Lo and behold, I am surfing the internet, and I discover this Baptist pastor on the internet.
And then to top it off friends, I am reading The Standard (July 22, 1899); and I discover within this newspaper article, “The Relation of Sidney Rigdon to the Book of Mormon” by W. A. Stanton, D.D.
Whooaaa! This guy, Sidney, started his “ministry” as a “Baptist” mess.
Stanton begins his article on Rigdon,
Three movements in the second quarter of the nineteenth century, each of which was claimed by its leader to be a reformation of religion, have an important place in American religious history. The earliest of these movements was the one led by Alexander Campbell and Walter Scott, resulting in the establishment of the Disciples of Christ, or Christians, as a separate body.
The second was the beginning and rise of Mormonism under the manipulations of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. The third was the development of modern spiritualism, or “spiritism,” beginning with the “rappings” of the Fox sisters in western New York. The first two “reformations” had close connection with Baptist history in and about Pittsburgh, Pa. Having been pastor of a Baptist church in Pittsburgh for about ten years, with excellent opportunities for investigations, I propose to tell what I have learned as to the relation of Sidney Rigdon to the Book of Mormon. Of course this story will be denied by Mormons and their friends; within twelve hours of this writing I have been visited by two Mormon officials and treated to a strenuous and indignant denial; but denial is not proof. I submit the plain, ungarnished facts to the public, and abide by its verdict. . .
LDS responses to Stanton are interesting, like here.
I would have liked to hear the two Mormon officials who came to Stanton. I am not too much into the Spalding theory, but this guy, Rigdon, was wild! What was Joseph Smith thinking?