I received this e-mail today and thought I would share because it was so amazing. Personally I think he is handsomer than the artistic renditions have depicted. What do you think? Do you think it is real?
The Reorganized LDS Church or Community of Christ Church only recently uncovered it in their archives and asked our church to help authenticate it. The Church has stated that it is "almost certainly authentic." All existing "photos" of the Prophet Joseph Smith are artist conceptions, most
of which were taken from models made from the death mask after the Prophet Joseph had died.
This photo is reportedly taken of him at the time of his incarceration in the Liberty Jail. The article in the Meridian says the Church has actually had the photo for a couple of years working on its authentication.
The LDS Church is not authenticating this picture, but they are fairly sure that this is a true picture of Joseph Smith around the time that he was going to or released from Liberty Jail. It may be the only reported daguerreotype ever made of the Prophet and was buried in the archives of the RLDS Church until they recently found it and released it.
**Update: Read this blog post for more info about this picture.**