The Prophet: The Latter-day Saint Experience in the East, 1844–1845
The Prophet was an official newspaper of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints printed in New York City from May 1844 to May 1845. Its articles were an unrelenting defense of Mormonism and Joseph Smith, contending against slanderous claims stemming from anti-Mormons in Illinois and reprinted in eastern newspapers. Topics included Joseph Smith's candidacy for the US presidency, the assassination of Joseph and his brother Hyrum in June 1844, and the challenge from Sidney Rigdon to gain control over some eastern branches of the Church. The paper provides a record of Church meetings as well as marriages and deaths among Mormons in the East.