Id. He immediately gathered a company of twenty-five men for the purpose of assisting me, and arrived at Carthage about the time I did. After settling with his family in Far West, Missouri, Joseph, âwith the assistance of Sidney RigdonÂ â¦ embarked on the ambitious project of writing the history of the Church from its beginning.Â â¦ The history of Joseph Smith and the early events of the Restoration now found in the Pearl of Great Price were a product of this project begun in April 1838â (Church History in the Fulness of Times,Â 187). “… He published nine letters in the Ohio Star in Ravenna, from 13 October to 8 December 1831, detailing his objections to the Church. Joseph Smith . The most serious complication involved a swelling and infection in the tibia of his left leg.â An operation on his leg to remove the infection was endured by Joseph âwithout being bound or drinking brandy wine to dull his sensesâ (Church History in the Fulness of Times, 22â23). ââ¦Â When it first came upon him, it produced a peculiar sensation throughout his whole system; and, immediately, his mind was caught away from the natural objects with which he was surrounded; and he was enwrapped in a heavenly visionâ (in Allen, âEight Contemporary Accounts,âÂ 10). Such a statement makes it clear that the gospel and church established by the Savior during His mortal ministry had been lost and that “none of them was acknowledged of God as His Church and kingdom” (History of the Church, 4:536). “As a result of this apostasy fifty leading members of the Church were excommunicated under the direction of Joseph Smith, but the problems continued to fester. Elder Carlos E. Asay, who was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, said that the Prophet Joseph Smith “was the product of a God-fearing family—a family that thirsted after righteousness and exercised a simple but deep faith in the Lord. Discussions on the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 1, 3. Yes. BYU Professor, Historian, and Editor, Dr. Steven Harper, takes us on a deep-dive into Joseph Smith History. [and] pondered many things in my heart concerning the situation of the world” (History 1832, p. 2, Letter Book 1, 1829–35, Joseph Smith, Collection, Church History Library, Salt Lake City; spelling and punctuation modernized; reprinted in Dean C. Jessee, comp., Personal Writings of Joseph Smith … Joseph Smith’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, wrote: “While Joseph was in the employ of Mr. Stoal, he boarded a short time with one Isaac Hale, and it was during this interval that Joseph became acquainted with his daughter, Miss Emma Hale, to whom he immediately commenced paying his addresses, and was subsequently married. They left after hiding the record in a barrel of beans in the wagon. Joseph Smith letter to Oliver Cowdery, “Brother O. Cowdery,” Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate 1, no. See Isaiah 29:11–12 and 2 Nephi 27:6–26. There was an apostasy and loss of the true Church from the earth. 19. Preston Nibley , 79). Sometime in the early spring of 1820 he went to a familiar spot in the woods near his home to make the attempt. …. On 15 May 1829, Joseph and Oliver went into the nearby woods along the Susquehanna River to pray. “In Harmony, the couple moved into a two-room house owned by Jesse, another of Emma’s brothers, about 150 yards from Isaac Hale’s house. The Prophet was ready to begin the translation. Eventually, the angel entrusted Joseph Smith with the plates and he translated them into English by the power of God. President Brigham Young said that the Lord had watched over Joseph Smith’s ancestors for generations: “It was decreed in the counsels of eternity, long before the foundations of the earth were laid, that he should be the man, in the last dispensation of this world, to bring forth the word of God to the people, and receive the fulness of the keys and power of the Priesthood of the Son of God. The genre of Genesis is a Narrative History, and Genealogies. History, 1838–1856. For one year she attended an academy for girls where she received training in social behavior. 4n. Ensign, Dec. 1996, 33–47). ( Verses 1–20 .) Be faithful in receiving instruction, and in keeping every commandment that is given you’ [in Lucy Mack Smith, History of Joseph Smith, 87]. Josephâs âmonths of anguish had resulted in obvious spiritual maturity, and he had at least three serious questions on his mind: (1) He was concerned for his own salvation and sought forgiveness of his sins; (2) he was concerned for the welfare of mankind in general, for, he said, âI felt to mourn for my own sins and for the sins of the worldâ; (3) he wanted to know which, if any, of the churches was right, and which he should joinâ (Allen, âEight Contemporary Accounts,âÂ 9). Revivals were often in the form of camp meetings held on the edge of a grove of trees or in a small clearing in the forest. JS History, vol. