The Joseph Smith Papers Project has undertaken a huge effort to gather all existing documents relating to Joseph Smith. Here are 10 lesser-known facts about Joseph Smith and the early Saints from the newest book in the series, The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 1, July 1828–June 1831.
1. Not all of Joseph Smith’s revelations were published in the Doctrine & Covenants.
Joseph Smith received multiple revelations that were apparently never written down at all, but even some of the revelations that were recorded ended up not being included in published revelation collections. For instance, Joseph Smith received a revelation on 15 May 1831 which explained what was to be done with Frederick G. Williams’s farm in Kirtland which he had allowed Joseph Smith Sr.’s family and other Church members to live and work on. The revelation also counseled members arriving in Ohio from New York what to do with their money. They were told to “save the money that it may be consecrated to purchase lands in the West for an everlasting enheritance.”
Ann Romney, former First Lady of Massachusetts and wife of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, talks faith, family, trials, and traditions.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at her today, but Ann Romney was once 100 percent tomboy.
“When I was a little girl, I was out catching snakes, catching frogs. I would go by myself with my fishing rod to the lake,” she recalls.
So how did this independent, rough-and-tumble girl become the elegant and articulate public figure she is today, all while keeping her marriage strong, raising five successful sons, and serving as a loving grandmother to nearly two dozen grandchildren? It had a lot to do with finding the gospel.
Ann was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 16, 1949, to Edward and Lois Davies. One of three children, she grew up in a home where organized religion was not practiced, yet she searched for answers.
I was a Survivor fan back in the day. I have a weakness for America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. I’ll even catch an episode of The Amazing Race here and there. But I definitely don’t keep up with the Kardashians, and I definitely have no plans to watch a new reality show that’s supposedly in the works: Mormon Wives of Utah.
Yes, you read that right. No doubt inspired by The Real Housewives series of shows that started with Orange County back in 2006, the proposed show Mormon Wives of Utah can only mean trouble. And here’s why:
1. TV media is full of sensationalism. What makes so-called reality TV so compelling is that there is drama in nearly every minute of every episode. More often than not, it’s the thrill of this sensationalism that keeps us watching. I get it. But while that’s great for ratings and a good time, it’s not the best thing for showcasing what life is like in “reality” for Mormon women.
In describing the show, producer Wayne Allyn Root said, “In ‘Mormon Wives,’ pretty housewives moan about their husbands and fight about religion, because some wives are Mormon and some are ex-Mormons. They all go to therapy weekly.” I don’t know about you, but that does not sound like a fair depiction of my daily life as a Mormon, woman, and wife.
This Sunday marks the 157th anniversary of the true event that inspired the film Ephraim’s Rescue. Find out how you can commemorate the heroic rescue and help sponsor a refugee family this Christmas.
After nearly a month of cold winter storms, having few warm clothes and little food, the Martin Handcart Company had a monumental day on November 10th, 1856, when rescue party member Ephraim Hanks arrived, bringing renewed faith and needed supplies.
Ephraim Knowlton Hanks was baptized in 1845 and eventually arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 after returning from service in the Mormon Battalion. One night, years later, Ephraim was visiting a friend when just before he went to bed he heard a voice call his name. The voice told him three separate times that the handcart Saints were in trouble and asked if Ephraim would help them. Each time he replied that he would if he were called. Two days after this experience, Ephraim arrived in Salt Lake City, just in time for Brigham Young’s call for volunteers to help the handcart companies. Ephraim did not ask for a few days to prepare like many of the volunteers did, but obediently declared, “I am ready now!” He began his journey over the plains the very next day.
On his way to reach the distressed Saints, Ephraim abandoned his wagon in a severe snowstorm and pressed on with just his horse to carry supplies. The night before he reached the Martin Handcart Company, he asked the Lord for a buffalo so he could have something warm to sleep on and something to eat. The Lord not only provided him with a buffalo that night, but with another one in the morning, which he loaded onto his horse before continuing his journey. He at last reached the Martin Handcart camp on the evening of November 10th, bringing hope of survival to the suffering Saints along with desperately needed food.
With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. now ending in divorce, we looked to one of the most successful husbands we know for advice: President Henry B. Eyring.
We’ve all heard the statistic: somewhere between 40-50% of marriages in the U.S. will end in divorce. It’s not a pretty figure. While Latter-day Saints generally have a lower instance of separation and divorce, we aren’t exactly immune, though some of us have definitely done a better job mastering marriage than others. To learn from the example of one of the best of us, we searched the life of President Henry B. Eyring to find an apostle’s secrets to a successful marriage. After meticulously combing through the detailed and insightful new biography, I Will Lead You Along, we bring you seven marriage lessons his life exemplifies: