Samuel Smith: Missionary to Prophets

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https://history.lds.org/article/samuel-smith-missionary-to-prophets?lang=eng

15 June 2016

Samuel H. Smith, though not as well known as his older brothers Joseph and Hyrum Smith, played an influential role in the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1829 he moved to Harmony, Pennsylvania, to work Joseph’s farm while Joseph translated the Book of Mormon,1 and he even briefly served as Joseph’s scribe. He was the third person baptized after the Aaronic Priesthood was restored,2 and he was chosen as one of the Eight Witnesses to see and handle the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. When the Church was organized, Samuel was one of the six original members.3 It seems fitting, then, that Samuel was called as the first missionary of the newly organized Church. Continue reading

Gift Honors Surgery that Saved Joseph Smith’s Leg

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http://dartmed.dartmouth.edu/spring16/html/giving_surgery/

By Nancy Fontaine

Descendants of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, have created a scholarship at the Geisel School of Medicine to honor and give thanks for a pioneering surgery that Dartmouth’s Dr. Nathan Smith performed on young Joseph.

Two hundred years ago, a surgeon in rural New Hampshire saved a young boy’s leg and possibly his life. This was no ordinary treatment, however. The surgeon was Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of Dartmouth’s medical school; the child was Joseph Smith, who later founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the surgery was far ahead of its time. Continue reading

Lucy Mack Smith’s Gold Bead

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Museum Treasures

Heidi Bennett – 20 January 2016

This tiny gold bead is easy to overlook among all the larger artifacts in the museum, but it carries a story that gives us important insight into the faith and character of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s parents.

In 1830, Joseph Smith Jr. published the Book of Mormon and formally organized the Church in Fayette, New York. Many people, however, were not pleased with these events. Continue reading

Family News – September 27, 2015

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http://josephsmithsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/9_27_15_EmailNews.pdf The First Smith Family Podcast Is Here A great time to sit and watch the Smith Family Podcast would be during family night or General Conference weekend. Elder M. Russell Ballard and Wallace B. Smith, Co-Chairs of the Joseph … Continue reading

Family News – September 19, 2015

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http://josephsmithsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/9_19_15_EmailNews.pdf You Made It Happen The Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family Association awarded a $25,000 scholarship to the Geisel School of Medicine to honor the work of Dr. Nathan Smith and have Joseph’s name known for good … Continue reading

Family News – August 16, 2015

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http://josephsmithsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/8_17_15_EmailNews.pdf Help Celebrate the Success of Joseph’s Miracle Run A Smith Family Fireside will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:00 pm at the Hanover & Lebanon New Hampshire Wards building, 667 Dartmouth College Highway, Lebanon, NH 03766‐2044. Dr. … Continue reading

Walking in their Shoes

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By Steve & Frances Orton and Joy Ercanbrack

“Walking in their Shoes” was designated as the theme for the 2014 Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family Reunion. The family gained a deeper respect for our ancestors who lived in the Independence, Missouri area as we toured Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, and the sacred Liberty Jail. We learned that God does not abandon us, just as he did not abandon Joseph and Hyrum when they were unjustly imprisoned in the Liberty Jail. Truth does prevail and the mercies of God will be revealed.

The full article is listed on the Reunion web site at http://reunion.josephsmithsr.org/?p=400 Continue reading

Defending the Faith: Did Book of Mormon witnesses simply see the golden plates with their ‘spiritual eyes’?

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629099/The-plates-of-the-Book-of-Mormon-As-material-as-anything-can-be.html

By Daniel Peterson , For the Deseret News
Published: Saturday, May 23 2015 2:27 p.m. MDT

I continually encounter the confident declaration that the witnesses to the Book of Mormon didn’t really see or touch anything at all and didn’t actually claim to have seen or touched anything. They only “saw” the plates with their “spiritual eyes,” I’m assured, and “spiritual eyes,” to them, meant “in their imaginations.” Continue reading

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about the Prophet Joseph Smith

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Many of us know only a few common facts about Joseph Smith: He was born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont on December 23, 1805. His father’s name was Joseph Smith. He lived on a farm in western New York when he had the First Vision. The Church was organized on April 6, 1830. Joseph was in the Liberty Jail and he lived in Nauvoo, etc.

Let me give you at least 7 facts you probably didn’t know about the Prophet Joseph Smith. Continue reading

16 Stunning Photographs with Eyewitness Accounts to Help you Remember the Martyrdom on this 170th Anniversary

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Even the coldest heart is moved by the events that took place in the Carthage Jail on Thursday, June 27, 1844—170 years ago today. Joseph died not only as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, but as a Mayor of one of the largest cities in America, General of the Nauvoo Legion (the largest city militia in the western United States), a declared candidate for President of the United States, and more tenderly, as a husband to Emma Hale Smith and father of eleven children (six then deceased, one yet unborn). Joseph died, as the Prophets of old, as a witness of the Savior of mankind. The following accounts are given to paint a picture of some of the feelings that surround that fateful day in June of 1844. I have added the photographs so you may journey with the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum to Carthage. Continue reading