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  Smith, Jr., Joseph
NameJoseph Smith, Jr.
Nauvoo, Illinois , United States
Born December 23, 1805
DiedJune 27, 1844 (38 years)
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
Nov 29, 2015 03:25am
Tags Assassinated - Freemason - Latter Day Saints (Mormon) -
InfoBorn on December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph Smith Jr. grew up on a series of tenant farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. Though in his youth Joseph was largely deprived of a formal education, he was "instructed in reading, writing, and the ground rules of arithmetic."1 Joseph's mother said that he was often "given to meditation and deep study."2
Affected by the great religious excitement taking place around his home in Manchester, New York, in 1820, fourteen-year-old Joseph was determined to know which of the many religions he should join. He encountered a passage in the Bible instructing any who lacked wisdom to "ask of God" (James 1:5). Early one morning in the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a secluded woods to ask God which church he should join. According to his account, while praying Joseph was visited by two "personages" who identified themselves as God the Father and Jesus Christ. He was told not to join any of the churches.

In 1823, Joseph Smith said he was visited by an angel named Moroni, who told him of an ancient record containing God's dealings with the former inhabitants of the American continent. In 1827, Joseph retrieved this record, inscribed on thin golden plates, and shortly afterward began translating its words by the "gift of God."3 The resulting manuscript, the Book of Mormon, was published in March 1830. On April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became its first president.

Joseph married Emma Hale on January 18, 1827, and was described as a loving and devoted husband. They had eleven children (two adopted), only five of whom lived past infancy. During the thirty-nine years of his life, Joseph established thriving cities in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois; produced volumes of scripture; sent missionaries throughout the world; orchestrated the building of temples; served as mayor of Nauvoo, one of the largest cities in Illinois, and as general of its militia, the Nauvoo Legion; and was a candidate for the presidency of the United States. He was a controversial figure in American history�beloved of his followers and hated by his detractors. Joseph was persecuted much of his adult life and was killed along with his brother Hyrum by a mob in Carthage, Illinois, on June 27, 1844.

Vote totals for elections in which was nominated for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (1900-1965): 1930-0, 1940-1, 1960-1.


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Dec 06, 2007 11:00am Profile The First Mormon Presidential Candidate  Article Servo 
Dec 06, 2005 11:00am Idiocy A Different Take On Joseph Smith’s Death  Article Thomas Walker 

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Wife Emma Hale Smith Bidamon Jan 18, 1827-Jun 27, 1844
Son Joseph Smith, III 1832-1914
Father Joseph Smith, Sr. 1771-1840
Brother Hyrum Smith 1800-1844
Nephew Joseph F. Smith 1838-1918

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  04/06/1830 LDS President/Prophet Won 100.00% (+100.00%)