Friday, April 29, 2005

This is for real. I swear.

Don't you hate it when you read something that starts out like that? I know I do. Immediately, my brains' reflexes go into action. I inevitably hear my brain tell me "Well, that's gotta be crap" and I move on to something else.

But this one is for real. I swear.

I got this email today. If your brain hasn't already told you "That's crap" keep reading. And even if it has, tell your brain to take 5 and read on.

As you may have known and participated in, Discovery Channel held a nationwide vote, working along with AOL, to find out who the Greatest American is of all time. With more than 500,000 votes and many nominees, the top 100 have been chosen and Joseph Smith Jr. is one of them!

Now that the nominees have been selected, the Discovery Channel and AOL are doing more intensive research into the lives of the nominees so that they can all be presented during a special program starting Sunday, June 5th called "Greatest American" which can be seen on the Discovery Channel at 8:00PM Eastern Time. (That means 5pm in Arizona; 6pm in Utah and Idaho)

So mark Sunday, June 5th in your calendars because it is during that program that you will have the chance to vote for Joseph Smith Jr. as the #1 greatest American via the internet, phone, or SMS.

The only way it can happen though, is for you and any LDS friends you have to vote for him. Please forward this email to everyone you know so that we can show the world Joseph Smith, Jr. is a "Greatest American" and truly made a difference in the world.

You can see more about the program and nominees by clicking the links below.

The following is from the web page. You have to go to the option "Salk to Truman" to see JS, Jr.

What you know:
Experiencing a series of visions from 1827 to 1830, Joseph Smith founded Mormonism, officially called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smith contended that an angel guided him to gold plates near his family’s farm; the plates contained writings that he translated into the Book of Mormon. Drawing converts rapidly but persecuted by outsiders, Mormons fled from New York to Ohio and Illinois.

What you don't know:
In 1844, Smith announced he was running for U.S. president. By then, he was a famous man in the West. However, his narrow base of appeal made a win doubtful, and his political ambitions actually increased the hostility of non-Mormons. Despite protection from the Illinois governor, a mob -- suspicious of the Mormons’ polygamy practices and Smith’s political aspirations -- assassinated him and his brother later that year.


At 2:44 PM, Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

"The only way it can happen though, is for you and any LDS friends you have to vote for him."

I think I'll have my non-LDS friends vote for him too.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Um, protected by the Illinois governor? Some protection...

At 7:09 PM, Blogger e.gage said...

I was nominated but the website is having some problems - I can't find my info anywhere... So here it is lowdown...


(we're going to skip this one, because if you already know it, why do you need to be told it again?)


Paid for college by working part time as an arms trader, selling shoulder rockets and uranium to small third world countries; lead the failed 1987 Cuban revolution (Bay of Pigs, Part II: BACK WITH A VENGENCE!); arrested on seven different occasions (three times for civil disobedience, four times for violent felonies that served no social value); instigated the investigations into the evil empires of Enron and Disney; brought the ivory-billed woodpecker back from the edge of extinction; amassed a small fortune which was lost immediately through poor investment choices (I received this email from Nigeria...); and that's the story they're going to make the movie on.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger j.m. said...

e.gage - I would watch that movie!


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