Was the Angel Moroni an Extraterrestrial?

Joseph Smith wrote the famous Book of Mormon after a “vision”. Angel Moroni didn’t claim to have heavenly origins, but to be from another part of the universe.

When Angels appear in religious legends and in myths, generally they are messengers between the heavenly realm and the human realm. Whether they’re representatives of Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist gods, these apparitions are thought to be a way the gods intervene on Earth with humans.

September 21, 1823. As he settles into bed, a 17-year-old farmhand named Joseph Smith begins to say his prayers.
Suddenly, without warning, an overpowering light envelops his room, and a robed figure appears.

According to Smith’s account, “Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description.”

Speaking from the center of the light, the angel, whose name is Moroni, sends Smith on a quest for several sacred texts hidden near a local tree.

Upon locating the tree, Joseph dug and indeed found the texts, but they recorded a language which he could not read.

A second visitation from Moroni told Joseph Smith where he could find what we might call a device of some kind that would allow him to read the texts.

Joseph Smith was given this translating stone, the Urim and Dethumium, with which he was able to not only write down this text, but also to be able to translate it. He then translated the texts into English, which become The Book of Mormon.

And the book depicts, among other things, that after Jesus ascended into heaven, he came to the Americas and ministered to the native peoples here, to convert them to his way of life, and that at some point the texts that become The Book of Mormon are deposited here, so that Joseph Smith could find them.

Curiously, the so-called angel that led Joseph Smith to the sacred texts that would become The Book of Mormon did not profess to have heavenly origins, but claimed to be from another part of the universe. He said that at one time he had lived on Earth, but that now he came from the Pleiades star cluster. And he also said there were many others like him.

Mormonism is another example, potentially, of an extraterrestrial influence steering the course of our humanity, and helping steer the outcome of historical events here on Earth.
Is it possible that Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion, was guided by an extraterrestrial being? And if so, was this alien encounter another attempt to guide us into a more enlightened age?

One Reply to “Was the Angel Moroni an Extraterrestrial?”

  1. I am a lifelong member of the LDS or “Mormon” church. I have a B.A. degree in early LDS history. In 46 years I have never read or heard anything about the angel Moroni “claiming to be from another part of the Universe.” I have never read or heard anything about Moroni claiming to have “come from the Pleiades star cluster,” or, that he claimed “there were many others like him.”
    There are several other minor inaccuracies or major misrepresentations in this summary recounting of Joseph Smith’s recorded experience. “Dethumium” sounds like a creative 119th bonus element for the periodic table… humorous, but blatantly inaccurate (it’s not even a real word). “Thummim” is the correct term. Urim and Thummim were stones, not a singular stone, and came with a breastplate which held them while using them to view and translate the cited texts they were found with (not separately, at the second visitation — that is just a totally unnecessary inaccurate embellishment of the facts).
    Joseph Smith’s story is novel enough as it is that it does not need others to embellish or distort the claims made therein. Do you have any source references to substantiate or support the facts I’ve called into question?
    On the whole, the overall recounting of the story gets the essential gist of Joseph’s experience, but it uses a couple unsubstantiated claims to support it’s ultimate aim — an additional proof support the ancient alien extraterrestrial intervention theory.
    I am a BIG proponent of the ancient alien ideology. I believe in 90% of the speculations shared on History channel’s Ancient Aliens and related programs. But I’m disturbed by the other 10% (which consequently calls into question a larger percentage) of either embellished or intentionally inaccurate portrayals of historical facts. This just serves to decrease confidence in the spokesmen & women of the movement, and increase doubt about less known subject areas. Altering the historical record IS NOT NECESSARY to try support or substantiate the Ancient Aliens agenda — there is an overwhelming amount of empirical evidence to let the facts represent themselves.
    I heard the above idiosyncrasies while watching a an episode of Ancient Aliens on the History Channel just now. I Googled the questionable terms and your website came up several times in the first few results. It is clear that the episodes recounting of Joseph Smith’s story was simply scripted right off your content. If you want to be taken seriously as an actual authority on the subject matter your writing about, you need to strengthen the quality of your underlying research and scholarship. You are a great writer and storyteller otherwise, and your site has great content, style and design. I hope you’ll accept my criticism as constructive and well-meaning.

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