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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Joseph Smith: A Modern Witness of Jesus Christ

Written on December 22, 2008 at 1:24 pm, by

During December, our thoughts may turn to a wintry day in a small farmhouse in Vermont where Joseph Smith Jr. drew his first breath in 1805. Or we may ponder a hot, muggy Thursday afternoon in June 1844 when the Prophet drew his final breath.   During his lifetime, Joseph Smith was many things—a dutiful

The Joseph Smith Papers

Written on December 10, 2008 at 10:39 am, by

Joseph Smith received a revelation the day the Church was organized in Fayette, New York (USA), in April 1830, “Behold, there shall be a record kept among you” (Doctrine and Covenants 21:1). The Prophet’s efforts have provided Church members and interested historians a number of primary sources that allow us to reconstruct his remarkable life.

Christmas, Herod, and Reconstructing the Past

Written on December 3, 2008 at 12:30 pm, by

The most recent National Geographic (December 2008) arrived this past week with a cover story announcing the “Real King Herod.” During the Christmas season, we often reflect on Herod because of the story preserved in Matthew: “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth,