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Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1805 - 1844

Biography

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844) was a prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Joseph Smith, Jr. was born on December 23, 1805, to parents Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. He was the fifth of eleven children. He worked on the family farm in Vermont and later in western New York. A series of remarkable spiritual experiences prepared him for his prophetic calling. Beginning in 1820 at Palmyra, New York, Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in vision. Through revelation, he translated and published the Book of Mormon, organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 1830, and received revelations to guide the Church. By inspiration, he called Apostles and other Church leaders, defined doctrines, and taught the principles and ordinances that would lead to exaltation. Under his leadership, Latter-day Saints founded communities in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. He was sustained as First Elder of the Church on April 6, 1830. On June 27, 1844, at Carthage, Illinois, Joseph Smith died a martyr to his faith.

Citation:
Book of Mormon. Japanese. Morumon-kyō, 1909 (1950 printing): t.p. (Josefu Sumisu [in Japanese])

Book of Moemon. Armenian. Girkʻ Mōrmōni, 1937: t.p. (Kart. Chōzēf Smitʻh)

Britannica.com, Oct. 13, 2010 (Joseph Smith, originally Joseph Smith, Jr. (b. Dec. 23, 1805, Sharon, Vt., U.S.; d. June 27, 1844, Carthage, Ill.), prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

The Book of Mormon, 1830: title page (Joseph Smith, Junior)

Doctrine and covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, 1835: title page (Joseph Smith, Junior)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, page 1331 (Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), the Prophet Joseph Smith, founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; born December 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont; moved to Palmyra, N.Y. in 1816; founded the Church in Fayette, N.Y. April 6, 1830; migrated with the Church to Kirtland, Ohio in 1831; then to Far West, Missouri in 1838; finally to Nauvoo, Ill. (which he founded) in 1839; killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill. June 27, 1844)

Found in 269 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History symposia records, 1987-2005

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8009 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains records for various symposia hosted by the Joseph Smith Fielding Institute, including brochures and fliers, programs and schedules, correspondence and memorandums, symposia proposals, calls for papers, and speaker biographies. Seminars cover topics including Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, the Restoration, and Latter-day Women. Also includes applications for faculty fellowships as well as summer fellows biographies. In addition, contains records for the National Endowment for the...
Dates: 1987-2005

Joseph Smith portraits : a search for the prophet's likeness

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2072
Abstract

Items include research notes and materials regarding the many different representations of Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Contains copies of these likenesses, and also contains information on the different artists who have created them, particularly Sutcliffe Maudsley. A large portion of the material deals with the death mask of Joseph Smith, and its comparison to his portraits.

Dates: approximately 1975-1997

Joseph Smith : prophet to our generation

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322072]
Identifier: MSS SC 2331
Scope and Contents

Typewritten copy of an address delivered at General Conference for the Mormon Church on 4 Oct. 1981. Benson talks about the role of the first president of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), in founding the faith and in guiding his followers.

Dates: 1981

Joseph Smith : the man / [Brigham Young University] ; [director, producer, T.C. Christensen], 1980

 Sub-Series — Reel 37: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197233634382]
Identifier: UA 5625 Series 2 Sub-Series 24
Scope and Contents

Film was released in 1980, and was produced by Brigham Young University Motion Picture Department. The film depicts a elderly women sharing her great-grandfather's experiences with Joseph Smith to children. The collection has one copy on a film reel. Dated 1980.

Dates: 1980

Justin E. Page (son of John E. Page, early Mormon Church apostle), 1933-1940

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 823 Series 8 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between M. Wilford Poulson and Justin E. Page, dated between 1933 and 1940.

Dates: 1933-1940

Kirtland Council minute book

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230331115]
Identifier: MSS SC 2920
Scope and Contents Typed copy of the minutes of the Kirtland Council of the Mormon Church between 1832 and 1837. The materials were recorded while the Mormon Church had its headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. The volume includes records of activities, ordinations, blessings, and one letter from Newell Kimball Whitney. The clerks who recorded the minutes were William W. Phelps, Orson Hyde, Oliver Cowdery, and George W. Robinson. Joseph Smith, first president of the Mormon Church, presided at the meetings. The...
Dates: 1832-1837

Kirtland Safety Society Bank five dollar bill

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230340041]
Identifier: MSS 69
Abstract

The folder contains a photocopy of a five dollar bill issued on 10 February 1837 and signed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders Joseph Smith (1805-1844) and Sidney Rigdon (1793-1876).

Dates: 1837

Vinson Knight account book

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230340033]
Identifier: MSS 70
Abstract

The folder contains photocopies of a handwritten account book written between 1836-1840. The items list transactions involving Mormons in Kirtland, Ohio and in Nauvoo, Illinois including leaders such as Joseph Smith (1805-1844) and Sidney Rigdon (1793-1876). The materials were photocopied from a microfilm collection.

Dates: 1836-1840

George Lake diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230237692]
Identifier: MSS SC 720
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an account covering 1870-1879 of Lake's Latter-day Saint church mission to England and his leadership of a new Mormon settlement in Arizona. Appended is the "Last Address" by Joseph Smith.

Dates: 1870-1879

The last testimony of Martin Harris

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232498862]
Identifier: MSS 236
Scope and Contents Typewritten statement with handwritten corrections. The item was notarized. Homer affirms that he met Martin Harris (1783-1875) in 1869 when returning from a mission for the Mormon Church. He recounts the conversation, much of it word for word, between him and Harris at that time. He also told the second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young (1801-1877), about this incident. Homer also tells, again verbatim, what Harris said on his death bed in 1875. Homer states that on each...
Dates: 1928