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith. Smith also had in his possession a brown seer stone.He used both devices to produce the record, which is called the Book of Mormon. Young Joseph matured while suffering persecution and waiting for further instructions from the Lord. Leaving Emma at the base, Joseph climbed the hill for his final interview with Moroni. Vols. “Early in 1829 one of Oliver’s older brothers, Lyman Cowdery, was hired to teach at the village school in Manchester township close to where Joseph Smith’s family lived. All of these and other stratagems were employed to keep them safe from neighborhood mobs who raided and ransacked the Smith home and surrounding premises, and even employed the services of a diviner in their zeal to locate the record” (Truth Restored, 13–14). He expected to have seen the leaves and boughs of the trees consumed, as soon as the light came in contact with them. During the next three months Joseph and Oliver completed the amazing task of translating approximately five hundred printed pages. “Efforts to steal the plates intensified, but Moroni’s promise of protection was also fulfilled. It was the custom of the day for teachers to board in the homes of their Joseph told the story of his vision to his family. what wonder! Joseph met Emma Hale while working for Josiah Stoal, Joseph received the Book of Mormon plates, Martin Harris visited Charles Anthon in New York City, Joseph resumed translating the plates, with the help of Oliver Cowdery. âOne Small Step for a Man; One Giant Leap for Mankind,â. For example, Norman Brown left the Church because his horse died on the trip to Zion. These men appeared to him. Given the tender feelings of this fourteen-year-old boy, it is little wonder that he should wish to tell his experience to his friends and acquaintances outside the family. The completed six-volume collection covers the period from 23 December 1805–8 August 1844. âJoseph SmithâHistory 1:1â20,â The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual (2017), âJoseph SmithâHistory 1:1â20,â The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, Joseph Smithâs Early Life and the First Vision. âAs more and more Americans crossed the Catskill and Adirondack mountains to settle in the Finger Lakes area of western New York, they tended to lose contact with established churches in their former homes. Yet his contemporary religious leaders, then much better known than Joseph, have faded into the footnotes of history, while the work of Joseph Smith grows constantly and globally” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1983, 75; or Ensign, Nov. 1983, 54). We were considered respectable till then, but at once people began to circulate falsehoods and stories in a wonderful way” (Deseret Evening News, 20 Jan. 1894, 11; see also Church History in the Fulness of Times, 35). President Brigham Young (1801â77) said that the Lord had watched over Joseph Smithâs ancestors for generations: âIt was decreed in the counsels of eternity, long before the foundations of the earth were laid, that he, Joseph Smith, should be the man, in the last dispensation of this world, to bring forth the word of God to the people, and receive the fulness of the keys and power of the Priesthood of the Son of God. From Joseph’s humble beginnings to facing overwhelming odds, we see Joseph Smith as the hero of a great story, one that includes each one of us. We gain additional insights on this matter from a letter Oliver Cowdery wrote to W. W. Phelps, which contains an account of Moroni’s visit to Joseph Smith: “Though fear was banished from his heart, yet his surprise was no less when he heard him declare himself to be a messenger sent by commandment of the Lord, to deliver a special message, and to witness to him that his sins were forgiven, and that his prayers were heard; and that the scriptures might be fulfilled, which say—‘God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen; yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things which are, that no flesh should glory in his presence’ [1 Corinthians 1:27–28]” (Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Feb. 1835, 79). Part 1 → ... December 15, 2020 at 8:53 am. Wikimedia Commons This 1851 lithograph depicts one of the darker moments in Mormon history as Joseph Smith’s body is mutilated in the street. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of traveling, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. Then Moroni added a warning during the third visit about Joseph’s motives in getting the plates, a temptation Joseph could have easily experienced after the second visit. … Young Joseph later recalled that ‘it required the exertions of all that were able to render any assistance for the support of the Family’ [“History of Joseph Smith by Himself,” 1]. These ‘unchurched’ settlers worried religious leaders of the main denominations, principally the Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians, who established proselyting programs for their disadvantaged brothers in the West. The result of this work is the Book of Mormon. About IRR. Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, front of the 2013 edition of the Book of Mormon; cf. President N. Eldon Tanner, who was a counselor in the First Presidency, after quoting Revelation 14:6–7, explained: “This revelation was fulfilled and clearly understood when the Angel Moroni did fly in the midst of heaven and appeared to Joseph Smith and told him of the plates which contained the gospel in its fullness” (in Conference Report, Apr. But he continued to work on his father’s farm, to work for others in the area, and to associate with companions of his own age. “… Is not the persecution itself a witness of the reality of the First Vision? The family, therefore, continued to live in a small log house a short distance from the frame house. The extent of Joseph Smith’s involvement in writing it is not known, but it was published with his signature. Joseph Smith begins his story in his matter-of-fact way, setting out carefully the reason that he is writing this history and the facts about his birth and family. Joseph, however, was able to knock his assailant down and flee. Oliver