Born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, Joseph Smith Jr. was the fifth of eleven children of Joseph Smith and Lucy Mack. 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.
The Wentworth Letterby Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writes what he calls a "sketch of the rise, progress, persecution and faith of the Latter-day Saints." Read this book and experience the events of his life, as Joseph did. In this emotionally-charged letter you can feel Joseph's heartbreak as mobs destroy their homes, steal their livestock, and murder their families. Experience Joseph's frustration as he petitions local government leaders for help and protection with no avail. But through it all, Joseph never gives up hope. He never falters in his faith and has a perfect brightness of hope for the church, for missionary work and for the well-being of his people. Feel his hope for the future as he describes the progress of the gospel being restored in these latter days.
Within this work Joseph describes many of the significant events of his life, including his birth and upbringing, the First Vision, Angel Moroni's visit and the Gold Plates, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, an overview of the Book of Mormon story, the organization of the Church, persecution of the Saints, Joseph's plans for Nauvoo and the progress of missionary work around the world. But unlike any document of its kind, Joseph introduces for the first time the Standard of Truth and the Articles of Faith.
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