Summary: (1798–1823) Alvin Smith was the oldest brother of Joseph Smith Jr., founder
of the Latter-Day Saint (LDS / Mormon) religious movement. During a public discourse
given on November 4, 2007, (later deemed the “Ariel Disclosure”) Archie D. Wood,
Sr. (aka Azrael) claimed that Alvin Smith was the mortal embodiment of the Arch-AngelAriel, and the foreordained leader of the fifth dispensation on this earth. He also
provided an alternate history behind the unexpected death of Alvin, which took place
when he was twenty-five years old.
While documentation shows that Alvin died of mercury poisoning from a popular remedy
called calomel, Wood claimed Alvin was deliberately poisoned to death by his father,
Joseph Smith Sr. According to Wood, Alvin’s illness was initially caused by a poisonous
elixir administered by Alvin’s father, who had convinced Alvin it would assist him
in seeing treasures in the earth (which would thereby help the family earn more with
their money-digging schemes). Unaware of his father’s intent and desperately wanting
to please him, Alvin drank the mixture. Fearing the poison wasn’t working, Joseph
Sr. purposefully over-administered the mercury chloride (calomel) under the guise
of trying to heal Alvin of his stomach pain.
According to Wood, Smith’s underlying motive for killing Alvin was due to a long
held resentment towards Alvin because Alvin was not his biological son, but rather,
was conceived as a result of an affair between Lucy Mack Smith and a man named Silas
Toliver (sp?). When Smith Sr. learned that Alvin had been communing with an angel,
he felt insulted that his bastard son was the one favored by God and had the ability
to communicate with spirits.
Alvin died in 1823 at the age of twenty-five. Joseph Jr. was seventeen years old.
It was around the time of Alvin’s death that Joseph Smith Jr. began telling stories
of seeing an angel. According to Wood, Alvin’s accounts of communing with divine
beings gave the Smith’s an idea which became the seed of a what is now recognized
as the Latter-Day Saint movement, and referred to in the Song of God as the “house
While Alvin is never mentioned in the Song of God, his younger brother Joseph is
spoken of in the 1st Endowment (1:2:26-29; 1:3:45-48).
And throughout each succeeding dispensation did Jehovah-Yahweh twist and bend the
words of God whereby he might establish a great confusion while yet our Shaemdiel
continued to seek out the children of God, to fill them with all manner of weariness.
Evensomuch that in the days of Ariel did the darkness some greater hold take, for
the heart of Joseph was filled with pride, and had it not been by some greater effort,
even Joseph would have fallen away into Jehovah’s keeping forever.
Yet did Joseph, in the last days of his sojourn, remember well the days of his instruction
and by some noble effort plant deep in the heart of all his following the seed that
leads to exaltation.
Thus, Most Holy Father, did the dispensations of our design go from greater to lesser;
for that which Michael established in strength did even Joseph barely achieve through
weariness; for evil did multiply and grow more heavy upon the children of God, evensomuch
that many did fall away, being exhausted in both mind and spirit.
1st Endowment 2:26-29
Still, Most Holy Father, do I rightly know this need for opposition; for without
the darkness, how would we know the light? Without evil, how could we discern the
good? For in the comparing of one thing against another do we perceive most clearly
those things which come from God.
Yet over this one thing do I greatly puzzle, for in the presumptions of Joseph was
Joseph greatly tempted because of the delusions of this life, evensomuch that so
great a prince as he was almost turned aside forever.
Tell me, therefore, how this could be, that evil should be so great as to cause this
Joseph to stumble upon the way.”
Such did I speak unto The One concerning the evils which pressed hard against us
in the world beyond all beginnings; and when I was concluded, the Light within the
light grew strangely still, and all Heaven did anxiously await the coming of the
word. (Gnosis to be revealed)