He was the founder and First President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormons). [165] On June 23, Smith and his brother Hyrum rode to Carthage to stand trial for inciting a riot. [48] Living near his in-laws, Smith transcribed some characters that he said were engraved on the plates and then dictated a translation to Emma. “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it” (D&C 135:3). [128], Smith also attracted a few wealthy and influential converts, including John C. Bennett, the Illinois quartermaster general. [139] At first, the endowment was open only to men, who were initiated into a special group called the Anointed Quorum. [21][22] Smith's parents disagreed about religion, but the family was caught up in this excitement. Two law officers arrested Smith, but were intercepted by a party of Mormons before they could reach Missouri. It tells the story of the rise and fall of a religious civilization beginning about 600 BC and ending in 421 AD. [309] Initially he opposed it, but during the mid-1830s when the Mormons were settling in Missouri (a slave state), Smith cautiously justified slavery in an anti-abolitionist essay. Smith found the plates buried in a stone box not far from his father’s farm. [23] Smith said that he became interested in religion by age 12. [137] An 1841 revelation promised the restoration of the "fulness of the priesthood"; and in May 1842, Smith inaugurated a revised endowment or "first anointing". [110] Smith implicitly endorsed this speech,[111] and many non-Mormons understood it to be a thinly veiled threat. [98] As a result, the Latter Day Saints in Kirtland suffered intense pressure from debt collectors and severe price volatility. Some were temporal, while others were spiritual or doctrinal. harvtxt error: multiple targets (3×): CITEREFNewellAvery1994 (. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. [64] He was acquitted, but soon both he and Cowdery fled to Colesville to escape a gathering mob. Among Joseph Smith’s accomplishments is his contribution to the church’s scriptures, the dispatching of missionaries around the world and the organization and leadership of Nauvoo’s militia. Lucy Smith attended Presbyterian meetings, but her husband refused to accompany her, and Joseph, Jr., remained at home with his father. He had no other wife but me; nor did he to my knowledge ever have". [217] After the crucifixion and resurrection in Jerusalem, Jesus appears in the Americas, repeats the Sermon on the Mount, blesses children, and appoints twelve disciples. [87], After the Camp returned, Smith drew heavily from its participants to establish five governing bodies in the church, all originally of equal authority to check one another. [121], Smith bore his imprisonment stoically. He disfavored imprisonment of convicts except for murder, preferring efforts to reform criminals through labor; he also opposed courts-martial for military deserters. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Indeed, they would be except that the Lord was with him. [185] Smith had proposed several ways to choose his successor, but had never clarified his preference. [209] In fact Smith's first recorded revelation was a rebuke chastising Smith for having let Martin Harris lose 116 pages of Book of Mormon manuscript. In any event, Harris returned to Harmony in April 1828, and continued as Smith's scribe. 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