The Joseph Smith Papers, Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories, 1832-1844

The Joseph Smith Papers, Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories, 1832-1844

by Dean C. Jessee


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On April 6, 1830, the Lord commanded Joseph Smith that "there shall be a record kept among you" (D&C 21:1). This volume highlights the product of those efforts, including histories written in Joseph's own hand. It features all of the known histories authored by Joseph Smith— whether written personally by him or by his close associates under his immediate supervision—and include the history penned in 1832 by Joseph Smith with assistance from scribe Frederick G. Williams, the history written from 1834 to 1836, three documents related to the effort to produce the manuscript that later became the History of the Church, an article published in 1839 recounting the conflicts between Latter-day Saints and other residents of northwestern Missouri, and two articles from the 1840s that give an overview of early Church history. These eight histories provide several early, important accounts of Joseph Smith's foundational religious experiences, including the First Vision and the visits of the angel Moroni. They also chronicle important events and developments in early Church history. As with all other volumes of The Joseph Smith Papers, these documents have been transcribed and annotated according to the highest standards of documentary editing and include invaluable introductory material.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606411964
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps viii

Timeline of Joseph Smith's Life x

Map: Joseph Smith's Residences xi

Series Introduction: Joseph Smith's Historical Enterprise xiii

Chart: History Creation Dates, Narrative Spans, Scribes, and Precursor Documents xxxiii

Chart: Relationships among Histories and Precursors xxxiv

Volume 1 Introduction: The Histories of Joseph Smith, 1832-1844 xxxv

Editorial Method xxxix

Joseph Smith Histories, 1832-1844

History, circa Summer 1832 3

History, 1834-1836 23

History Drafts, 1838-circa 1841 187

"Extract, from the Private Journal of Joseph Smith Jr.," July 1839 465

"Church History," 1 March 1842 489

"Latter Day Saints," 1844 503

Appendix A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840 Orson Pratt 517

Reference Material

Chronology for the Years 1805-1844 549

Maps 567

Map Index 576

Pedigree Chart 579

Biographical Directory 580

Glossary 644

Essay on Sources 658

Works Cited 661

Corresponding Section Numbers in Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants 678

Acknowledgments 685

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