David O. McKay: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Worldwide Expansion of the Church David O. McKay was the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 1950’s and 1960’s.    He presided over the worldwide expansion of the church. Until his administration, the church was perceived as a Utah church.  President McKay dedicated temples in England, Switzerland, and New Zealand. … Continue reading David O. McKay: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Was Zion’s Camp a Failure?

 The saints in Jackson County, Missouri, experienced severe persecution in 1833.  They were driven from their homes and forced across the Missouri River into Clay County.  Joseph Smith received assurances from the Governor that if the saints raised an army to help the Missouri militias, the saints would be restored to their land.  Based on … Continue reading Was Zion’s Camp a Failure?

Mark Twain and the Mormons

"America's Humorist" Mark Twain is one of the great authentic American writers. He was a humorist who relied on exaggeration. He was an iconoclast who poked fun at religions, churches, scriptures, and well-established beliefs and practices.   Mormons were not immune to his jabs. Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” is about his travels through the Wild … Continue reading Mark Twain and the Mormons

Joseph Smith’s Shortest and Longest Prayers

Joseph Smith’s Shortest Prayer “There were times when the cupboard was bare [in the Smith home]. One day they had nothing to eat but a little corn meal. They made out of it a johnnycake, as it was called, and the Prophet offered the blessing as follows:  “‘Lord, we thank thee for this johnnycake and … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Shortest and Longest Prayers

Brigham’s Wild West Humor

U.S. Capital Building Brigham Young became the second President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.  Brigham also became the first governor of the Utah territory.  He led the migration of tens of thousands of saints from Britain, Scandinavia and the … Continue reading Brigham’s Wild West Humor

LDS Missionary “Seals” a Large City to “Damnation” After Preaching Just One Day

Background: Mission of the Twelve to Britain In July 1838, the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation calling the Twelve Apostles to serve a mission together in Britain. (D&C 118) They were to gather and leave from Far West, Missouri on April 26, 1839. Those who accepted the call included: Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, … Continue reading LDS Missionary “Seals” a Large City to “Damnation” After Preaching Just One Day

The “Failed” Lamanite Mission (1830)

The Mission Call In the fall of 1830, just months after the church was organized, the Prophet Joseph Smith received revelations calling Oliver Cowdery, Parley Pratt, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Peterson to serve a mission among the Lamanites. Their objective was to share the gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in the Book of … Continue reading The “Failed” Lamanite Mission (1830)

Joseph Smith Gives a Baby a Doozy of a Name

During the Kirtland period of LDS church history, Reynolds and Thirza Cahoon had a baby boy.  Shortly thereafter, the Prophet Joseph Smith was walking by, and Reynolds asked if Joseph would do the honor of giving the baby a name and a blessing.  Brother Joseph agreed.  Joseph held the baby and pronounced the name: “Mohonri … Continue reading Joseph Smith Gives a Baby a Doozy of a Name

Joseph Smith Rescues the Runaway Stage Coach

Joseph Smith was very strong and fit. He grew up performing physical labor. He loved wrestling and pulling sticks.    This strength and fitness aided him in his ministry. He survived being beaten, poisoned, tarred and feathered, and imprisoned.  He survived several life-threatening illnesses, including food poisoning, malaria, and cholera. Joseph Smith was also courageous. This was … Continue reading Joseph Smith Rescues the Runaway Stage Coach

Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

The Church course of study for 2021 is the Doctrine Covenants, Church History, and the Life and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was far from perfect. He was the first to recognize and confess his flaws and mistakes. In fact, in 1828, he publicly announced that the Lord had severely rebuked him … Continue reading Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation