Short Essay Questions Key
1. What was Prophet Matthias being tried for according to the "Prologue"?
According to the "Prologue," the Prophet Matthias was found innocent of murder and theft by a jury in the state of New York; however, he was found guilty of charges including contempt of court and assault.
2. What was Kirtland and what did it predate?
Matthias was on his way to Kirtland, a Mormon settlement which predated the more famous Mormon region of Utah, which Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism would later establish.
3. How did Matthias see the United States?
Matthias saw the United States as a second Babylon, which was full of sin and wickedness and he believed that it would follow prophecy and be destroyed by God.
4. How did Joseph Smith feel about Matthias and what did he do after a sermon?
Joseph Smith was not impressed by Matthias and believed that his mind was filled with darkness. Smith knew that Joshua was really Matthias and was only feigning ignorance. After a sermon, Smith banished Matthias from the Kirtland colony.
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