Two of the documents in this volume related to plural marriage include a handwritten blessing Joseph Smith made for one of his plural wives, Sarah Ann Whitney, and the oldest extant copy of what is now section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants.
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Martin Harris' alleged experience with Jesus visiting him in the form of a talking deer has been popular for nearly two centuries with people who, seeking to discredit the Book of Mormon witnesses, have eagerly branded him gullible, superstitious, and very possibly unbalanced. Here are some striking reasons this story may not be what it seems.
The Lord summed up His teaching methods as He declared, “I did call upon [Joseph Smith] by mine angels, my ministering servants, and by mine own voice out of the heavens.” Let's explore what each of those teaching methods looked like in Joseph's life.
Joseph Smith had a compelling personal charisma that endeared him to many people-including even some of his enemies. An incident at Far West, Missouri (headquarters of the Church in 1838) illustrates just such a moment. Joseph Smith was at his parents’ home writing a letter when eight members of the state militia came into the house.
Joseph Smith preached more Sunday discourses during his final years in Nauvoo, Illinois, than any other period of his life. He spoke on a variety of topics but left behind no outlines or written notes. Thanks to the diligent note-taking of scribes, about 20 of Joseph Smith’s discourses are available for study today as the latest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers becomes available.
I frequently identify Kirtland as the land of our Savior. Nowhere in all of Church history do we see Him or “hear Him” more clearly than through the Kirtland years. He prepared the land, gathered His followers, and protected them from the adversary. More first-person words of Christ have gone to the world from Kirtland than from any other location in history.