Pretend Mormons

Apparently in the early years, at least, of the Church in Britain, men claiming to be Mormons, even claiming to be Mormon missionaries, drifted from branch to branch, living off the generosity afforded by members who supported the “without purse or scrip” elders, even preaching and collecting tithing. Every once in a while, often enough in some years to merit the descriptor “frequently,” the Millennial Star carried brief warnings about someone who had bilked the Saints this way, giving his fake name, the branches where he had been seen, a rough physical description, and so on. Once in a while these would be one-time Saints who had been excommunicated but who were still using their elder’s certificates in branches where they were not known; usually, however, these were absolute impostors.
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