No Man Knows My History

Author: Fawn McKay Brodie
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679730545
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In 1823 a young man named Joseph Smith had an encountr with an angel who led him to a cache of golden plates purporting to be the history of the lost tribes of Israel. Out of these new gospels and out of Smith's own charismatic personality and sense of mission- arose an authentically American religion, the Mormon faith.

No Man Knows My History

Author: Fawn McKay Brodie
Publisher: New York : Knopf
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The classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them?

Joseph Smith

Author: Richard Lyman Bushman
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1400077532
Format: PDF
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A definitive biography of the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints that marks the two hundredth year of his birth chronicles the life of Joseph Smith, from his hardscrabble early life in rural New York, to the visions that inspired The Book of Mormon and the establishment of the Mormon Church, to his untimely death at the hands of a mob in 1844. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

Joseph Smith

Author: Dan Vogel
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Rarely does a biographer capture the sense of being in a different time and mindset to the extent that readers feel they are reliving events through the eyes of the biographer's subject. This is the skill of Dan Vogel--after twenty-five years of researching Joseph Smith's life and publishing on such related issues as Seekerism, the Book of Mormon, views of Smith's contemporaries about Indian origins, and the existing documents pertaining to Smith family experiences. Vogel weaves together strands of evidence into a complete fabric including, among other aspects of Smith's environment, the content of his daily dictation of scriputre and revelation--all contributing to a nearly complete view of what occurred on any given day in Smith's lfie. The result is as much intellectual history as traditional biography. Readers will feel engaged in the dramatic, formative events in the prophet's life against a backdrop of theology, local and national politics, Smith family dynamics, organizational issues, and interpersonal relations. One can form a mental picture, and many will find themselves carrying on an internal dialogue about the issues raised. Vogel addresses the following broad themes: 1. The home that Joseph Smith was raised in was religiously divided. His mother's family was orthodox and partly mystical; his father's family tended toward rationalism and skepticism. Joseph's maternal grandfather published an account of seeing a heavenly light and hearing Jesus' voice. Joseph's paternal grandfather promoted Thomas Paine's skeptical critique of the Bible, The Age of Reason. 2. When Andrew Jackson was elected U.S. president in 1828, it was a key transitional period in American history. Jackson was a Mason and an advocate of secularism, which alarmed evangelical Protestants. 3. The Smith family experienced a series of financial setbacks and lost their farm in 1825. Joseph felt disinherited and saw no way of escape--no chance for his family to regain its former standing in the community. 4. Joseph found solace in religion. In the early 1820s, he had a powerful conversion experience and felt that Jesus had forgiven him of his sins. This inspired him to share the gospel message with others, particularly with his own family. About the same time, Smith found a talent for preaching and delivered "passable" Methodist sermons at a nearby revival. 5. Over time, Joseph became aware that people trusted him and that he could be an influence for good or ill, that even through nefarious means, God worked through him when his heart was right. He realized this when he led groups in search of Spanish treasure in New York and Pennsylvania. Although no treasure was found, the men sincerely believed that Smith had a spiritual gift and could see where casks of gold were hidden in the earth. This training ground in spiritual leadership was invaluable because the prophet learned how to create an environment for belief--one in which people could exercise faith and be converted to Christ through the sensible influence of the Spirit, all prior to the overarching work of restoring primitive Christianity.

Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism

Author: Richard L. Bushman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252060120
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Focuses on the first twenty-five years of Smith's life, describes his visions, and recounts how he established the Church of the Latter-day Saints

Critiquing the Critics of Joseph Smith

Author: Hartt Wixom
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 9781555178345
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Critiquing the Critics of Joseph Smith is what it purports to be: an answer to those who challenge the authenticity of the first prophet of the restored Church. Award-winning author Hartt Wixom doesn't answer the critics through the normal route taken by Latter-day Saints by suggesting faith, prayer, and confirmation of truth through the Holy Spirit. Rather, he appeals to empiricism by closely examining the claims of anti-Mormon writers. He also scrutinizes the historical validity of their arguments by measuring their assertions against internal and external cohesiveness, common sense, and intellectual inquiry. Fawn Brodie, the most decorated of all anti-Mormon critics, comes under special scrutiny for her ample contributions to historical inaccuracy. Readers will see for themselves that Brodie and other critics of the Mormon Church have often been strangers to the truth. Scientific inquiry cannot prove that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but Critiquing the Critics of Joseph Smith shows the fallacy of trying to prove that he was not who and what he said he was. Readers of this book will realize that Joseph's claims of divine inspiration remain the best explanation for his significant work and legacy.

Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith

Author: Robert D. Anderson
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A troubled childhood. A difficult adolescence. How might these have affected the adult character of church founder Joseph Smith? Psychiatrist Robert D. Anderson explores the impact on young Joseph of his family's ten moves in sixteen years, their dire poverty, especially after his father's Chinese export venture failed, and his father's drinking. It is equally significant, writes Anderson, that Joseph's mother suffered bouts of depression. For instance, "for months" she "did not feel as though life was worth seeking" after two sisters died of tuberculosis and later when she buried two sons, Ephraim and Alvin. A typhoid epidemic nearly claimed her daughter Sophronia, and the same affliction left Joseph with a crippled leg, after which he was sent to live on the coast with an uncle. Such factors and others produced emotional wounds that emerged later in the prophet's life and writings, in particular, according to Anderson, in the Book of Mormon.