Is Bigfoot Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve within the biblical story? If the particular person you are asking is a Mormon, the reply could be “Sure!” A current article introduced up that little-known (not less than outdoors of Mormon circles) hyperlink between the legendary furry cryptid and the primary assassin within the Bible, an act which led to Cain being linked to evil and blamed for all kinds of issues all through historical past. However … Bigfoot?
“As I used to be using alongside the highway on my mule I all of a sudden seen a really unusual personage strolling beside me. … His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothes, however was lined with hair. His pores and skin was very darkish. I requested him the place he dwelt and he replied that he had no residence, that he was a wanderer within the earth and traveled back and forth. He stated he was a really depressing creature, that he had earnestly sought loss of life throughout his sojourn upon the earth, however that he couldn’t die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of males.”
That quote comes from “Lifetime of David W. Patten: First Apostolic Martyr” by Lycurgus A. Wilson and Gerald S. Edwards. David Wyman Patten (November 14, 1799 – October 25, 1838) was an authentic member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and is taken into account to be a martyr by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) – vital sufficient that he’s talked about twice within the LDS Church’s Doctrine and Covenants. His alleged creature encounter occurred in Paris, Tennessee.
Does that make him a dependable witness of Cain/Bigfoot? Lycurgus Wilson received the account from a letter written by Abraham Smoot, one other Mormon pioneer who was mayor of each Salt Lake Metropolis and Provo, Utah, and had a private contact with Patten. After all, he was additionally an early chief of the LDS Church, so he undoubtedly believed Patten. Nonetheless, Patten doesn’t establish the being to Smoot because the biblical Cain. That connection comes from “The Miracle of Forgiveness” by Spencer Kimball, one other early elder, who calls the account “an attention-grabbing story” about Cain.
What about Bigfoot?
Matthew Bowman, writer of “The Mormon Individuals: The Making of an American Religion,” writes that Wesley Smith, the brother of current President Joseph Fielding Smith, claimed to have been attacked in Utah by an identical beast in an identical method and equally chased it away with a spiritual invocation. This appears to have occurred at about the identical time (early Nineteen Eighties) as a variety of Bigfoot sightings in South Weber, Utah. With Bowman planting the primary one, locals related the remaining dots and linked their Utah Bigfoot to Smith’s and Patten’s creatures to Kimball’s Cain. For these unable to make the connections from that, Shane Lester wrote “Clan of Cain: The Genesis of Bigfoot”, which is a novel primarily based on a “true” story.
“I uncovered an obscure historic doc that sheds new mild on the Bigfoot thriller. I used this encounter as the premise for a fictional story that hyperlinks the magical, legend of Bigfoot to the origins of Mormonism.”
What obscure doc did Lester uncover? David Patten’s story of “a really depressing creature” that would not die so it was on a mission to “destroy the souls of males.” As we have simply seen, that’s not precisely new, however then once more, Lester’s e-book is a novel, as is his “The Conversion Conspiracy,” which hyperlinks obscure Mormon folklore with the primary extraterrestrials to go to Earth.
“By no means earlier than has a e-book with regards to Bigfoot linked the magical, paranormal Sasquatch to the origins of Christianity. A person, a delusion and the obsession to know the reality will reveal a narrative that may eternally change the best way you consider Bigfoot.”
Does David Patten’s story persuade you that there’s a hyperlink between Bigfoot and Cain because it has satisfied Spencer Kimball, Joseph Fielding Smith, Shane Lester and plenty of Mormons? Whereas Utah has many Bigfoot sightings, not one of the creatures appear to have precipitated any hurt to the witnesses, a lot much less destroyed their souls. Poor Cain will get blamed for an terrible lot of unhealthy issues and the Previous Testomony mentions his loss of life, which form of kills the concept of him being immortal. Nonetheless, as Spencer Kimball stated, it’s “an attention-grabbing story.”
To paraphrase a well-liked bumper sticker:
What would Bigfoot suppose?