Using Science to Answer Questions from Latter-day Saint History: The Case of Josephine Lyon’s Paternity

14
Jan

Using Science to Answer Questions from Latter-day Saint History: The Case of Josephine Lyon’s Paternity

Published originally:  BYU Studies, quarterly (Jan 9, 2020) Historians have often speculated if Joseph Smith had any children with his plural wives. The strongest case for a child born through one of Joseph Smith’s polygamous unions is that of Josephine Lyon, born on February 8, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, to Sylvia Sessions, who was sealed […]

King Follett Sermon Transcription

01
Jan

King Follett Sermon Transcription

Below is an exact transcription of the King Follett Sermon given by the Prophet Joseph Smith: The president having arrived; the choir sung a hymn. Elder A[masa] Lyman offered a prayer. The president then arose and called the attention of the congregation upon the subjects which were contemplated in the fore part of the conference. […]

Resolving a 150-year-old paternity case in Mormon history using DTC autosomal DNA testing of distant relatives

21
Dec

Resolving a 150-year-old paternity case in Mormon history using DTC autosomal DNA testing of distant relatives

by Ugo A. Perego, Martin Bodner, Alessandro Raveane, Francesco Montinaro, Walther Parson, & Alessandro Achilli Published for FSI (Forensic Science International) Genetics Highlights We propose the resolution of a 150-year old alleged paternity using autosomal DNA data collected from 56 living descendants. This study deals with the posterity of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of Mormonism, […]

DNA Rules out Joseph Smith has descendants from polygamist wives

20
Dec

DNA Rules out Joseph Smith has descendants from polygamist wives

Full Documentation of Reconstructing the Y Chromosome of Joseph Smith can be read here:  Reconstructing Joseph Smith’s Y Chromosome By Carrie A. MooreDeseret Morning News Published: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 12:13 a.m. MST Mosiah Hancock, son of Clarissa Reed Hancock, who was married to Levi Hancock. Oliver Buell, son of Prescindia Huntington Buell, who was […]

DNA shows Joseph Smith was Irish

08
Dec
King Niall

DNA shows Joseph Smith was Irish

Ugo Perego research – Joseph Smith English or Irish, probably Irish: Joseph Smith English or Irish SANDY, Utah — DNA research into Joseph Smith Jr.’s genealogy has turned up a surprise, according to Ugo Perego, director of operations at the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation: A rare DNA marker shows that the assumption Smith’s family line […]

“My people shall become a numerous and mighty host in the vastness of the Rocky Mountains.” – Joseph Smith

21
Nov
Mormon Migration to the Rocky Mountains

“My people shall become a numerous and mighty host in the vastness of the Rocky Mountains.” – Joseph Smith

Many saints were privileged to hear Joseph Smith’s prophecies pertaining to the exodus from Missouri.  As a followup to Joseph Smith Jr & Brigham Young descendants gathering at Martin’s Cove this article highlights a few quotes from those who heard Joseph Smith speak to them directly about the new life that awaits the Saints out […]

“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 […]

Alexander Hale Smith

19
Jul

Alexander Hale Smith

  Written by Gracia Jones Originally Published: 10 December 2009 Alexander Hale Smith was born 2 June 1838, at Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, about six weeks after his parents made the January to March trek from Kirtland, Ohio, to the new county set up for the Mormons through the influence of Joseph’s friend, Alexander Doniphan. A […]