“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 […]

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 […]

Julia Murdock Smith Dixon Middleton

19
Mar

Julia Murdock Smith Dixon Middleton

According to Emma Hale Smith’s handwritten account, in the Smith family Bible, her adopted daughter, Julia Murdock Smith was born May 1, 1831, in Warrensville, Ohio, to John and Julia Clapp Murdock. Her twin brother, Joseph, was also born the same day. The exact date of the birth comes into dispute but other contemporary information […]