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Meteor Shower of 1833

Accounts Parley P. Pratt “I witnessed the falling stars–which was the grandest and most sublime sight eye ever beheld. No fear entered my mind, but joy rather than awe; this was in the fall, September I believe. If ever stars in the heavens had been on the move, it could not have excelled the sight. […]

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Affidavits of Apostles Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Hyde (1838)

Source: “Document showing the Testimony Given Before the Judge of the Fifth Judicial District of the State of Missouri, on the Trial of Joseph Smith, Jr., and others, for High Treason and Other Crimes Against that State” (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1841), p. 147. Affidavit of Thomas B. March (or Marsh) At the […]

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Guardian Angels

Joseph Smith The Prophet Joseph Smith promised Newel K. Whitney in a blessing on October 1835, “Angels shall guard [his] house and shall guard the lives of his posterity.” “In the evening I attended meeting in the Seventies’ Hall. George J. Adams preached and I made some observations afterwards, and related a dream which I […]

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Upcoming presentation at the Book of Mormon Evidence conference! (Sept 16th, 2017)

The Joseph Smith Foundation will be presenting at the 20th International Book of Mormon Evidence conference in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. James F. Stoddard III and L. Hannah Stoddard will be speaking on Saturday, at 1:30 pm. View complete conference schedule  | Register! Join us as we release new ground-breaking research that is soon to […]

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01) BIRTH-CONTROL: What is the first commandment ever given by the Lord to man? How does the Lord feel about birth control? Should couples postpone having children?

Commentary The first commandment given to man in the Garden of Eden was to multiply and replenish the earth. The importance of this commandment, while not commonly understood or appreciated in our day, has never changed. We have compiled a list of passages from scripture and the words of prophets in our day that clearly […]

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Doctrinal Fortifications against Darwinian Evolution

Lee H. Pearson, PhD Introduction The theory that all life in this world can be traced to a single-celled organism through a series of evolutionary steps is often referred to as “Darwinism” or “Darwinian Evolution”, named after the primary originator of this theory, Charles Darwin.  “Organic evolution” or just “evolution” are more common terms.  Before […]

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Mary Fielding Smith

Healing the Ox From the Life of Joseph F. Smith We moved smoothly until we reached a point about midway between the Platte and Sweetwater, when one of our best oxen laid down in the yoke as if poisoned and all supposed he would die. At this Father Lott came up, and seeing the cause […]

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Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom

Published with permission from the author, originally published by The Interpreter Foundation and A. Jane Birch Abstract: The 1921 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants included an additional comma, which was inserted after the word “used” in D&C 89:13: “And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of […]

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Karl Marx

David O McKay Below is an excerpt from a talk given by David O. McKay, “Two Contending Forces.“ We are witnessing one of—one of those tidal waves of human though, which periodically sweep over the world and change the destiny of the human race. In the beginning a being known as Satan came before the […]

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5 scary stories teaching what Halloween is really about

The house “. . . was filled with evil spirits, who sought to destroy us . . .” –Wilford Woodruff (London, England) We three [Wilford Woodruff, Heber C. Kimball and George A. Smith] went into the City of London to undertake to open doors in that great city.  The first man who opened his doors […]

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Lyman, Eliza Maria Partridge Smith, 1820-1885

Autobiography (1820-1885)Eliza Marie Partridge Smith Lyman, “Life and Journal of Eliza Marie Partridge (Smith) Lyman,” typescript, HBLL.LIFE AND JOURNAL OF ELIZA MARIE PARTRIDGE (SMITH) LYMANI was born in Painesville, Geauga County, Ohio. My parents’ names were Edward and Lydia Clisbee Partridge. At a very early age I was sent to school where I acquired a very […]

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Autobiography of Mary E. Lightner (1818-1913)

“Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner,” The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 17 (July 1926):193-205, 250-AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARY E. LIGHTNERI was born in the town of Lima, Livingston County, state of New York, April 9, 1818. My father, John D. Rollins, came from one of the New England States; I think it was Vermont. My mother, Keziah […]

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Journal of Sarah Stoddard (1805-1846)

A diary written by Sarah Stoddard about some of the experiences of her son Charles Stoddard while he served as a houseboy for Joseph and Emma Smith when they lived in Nauvoo, Illinois Dear Diary, Charles stopped in for a few minutes today. Said Sister Emma was worried about the prophet being arrested so frequently. […]

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Emily Partridge Young (1824-1899) Autobiography

Source: Emily Dow Partridge Smith Young, Autobiography, typescript, HBLL. REMINISCENCESalt Lake City, Utah; April 7, 1884 What I remember, I have been requested to write a short sketch of my life, and as I have kept no journal of my early days, I will have to depend mostly upon my memory. I was born on […]

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