Emma Smith

May 28, 2021 04:37 PM MDT
It’s been tricky for Jennifer Reeder, Women’s History Specialist in the Church History Department, to research the life of Emma Smith. The wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith didn’t keep a journal that we know of and didn’t leave many personal writings. But as Reeder studied the life of Emma for the bookFirst: The Life and Faith of Emma Smith, she was able to put many of the puzzle pieces together.
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April 29, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
The life of Emma Hale Smith was complicated. From acting as a scribe for the translation of the Book of Mormon to compiling the first hymnbook to founding the Relief Society, she was a key figure in the Restoration. She was also an anchor for her husband, Joseph Smith, and the love of his life. But how much do you personally know about her role, teachings, and leadership?
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April 13, 2021 07:54 PM MDT
On June 9, 1842, Joseph visited the Relief Society and spoke again of their purpose: “The Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.”
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March 25, 2021 04:28 PM MDT
In this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, Jenny's life comes to a screeching halt when a trip to the doctor reveals she has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Determined to continue her life mission of studying Latter-day Saint women's history, Jenny endures multiple rounds of chemotherapy and painful bone marrow transplants as the cancer returns a staggering three times. But during her lowest moments of pain and suffering, Jenny finds solace in the stalwart spirits of the women she has come to know so well.
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March 12, 2021 09:43 PM MST
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how the connection between heaven and earth works, but I’m hoping that somehow you can read this letter.
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June 27, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
This article originally ran on LDS Living in October 2015.
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June 20, 2019 09:09 AM MDT
In honor of the 175th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, LDS Living is sharing a series of articles about early Church history and some of its key figures. The following article was originally published in December 2015.
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November 19, 2018 06:21 PM MST
This month, the Joseph Smith Papers Project reached an important milestone on the josephsmithpapers.org website. The site was updated to include more than one hundred new documents, including discourses, sermons, letters, and meeting minutes dating from June 1844, the final month of Joseph Smith’s life. Among these documents are items dealing with Joseph Smith’s arrest and imprisonment in Carthage, Illinois, and letters to and from his family members, friends, fellow church members, lawyers, and the governor of Illinois.
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October 11, 2018 04:41 PM MDT
The groundbreaking movie Jane and Emma will be released in select theaters tomorrow, October 12, 2018. The film tells the incredible story of Jane Manning James and her conversion to the Church as one of the first black members. The story highlights her relationship with Joseph and Emma Smith while addressing controversial issues such as polygamy and racism.
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October 10, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
The new movie highlighting the relationship between black convert Jane Manning James and Emma Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, comes out in only a few short days (click here for more information on where you can watch it starting October 12, 2018!). The story truly lets you see these two women in Church history with all their flaws and strengths as you watch them grapple with the nuances of their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and their love for the martyred prophet during a fictionalized account of a night spent guarding Joseph Smith’s body after his death. While the night itself is not found in the history records, the emotions, stories of Jane and Emma’s previous interactions, people, and much of the dialogue comes straight from accounts left behind by those who lived early Church history, brought to life in the poetic, visual world of film. Here are a few of the true facts from Church history that you will find in Jane and Emma.
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September 04, 2018 03:33 PM MDT
"By putting this piece out there, Mormons are demonstrating a willingness to have an open, uncomfortable conversation that some churches in America’s Christian community have been meticulously avoiding," Matthew Faraci writes about the new film Jane and Emma, which focuses on the relationship between Emma Smith and one of the first black converts to the Church, Jane Elizabeth Manning James.
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By  LDS Living
August 17, 2018 06:35 PM MDT
The first-look trailer for the upcoming movie Jane and Emma is making waves, and Deadline is taking notice.
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By  Yvonne Liu
June 19, 2018 05:56 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on June 28, 2018, that it will be creating a revised Hymns andChildren’s Songbook to be used in worship services. Members from around the world can participate in the revision process by submitting hymns to newmusic.lds.org.
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By  LDS Living
June 07, 2018 06:50 PM MDT
In a letter to her husband, Joseph, Emma Hale Smith wrote, “I desire the Spirit of God to know and understand myself, that I might be able to overcome whatever of tradition or nature that would not tend to my exaltation in the eternal worlds. I desire a fruitful, active mind, that I may be able to comprehend the designs of God, when revealed through His servants without doubting.”
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By  LDS Living
July 21, 2017 06:08 PM MDT
Check out these videos shared by Seth Adam Smith, detailing Joseph and Emma Smith's last dreams:
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June 09, 2017 07:55 PM MDT
Lindsay Farr Harper, known for her portrayal of Emma Smith in the movie Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold, recently shared her experiences and testimony in a segment of Splitting the Sky, a YouTube documentary series that aims to share authentic stories of faithful women.
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March 17, 2017 08:51 AM MDT
Emma Hale Smith was an educated woman—a strong leader and public speaker. As the first president of the Relief Society, her words, recorded in Relief Society meeting minutes, continue to inspire and encourage us to increase our faith and charity. Learn more in At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women.
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February 06, 2016 08:35 PM MST
Emma's parents were opposed to the young Joseph Smith, but she was willing to cast her fate with his, and the love between them became a power for good and service to others throughout their lives.
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November 20, 2015 06:14 PM MST
Within the first few pages of the Book of Mormon, readers come across the names of 11 witnesses, each who has signed his name as someone who has either seen or felt the ancient plates that Joseph Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon.
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October 15, 2015 07:45 PM MDT
What a treasure! This copy, signed by Joseph Smith himself, is even older and more valuable than the 1842 edition that appeared on the History Channel's "Pawn Stars"show last year!
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September 18, 2015 04:49 PM MDT
In honor of the dedication of the Priesthood Restoration Site set for this Saturday, here's an inside look at the stunning scenery and historic homes that surround this important chapter in our Church history.
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April 17, 2015 07:15 PM MDT
Here is a common dilemma in modern parenthood: a husband or wife leaves town on business, placing the full responsibility of caring for the children and managing household chores upon the spouse who remains at home.
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February 29, 2012 03:55 PM MST
Following the release of the second volume of the manuscript history of the Church online, the Joseph Smith Papers website has now added to its collection a dozen new documents relating to early Latter-day Saint history and Joseph Smith’s personal life. The new documents, dated from 1829 to 1838, are owned by Community of Christ, which made the document images available under a licensing agreement with the project.
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