Was Joseph Smith lll the rightful successor of Joseph Smith?

after the latter-day Saint Prophet
Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage Jail the members back in Nauvoo
didn’t really know what to do who was gonna lead them now that Joseph
was gone what was gonna happen to the church this problem this was exacerbated by
the fact that before Joseph died he made as many as eight different references to
who should succeed him in this episode we’re gonna specifically look at the
claims of his son Joseph Smith the third and the break-off sect known as the
reorganized Church of Jesus Christ later renamed the Community of Christ in the
very first faith and beliefs episode I did I made it clear that my purpose
wasn’t to bash on other faiths but rather to explain why we believe the
things we believe so I don’t want to come across as harsh towards our friends
at the community of Christ but it is important to explain why we did not take
the same route they did after Joseph Smith’s death you’re free and encouraged
to come to your own conclusions let’s do this there are some claims that Joseph Smith
privately or publicly indicated that his son should be his successor and lead the
church after Joseph’s death one day Simba the Sun will set on my time here
and will rise with you but when Joseph Smith was killed his son was only 11
years old so when the topic of who should lead the church came up it was
mainly a decision between the quorum of the twelve led by Brigham Young or the
last surviving member of the First Presidency Sidney Rigdon one latter-day
Saint John H Carter claimed Joseph had said his son would succeed him and said
in the late 1800s I believe it today just as strongly as I ever did and it
was under that belief that I followed president Young West so some people
believe that Sydney or the twelve would take control of the church and when
Joseph the third was old enough he would take the reins well the church sided
with the twelve Sidney started his own break off sect which quickly crumbled
into nothingness meanwhile the church moved west to Utah but Emma Smith and
her children including Joseph the third stayed behind in Nauvoo Illinois and
soon disassociated themselves with the church now we need to talk about a man
named Jason Briggs Briggs originally followed Brigham Young’s leadership but
felt the church had fallen into apostasy by 1846 probably due to plural marriage
he left and affiliated with the break-off sect of a man named James
Strang who we’ll talk about in another episode but then Strang started
practicing plural marriage so Briggs left that sect and joined up with
William Smith’s sect until they started practicing plural marriage as well it
was at that point that he claimed to have received a revelation to establish
the reorganized Church of Jesus Christ which he officially did in 1852 and you
guessed it no plural marriage that said he and other leaders of his organization
were of the opinion that their leader needed to be someone of Joseph Smith’s
lineage in 1860 Joseph Smith the third now aged 27 agreed to be that leader
eventually disagreements arose between Briggs and Smith and Briggs ironically
ended up leaving the very church he created ironic so did Joseph Smith
actually name his son as his successor I don’t know maybe he did maybe
he didn’t the question I have isn’t so much about whether or not Joseph the
third should have been leading the church but rather which church did
Joseph the third end up leading Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 43
in 1831 after Oliver Cowdery claimed to be receiving revelation for the church
the revelation in D&C to the elders of the church reads and this he shall know
assuredly that there is none other appointed unto you to receive
Commandments and revelations until Joseph be taken if he abided me but
verily verily I say unto you that none else shall be appointed unto this gift
except it be through him for if it be taken from him he shall not have power
except to appoint another in his stead and this shall be a law unto you that
you receive not the teachings of any there shall come before you as
revelations or Commandments and this I give unto you that you may not be
deceived that you may know they are not of me Jason Briggs claimed to receive a
revelation for the whole church according to the revelation given to
Joseph Smith this could not have been possible unless Briggs was appointed by
Joseph himself to do so which was not the case so even if Joseph planned on
his son succeeding him the church Joseph the third ended up
presiding over was founded upon an unauthorized revelation received by
Jason Briggs nonetheless the community of Christ teaches that they are the true
continuation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints over time
huge key doctrines that Joseph taught were abandoned such as eternal marriage
temple ordinances and the nature of the Godhead but of course this is all from
the perspective of someone who does not adhere to their beliefs so if you have
more questions about this group feel free to research them on your own
there’s a link to their website in the description that’s a little crash course
on this topic hope you learn something and have a great day

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