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Life of Joseph Smith: The Prophet by George Q. CannonForeword by Richard Lloyd Dewey. This is the ONLY biography about Joseph written from personal interviews with his friends! The author served as First Counselor to four prophets, all of whom knew Joseph. Having full access to Church archives, Cannon weaves the intricate tale of Joseph’s intriguing biography in a mesmerizing manner. He stays focused, keeping the reader spell-bound as Joseph has to flee time and again for his life. The reason? Apostates and bigoted religious leaders seek his blood. Seen from an insider’s view of what really took place in Nauvoo, Cannon shows how the conspirators worked, even recruiting the governors of two states to get Joseph taken down. But in the end it was Joseph who prevailed spiritually – proven in part by the success of the restored church and its 12 million members today. This must-read biography gives insights, humorous stories and anecdotes with suspenseful plotting rarely seen in this long out-of-print book that has been re-published in clean, modern type for easy reading.
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It has recently been emphasized in connection with Brother Joseph that "By their fruits ye shall know them. Here is what I have come up with so far, in no particular order. He turned a tiny frontier hick town in a swamp into one of the largest, most prosperous and healthiest cities in the country. He established the Relief Society, one of the first women's service organizations in America--now one of the oldest, largest and most effective. His teachings have directly led to an increase in ethical behavior. The Word of Wisdom has led to many people having a healthier lifestyle than they otherwise would.
According to Latter Day Saint belief, the golden plates also called the gold plates or in some 19th-century literature, the golden bible  are the source from which Joseph Smith claimed to have translated the Book of Mormon , a sacred text of the faith. Smith said that he found the plates on September 22, on a hill , near his home in Manchester, New York , after the angel Moroni directed him to a buried stone box.
With two Mormons running for the Republican presidential nomination and a play riffing on the religion tearing up Broadway, the country appears to be having a Mormon moment. Mormons consider themselves Christian but their beliefs and practices differ from traditional Christianity in key ways, including belief in sacred texts outside the Bible and practices like posthumous proxy baptism and wearing special undergarments. There are about 14 million Mormons today, with more than half living outside the United States. Early Mormons faced intense persecution, so church headquarters relocated from New York to Missouri to Illinois in rapid succession. Joseph Smith was killed by a mob in Illinois. Mormon men are expected to perform two years of missionary work beginning when they're 19 years old. Women can also do missionary work when they turn 21, but there is less pressure to do so.
Read on to learn what all these "magical" objects, plates, stones, and swords are really all about. Yes, the replica above looks like a modern three-ring binder, but that's what Smith said they looked like. If they did, they'd die, Raiders of the Lost Ark - style. Later, Smith had a revelation that more people could safely see the plates, and eventually a total of eleven "witnesses" claimed to have seen them. Once the translation was complete, Smith said Moroni retrieved the plates and took them back to heaven, where they reportedly still reside today. How did the illiterate Joseph Smith translate the golden plates?
I was speaking to somebody recently about ministry in Utah. After all, it not only could be offensive, but what right would I have to teach on this subject? Only a former Mormon could really understand Mormonism. His analysis fits right into the teaching of former President Gordon B. We moved from one subject to another and then came to the matter of religion. He said that he had read considerably about the Latter-day Saints, that he had found much to admire in their practices, but that he had a definite prejudice concerning the story of the origin of the Church and particularly Joseph Smith.