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Smith's father embraced the universalist position
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: Smith's father embraced the universalist position that all people will eventually be saved.
<=== Found on p. 21
55% of the way down the page

I'd like to be able to provide a rationale as to why this statement appears in the book. But I cannot. I don't believe the statement is true. I have no idea where Bennett got it. He gives not a hint of a reason or footnote for it. Maybe he just made it up.

Most of our information about Joseph's background and early life comes from Joseph himself, and from his mother Lucy, who, late in life, narrated a book about their family. It's clear from that that Joseph Smith, Sr. was not a univeralist. He stayed aloof from all churches because he detected they didn't have any salvation to offer. This impression was confirmed to him by two or more dreams sent to him from God. He was waiting developments, and his son Joseph's revelations were the answer to his wait.
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