Emma Smith and the Governor of Illinois

08
Aug
Thomas Carlin Governor of Illinois

Emma Smith and the Governor of Illinois

Thomas Carlin (July 18, 1789 – February 14, 1852), a farmer, soldier and Jacksonian Democrat, was the seventh Governor of Illinois (from 1838 to 1842) and also served in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly.[1] He became the first Democrat nominated at an Illinois state convention, as well as the last Illinois governor who […]

Patriarchal Blessing of Emma Smith

05
Jul
Emma Hale Smith

Patriarchal Blessing of Emma Smith

Emma, my daughter-in-law, thou art blessed of the Lord, for thy faithfulness and truth, thou shalt be blessed with thy husband, and rejoice in the glory which shall come upon him. Thy soul has been afflicted because of the wickedness of men in seeking the destruction of thy companion, and thy whole soul has been […]

Emma’s Compassion and Service

07
Jun
Emma Charity

Emma’s Compassion and Service

Emma’s care for the untold numbers of ill and homeless Saints as well as her care for Joseph’s extended family—his parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews—is legend. Emma’s work in the Church naturally included attending to Joseph’s business in his absence and taking care of their children. Her compilation of hymns dated 1835 was […]

A Woman of Commitment in Sorrow

05
Jun
Emma Crossing Mississippi

A Woman of Commitment in Sorrow

During their seventeen-year marriage, nine children were born to Joseph and Emma, and they adopted two. Emma’s first three children died shortly after birth: Alvin in 1828 and twins in 1831. They adopted twins, Joseph and Julia Murdock (born on May 1), whose mother, Julia, had died the day after the birth of Emma’s twins, […]

Poem Written For Don Carlos Smith

19
May
Eliza R. Smith

Poem Written For Don Carlos Smith

THE FUNERAL OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL SMITH By Miss Eliza R. Snow. It was a Sabbath day.—The morning came, But came not with the usual joyousness With which the consecrated day was wont, In Nauvoo City, ever and anon, To usher its broad radiance on a train Of humble, cheerful worshipers. Nature Seem’d conscious of the […]