Joseph Smith Sr.

Joseph Smith Sr. (1771-1840) was born 12 Jul. 1771 in Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He was the son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. He married Lucy Mack on 24 Jan. 1796. He was baptized 6 Apr. 1830. He was the Patriarch of the Church in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, where he served alongside Wilford Woodruff. He died 14 Sep. 1840 in Nauvoo.

Footnotes

Joseph Smith Sr (KWJR-TC1), "Family Tree," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 6 Feb. 2022). Joseph Smith Sr., Wilford Woodruff Papers (https://wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/subjects/joseph-smith-sr, accessed 10 Feb. 2022). Joseph Smith, Sr., The Joseph Smith Papers (https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/joseph-smith-sr, accessed 17 Jan. 2022).

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    Part of Leaves From My Journal

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    BAPTIZE ALL MY FATHER'S FAMILY. The Lord heard my prayer and answered my petition, and when the hour of meeting had come I arose from my bed, and could sing and shout for joy to think I had been delivered from the power of the evil one. Filled with the power of God, I stood up in the midst of the congregation and preached the gospel of Jesus Christ unto the people in great plainness. At the close of the meeting we assembled on the banks of the ...
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    DETERMINED TO FULFILL THE LORD'S COMMAND. It will be observed that this differs from nearly all other revelations in this respect: a fixed day and a stated place were given for the commencement of the mission. When the reve- lation was given, all was peace and quietude in Far West, Missouri, the city where most of the Latter-day Saints dwelt; but before the time came for its fulfillment, the Saints of God had been driven out of the State of Missouri into the State of
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    Part of Leaves From My Journal

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    LEAVES FROM MY JOURNAL. in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time." Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were Patriarchs, and blessed their posterity. All that Jacob said and scaled upon the heads of his twelve sons has been fulfilled to the very letter, as far as time has permitted. We also have Patriarchs in our day. Father Joseph Smith, the father of the Prophet Joseph Smith, was the first Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ...
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    March 15, 1837
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    Part of Leaves From My Journal

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    STRUGGLE WITH EVIL SPIRITS. and the administrations of angels. This was marvelously ful- filled while in the city of London in 1840. Brothers Heber C. Kimball, Geo. A. Smith and I went to London together in the winter of 1840, being the first Elders who had attempted to established the gospel in that great and mighty city. As soon as we commenced we found the devil was manifest; the evil spirits gathered for our destruction, and at times they had great power ...
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    Part of Leaves From My Journal

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    LEAVES FROM MY JOURNAL. under the hands of Father Joseph Smith, the Patriarch, two days later. I felt impressed by the Spirit of God to take a mission to the Fox Islands, situated east of the Maine shore, a country I knew nothing about. I made my feelings known to the Apostles, and they advised me to go. Feeling that it was my duty to go upon this mission, I did not tarry at home one year after having married a
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    Part of Letter from Phebe Whittemore Carter Woodruff, 6 October 1840

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    all be restored again.— Paul says I die da^i^ly brother Joseph says that he actually died and was raised to life again— says the beasts that he fought with at Epesus often killed him and he came to life again— if so Willford why may not our little Sarah be raised to life again— He, brother Joseph has brought forth many new things this season.— There has been quite a number of deaths in Commerce the past season I believed that I mentioned some ...
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    Part of Letter from Phebe Whittemore Carter Woodruff, 8 September 1840

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    Lee Montrose Lee County Iowa Territory Sept 8th 1840 My Dear Willford, With pleasure I seat myself at this time to acknowledge the reception of your kind letter which came to hand 10 days since and I should have answered it immedately after its reception had it not been that my babe was quite sick but he is better now I had been an[x]iously looking for a letter from you for a long time and to my greate satisfaction received it from the hand of a brother, brought by some ...
    Dates:
    September 8, 1840
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    Part of Letter to Phebe Whittemore Carter Woodruff, 30 October 1840

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    i.e for the press I copied it off with my pen & it filled four sheets of common letter paper. I extracted it mostly from my journals & signed it Kinball, Woodruff & Smith We also sent a lengthy letter to Bishop Elias Smith, we are sparing no pains to communicate any intelligence to our friends in America that we may have in our possession, I have just recieved two letters from our Maine friends one from Sister Foss & the ...
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    Part of Autobiography 1858 Deseret News

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    THE DESERET NEWS. TRUTH AND LIBERTY. No. 19. FILLMORE CITY, WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1858. VOL VIII. [Column 1] HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. (FROM HIS OWN PEN.) -[CONTINUED.]- March 2—We cut down a large cotton wood tree, and in two days dug out a canoe four feet wide and twelve long, put on a pair of oars and then rowed down the Arkansas river, 125 miles to Little Rock, begging our food by the way, a meal at a time, as we had opportunity ...
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    March 2, 1835 March 24, 1835 March 27, 1835 April 4, 1835 June 23, 1835 June 28, 1835 July 23, 1835 November 15, 1835 February 26, 1836 May 27, 1836 May 28, 1836 May 31, 1836 June 19, 1836 June 29, 1836 July 14, 1836 July 30, 1836 July 31, 1836 August 11, 1836 August 29, 1836 September 2, 1836 September 19, 1836 September 20, 1836 October 20, 1836 October 28, 1836 November 17, 1836 November 25, 1836 November 29, 1836 December 20, 1836 January 3, 1837 January 25, 1837 January 29, 1837 January 30, 1837 February 19, 1837 March 23, 1837 April 4, 1837 April 6, 1837
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    Part of Journal (January 1, 1854 – December 31, 1859)

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    old three wives 3 children & a lamanite Boy called Moroni [FIGURE] I returned to My house & confirmed them all March 18, 1856 ~ Tuesday [FIGURE] 18th March 1856 Mrs Phebe W. Woodruff & myself in company with our two oldest children Wilford & Phebe repaired to the house of the Lord that our children might receive their endowment I washed & anointed my son Wilford and ordained him to the office of an Elder & sealed upon him all the Blessings ...
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    March 18, 1856 March 19, 1856 March 22, 1856 March 23, 1856 March 24, 1856 March 29, 1856