“Joe Duncan” Joseph Smith’s Horse

22
Aug

“Joe Duncan” Joseph Smith’s Horse

Moses Martin Sanders Sr., born 17 Aug. 1803 came from a wealthy family in Maury County, Tennessee.  The details are lost to history, but he and his wife were converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was baptized on 28 Jan 1835.  They gathered with the saints in Far West, Missouri in 1836, and […]

Joseph Smith Document on Virtue

14
Jul

Joseph Smith Document on Virtue

According to the statement of provenance accompanying this document, among those visited by Joseph Smith in Philadelphia during his trip to the nation’s capitol in the winter of 1839-40, was a Wilkinson family who at the time were not members of the Church but later joined. Nothing is known of this visit except that the […]

Humorous Notes of Joseph Smith

07
Jul
The Seer Painting by Julie Roers

Humorous Notes of Joseph Smith

Below are a few short notes of humorous incidents in the Life of Joseph Smith: ♦ I was chopping wood [when Joseph Smith rode up on his horse] said he, “good afternoon.”  He had a smile on his face and I felt that he was going to say something else.  “You are not the young man […]

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.

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning: Sun: 26, March 1820 – Learning the date of the First Vision

05
Apr

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning: Sun: 26, March 1820 – Learning the date of the First Vision

Two researchers working independently have come up with evidence pointing toward a date for the First Vision. Detailed weather reports coupled with maple sugar production cycles point to the compelling possibility. We learned the date of the first vision. [Editor’s Note: John P. Pratt, who recently proposed the Sun 26 Mar 1820 date for the […]

Issac and Elizabeth Hale in Their Endless Mountain Home

18
Mar

Issac and Elizabeth Hale in Their Endless Mountain Home

Details Written by Mark L. Staker Published: 08 June 2015 Introduction Travelers complained in letters and reminiscences how during wet months of the year the hard clay became deep ruts, supporting treacherous puddles on the Harmony Turnpike.1  Despite their complaints, the turnpike was the quickest route from western New York to the urban areas of southern Pennsylvania […]

Joseph Smith’s Patriarchal Blessing

18
Mar
Joseph Smith Favicon

Joseph Smith’s Patriarchal Blessing

This blessing was given by Joseph Smith Sr.  It was given on December 9, 1934 in Kirtland, Ohio.  Oliver Cowdery as scribe: Joseph, my son, I lay my hands upon thy head in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to confirm upon thee a father’s blessing.  The Lord thy God has called thee by […]