For I had seen a vision: 200 years later

07
Oct
Joseph's Firs Vision

For I had seen a vision: 200 years later

The Spring of 2020 marks the 200th anniversary since Joseph Smith first prayed to God to know which church to join and received the First Vision. Carole Mikita takes a look at what this momentous revelation means in today’s world. Historians, church leaders and various artists reflect on how this event has shaped the course […]

Financial Support of the Smith Family After the Murders of Joseph & Hyrum

20
Sep
Joseph Noble Home

Financial Support of the Smith Family After the Murders of Joseph & Hyrum

At the October 1845 conference of the church held in the Nauvoo Temple, which had only days before been opened for congregational worship, Lucy Mack Smith requested to speak to the thousands of Saints who had gathered. Church authorities who were present on the occasion enthusiastically granted her request.   As far as I can document, […]

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, […]

Elizabeth Millikin Kendall – One Saint who Remained After the Mormon Exodus

05
May
Elizabeth Agnes Kendall

Elizabeth Millikin Kendall – One Saint who Remained After the Mormon Exodus

In the Old Mormon Pioneer Cemetery on Parley Street, east of Nauvoo, Illinois, there stands a small triangular stone, its aged condition obvious, its inscription, “E WELLINGTON” is barely readable. Unless directed to it and specifically instructed regarding it, one would pass it by without a glance. Who is E WELLINGTON? E. Wellington is the mother […]

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 […]

Emma’s Lost Infants

19
Mar
Death of Don Carlos

Emma’s Lost Infants

Emma’s Lost Infants: A Review concerning the burial places of Emma’s lost children and activities by the Smith Family for the marking of family graves Emma faced the tragedy of losing, in infancy, six of the eleven babies who came into her motherly arms.  Emma’s sorrow over the loss of her babies was intense, but […]