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Joseph Smith, the Prophet

Joseph Smith

From the frontespiece in The Contributor, Volume III, 1882

Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805, at Sharon, Vermont; received the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John in 1829. He was sustained April, 1830 as First Elder and Oliver Cowdery as Second Elder of the Church, at the age of 24. He was sustained January 25, 1832, as President of the High Priesthood at a conference at Amherst, Ohio. Joseph was murdered June 27, 1844, at Carthage Jail, Illinois.Source


Joseph Smith Prophecies

December 1905 Commemorative issue of the Improvement Era.  This issue is devoted to commemorating the birth, life, and works of Joseph Smith.


Trustworthiness of Young Joseph Smith

The 1826 Trial of Joseph Smith, "AN ANALYSIS OF WESLEY WALTERS' "JOSEPH SMITH'S BAINBRIDGE, N.Y., COURT TRIALS" by Malin L. Jacobs (For an Adobe .pdf version, please click here).

The Wentworth Letter by Joseph Smith

Plural Marriage

In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, Todd Compton.  Reviewed (with an Abstract) by Danel W. Bachman (for an Adobe .pdf version, click here).

In Sacred Loneliness:  The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, Todd Compton.  Reviewed by Alma Allred and presented at the Mormon History Association's annual conference, 1999 (for an Adobe .pdf version, click here).


First Vision

Elden Watson's discussion of the various versions of the First Vision

Kinderhook Plates

Stanley B. Kimball, "Kinderhook Plates Brought to Joseph Smith Appear to Be a Nineteenth-Century Hoax," Ensign, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT: August, 1981) :66 - 74.

Source: Smith, Joseph Fielding, Essentials in Church History, (Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, UT:1944 (1922)) :659.