Truman Coe’s 1836 Description of Mormonism


One of the most descriptive summaries of the early history of the Restored Church and concise analyses of the distinguishing beliefs of the Latter-day Saints written by a nonmember during the 1830s was prepared by Reverend Truman Coe, a Presbyterian minister who had lived among the Saints in Kirtland for about four years. Published in the 11 August 1836 issue of The Ohio Observer, this article aptly reflects the myths, facts, truths, and errors about the Mormons that were being circulated in Kirtland in the mid-1830s.


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