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The Church takes no official stance on this, but some members believe that the legendary Sasquatch or Bigfoot is Cain. The main source that usually is used to back this theory is the reminiscence of Abraham Smoot of a story from one of the Church's first apostles, David W. Patten. Patten claimed that in 1835 he encountered Cain walking along the side of the road. He wrote: "He walked along 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."
We can see how someone could get Bigfoot from that description. The Smoot/Patten story was also quoted in Spencer W. Kimball's book, The Miracle of Forgiveness. In the 1980's, there was a Bigfoot sighting in South Weber, Utah and many members used this story to explain how and why these sightings occurred.
Extract from Miracle of Forgiveness by the Prophet Spencer W. Kimball
(Miracle of Forgiveness, Spencer W. Kimball, (1969) p 127
More on the Legend
The following Blog has more reported accounts of Cain as Bigfoot from Mormon Lore:
"Bigfoot and Mormons?" in MormonNews - http://web.archive.org/web/20080609233412/http://www.mormonstoday.com/011207/A2Bigfoot01.shtml
"Bigfoot, the Three Nephites and the Lost Tribes of Israel" on Mormon Matters - http://mormonmatters.org/2008/01/23/bigfoot-the-three-nephites-and-the-lost-tribes-of-israel/
"Cain is Bigfoot" at Mormon Monsters - http://mormonmonsters.blogspot.com/2009/09/cain-is-bigfoot.html