Out of Liberty

08
Apr

Out of Liberty

Based on first-hand recorded accounts, “Out of Liberty” follows local jailer Samuel Tillery (Jasen Wade), who is tasked with watching Missouri’s most wanted men as they await their upcoming hearing. Caught between the local Missourians’ increased drive to remove the prisoners, and the prisoners’ desperate efforts to survive, Tillery is pushed beyond what any lawman can endure. These most wanted men, as Latter-day Saints will quickly recognize, included the prophet Joseph Smith Jr., his brother Hyrum, and four other Church leaders. They’d been arrested and falsely accused of treason.

Bridging a Rift of False Tradition: The Healing Letter Between Joseph’s and Brigham’s Descendants

18
May

Bridging a Rift of False Tradition: The Healing Letter Between Joseph’s and Brigham’s Descendants

Written by Mary Ellen Elggren “What of Joseph Smith’s family? What of his boys? I have prayed from the beginning for Sister Emma…They are in the hands of God, and when they make their appearance before this people, full of his power, there are none but what will say – ‘Amen! We are ready to […]

Healing the Rift Between Brigham and Emma

21
Jan

Healing the Rift Between Brigham and Emma

From the Latter-day Saint perspective in the 19th-century West, the whole world was against them. “Brigham Young is hearing comments of Emma stating this or that, most of which are taken out of context because he is hearing them through third parties. … So he makes all these harsh statements about Emma — and those […]

Missionary Moment: The Gracia Jones Story — Joseph Smith’s Great Great Granddaughter

21
Dec
Gracia Jones with Joseph Fielding Smith

Missionary Moment: The Gracia Jones Story — Joseph Smith’s Great Great Granddaughter

My name is Gracia Normandeau Jones. Last 17 March 2018, I will celebrate the sixty-second anniversary of my baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My grandmother, Coral, was a granddaughter of Joseph and Emma Hale Smith; her father, Alexander Hale Smith, was their third surviving son. Many people ask how it […]

First Hand Testimony of President Wilford Woodruff about Joseph Smith on Freedom of Religion and Temple Endowments

17
Dec

First Hand Testimony of President Wilford Woodruff about Joseph Smith on Freedom of Religion and Temple Endowments

Below is an eye witness testimony of President Wilford Woodruff given on Friday, March 19, 1897 concerning his experience with the Prophet Joseph Smith calling the Quorum of Twelve Apostles concerning the authoring of the Temple endowments. President Woodruff and George Q. Cannon at the office. President Woodruff again spoke into the graphaphone or talking […]

Missionary Moment: The Michael Kennedy Conversion Story (Third Great Grandson of Joseph Smith) – The First Descendant of the Prophet to Receive the Melchizedek Priesthood

21
Oct

Missionary Moment: The Michael Kennedy Conversion Story (Third Great Grandson of Joseph Smith) – The First Descendant of the Prophet to Receive the Melchizedek Priesthood

“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.” (D&C 135:3)  I used to wonder in my early days of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since Joseph Smith has done so […]

Serenity Blue

22
Oct

Serenity Blue

This is Kimberly Jo Smith and I invite you to enjoy our new music video, Serenity Blue. This song is about the lives of my great-great grandparents, Joseph and Emma Smith. It is a story about Lucy Mack Smith, a mother who has lost her sons, and Emma, a wife who has lost her husband. […]