Rock Music icon Alice cooper is indeed a Mormon, well he grew up as one at least. You may have heard this statement thrown around before, and many Latter-day Saints believe he is, but how “Mormon” is he. Alice Cooper, was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in 1948, to Ether Moroni Furnier (what a great Mormon name that is) and Ella Mae in Detroit, Michigan.
So when Latter-day Saints state that Alice Cooper is a “Mormon”, they are not wrong, as he grew up in a very strong Mormon family, and at Church he was always known as “Vinny,” but they’re wrong when they claim that Alice Cooper was a “Latter-day Saint.”
Alice Cooper grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ (also known as the Bickertonite Church, and sometimes the Rigdonite Church), and his grandfather, Thurman Sylvester Furnier, was an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ, and also was once the President of the whole Church. Although Alice Cooper grew up in the Bickertonite Church, and he came from a solid Mormon lineage, he was never officially baptised.
The Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite or Rigdonite Church) was formed during the succession crisis after the death of the Prophet Jospeh Smith. Many Mormons followed Sydney Rigdon, and William Bickerton, as they thought that Sidney Rigdon was the rightful heir to the Prophethood after Joseph Smith. Many Mormons also followed Brigham Young (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), James Strang (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith III (Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ, now known as the Community of Christ) and many more sects. This is the reason why Mormonism has so many sects, as people didn’t know whom to follow after the death of Joseph Smith, as Joseph stated previously that his brother Hyrum Smith will be the next Prophet. Of course, tragically Hyrum would be martyred along with Joseph. Did you know that Hyrum was actually a free man? He was there purely to support and be a comfort to Joseph Smith. Hyrum was extremely loyal, and never let his younger Brother, and Prophet Joseph face anything alone. I’ll talk more about this little known history in the next blog.
I will be writing a much more in-depth article on the Mormon succession crisis over the weekend.
I can just hear BYU students now singing “Schools Out” at the end of term!