“The Lincoln Hypothesis” or “The Modern Lincoln Propagandist?”

In his new book, “The Lincoln Hypothesis”, Timothy Ballard (former CIA and DHS Abe-Lincoln-US-tyrantoperative) tries to conflate the fact that Abraham Lincoln checked out the Book of Mormon to mean he was a friend of the Latter-day Saints and brought this nation, “closer to heaven”.

For a different view of Lincoln, but still anti slavery, I encourage you to check out “The Real Lincoln” by Thomas DiLorenzo.  You may find Lincoln was not the great promoter of liberty, for as the saying goes, “history is written by the victors who have hung the heroes”.

Another truism is that water (and ideas) are purer at the source.  What did contemporary prophet of God, Brigham Young, have to say about Abraham Lincoln?  Well, it isn’t pretty.

 “Abe Lincoln was no friend of Christ, particularly, he had never raised his voice in our favor when he was aware that we were being persecuted. He was acquainted with Joseph & Hyrum, and had been a Master Freemason.” [The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), p. 220.]

“old ‘Abe’ the President of the U.S. has it in his mind to pitch in to us when he had got through with the South. President Kimball observed that men that he had met with, whether they had little or much of the Spirit of God, were in favor of the South.” [The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), p. 266.]

“Stephen A. Douglass was a far better man than President Abel Lincoln, for he knew his feelings were hostile to this people. Pres Wells acquiesced in these remarks. “[The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), pp. 277-78.]

if the Kingdom of God was not in the way, Abraham was [a] pretty good man, but he acted as if he would rather the Kingdom of God was out of the way; he was not the man to raise his voice in favor of Joseph Smith when his enemies were persecuting him. He with many others had assented to the deaths of innocent men, and through that he is subject to the influence of a wicked spirit. [The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), p. 284.]

24 August 1861: The feelings of the Brethren are gratified by hearing of the continued success which attends the Southern Confederacy. [The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), p. 285.]

We need not expect any thing sensible from them, for the spirit of wisdom is taken away from them. He remarked that Pres Lincoln and Congress appear not to realize that there is a war on hand. It is not so with the South—they are keen and alive. [The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), p. 316.]

I will see them in hell before I will raise an army for them. Abe Lincoln has sent these men here to prepare the way for an Army. An order has been sent to California to raise an army to come to Utah. This is the reason why Ball came back. I pray daily that the Lord will take away the reigns of Government of the wicked rulers and put it into the hands of the wise and good. I will see the day when those wicked rulers are wiped out. The Governor quoted my sayings about the Constitution I do and always have supported the Constitution but I am not in league with such cursed scoundrels as Abe Lincoln and his minions. They have sought our destruction from the beginning and Abe Lincoln has ordered an army to this Territory from California and that order passed over on these wires. [Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, vol. 5 (Midvale, Utah: Signature Books, 1984), pp. 605-6.]

The President [Brigham Young] discussed with him the wicked course the American Nation had taken with this people, observing the government was running into a despotism, and they were willing the government should be despotic while they were in power. The President observed that Abraham Lincoln was a sagacious man, but believed he was wicked. [The Office Journal of President Brigham Young: 1858-1863, Book D (Hanna, Ut.: Collier’s Publishing Co., 2006), p. 362.]

Lincoln actively fought against the Saints in his signing of the Cullom bill (against plural marriage) and worked with the Republican party in its efforts to stamp out one of what it called “the twin relics of barbarism”, helping the enemies of the Saints in their war against the Church.

With the facts of the feelings of Gods prophets as well as Lincolns actions against the Saints and his war against the Declaration of Independence, it seems a more probable hypothesis regarding Lincolns checking out of the Book of Mormon was to learn more about his enemy.

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15 Responses to “The Lincoln Hypothesis” or “The Modern Lincoln Propagandist?”

  1. Fantastic article! Thanks for sharing these quotes. The South was right, and they were absolutely NOT the racists they have been made out to be. I recommend everyone read “The rise and fall of the Confederate government” by Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy to get the true story. Abe Lincoln was a power-hungry man who used anti-slavery as a front for despotism. For details, read this article, written by a Black man: The Truth about Abraham Lincoln & Slavery.

  2. Rhonda says:

    Do you deny the power of the Lord to change lives? A bad man need not remain so. I believe the Civil War was the nation’s consequence for rejecting Joseph’s inspired counsel:

    “Pray Congress to pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands and from the deduction of pay from the members of Congress.
    “…were I the president of the United States, by the voice of a virtuous people…when that people petitioned to abolish slavery in the slave states, I would use all honorable means to have their prayers granted, and give liberty to the captive by paying the southern gentleman a reasonable equivalent for his property, that the whole nation might be free indeed!” pp 444-5, “Joseph Smith the Prophet”

    • One of the things I learned from reading Jefferson Davis’s book, which I mentioned above, is that they had already agreed not to take on any more slaves, so that the practice was already on a course to be phased out gradually, giving the slave owners time to develop new business models. This whole business about Lincoln trying to put an end to slavery is hogwash. They were already doing that on their own.

      • Haskell F. says:

        Watch the video:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsRWGX5hpBI

        It may help your understanding of Tim’s book. The discussion is NOT merely over slavery, it is over covenant-breaking and repentance. Lincoln had a change of heart during his presidency to recognize that the North and South were both at fault for the war.

