have agreed to ditch our matrimonial covenants and pursue wives half our age? Would we have thought that was of God, or a product of lust?
These are not questions that todays Mormons ponder often. In fact, most of us have become quite comfortable scorning fundamentalist polygamist Mormons for their sinful lifestyles.
Brother Brigham, besides being a great read, reminds us that were pretty lucky to be Mormons in 2010, where C.Hs experiences remain something that were not likely to have to deal with.
God has never encouraged people to divorce.
Such thoughts show the sin beneath Mormonism.
Hmm...sounds like a 19th century story line...
...Brigham replaces an unnamed "personage"...
...$ instead of "gold plates"...
..."angel, using same type of language as the prophet" replaces gold plates using same type of language as KJV Bible (even though supposedly KJV published thousands of years after some of the BoM gold plate writings)...
underage ward teen...well, that was a direct import...Smith's first plural wife was an underage ward teen living at their house. Even Lds apologists say Smith was sleeping with her by 1831.
Typical anti-Mormon TWIST.
Who said to “ditch matrimonal covenants” means divorce. I am sure it was quite uncomfortable for many of them in the early days to have to change from the covenant of having the one wife to having more (which would probably and hopefully include the original) as it had been done before in bibical times.
What a faith test that would have to be.
I envy them not.
God has never encouraged people to divorce.
“ditch our matrimonial covenants” means to commit adultery...
Polygtamy is bigamy...adultery...
Who’s uncomfortable? I’m not.
I thought you always preached that mormons don't believe in the trinity and that they only believe that Jesus is God? Then how could a 14-year-old boy be "visted by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ"? I think you accidently exposed a constradiction in your zealotry. Doh!
Oh my! SOMEbody was exposed and it wasn’t Colofornian.
999, Do you know what the trinity is? Are there two personages in the Holy Trinity?
Try and act surprised.
The old "better to remain silent..." meme comes to mind...
I thought you always preached that mormons don't believe in the trinity and that they only believe that Jesus is God?
He shows just how confused he is regarding Mormons. What Mormons believe is that are three separate but equal Gods that make-up the godhead.....there is the flesh and bone God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who somehow became a God without ever getting a body of flesh and bone. Mormons do NOT believe in the Trinity and Colofornian has NEVER preached that Mormons believe Jesus is God - they certainly do NOT.
Like I said:
We now officially know the score on this one and can act accordingly.
The first wife becomes a ‘plural wife’, the FIRST plural wife, as soon as the second wife is enjoied. When a third wife is married into the circle, she is the third plural wife since the first wife has been relegated to first/only one on a list.
And yet, you are so much more sophisticated that you believe the entire world was populated by two people. And you believe that a guy literally parted the Red Sea or that a baby was born from a virgin. Or maybe you believe we came from monkeys? In the big picture, God visiting a boy ain't very extreme, but the sack you have to make fun of it because it is far fetched, is priceless.
The other day I asked what your your backgound with mormonism is http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2495971/posts?page=166#166 . I didn’t accuse you of being a Mormon only of having some sort of association with it - most people have some sort of background regarding Mormonism - they’ve run into missionaries, have family members or friends or work associates that are LDS . Now I know you were never a Mormon or close to a Mormon, you have no understanding of it. You don’t have a clue about their beliefs OR Christianity. I still wonder what your motivation is in inserting yourself into the discussion of Christian dogma. It looks like you are simply a disruptor.
At least you’ve exposed yourself here.
Officially done. Dusting off the shoes as we speak.
Quit while you're behind doesn't register does it...
See if you can find the irony...
No on the latter. (They teach Jesus is one of many, many gods...they reduce Jesus to just one god among a multi-level marketing divine scheme...they don't even know who's head of their grand "council of gods"...and obviously if you are a polytheist, you are by definition not a trinitarian).
Then how could a 14-year-old boy be "visted by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ"?
Well these were the journalist's words -- not mine. Even in the official Mormon account of this, these "beings" are only identified as "personages" and one as the "son" of the other. (It's the Mormons who read into who it was, if it even happened at all, which I don't believe it did).
