SALT LAKE CITY- Following a brawl in the Salt Lake temple, the longtime disturber of the peace, 33-year-old Joshua Hamashiach, was sentenced to death by a Utah judge. The sentence was carried out Friday, April 3, 2015.

Though a lifelong member of the LDS church, Hamashiach spent the last three years teaching his own gospel along the “Mormon Corridor.” Living practically homeless, he developed a small following of blue collar workers and excommunicated members of the LDS church who were dazzled by his apparent gifts of healing and other so-called “miracles.”

Prior to the incident in the temple, Hamashiach was known to have stirred up trouble in various LDS meetinghouses. Catching members off-guard, he would teach that he was the son of God and that it would not be necessary to follow the teachings of LDS leaders.

Probably assuming him to be insane, church leadership did not immediately discipline Hamashiach, allowing him to remain a member in good standing with full access to the church’s various temples.

Just prior to the LDS General Conference earlier this month, Hamashiac entered the historic Salt Lake temple and began destroying furniture and fighting patrons. While details about the incident are sparse, it is certain that this action led directly to his indictment and eventual death sentence.

Though Hamashiach was able to escape the temple before police arrived, his whereabouts were eventually reported by one of his former followers. During the trial, practically all members of his organization abandoned him. Even his righthand man, Rock McJona, who had originally assaulted a police officer to prevent Hamashiach’s arrest, later denied to reporters that he knew Hamashiach at all.

Apparently since his excommunication, some of his followers have reunited and are set on promulgating his teachings. A few of the more unstable ones have even claimed that Hamashiac has risen from the dead.

While the future of Hamashiac’s little cult is unknown, it is likely that they will be heading down the same road he did- that is, into complete and utter obscurity.


16 thoughts on “Man Sentenced to Death After Skirmish in LDS Temple

  1. Every night, before I go to bed, I can’t help but give thanks that I am not like this apostate. Maybe if he paid his tithing, read his scriptures, and went to Church like I do, he wouldn’t have found himself in this mess!!!!1

  2. Don’t you see the deeper meaning? This hasn’t really happen, it is a symbol of what the savior experienced in his own time. And if we were to receive him today under the same circumstances.

  3. I think ole funeral potatoes isn’t smart enough to realize this story was made up — it’s simply written to relate the Savior’s experience to modern times. Good thought provoking post

  4. Uh, there is at least one problem with this depiction. It said:

    “Catching members off-guard, he would teach that he was the son of God and that it would not be necessary to follow the teachings of LDS leaders.”

    Jesus didn’t come and say the people could now ignore the existing rank and file leadership. Quite the opposite. He gave due respect to them just as he taught that everyone else should do. Read Matthew chapter 23 where he said:

    1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
    2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
    3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

    But, notwithstanding he advocated giving due respect to them, he also spoke truth to power and didn’t turn a blind eye to their hypocrisy and how their deeds were not in harmony with the laws of God. Thus, he gave us the example of how to posture ourselves to our leaders even if they become corrupt.

    • Read the Hebrew Matthew (which some Dead Sea Srolls/Semitic Language scholars believe predates the Greek version).

      “The Pharisees and the sages sit upon the seat of Moses. Therefore all that he (Moses) says to you, diligently do, but according to their reforms and precedents do not do, because they talk and do not.”

      He said that if the Pharisees got their authority from Moses, the people should listen to Moses instead of following to the reforms of the Pharisees. The Pharisees how often Christ ignored the traditions of the leaders because they weren’t written in the actual law God gave Moses.

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