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Seasonal Feature "My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?" Psalm 22 and the Mission of Christ
Shon Hopkin
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Ps. 22:1). This psalm is familiar and dear to all Christians as a prophecy that found fulfillment in Christ's grand atoning sacrifice. How could early Christians make sense of the torture and ignominious death of their Messiah? How could Jesus be the long-awaited Christ if his life ended without triumph or acclaim? This psalm provided comfort that the Messiah's suffering was foreknown. Even more importantly, it shows that his suffering and death were not the end but indicate that Christ would rise above the suffering and triumphantly save his people.

Each phrase in this psalm illuminates its powerful, Christ-centered nature. Matthew and Mark both . . .
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Special Feature: Joseph Smith Papers Project
April 15, 2014

Joseph Smith wrote to and received letters from a wide variety of people, including his wife Emma and other family members; church leaders and members; and politicians, attorneys, businessmen, and newspaper editors. A few . . .

History of the Church Series
April 14, 2014

Each Monday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing to Utah in the 20th century. Find more articles tied to each location and time period in our Church Historic Sites section.

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On April 16, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1829

Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 9, a revelation directing Oliver Cowdery to be content to write rather than attempt to translate.

On this day in 1830

Palmyra, New York. Joseph Smith received Doctrine and Covenants 22, a revelation directing converts who had been previously baptized in other churches to be rebaptized as members of the Church.

On this day in 1834

Chardon, Ohio. State of Ohio v. Hurlbut: Sheriff Jabez Tracy attempted to apprehend Hurlbut to require him to satisfy the judgment, but Hurlbut was not found.

On this day in 1839

Kirtland, Ohio. Halsted, Haines and County v. Granger and Carter: Joseph Smith had signed as surety along with twenty-nine others guaranteeing a promissory note from Halsted, Haines & County on September 1, 1837. The defendants, having been requested three times to attend court, failed to appear. The plaintiff recovered damages of $2,337.35 plus costs of $17.24. The defendants were ordered to pay their own costs of $0.77. Joseph Smith and others had signed two additional promissory notes to Halsted Haines & County on September 1,1837—one for $2,323.66 and the other for $2,395.57. These two promissory notes were not located and have no connection with this court case.

On this day in 1839

Geauga County, Ohio. Underwood v. Rigdon: Court hears evidence and finds defendants liable, and defendants give notice of intent to appeal the judgment.

On this day in 1839

Gallatin, Missouri. While traveling to Boone County under the guard of Sheriff William Morgan and four other men, Joseph Smith and his company were encouraged to escape from the guards, who then all became drunk.

On this day in 1841

Nauvoo, Illinois. Sweeney v. Miller: Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, Peter Haws, and George Miller (operating as Miller, Smith, Smith, & Haws) signed a $58 note for repairs to the steamboat Nauvoo to be "payable in sixty days."

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On this day in 1856:

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