Thousands of Hands

16
Jan
Joseph Smith descendants gather under tent

Thousands of Hands

Darcy Kennedy My husband, Michael Kennedy, Sr., and I knew our stake president was a very inspired man and heard how he would just call someone or visit with them in their home, day or night following promptings that he was needed.  Towards the end of 2004, President, Conrad Gottfredson, came to our home to […]

Emma Smith, My Story Removes False Traditions

08
Jan

Emma Smith, My Story Removes False Traditions

Article written with comments by Angeline Washburn (4th great granddaughter of Joseph and Emma) The dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland temple recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 109:68-70 mentions in order for the posterity of Joseph and Emma to be “converted and redeemed with Israel, and know that thou art God” prejudices need to “be broken […]

Joseph and Emma Share a Common Heritage

18
Dec
Mayflower

Joseph and Emma Share a Common Heritage

All of Their Descendants Share the Same Heritage Emma and Joseph shared a common Heritage, being descended from no less than seven passengers on the historic ship, Mayflower. These Mayflower passengers are: John Tilley, Joan Hurst Tilley, Elizabeth Tilley, John Howland, Edward Fuller, Mrs. John Fuller, Samuel Fuller.  “In sundrie of thee stormes the winds were […]

An Hour in the Grove

06
Dec
Sacred Grove

An Hour in the Grove

     An Introduction to assist readers of this article, “An Hour in the Grove,” better understand the historical context which makes this article significant to us in our day. by Gracia N. Jones, Historian for JSEHS Historical Society— When I found a printed copy of this article in my files, it struck me that […]

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Campaign

26
Nov
Joseph Smith America

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Campaign

It began in 1839. The Prophet Joseph Smith, finally free after more than four months of imprisonment in Liberty, Missouri, had settled in Illinois, and the Saints had begun building what would become the city of Nauvoo. With the Missouri persecutions fresh in their minds, the Saints sought redress for the grievances they had suffered, but […]

Testament of the Twelve Apostles Being Assigned the Authority to Lead the Church of Jesus Christ

17
Nov
Joseph Smith Teaches

Testament of the Twelve Apostles Being Assigned the Authority to Lead the Church of Jesus Christ

Below was written in the hand of Orson Hyde, March 1844: We, the undersigned, do hereby solemnly, sincerely, and truly testify before God, Angels, and men, unto all people unto whom this certificate may come, that we were present at a Council in the latter part of the Month of March last, held in the […]

After five years a new Emma Smith movie went to the theaters and now on DVD and streaming

05
Nov

After five years a new Emma Smith movie went to the theaters and now on DVD and streaming

SALT LAKE CITY — Shona Kay Moyer was “terrified” to portray Emma Smith in the upcoming film “In Emma’s Footsteps.” After the 1844 martyrdom of Joseph Smith, founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members of the church followed his successor, Brigham Young, out west. Joseph’s wife, Emma Smith, chose to stay […]

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 […]

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 […]

Funeral Sermon of Joseph Smith Sr.

02
Oct
Joseph Smith Sr

Funeral Sermon of Joseph Smith Sr.

An address delivered at the funeral of Joseph Smith Sen. Late Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by R. B. Thompson, September 15, 1840. The occasion which has brought us together this day, is one of no ordinary importance, for not only has a single family to mourn and sorrow on […]