Can you guess who this is in the Mormon canon?

  • Born fairly poor
  • Gains notoriety with help from his wealthy friends
  • Aspires to be a king
  • Is a polygamist
  • Has his own army
  • Sends men away so he can sleep with their wives
  • Appointed his son as successor, but it was a controversial decision
  • Has a legacy as being appointed by God, but sinned and fell from grace

No, I’m not thinking of Joseph Smith, I’m thinking of King David.

I think reframing Joseph Smith as a modern-day cautionary tale would do his character a lot of good. He’s not someone to be praised, he’s an example of what not to do.