Emma’s Compassion and Service

07
Jun
Emma Charity

Emma’s Compassion and Service

Emma’s care for the untold numbers of ill and homeless Saints as well as her care for Joseph’s extended family—his parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews—is legend. Emma’s work in the Church naturally included attending to Joseph’s business in his absence and taking care of their children. Her compilation of hymns dated 1835 was […]

Poem Written For Don Carlos Smith

19
May
Eliza R. Smith

Poem Written For Don Carlos Smith

THE FUNERAL OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL SMITH By Miss Eliza R. Snow. It was a Sabbath day.—The morning came, But came not with the usual joyousness With which the consecrated day was wont, In Nauvoo City, ever and anon, To usher its broad radiance on a train Of humble, cheerful worshipers. Nature Seem’d conscious of the […]

Andrew F. Ehat: Why Did Joseph Smith Build Temples? The First Endowment of this dispensation

08
May
Kirtland Restoration of Keys and Ordinances

Andrew F. Ehat: Why Did Joseph Smith Build Temples? The First Endowment of this dispensation

Andrew Ehat is the Director of Research of the Joseph Smith Research Institute:  The purpose of the Joseph Smith Research Institute is to research, chronicle, interpret, and promote the life and teachings of the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Institute aspires to understand and articulate Joseph Smith’s perspective […]

What were Joseph Smith’s sisters like, and what happened to them after the Martyrdom?

13
Apr
Katherines 80th Birthday

What were Joseph Smith’s sisters like, and what happened to them after the Martyrdom?

Written by:  Richard Lloyd Anderson, professor of religion and history, Brigham Young University 1979 When Joseph Smith obtained the plates in 1827, his older sister, Sophronia, was twenty-four and his younger sisters, Katharine and Lucy, fourteen and six.  All three joined the Church of Jesus Christ and proved their sincerity through sacrifices and persecution, though […]

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
Christu Statue at Temple Square

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, […]

“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 […]