Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

After their deaths, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young visited their successors. Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. Brigham Young appeared to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. Here are some accounts: Visitation of Joseph Smith to President Brigham Young On February 17, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, three years after his … Continue reading Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

The Nauvoo “Whistling and Whittling Brigade” — Law Enforcement by “Nuisance”

In the 1840’s, Nauvoo, Illinois was a thriving Latter-day Saint community on the banks of the Mississippi River. Nauvoo had about 12,000 residents, almost as large as Chicago.      In 1845, the year after the mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Nauvoo Charter was repealed, and the “City of Joseph” was legally dissolved. This left … Continue reading The Nauvoo “Whistling and Whittling Brigade” — Law Enforcement by “Nuisance”

Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

            After the murder of Joseph Smith, several men claimed they should be the next president of the church. Sidney Rigdon made the most vocal claim. He was First Counselor Presidency. He returned from Pittsburgh where he had gone into self-imposed exile contrary to the counsel and revelation of Joseph Smith.  (Sidney seemed to have … Continue reading Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"Sunday Sermon"  The Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here is a list of just 20 of the church’s distinctive beliefs: 1. Living Prophets and Modern Revelation   “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet … Continue reading 20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

God’s Church is a Church of Miracles

"Sunday Sermon" God is a God of miracles. Hence, God’s church is a church of miracles. There are countless miracles surrounding the restoration and operation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are a few: The miracle of the church being founded in undeveloped America It doesn’t make much sense that the Lord … Continue reading God’s Church is a Church of Miracles

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?

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

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