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Church Where Joseph Smith’s Ancestors Worshipped Honored

Members of the Arlington Ward choir, Cambridge Massachusetts Stake, were invited to help celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Congregational Church of Topsfield in a special service May 19. Five generations of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s ancestors, including his grandfather Asael Smith, worshipped at the church in the northeast Massachusetts town from 1628 to 1791.

Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich of the Cambridge First Ward spoke about the Smith family’s place in the community during the early years of the Congregational Church. She made special mention of Samuel Smith, Joseph’s great-grandfather, who was heavily involved in the community as town meeting moderator and as a representative to the state legislature.

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