The storm of war had been building all around Far West, Missouri in the late summer of 1838. Mob activity had been so intense that Mercy Rachel Thompson wrote, "At times I feared to lay my Babe down lest they should slay me and leave it to suffer worse than immediate Death." By October 31, 1838, the anti-Mormon militia of up to three thousand gathering around the barricaded city outnumbered the Far West militia five to one. In honor of the new film, "Out of Liberty" premiering this weekend, learn about the terrifying circumstances that surrounded Joseph Smith's being brought to Liberty Jail.
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On February 14, 1853, a group of Saints assembled on the temple block for the dedication of the site for the construction of the Salt Lake Temple. Brigham Young addressed the assembly. His instructions about being obedient and about the things that truly matter are worthy of review.
Some critics of the Church have viewed the Book of Abraham as a serious weakness that can be used to undermine respect for Joseph Smith. Perhaps the most vital tool in the arsenal of critics of the Church seeking to undermine the Book of Abraham and the calling of Joseph Smith as a prophet involves three puzzling Book of Abraham manuscripts, known as Book of Abraham Manuscript A, B, and C. A popular and seemingly potent claim of some critics is that we can see evidence of Joseph “translating” on the fly from the characters in the margins of the Book of Abraham Manuscript-A and Manuscript-B. Here's why it's not that simple.
In the Book of Mormon, the Lord asks His children to remember the captivity and miraculous deliverance of His covenant people. The second in the series of narrative Church history volumes “has its own stories of captivity and deliverance to tell,” said Jed Woodworth, managing historian and general editor of “Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, volume 2, No Unhallowed Hand.”
The era of the restoration was a time of searching. The Father and the Son, as they responded to the prayer of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, were responding to the prayers and longings of innumerable others, both living and dead. Among mortals, many were convinced that pure Biblical Christianity was not to be found on the earth, and were hoping for a restoration of the true principles of religion.
Pancho Villa needed help! In his lifetime, he had been a revolutionary leader, brilliant strategist and even the President of Mexico, but in the realm of spirits he was lost, and knew he needed assistance. He came from beyond the grave to seek out and ask the one man who he felt could help him in his eternal quest. Here’s how it happened.
“You Had Better Let Mrs. Young Have Any Thing She Wants”: What a Joseph Smith Pay Order Teaches about the Plight of Missionary Wives in the Early Church
On a cold, blustery day in 1839 in Commerce, Illinois, a woman huddled in the vessel, trying to protect a two-month-old baby in her arms. She was trying to reach Commerce from Montrose, Iowa, hoping to procure a few potatoes and some flour for her six children. The woman was Mary Ann Angell Young, wife of Brigham Young, who was serving a mission in England. Her plight illustrates the difficulties of the wives of early missionaries in the Church, who were often left to fend for themselves and their children when their husbands left to serve missions.