Restoration Latter Day Saints Mormonism describes itself as falling within world Christianitybut as a distinct restored dispensation ; it characterizes itself as the only true form of the Christian religion since the time of a Great Apostasy that began not long after the ascension of Jesus Christ.
The region was a hotbed of religious enthusiasm during the Second Great Awakening. As a teenager, he may have been Joseph smith and mormonism to Methodism. The event would later grow in importance to Smith's followers, who now regard it as the first event in the gradual restoration of Christ's church to earth.
Until the s, however, the experience was largely unknown, even to most Mormons. According to his later accounts, Smith was visited by an angel named Moroniwhile praying one night in Smith said that this angel revealed the location of a buried book made of golden platesas well as other artifacts, including a breastplate and a set of interpreters composed of two seer stones set in a frame, which had been hidden in a hill near his home.
When Smith proposed marriage, Emma's father, Isaac Hale objected, primarily because he believed Smith had no means to support Emma. Later that year, when Smith promised to abandon treasure seeking, Hale offered to let the couple live on his property in Harmony and help Smith get started in business.
He said the angel commanded him not to show the plates to anyone else, but to translate them and publish their translation. Smith said the translation was a religious record of indigenous Americans and were engraved in an unknown language, called reformed Egyptian. He also told associates that he was capable of reading and translating them.
Harris also took a sample of the characters to a few prominent scholars, including Charles Anthon. Harris said Anthon initially authenticated the characters and their translation, but then retracted his opinion after learning that Smith claimed to have received the plates from an angel.
In any event, Harris returned to Harmony in Apriland continued as Smith's scribe. Harris convinced Smith to let him take the existing pages of manuscript to Palmyra to show a few family members, including his wife.
As punishment for losing the manuscript, Smith said that the angel returned and took away the plates, and revoked his ability to translate. During this period, Smith briefly attended Methodist meetings with his wife, until a cousin of hers objected to inclusion of a "practicing necromancer" on the Methodist class roll.
Later, a group of Eight Witnesses — composed of male members of the Whitmer and Smith families — issued a statement that they had been shown the golden plates by Smith.
The completed work, titled the Book of Mormonwas published in Palmyra on March 26,by printer E. Soon after, on April 6,Smith and his followers formally organized the Church of Christand small branches were established in Palmyra, Fayette, and Colesville, New York.
In probable reference to this period of flight, Smith said that PeterJamesand John had appeared to him and had ordained him and Cowdery to a higher priesthood. Life of Joseph Smith from to and Life of Joseph Smith from to When Smith moved to Kirtland, Ohio in Januaryhe encountered a religious culture that included enthusiastic demonstrations of spiritual giftsincluding fits and trances, rolling on the ground, and speaking in tongues.
Rigdon's followers had also been practicing a form of communalismwhich Smith adopted, calling it the United Order. Converts poured into Kirtland. By the summer ofthere were fifteen hundred to two thousand Mormons in the vicinity, many expecting Smith to lead them shortly to the Millennial kingdom.
Smith advised them to bear the violence patiently until after they were attacked multiple times, after which they could fight back. Among these five groups was a quorum of twelve apostles. In latea series of internal disputes led to the collapse of the Kirtland Mormon community. He was also accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with his serving girl, Fanny Alger.
Smith was held responsible for the failure, and there were widespread defections from the church, including many of Smith's closest advisers. During this time, a church council expelled many of the oldest and most prominent leaders of the church, including John Whitmer, David Whitmer, W.
Phelpsand Oliver Cowdery. By this time, Smith's experiences with mob violence led him to believe that his faith's survival required greater militancy against anti-Mormons. They unleashed a flood of anti-Mormon rhetoric in newspapers and in stump speeches given during the election campaign.
Non-Mormon vigilantes raided and burned Mormon farms, while Danites and other Mormons pillaged non-Mormon towns. Governor Lilburn Boggs then ordered that the Mormons be "exterminated or driven from the state". The following day, the Latter Day Saints surrendered to 2, state troops and agreed to forfeit their property and leave the state.
Meanwhile Brigham Youngthe president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, rose to prominence when he organized the move of about 14, Mormon refugees to Illinois and eastern Iowa.
Understanding that he was effectively on trial before his own people, many of whom considered him a fallen prophet, he wrote a personal defense and an apology for the activities of the Danites.
Illinois accepted Mormon refugees who gathered along the banks of the Mississippi River,  where Smith purchased high-priced, swampy woodland in the hamlet of Commerce. Bennettthe Illinois quartermaster general.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History.
Worldwide - English. Select a Region English. My Account and Ward. Sign In Sign Out. My Account. Account Settings; My Temple; My Family Tree; Joseph Smith. Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Witnesses of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Submit Feedback;. As Joseph Smith proved his worthiness, he was given a divine mission as a prophet of God.
Through him, the Lord accomplished a great and marvelous work that included bringing forth the Book of Mormon, restoring the priesthood, revealing precious gospel truths, organizing the true Church of Jesus Christ, and establishing temple work.
Alternative Titles: Joseph Smith, Jr. Smith, Joseph; MoroniMoroni delivering the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith, lithograph, Everett Collection Historical/Alamy Smith was not a polished preacher. It was the originality of his views, an outsider commented, that made his discourse fascinating.
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling [Richard Lyman Bushman] on regardbouddhiste.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church.
Oct 05, · The history of Joseph Smith, the 19th-century prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith in. The Prophet Joseph Smith received the first vision in and translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates.
Married to Emma Smith.