Joseph Smith’s Growing Understanding of the Eternal Family

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Joseph Smith’s Growing Understanding of the Eternal Family
Devan Jensen & Michael Goodman
January 2021

We can sometimes think that Joseph Smith’s understanding of key Restoration doctrines came fully formed from the start.  But the reality is that many concepts were revealed more slowly, here a little and there a little.  Beginning with the tragic death of Joseph’s brother Alvin up through temple ordinances in Nauvoo, BYU religion’s Michael Goodman and Devan Jensen discuss how the Prophet grew in his understanding of doctrines related to the eternal family, and how God works with all of us line upon line.

Publications:

“‘Line upon Line’: Joseph Smith’s Growing Understanding of the Eternal Family” (The Religious Educator, 2019)

Click here to read about Devan Jensen, here to read about Michael Goodman, and here to read about Barbara Morgan Gardner