By Lynn Arave
"Bigfoot," the term at least, has been around since October of 1958, when the Associated Press ran a story out of Eureka, California, that is believed to be the first official usage of the term.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, founded in 1995, has given the quest for evidence even greater hope. However, after more than 17 years of them taking a scientific approach, even they have come up short of conclusive evidence.
I'm not faulting anyone, or any particular group here. Even with infrared equipment, night vision and automatic sensors and cameras, there is still no solid evidence of Bigfoot.
And, I don't expect any such evidence to ever come either and there's a good reason why. Bigfoot is simply not "real."
Now I don't mean he doesn't exist, I'm purporting that Bigfoot just isn't "real" in the sense that he isn't a regular animal. He's supernatural and that alone and nothing else on the planet truly explains his elusive nature.
Nothing else answers why with all this 21st Century electronic technology and searching, man is yet to capture undeniable evidence of him.
People regularly see Bigfoot and so there is something out there. I've talked to dozens of people who have seen him and I don't think most are making anything up.
It's simply impossible that man has yet to confirm Bigfoot, unless he is supernatural. That's the only explanation left.
With just all the cell phones that have built-in cameras around, you'd think someone would come up with a good picture of the creature, but no.
Is "supernatural" that hard of a concept to believe in? It is no harder than believing in God and angels. You know it is a package deal — if you believe in God and his angels, then you also believe in Satan and his devils — supernatural forces that are counter to God.
(The only people who could legitimately claim to not believe in Bigfoot by this argument are atheists.)
The key problem here is man won't generally admit there are things on Earth beyond his grasp or comprehension. This is perhaps simply a lack of humility and man's arrogance.
But, am I saying Bigfoot is evil? Yes, that is what I am claiming. He is certainly not a good or pure thing. A significant number of accounts by people who sighted the creature mention glowing red eyes, their deep fear and just plain bad and even evil feelings.
Dogs often cower and tremble when a Bigfoot is near.
Bigfoot has a terrible odor, is mostly spotted at night and no sightings of the creature foster benevolent feelings or actions.
Angels are commonly thought to be pure — clean, white, bright and inspiring beings.
Isn't Bigfoot the exact opposite of the Three Nephites, or angels? He being (usually) dark in color, smelly, found in dark places and not inspirational. He fosters fear and mystery.
Now to be accurate, the Bible does state that Satan can appear as an angel of light (1 Corinthians 11:13-15) and so maybe only more lowly devils appear as a Bigfoot. That’s not clear.
Physically, a Bigfoot may not harm a person, but seeing one may "maul" you mentally or spiritually.
If God has angels out and about to aid his mission and benefit man, should not Satan also be given a measure to counter that, with his own creatures, seen and unseen?
In that sense, if you believe in God and angels, you have to believe in Satan and Bigfoot, because they are a package deal of consistent belief.
If I'm in any way correct on this supernatural aspect of Bigfoot, it must re-define the way man searches for the creature, if he dares.
Anyone wanting better evidence of Bigfoot has got to think outside the box and perhaps use more techniques that are employed by ghost hunters, another realm dominated by the supernatural.
(However, again I maintain that so-called “Ghosts” only involve part of the one-third of the host of Heaven cast out and they only impersonate previously living people. I fail to see why any ghost, outside rare, special, rare revelations, would actually be a deceased person.)
You can take all the cameras and all the people you want into the mountains to search Bigfoot and I say you may find some marginal evidence, but that will be all. That's because Bigfoot is outside the normal experience or knowledge of man.
Bigfoot is certainly visible at times and can make tracks at times, but not always. Neither are angels always visible.
I've never seen a Bigfoot, but I've searched for them periodically. For example, in the mid-1990s I was scouring Coldwater Canyon in North Ogden, Ut., where the creature was said to have frightening some children a few weeks earlier.
Soon, my two sons and their friends told me they had looked long enough and were simply not hiking any farther up the canyon. I left them at a spring and forged on alone, as the canyon got darker, narrower and more thick with brush and trees.
About 15 minutes later, the firm thought came into my mind that searching for Bigfoot is not a good thing — that you really don't want to find one, because they are evil.
Two years later, I interviewed a man who claimed he had seen Bigfoot nine different times between 1968 and 1990. Ron Mower, then living in Orangeville, Ut.
I've never heard of anyone claiming so many encounters. He told me he believes there is a supernatural aspect to Bigfoot, that he finds you, more than you him.
“They choose the time for when you can see them. I’ve never really hunted for one," he told me.
In 2002, a Layton, Ut. man was scouring the mountain side with a scope for wildlife. He spots a strange creature roaming in the foothills above the Highway 193/U.S. 89 junction. He gets his camcorder and films the creature for about five minutes from about 500 yards away. A few hours later, he goes into that same area and despite snow on the ground, cannot find a single footprint or aftermath of the creature's walk across an open space. His video footage is intriguing, but inconclusive from such a great distance away.
How could someone film something walking across an area and then soon after find no tracks? It is simply not scientifically possible for that to happen. But it did and that leaves my supernatural reason as the best answer out there.
The Layton man captured the creature on film from a great distance, but found no footprints. Many others find strange footprints, but no creature.
A Box Elder County, Ut. sheriff in the 1990s was following some strange footprints in a farmer's field one winter. The footprints fit the usually Bigfoot parameters — large and naked toed. However, the footprints simply stopped in the middle of the field, with no turnaround visible.
Incidents like this tend to bring up the "UFO connection" at times. That is, that Bigfoot is part of advanced scientific race and can "beam away" or change dimensions at will.
That belief might be OK for atheists to latch onto, but I'm not buying it, nor should any church member who believes in God. Bigfoots are naked, smelly and do nothing that denotes extreme intelligence — unless you count avoiding capture.
A Layton, Ut. man I met in the summer of 2011 told me he had spotted Bigfoot around his home several times. As a former military tracking expert, he said he had no clue for how these creatures can disappear and avoid capture. When I mentioned a possible supernatural aspect for Bigfoot, he said he was somewhat open to that, but that he’d probably have to actually see one disappear before his eyes first.
Why are Bigfoots roaming around? Latter-day Saints believe God has translated various mortals over time, like John the apostle (John Chapter 21) and the Three Nephites. And, if they roam around earth and foster good, why are there not some evil things roaming around to balance the scales?
Another key question to ponder is why are there a dozen or more Bigfoot sightings reported each month in the U.S. vs. few reports, if any, of sightings of angels. What does that say about us? Is the evil state of the world somehow creating more Bigfoot sightings, than sightings of the Three Nephites, or angels, because of its extreme overall wickedness? So, it would appear.
Yet, shouldn't we seek angels before devils?
Meet a Bigfoot and a gun will do you no good. Prayer or the power of the priesthood would be your only defense.
Why didn’t Elder David W. Patten use the “spirit test” (Doctrine and Covenants section 129) on his co-called strange visitor, “Cain” (recounted in the previous part one of “Mormons and Bigfoot” article)?
Joseph Smith didn’t receive D&C 129 until 1843 – that’s years after Elder Patten’s encounter. (Elder Patten died in 1838, almost five years before D&C 121 was given as a revelation, so he definitely didn’t know about the spirit test.)
In conclusion, for LDS Church members to believe in Bigfoot isn’t a stretch at all and Bigfoot’s existence in no way seems to contradict the Gospel. But he is evil and supernatural and not something to trifle with.
(NOTE: The photographs above are from British Columbia, Canada, where a provincial park is named after Bigfoot and various towns highlight the creature; and from near Mt. St. Helen's, Washington State.)