Joseph Smith (1805-1844), was the founding prophet of Mormonism. Smith claimed revelations and established his church in Manchester, Ontario County, New York (USA). Most of the early revelations were written for his followers. To understand Mormonism it is necessary to know something about its founder. His stories and revelations are the bases of this movement. From Smith comes the religious authority for all fragments of the Latter-day Saint movement. More importantly some of his commandments were revised and expanded. The emendations included reinterpretation of economic matters, adding offices that existed at the time of revision, and inserting references to priesthood restoration. Comparison with the second printing is included in the volume. Joseph Smith's 1828-1843 Revelations contains public and private revelatory documents from handwritten manuscripts, including the newly released Book of Commandments and Revelations. The Canadian copyright revelation, long rumored to be in existence, receives special attention. Two revelations on plural marriage are in the book. Joseph Smith made changes to his revelations and his early story. This book shows the transformation over time of church doctrine.
H. MICHAEL MARQUARDT is an independent historian and a longtime research consultant of the Latter-day Saints (Mormons). He has been publishing on Mormonism for more than thirty years. His essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of Pastoral Practice, Restoration, Sunstone, Journal of Latter Day Saint History, John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Journal of Mormon History and Mormon Historical Studies. He is the co-author of Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record (Signature Books, 1994), compiler of Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2007) and author of The Four Gospels According to Joseph Smith (Xulon Press, 2007) and The Rise of Mormonism: 1816-1844 (Xulon Press, 2013).
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