The very first prophet of the latter days was Joseph Smith. Born December 23, 1805 to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph was an outgoing and athletic boy. He worked hard on his father’s farm growing up, but always enjoyed having fun. As a young man Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and directed to restore the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. He did so, establishing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 1830. In addition to restoring the Church, Joseph’s greatest accomplishments include the restoration of the priesthood authority and power to the earth, translation and publication of scripture (the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Bible), and the restitution of temple covenants. During his lifetime Joseph saw the Church grow from a small handful to over 26,000 members. Today is the sad anniversary of the death of Joseph Smith. He died at the hands of a mob in Carthage Jail in 1844.
Here are a few ways you can remember Joseph Smith in your FHE this evening:
1. Sing or listen to "Praise to the Man" (Hymns #27).
2. Read D&C 135, which recounts Joseph Smith's deaths and major accomplishments.
3. Review the Study Topic about Joseph Smith on lds.org.
4. Look at some of the historic photographs from Joseph Smith's life on JosephSmith.net.
5. Take a virtual tour of the Carthage Jail room where Joseph Smith died (also on JosephSmith.net).
Scripture of the Day: Hebrews 12:9