What follows is a really-truly exchange between a spammer — who is clearly impervious to sarcasm — and me. I will not post his links at Keepa, but if any of you insist on it, send me a private message (AEParshall ataoldotcom) and I’ll send you the address. You visit it at your own risk — I have not clicked through, and certainly don’t endorse anything you might find there.
I should maybe hold this until Saturday, when you’re used to finding the silliest of jokes published in this space. But here goes:
Email received December 1, 2012:
My name is Mark & I am an author on [edited]. I regularly write book reviews and articles on Historical topics related to Medieval, Renaissance, Pirate, gothic & Steampunk theme. I’ve been reading your blog, http://www.keepapitchinin.org/ & like your posts. It occurred to me that your readers might be interested in a post on a similar theme. I’d love to share my insights with your readers in a guest post. The article content is unique, original & has not been posted anywhere else. If you are interested, please get back to me. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
My reply, same date:
Oh, yeah, sure, Emily, or Mark, or whoever you are who failed to edit your spam template.* This is a Mormon history blog. So sure, go ahead and write me a post about the history of Mormon pirates, or Mormons in medieval times, and I’ll be sure to post it immediately.
Waiting with great expectations —
[*The name Mark doesn't match up to the name associated with the email address]
Received this morning:
Joseph Smith – Master of God’s Truth
There is no doubt that Joseph Smith is the greatest prophet after Jesus Christ as per Mormonism’s belief. Hyrum Smith once declared that Joseph had the spirit and power of all the prophets, who were born before. A number of critics still try to slander this faith of God, but tenacity of the prophet cannot be overruled. Joseph L. Robinson, a resident of Nauvoo once observed that the prophet’s voice was similar to the thunders of heaven. He said that the language was meek and instruction was edified much, but a power as well as majesty that attended his words and preaching, was never beheld in any person. He further stated that he was highly charged with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost was his constant companion.
Joseph himself said the saints that he wanted their prayers and faith, and he might have the instructions of almighty God and the gift of Holy Ghost. He stated the reason that he wanted this in order to set forth thing, which are true and can be easily comprehended to the people.
Joseph’s friend Wandle Mace confirmed the sayings of Joseph. According to Wandle Mace, no was able to explain the scriptures, and throw them wide open for viewing in so simple way that nobody could misunderstand their meaning. Joseph turned this key, and the door of wisdom sprang wide open that it revealed the previous principles, both new and old.
The views of Joseph were highly admired by a number of people in the modern times also. A plenty of LDS Temples are being built in various countries; however, some of them are unofficial. A number of people are taking interest in Mormonism in different ways. Interestingly, Mormon dresses with a lot of modern innovation are being manufactured today by several manufactures, which are different from conventional medieval clothing of 19th century Mormons.
Thousands of people in today’s scenario have accepted this faith of God, and a lot of awareness about it is being spread through offline and online sources. The dream of Joseph Smith is on the way to accomplish.