Joseph Smith, Sr.

Fathers of the prophets

Prophets have been some of the most influential men throughout time and are often referred to in scripture as “fathers.” But what kind of men were the... Read more »

June 20, 2015

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Picturing history: Asael Smith grave

Asael Smith was the father of Joseph Smith Sr. He was taught the gospel by Joseph Sr. and grandson Don Carlos Smith. Read more »

May 6, 2015


The brothers of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith Jr. had five brothers who lived to adulthood. Each made a contribution to the work, and each had a unique relationship with their prophet-brother. What... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2015


A note on the limits of archaeology

Archaeological research has provided invaluable knowledge about ancient history and the human past more generally. But, like everything human in this life, it has... Read more »

Nov. 20, 2014


Book review: 'Seeds of Faith' shares pioneers' conversion stories

“Seeds of Faith: Conversion Stories from Early Church History” by Dan Barker proves to be a historical gem. Read more »

July 5, 2014


Archaeologists may have found site of Illinois home belonging to Joseph Smith Sr.

An archaeological dig is underway in a tiny western Illinois community for the possible location of a home built for the one-time patriarch of The Church of Jesus... Read more »

June 16, 2014

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