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Financial Problems in Kirtland

As a follow up to 2 of my previous posts, (Kirtland Bank Failure and Sidney Rigdon book), I just wanted to add this interesting quote from page 177.

Neither Joseph Smith nor Sidney Rigdon demonstrated at any time during their careers the financial acumen that became the hallmark of millionaire Brigham Young’s thirty-year administration in the Rocky Mountain Basin.  Joseph’s and Sidney’s fincal ventures–first in Kirtland and later in Nauvoo, where both ultimately filed for bankruptcy–proved disastrous forays into high finance and real estate management, areas in which they had little knowledge and less expertise.  Rigdon’s and Smith’s implications that God devised their financial plans left no room for mistakes in the minds of followers who became disillusioned and antagonistic.

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