In part two of this discussion Wendy Perry continues delving into the extent to which Joseph Smith copied from or was influenced by 18th century writer Emmanuel Swendenborg. She also speaks to tactics used by apologists that may lead us away from further truth regarding such issues, and offers a more nuanced approach that allows for a better understanding of how influence may be detected and allowed for. Looking at Joseph Smith’s revelations from a broader cultural world perspective can help promote understanding and richness of meaning for all who study Mormon history.
The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote the following to a man who wanted to learn more about the Church: “Study the Bible, and as many of our books as you can get; pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, have faith in the promises made to the fathers, and your mind will be guided to the truth.”2
Jan Shipps, Soujourner in the Promised Land, 210-11
Ronald V. Huggins: Joseph Smith’s modalism: Sabellian, Sequentialism or Swendenborg Expansionism.