Comparing Paul to Joe Smith !!! Wow. You are in the fringe.<quoted text>
Well, since I know more Mormons, I've met some that are quite unlikeable and perhaps dangerous with what they believe - such as a fellow who told me: "If God doesn't make me a God too, there's going to be a lot of people die!" Creepy guy. Another is a California politician who actually has an active 'Mormon Battalion' that most LDS don't know exists to this day. Nice guy though - but secretive things cause me to back off - especially stuff like that.
There are a couple of 'tell all' books on LDS that are excellent. One is "One Nation Under Gods", and another is "Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon." In actuality the similarities between Joseph Smith Jr. and the apostle Paul are quite remarkable - although the doctrines taught by them are on opposite ends of the line of doctrines of the Christian faith. Neither one of them told the same story of their miraculous encounter with Jesus Christ in any consistent account - as if told in a court of law, they would be found to be liars because of the inconsistencies. Did they both think they had some special revelation from God and Christ? I think so, but because they believed differently than what God said through His Son, I'll have to default to say both were liars, in spite of all their claims to be great revelators of God.
Did they see something? If they had, they failed to tell us what it really was, as evidenced by their changing story and then those who follow them also testify of themselves because they have not searched the matter out and no matter which version they uphold as true, they also have to testify in a round about way that they don't believe other things of the claimer to the authority to be an Apostle or Seer or Prophet of God.
Your posts have no relevancy. Too far out there. Imagination running wild
The Church approved of Paul's work. Even sent him to the Dioceses to announce the decision of the Council of Jerusalem.