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Defense of the 1886 Meeting (Openshaw)

Defense of the 1886 Meeting (Openshaw)

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Robert Openshaw's defense of the 1886 meeting. A response to "Polygamy Story" by J. Max Anderson.
Robert Openshaw's defense of the 1886 meeting. A response to "Polygamy Story" by J. Max Anderson.

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A Book Review of 
“Polygamy Story: Fiction and Fact” 
by J. Max AndersonBob Openshaw
Taken from his book 
The Notes
Table of Contents
Characteristics of an Author........................................................3The Principle of Plural Marriage...............................................15The 1886 Revelation.................................................................19Keys of Authority......................................................................261
 
Book Review of 
“Polygamy Story” 
Part 1
“One or Two Great Lies”
(Polygamy Story, p. 155)
Introduction
I originally prepared 18 letters in review of Max Anderson'soriginal work entitled
Mormon Fundamentalism
. His book that iscurrently in print, the
 Polygamy Story
, contains parts of 13 of theoriginal 29 chapters. He apparently is planning to include thedeleted material in two more books that will shortly be coming out.This, however, will probably depend on how much controversywill be raised by the first book!The title of this book implies that both are contained therein.This was true for the book 
Mormon Fundamentalism
.
 PolygamyStory
, on the other hand, has had much of the latter removedleaving a disproportionate amount of the former. The last line onthe front fly states that this book will make every reader an experton the subject of the
 Polygamy Story
. If so they will then be anexpert on the Story's fiction unfortunately. The Prophet Isaiah saidof those of the latter days that they would make lies their refuge.
1
 If so, in
 Polygamy Story
one finds much room to hide many things.Brother Anderson told [this author] that it was unfair thatcopies of his
Mormon Fundamentalism
got circulated to others for it contained personal notes he had collected that were never intended to be shown to other Latter-day Saints. Fundamentalistshave generally applauded this work for it contains muchinformation that confirms their claims while apparently trying todo the opposite. It was circulated by some of Brother Anderson'sfriends who were upset about the manner in which he quotedJoseph Musser's personal writings such as his Book of Remembrance which has never been circulated amongFundamentalists. The irony of this situation is that that is preciselythe position J. Max Anderson is in. His quotes used in [my book]
The Notes
had to be removed because [he] would-not permit the
1
 Isaiah
28:15.
2
 
writings of that book, which were deleted from
 Polygamy Story
, to be quoted.
2
(When the [author] asked Brother Anderson about thisstatement concerning Heber J. Grant's 1933 Statement, he was toldthat that would be in one of the other books. That remains to beseen.) This is also the same position Elder Joseph Fielding Smithtook with the Reorganites, namely: the Reorganites used anystatement about “Utah Mormons” whereas, they will only allowthe statements about themselves they approve of 
3
This was alsoobserved by the anonymous LDS historian, popularly known as Dr.Clandestine, in his comments on Tanner's attack-tics.
4
 Now as I proceed, I will comment upon the characteristics of Mr. Anderson's writings. Then I will review his book, The
 Polygamy Story
. It is obvious to those studying these two books,
Mormon Fundamentalism
and
 Polygamy Story
, here-in referred toas
 Fundamentalism
and
Story
, that their author has amassed anextensive collection of information concerning the living andimportance of God's laws in the last days. It is equally obvious thatwhen he presented this to the Church authorities it contained toomany references they didn't want circulated. Undoubtedly muchwas cut that he personally would have left it.
Characteristics of an Author
“Do not betray Jesus, the brethren, or revelations lestinnocent blood be found on you.”
(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 156)
Doeg's truthful statements got 85 priests, plus men, women,and children killed.
(1 Samuel 22:7-9)
“Alas, comprehensible patterns and understandableexplanations are not always correct. If the first half of the battle is to find your theory, the second half is to test it. You
2See section 27.143 of T
he Notes
.3See
 Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage
, Joseph FieldingSmith Jr., p. 964
 Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s Distorted View of Mormonism
, 1977
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