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History of the Church Series

March 8, 2017
History of the Church Series
Katharine Smith Salisbury's Recollections of Joseph's Meetings with Moroni
Author Kyle R. Walker,

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Kyle R. Walker. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Katherine Smith Salisbury, the last surviving member of the Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family was frequently sought out by converts, missionaries, and reporters for her recollections of those early events of the Restoration. Such visitors reported that she was a willing and able conversationalist on matters pertaining to her family and was quick to share her testimony of the truth of the work they helped to establish. Her early connection with Mormonism and her willingness to speak and write about her experiences make Katharine's recollections an important source for the study of early Latter-day Saint history. One such recollection, published by a newspaper in 1895, appears at the end of this article.