Cowdery arrived in Harmony on Sunday, 5 April 1829, and Joseph recognized him as the assistance the Lord had promised. Chapter 1. The best people have a heightened awareness of what little of the worst is still in them!” (Notwithstanding My Weakness, 16–17). This document, “History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842],” is the third of six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church” (in The Joseph Smith Papers the “Manuscript History” bears the editorial title “History, 1838–1856”). JosephÂ Jr., at the time a boy of ten, remembered that even though he was not yet fully recovered from his leg operation, the teamster engaged to assist the Smiths in their journey made him walk through snow, forty miles per day for several days, during which time he suffered the most excruciating weariness and pain. They have some truth—some of them very much of it. This lesson focuses on visions and the difficulty of describing the ineffable, searching for truth, the mind and heart, dehumanizing and demonizing others, and holding fast to the things God knows that we know. The book presented controversies, like Joseph Smith's polygamy, that were in contrast to faith-promoting teachings of the RLDS Church, and brought a backlash from some RLDS members. His parents, Lucy Mack and Joseph Smith Sr., were married on 24 January 1796 and settled on a family farm in Tunbridge, Vermont. We do not know which verses Moroni quoted from Malachi 3, but verses 1–4 and 16–18 are appropriate to the themes of the other scripture references. [See Richard L. Bushman, Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), 85.]. 1964, 62). Regarding his experiences working with Joseph Smith, Oliver later reminisced: “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! The revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants call it a "translation" (D&C 37:1;90:13). “Religious Beliefs in Joseph Smith’s Day,” Church History Topics. Backbiting against the Prophet Joseph Smith was common in Kirtland, particularly when he was away on business or on missions. Simonds Ryder denied Joseph’s inspiration when Ryder’s name was misspelled in his commission to preach. The Smith family moved from Norwich, Vermont, to Palmyra, New York (near where the Book of Mormon plates were buried). We do, however, learn from the Prophet Joseph Smith that during the First Vision the Savior told him that “the fullness of the Gospel should at some future time be made known unto me” (History of the Church, 4:536). Samuel Smith, of Montebello, heard at five this morning, that I had been taken prisoner to Carthage by a mob. When his schemes began to unravel, he constructed bombs to murder two … The Powers of Darkness. Volume 2: Journal, 1832–1842. Many members of the Church apostatized following a period of economic stress in 1837. As Joseph and Oliver translated the Book of Mormon they came to the Savior’s visit to the inhabitants of the western hemisphere and His teachings about baptism (see 3 Nephi 11:18–41). Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained the meaning of “the fulness of the everlasting gospel”: “According to the revealed word, the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel; so also does the Bible, and so do both the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. The extract was first published in England in 1851 as part of the first Pearl of Great Price pamphlet (see the Introductory Note at the beginning of the Pearl of Great Price). The Church has excavated the foundation of the log house and built a replica of it on the site. Suffice it to say, I was merely instructed in reading, writing, and the ground rules of arithmetic which constituted my whole literary acquirementsâ [âHistory of Joseph Smith by Himself,âÂ 1]â (Church History in the Fulness of Times, 29â30). In frustration he cried out, ‘Why can I not obtain this book?’ Moroni appeared and told him it was because he had not kept the commandments but had yielded to the temptations of Satan to obtain the plates for riches instead of having his eye single to the glory of God as he had been commanded [Cowdery, in Messenger and Advocate, Oct. 1835, 198]. The Father introduced the Son who then spoke to Joseph Smith. Home » Pearl of Great Price Joseph Smith - History 1:18-19 Authority Claims of LDS Leaders. When the Old Testament prophet Samuel was young, “there was no open vision” (1 Samuel 3:1). The excerpts come from the first five chapters of what eventually became the seven-volume History of the Church (see 1:1–44). A cooper’s shop across the street was their next hiding place. . They determined to go to the Lord in mighty prayer to learn how they could obtain the blessing of baptism. Discussions on the Book of Mormon Early years. His family was concerned, but he told them he had been delayed because he had just received a severe chastisement from Moroni. These were traveling ministers who rode horseback from town to town throughout a given region, or circuit, ministering to the religious needs of the people. The most serious complication involved a swelling and infection in the tibia of his left leg.” An operation on his leg to remove the infection was endured by Joseph “without being bound or drinking brandy wine to dull his senses” (Church History in the Fulness of Times, 22–23). Monthy (Nov. 1839-Oct. 1840) and Semimonthly (Nov. 1, 1840-Feb. 15, 1846) publication published in Commerce, later Nauvoo, Illinois primarily for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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