The Character of Joseph Smith

Joseph warned the Saints of the difficulty in trying to understand him, and yet we still want to know what kind of a man he was: How would we experience him if we knew him? What was the feel of his personality? How did the visions and revelations affect his character? Was he lifted above human foibles and idiosyncrasies by his contact with the heavens? Was he a little magical? Without claiming to be comprehensive, Bushman discusses four distinguishing aspects of Joseph’s personality: (1) his transparency, (2) his sharpness in rebuke, (3) his confidence, and (4) his love, which could also be called his enthusiasm or piety.

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