Funeral Sermon of Joseph and Hyrum Smith

09
Oct
Joseph, Emma and Hyrum Grave Marker

Funeral Sermon of Joseph and Hyrum Smith

Sermon read by W.W. Phelps before the Deseret Theological Institute on Wednesday evening Jun 13th 1855, and being as near as could be remembered by him, a copy of the one delivered by him at the Funeral of Joseph Smith  As the hearse bearing the “bodies” of Joseph and Hyrum Smith (actually sandbagged coffins) passed […]

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, […]

Little Known Facts About Emma

23
Aug
Emma in her riding habit

Little Known Facts About Emma

There are some surprising information most did not know about Emma, Joseph Smith’s wife: Midwife – Nauvoo had a doctor, however, when it came to pediatric care the doctor requested all his patients to go to Emma Bidamon as she “knows more about babies than I do”.  Greatly Loved – During the viewing of Emma’s death, […]

Emma Tends to a Victim of a Gun Shot Wound

11
Aug
Gun Shoot Wound

Emma Tends to a Victim of a Gun Shot Wound

Emma Hale Smith Bidamon giving compassionate service is a theme which runs consistently throughout her life story.  One such story illustrating this character is her tending of a gunshot wound resulting from a tragic mistake. The family of David White Rogers had become good friends with the Smiths after David was instrumental in helping scout […]

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 […]

Emma’s Last Blessing

19
Jul
All Things Dear Painting of Emma Smith by Julie Rogers

Emma’s Last Blessing

Some time shortly before Joseph was leaving for Carthage, Emma asked him for a blessing.  The Prophet told her he didn’t have time just then to give her a blessing, but for her to write the best blessing she could and he would sign it when he returned.   Emma wrote [the desires of her heart […]