Another Winter’s Tale

This document provides several new and interesting insights into the character of Jesse Smith as well as perspectives on the religious background of this member of the extended family of the prophet Joseph Smith. Jesse states that he stood alone as the only one opposed to an action taken in 1813 by the Presbyterian congregation to which he belonged. Being the eldest Jesse naturally commanded considerable respect from his siblings and his 1814 certificate is powerful evidence of his skillful ability to state his opinions forcefully. He was determined and uncompromising in his religious and legal views but here he also shows his deep commitment to the scriptures and claims willingness to change his stance if shown to be wrong.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 33:1
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