According to a member, Joseph Smith is an archangel named Phanuel. That’s why he said, “If I told you who I was before this life, you’d kill me for blasphemy.” He’s talked about in the book of Enoch or something like that, which this member believes should be scriptural canon because it is in line with what we believe, and also expounds a lot of stuff or something. He’s the guardian of the throne of God or something, and he protects the people who obtain salvation through Jesus Christ. He’s Satan’s worst enemy, and vise versa. Satan hates him more than Jesus Christ, but in the battle of Armageddon, Phanuel will relinquish the rivalry to Christ and Christ will vanquish Satan or something along those lines. It references Phanuel in revelations and stuff. I don’t know all the details.
I kind of assumed he was an archangel, so it makes sense to me, but I didn’t know much about this. He gave some evidences of why it is, but I’d have to ask him again.
It’s interesting to hear people’s views on speculation like this, but there’s no evidence of it from the priesthood. I would highly recommend steering clear.
A couple points. First, I’ve read a lot of church history, and I don’t recall Joseph ever being quoted as saying, “if I told you who I was. . .” Etc. it’s not church doctrine, and if it was true, why would Joseph not reveal it? He certainly wasn’t afraid to die for his testimony and the truth. It’s not like he didn’t make fantastic claims; to wit:
1. He spoke face to face with God the father
2. He saw and spoke with Jesus Christ multiple times
3. He received the priesthood of Aaron from the resurrected John the Baptist
4. He was ordained by Peter, James, and John
5. He translated an ancient language into English with little schooling
6. He received and gave hundreds of revelations from Jesus Christ
7. He saw and was taught by angels
8. He received priesthood keys from Moses, Elijah, and Elias
9. He was commanded to organize Christ’s only true church on the earth
10. He had ancient temple ordinances revealed
I could go on, but you get the point. Given all that, it would have been nothing for him to also claim to be an archangel if it was important and true.
Our focus should be on “How can I understand God’s love for his children?”, and “How can I help others understand it?”
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19.
One thing I’ve been coming to understand a lot more lately is how much truth is not mysterious. The mysteries act like protective layers to truth, which truth is much more normal and down to earth than most people care to realize.
I love you, son!