If you exposed yourself more to Mormon teachings, perhaps your uncomfortability level -- especially in defending them -- might rise.
Example - their 4th "President-Prophet" Wilford Woodruff said in 1881: The Jews...are to-day being persecuted in European nations. Why? Because that curse of God rests upon them and will rest upon them until Shiloh comes, until they are regathered to Jerusalem and re-build the city in un-belief. You cannot convert a Jew. They will never believe in Jesus Christ until he comes to them in Jerusalem... (June 12, 1881, Journal of Discourses, 22:173)
Are you "comfortable" with Mormon "prophets" making these kind of "curse" pronouncements? (Certainly he falsely prophesied about not being able to convert a Jew...there's been thousands of Messianic Jews)
Smith claims to have had a 'vision,' but even he calls visions "dreams." Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision. 1 Nephi 8:2
Would you join a religion because of the dreams of a man.
I guess millions of Muslims did.
THE BOOK OF JACOB
THE BROTHER OF NEPHICHAPTER 224 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.
25 Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph.
26 Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people shall do like unto them of old.
27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none;
28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for their sakes.
30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things.
31 For behold, I, the Lord, have seen the sorrow, and heard the mourning of the daughters of my people in the land of Jerusalem, yea, and in all the lands of my people, because of the wickedness and abominations of their husbands.
32 And I will not suffer, saith the Lord of Hosts, that the cries of the fair daughters of this people, which I have led out of the land of Jerusalem, shall come up unto me against the men of my people, saith the Lord of Hosts.
Or even HERE:
1 Timothy 3:2-3
2. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3. not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.1 Timothy 3:12
A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.Titus 1:6
An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTSSECTION 1325157, Emma Smith is counseled (commanded) to be faithful and true; 5866, Laws governing the plurality of wives are set forth.51 Verily, I say unto you: A commandment I give unto mine handmaid, Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you, that she stay herself and partake not of that which I commanded you to offer unto her; for I did it, saith the Lord, to aprove you all, as I did Abraham, and that I might require an offering at your hand, by covenant and sacrifice.52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, areceive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; and those who are not pure, and have said they were pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God.53 For I am the Lord thy God, and ye shall obey my voice; and I give unto my servant Joseph that he shall be made ruler over many things; for he hath been afaithful over a few things, and from henceforth I will strengthen him.55 But if she will not abide this commandment, then shall my servant Joseph do all things for her, even as he hath said; and I will bless him and multiply him and give unto him an ahundredfold in this world, of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, houses and lands, wives and children, and crowns of beternal lives in the eternal worlds.
Then be good on this thread or you might become uncomfortable.
And neither is two Angels of Light, evidently.
The bible did NOT warn about GOD visiting a 'boy', but He DID warn about Satan's minions doing it!
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
14. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
15. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
Always am chief. BTW, being asked to leave a thread doesn't do much to my "comfort" level. I realize the deck is stacked against me with your likeminded moderator.
Why would I have a problem with that? As long as they don't strap a bomb on I'm fine.
Why would I have a problem with that? As long as they don't strap a bomb on I'm fine.
You've had a FReeper suspension going back years...(or was that a given moderator's issue, too?)
I've had a few. Yes, moderator issues. Thanx for sharing. I feel like I'm in school. Have you given moderator an apple? sheesh.
oh dear you have nothing else going BTW for you to know that it made me think you are a moderator
(No. But maybe I should apply?)
Why not it would not change things!
Oh no dear, are you having those thoughts?
Are you feeling excluded from the self-moderator department?
it made me think you are a moderator
A Godzilla receives the same awe and respect and obedience that an honorable mod would...
Just wanted to make sure
Bet no mod gets that...
And it's NEVER your ATTITUDE, but ALWAYS your THEOLOGY that gets you booted?
For by your words will your righteousness be seen, and by your words you will be judged.
Live by the sword - die by the sword.
Leave MY thread!!!
You're not WELCOME in my threads!
No, now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.