In honor of Joseph Smith’s birthday, today

 

Joseph Smith’s birthplace in Sharon, Vermont
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Today is the anniversary of the 1805 birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, in Sharon, Vermont.

 

With that in mind, I’ve assembled links to some of the Deseret News columns that I’ve published regarding him over the past few years.  I hope that some out there might find them informative and/or faith-promoting:

 

“Joseph Smith’s account of the Restoration is difficult to counter”

 

“Joseph Smith’s Character”

 

“Joseph Smith was known as truthful”

 

“The collective witness of Joseph Smith’s family”

 

“Millions shall know Brother Joseph again”

 

“If beginning is true, all else follows”

 

“The Prophet Joseph Smith was no double-dealing cynic”

 

“Many of Prophet’s revelations were shared experiences” 

 

“Prophet’s birthday fits with season”

 

I would imagine that there is some overlap between them — I seldom check — but I hope  not too much.

 

 Posted from St. George, Utah

 

 

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  • Nate

    “Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame” because you had the temerity to honor him, but have a merry Smithmas notwithstanding!

  • EteU Spencer

    At the very least, Joseph probably wasn’t racist that badly and he understood homosexuality-a man before his time.

    • kiwi57

      I’d be interested to know in what way or ways you think Joseph “understood homosexuality.” I see no mention of it in all his voluminous writings. Certainly it is difficult to overstate the extent to which his exalted conception of marriage took for granted its fundamental nature as a man-woman pairing.

      Note that Joseph’s soteriology contemplates eternal *procreative* relationships — which homosexual ones, not to put too fine a point on it, are not.

      I really hope you haven’t been taken in by Quinn’s book, in which all the wrong things are sexualised, such as when Joseph describes a future resurrection, and Quinn imagines that he means two guys getting up in the morning after spending a night together.


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