  3. Haskell F. says:

    I disagree with your main premise about Lincoln. Firstly, I am familiar with Tim’s research and I find that he presents clear supporting research that Abraham Lincoln was a promoter of liberty — especially following his “conversion” sometime after he checked out the Book of Mormon. You haven’t quoted from his book so I would suggest reading it through as you might find a clearer more accurate picture of Lincoln.

    You ask for evidence. What about the fact that Abraham Lincoln appeared in the St. George Temple to Wilford Woodruff requesting his work be done? Do you really believe that a “power-hungry man that used anti-slavery as a front for despotism” would appear to Wilford Woodruff along with Washington and the other noble founders?

    • Haskell F. says:

      The evidence concurs that Lincoln did appear. James G. Bleak who was present wrote:

      “I was also present in the St. George Temple and witnessed the appearance of the Spirits of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. And also the spirits of the Presidents of the U.S. up to that time. And also others, such as Martin Luther and John Wesley, who came to Wilford Woodruff and demanded that their baptism and endowments be done.”
      – Personal journal of James G. Bleak, Chief Recorder in the St. George Temple

      Also, it doesn’t make sense that the presidents of the U.S. and the eminent men wouldn’t have appeared. Why would President woodruff do the work needed for random eminent men and women while under the pressure of doing the signers?

      • Because the work needed to be done. We are to do it for everyone, as much as possible, are we not? They may have felt that these prominent people were possibly led by God to do the things they did, which would mean they were waiting for their work, too.

  4. Haskell F. says:

    After all, EVERY president of the United States up until that time, except for two, Martin Van Buren and James Buchanan appeared. Those two presidents did NOT appear, probably because of their actions against the saints. Why did Lincoln appear despite his supposed action against the saints?

    I find it interesting you don’t support the view of Lincoln that Tim Ballard’s book portrays, while the book you recommend “The Real Lincoln” seems to clearly paint a biased, troubling picture of Lincoln’s character. Take this from the description of the book:

    “What if, instead of an American hero who sought to free the slaves, Lincoln were in fact a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in american history in order to build an empire.”

  5. Haskell F. says:

    Also, this:

    “To accomplish his goals, Lincoln subverted the Constitution, trampled states’ rights, and launched a devastating Civil War.”
    “The Real Lincoln” Amazon description

    Really? I haven’t read the book so I am obviously no authority on its material, but for someone to paint Lincoln as seeking after his own agenda, while sacrificing innocent lives in the process seems like revisionist nonsense. Tim Ballard’s book contains some excellent research on Lincoln, and combined with the fact that Lincoln appeared in the temple seems to present plausible evidence of his true character. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

  6. Haskell F. says:

    Also, if you don’t want to purchase Tim’s book, you can learn about his approach to Lincoln through this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsRWGX5hpBI

    Interestingly, Heber J. Grant stated the following:

    “Every Latter-day Saint believes that Abraham Lincoln was raised up and inspired of God, and that he reached the Presidency of the United States under the favor of our Heavenly Father. . . .”
    – Heber J. Grant “Lincoln and Law” 73, 127

    Also:

    We honor the man that God honors. We honor Abraham Lincoln because we believe absolutely that God honored him and raised him up to be the instrument in His hands of saving the Constitution and the Union.
    – Ibid.

    • Rhonda says:

      There is no ‘pitting’ them against each other if you consider the possibility that Brigham was stating what was true at the time, and that Heber was stating what became true.

  7. Robert G. Vlach says:

    This perspective is utterly new to me! I’ve always been a history buff, but for some reason this perspective on Abe Lincoln never really came to my attention before. By the way, I’ve only been a member of the LDS Church a little over 3 years,and am looking forward to further spiritual progress. And as far as Abe Lincoln goes,are you familiar with the fact that the “Log Cabin” Republicans (I don’t know too much about this group,but my minimal understanding of them is that they are pushing the homosexual agenda in politics) claim that Abe Lincoln had sexual relations with other men??? This is not an area that I have much interest in researching, but did Brigham Young (or any other Prophet for that matter) have any insights on this topic??? Take care,and God Bless!!!

  8. Mark Ward says:

    Thomas DiLorenzo’s book is a very well researched and referenced piece of work. I’ve read it twice and find all the evidence compelling with a contiguous timeline, not the hypothetical evidence knitting that Tim tries to do in his book. Let’s all remember, even evil men can make good choices every now and then, but it’s the sum of all their work that makes them contributors to liberty and the Kingdom or evil and obstructionist.

  9. Kevin says:

    For a great bit of historical sleuthing and a keen insight into a scandal in the Lincoln presidency that could have taken him down had he lived, check out ‘Civil War Sabotage?’ from PBS History Detectives.

    In 1865 a steamboat full of 1800 Union prisoners returning home from the infamous Andersonville prison exploded and sank in the Mississippi River in the middle of the night. The team concludes that the ship’s boiler probably exploded due to the the ship being loaded with ten times the number of passengers it was designed to hold. First-person documents reveal Lincoln protecting the criminal responsible for over-booking the boat against the army generals who tried twice to remove him.

    http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/civil-war-sabotage/

  10. Sam Hill says:

    I’m shocked at the lack of intelligence the commenters here have about Lincoln. Many knowledge gaps here. Sic Semper Tyrranis.

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