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What the Mormons Know About Bigfoot

Have you ever heard the legend that the Mormons (aka Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) discuss when it comes to Bigfoot? If you haven’t yet, don’t worry. I’ll fill you in! 
If you’re familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, you’ll remember that they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain was bad and killed his brother Abel. Cain killed his brother Abel (who was a good guy) and God cursed him by making him a fugitive and a wanderer of the earth forever. Remember this…it’ll come in handy.

A well-known story is passed among Mormons relating to Bigfoot. First you’ll need to understand who David W. Patten is. David Patten, was a church apostle (meaning he was kind of a big deal), and in 1835 he claimed he interacted with a sasquatch.

In the Journal of Mormon History, Matthew Bowman explores the story of Patten’s interaction with bigfoot. 

A 1900 biography reprinted a letter Smoot sent to Joseph F. Smith in 1893, reporting Patten’s claim that, while riding his mule back to Smoot’s home he “met with a very remarkable personage who had represented himself as being Cain who had murdered his brother, Abel….I suddenly noticed a very strange personage walking beside me….for about two miles. His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing but was covered with hair. His skin was very dark….he [said] that he had no home, that he was a wanderer in the earth….He said that he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death…but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men….I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, and commanded him to go hence and he immediately departed out of my sight”. [Journal of Mormon History]

David W. Patten, photo credit

Since it was an isolated incident, there’s no way to fact check this. To many members, this account makes perfect sense with their theology. Our biggest beef with this account is that if Cain was, in fact, Bigfoot, he wouldn’t need to be lonely. We know that the Bigfoot in the Patterson-Gimlin film was indeed a female with breasts. And with eyewitness accounts stating that they’ve seen multiple Sasquatches at a time, we doubt that Cain is actually Bigfoot. 

It’s good to take all evidence and then use it to discern what is fact and what is fiction. Will we ever know? Nope, but it’s one more bit of Bigfoot evidence in our arsenal.

What do you think? Think Patten was right or just making up stories? Let us know in the comments below!