Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Part 1: A Mormon Look at Bigfoot – He’s Not Cain



By Lynn Arave

WHATEVER “Bigfoot” may be, and real or not, one thing is a clear scriptural fact – he is not Cain from the Biblical Book of Genesis. 
The scriptures simply prove Cain died thousands of years ago.
Anyone reading Genesis 4:15 should be able to realize that God did not make Cain immortal. Cain could be killed (since God warned  everyone not to kill Cain, or be cursed worse).
“And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” (Genesis 4:15).
Unless God is a liar, Cain, though a son of perdition, could be killed and was therefore not translated, or given any special longevity.
Therefore, there’s no way then Cain could have survived old age or the flood.
And, Genesis 4:23-24 tells of Lamech, who killed an unidentified man.
“If Cain shall be avenged seven fold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.” (Genesis 4:24).
So, it is possible that Lamech may have actually killed Cain some time later, because first Lamech referenced the penalty for killing Cain and then said he felt his own death should carry a higher penalty than killing Cain did.
Any way you look at it, Cain is long since dead.
Some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starting believing Cain to be Bigfoot (also called Sasquatch), in the winter of 1980, after there was a flurry of Bigfoot sightings in South Weber, Utah.
Those many, and high publicized sightings of Bigfoot, referenced with pages 127-128 of Spencer W. Kimball’s book, “Miracle of Forgiveness,” seemed to support Cain as Bigfoot.
“Miracle” states an account by Elder David W. Patten (one of the 

early apostles in Joseph Smith’s time) and his strange experience, 

where he met "a very remarkable person who had represented 

himself as being Cain"


Patten’s account states:
“As I was riding along the road on my mule I suddenly noticed a very strange personage walking beside me. … His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with hair. His skin was very dark. I asked him where he dwelt and he replied that he had no home, that he was a wanderer in the earth and traveled to and fro. He said he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death during his sojourn upon the earth, but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men. About the time he expressed himself thus, I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, and commanded him to go hence, and he immediately departed out of my sight. …"
Elder Kimball offered no insight on the Elder Patten incident – he just threw it in his book, as a sort of odd tidbit.
Church members who have at best only done a casual reading of Genesis, could logically, yet erroneously conclude that Bigfoot must be Cain, once they know of Elder Patten’s incident.
And, no area of the world has more church members residing in it, than the populous Wasatch Front, where the 1980 Bigfoot sightings took place.
Plus, Cain as Bigfoot makes Bigfoot supernatural and conveniently explains why no one has been able to document or capture Bigfoot.
This Elder Patten tale is also not the only LDS tale of a possible encounter with Cain either. In the 1920s, E. Wesley Smith, mission president in Hawaii (Not Temple President, as some accounts wrongly state), described (in the "Papers of E. Wesley Smith" in the LDS Church Archives) being attacked by a large, hairy creature. He drove it off by the power of the priesthood. Later, when he described the attack to his brother, Joseph Fielding Smith, he was told it was Cain and was given a copy of the Patten encounter.
According to the Ogden Standard-Examiner of Oct. 18, 2015, there was also an account of LDS Missionaries in Mexico during the 1920s meeting a large, dark, hairy creature who claimed to be Cain. 
Decades later, missionaries in Georgia were attacked by a huge dark black man who their mission president later told them was Cain.
Since Cain died, he would have ended up in the spirit world, where all dead people go. Even Jesus Christ, the Son of God, himself went there when he died. Christ left the spirit world after three days, being resurrected.
That’s the only way to exit the spirit world I’m aware of – be resurrected too, so Cain would still be there – likely in the prison section of the Spirit World.
Why did David W. Patten’s visitor claim to be Cain?
I believe even the devils, the one-third of the host of heaven cast out for rebellion, recognize that Cain will be the supreme evil being one day. Having a body of flesh and bone one day through eventual resurrection will mean that Cain will rule over a body-less Satan. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 169.)
That’s because anyone with a body has power over a spirit. A spirit, like a devil, only has power over us as we permit it.
 Anyway, if a devil is going to impersonate the big shot of evil, that’s Cain.
Why did Joseph Fielding Smith tell his brother Cain had attacked him?
I think the then Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith knew of the Elder Patten account, but did not study the Cain situation through – he just assumed incorrectly it was Cain in both cases, as that’s such an easy, convenient answer.

--Look for Part two of a Mormon Look at Bigfoot ...
(Note: Photograph above is from British Columbia, Canada.)

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