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Re: HPB and Mormons

Sep 01, 1997 04:53 AM
by ramadoss


My interest came about because HPB took the trouble to make the journey to
Salt Lake City when travel was very difficult. In those days, the nearest
place to any kind of civilization was 800 miles away from Salt Lake City. I
am sure HPB would have had her own reasons or her Guardian might have told
her -- as He had done -- telling her not to go to Louisiana in her interest
in Voodoo.


At 11:59 PM 8/31/97 -0400, you wrote:
>On Sun, 31 Aug 1997 wrote:
>> It is reported in HPB's biographies that during her travels in 1855 in the
>> US, she travelled to Salt Lake City to meet the Mormons. In a recent
>> coverage of Mormons in Time/Newsweek, (commemorating the travel of Mormons
>> from Illinois to Salt Lake City) one of the things that I noticed was their
>> belief in the second coming of Christ.
>> In Key to Theosophy, HPB mentions about coming of Messenger from the Great
>> White Lodge and I am wondering whether there was some connection between
>> what she knew or was told by her Guardian and her trip to Salt Lake City and
>> their belief in second coming. One thing worth noting was that the founder
>> of Mormons was not a scholar or a PhD, just a common man (who was
>> Any thoughts?
>> mkr
>I don't really have any ideas, but I do have a little info.  Joseph Smith
>Jr., the Mormon founder/First Prophet, had his first vision in 1823, after
>he had read James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
>giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given
>him", and acted under its direction.  A messenger, named Moroni, was "sent
>by God" to tell Smith of two golden plates which were buried underneath a
>rock in Manchester, New York.  After a series of visions, he went there,
>lifted up the stone, and found the items.  Two golden tablets, two stones,
>and a breastplate.
>I don't know much else, but I do have the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and
>Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price in my possession.  I haven't gone
>too deeply into them, but if anyone has any questions about anything, I
>can try to look up the answers.  In the PGP, there is a short
>autobiography of Smith.  I may read that tonight.  It was mainly written
>as a means of countering false accusations in much the same way that HPB
>had done in her introduction to the SD, and of which Sinnet wrote in the
>Occult book (I can't remember the title, but I know it had the word
>"Occult" in it.)
>Oh, and the two stones were called Urim and Thummim.  Perhaps someone with
>a better knowledge of language than I could discover the meanings of these
>names.  (They are probably in one of the mormon books, but, like I said, I
>haven't really read them yet.)

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