At The World’s Parliament of Religions
Chicago, 20th September 1893
“Christians must always be ready for good criticism and I hardly think that you will mind if I make a little criticism. You Christians, who are so fond of sending out missionaries to save the soul of the heathen – why do you not try to save their bodies from starvation? In India, during the terrible famines, thousands died from hunger, yet you Christians did nothing. You erect churches all through India, but the crying evil in the East is not religion – they have religion enough -but it is bread that the suffering millions of burning India cry out for with parched throats. They ask us for bread, but we give them stones. It is an insult to the starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to the starving man to teach him metaphysics. In India a priest that preached for money would lose caste and be spat upon by the people. I came here to seek aid for my impoverished people, and I fully realized how difficult it was to get help for heathens from Christians in a Christian land.”
Genesis gives an account of very old men. Mormonism, as is often the case, confuses matters to make things less certain. No doubt a blessing from God.
The Ages of the Patriarchs is a good example, as the JST makes some revisions. These don’t appear in the Book of Moses, because they seem to be a separate revelation. See this article by Kent P. Jackson and Charles Swift.
The spirit of Elijah is that degree of power which holds the sealing power of the kingdom—to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children and of the children their fathers, not only on earth, but in heaven. Both the living and the dead to each other, for they (the dead) cannot be made perfect without us (Hebrews 11:40). This power of Elijah is to that [power] of Elias what (in the architecture of the Temple of God) those who seal or cement the stone to their places are to those who cut or hew the stones—the one preparing the way for the other to accomplish the work.
– Joseph Smith, March 10, 1844 (recorded by Franklin D. Richards)