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Special Feature New Content on Joseph Smith Papers Website
September 1, 2015
by Joseph Smith Papers Project
The Joseph Smith Papers Project announces the inauguration of the Legal, Business, and Financial Records series on its website, josephsmithpapers.org. Twenty-eight legal documents are now published on the website, which will eventually include documents from more than two hundred court cases where Joseph Smith was plaintiff, defendant, witness, or judge. These cases represent Joseph Smith's civil and criminal proceedings in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. Ecclesiastical court cases involving Joseph Smith will be featured in the Documents series. The business and financial records include records and documents detailing Joseph Smith's business and financial . . . Read More
Article of the Week
August 31, 2015

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Herman du Toit which was published in our newest issue, 54:2. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

A previously unknown oil . . .

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New Testament Lesson #36
August 28, 2015

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul expounds about how sinners can be reconciled to God. He teaches that we begin to become Saints through first having faith in Jesus Christ. Because of Christ's Atonement, our inevitable failure to earn our way into heaven is . . .

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Additional Features
On September 1, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1834

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith labored with other Church members to build the Kirtland Temple, acting as the foreman in the stone quarry.


On this day in 1835

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote an extensive letter to the elders in Missouri, explaining his actions and motives in settling the Saints there.


On this day in 1837

Kirtland, Ohio. Halsted, Haines & County v. Granger: Joseph Smith signed as surety along with twenty-nine other people for a $2,251.77 promissory note. In a separate matter, Joseph Smith and others signed two additional promissory notes to Halsted, Haines & County on this date—one for $2,323.66 and another for $2,395.57.


On this day in 1837

Geauga County, Ohio. Boynton and Hyde v. Smith: Joseph Smith became further indebted to Ray Boynton and Harry Hyde, who received John W. Howden's $825 note by assignment, for $1,200 total debt owed.


On this day in 1838

Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith traveled with the First Presidency to the halfway house of Waldo Littlefield in the Daviess County, ­Marrowbone Settlement, for the purpose of appointing another city of Zion as a place of refuge for the Saints.


On this day in 1840

Independence, Missouri. The successor to Lilburn W. Boggs, Missouri Governor Thomas Reynolds, initiated extradition proceedings against Joseph Smith and others by sending a requisition to Illinois Governor Thomas Carlin.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. While in seclusion, Joseph Smith dictated a general epistle to the Church concerning the work of baptisms for the dead, which was later canonized as Doctrine and Covenants 127.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. In a letter addressed to "All the Saints in Nauvoo," Joseph Smith wrote that his enemies pursued him "without cause, and have not the least shadow, or coloring of justice, or right on their side."


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. State v. Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith was charged with forgery.


On this day in 1845

Hancock County, Illinois. Almon W. Babbitt, Guardian for heirs of Edward Lawrence v. William Law, Joseph Coolidge: Almon W. Babbitt, acting as guardians for the Lawrence heirs, filed suit against the estates of Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, and against William Law (based on Hyrum and Law's bond for Joseph Smith as guardian).


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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
What were Mormon and Native American relations like in the newly-settled West?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

The hunters finally killed a buffalo for added meat.

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