Tuesday, July 23, 2024
HomePersonal5 Resources for Learning More About Joseph Smith

5 Resources for Learning More About Joseph Smith

- Advertisment - Save on Great LDS Gifts

As the Church prepares to celebrate the Bicentennial of the First Vision of Joseph, President Russell M. Nelson encouraged members to study more about the life of Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the gospel.

While the scriptures and personal revelation are the first sources we should turn to when learning about the Prophet Joseph, other resources can be valuable. Here are five of our favorite resources that can help you understand Joseph Smith’s life, death, mission, and continued impact on the Church.

Joseph Smith Gospel Topic Page

The Church’s official Gospel Topic page about Joseph Smith is a treasure trove of information and a great starting point for those who aren’t sure where to start. The essay gives a basic overview of who Joseph Smith and why he is important. It links to other important essays as well as scriptures, talks, manual lessons, and media resources about Joseph Smith. It’s a comprehensive source focused on the most central and inspirational sources about Joseph’s life. It is an especially great resource for families, teachers, and those studying in groups.

The Joseph Smith Papers

According to their official website, The Joseph Smith Papers Project “is an effort to gather together all extant Joseph Smith documents and to publish complete and accurate transcripts of those documents with both textual and contextual annotation.” Examples of documents you can review include letters, revelations, meeting notes, and more from Joseph’s life, as well as early manuscripts of the scriptures, legal and business papers, and journal entries.

Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days

This four-volume narrative history contains the inspiring true story of people who dedicated their lives to establishing the Church. Meticulously researched and written under the direction of the First Presidency, Saints breathes new life into the history of the Church with an engaging style and fast-paced narrative that will captivate readers and increase faith in homes and families the world over. The first volume is currently published online and printed copies are available to order online here.

The second volume is already being released chapter by chapter online with a printed copy available in early 2020.

FairMormon – Joseph Smith

FairMormon is “a non-profit organization dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief, and practice.” It specifically addresses some of the harshest and most difficult questions about the life of Joseph Smith, including polygamy, treasure seeking, and translation methods. It is a good source for a historical analysis of these often difficult topics.

Joseph Smith History Site

Created by those in the Church History Department, this specific portion of the Church’s website focuses on three main sections, the mission of Joseph Smith, his life, and witnesses of the prophet.  It provides engaging information in easy-to-understand groupings.

Join the Discussion!
- Advertisment - LDS Scripture Study
Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

Which Prodigal Son Are You? | 22 July 2024

Here’s your daily dose of what matters most! The parable of the prodigal son features two brothers who were both lost. While...

Come Follow Me Study Guide – “Plant This Word in Your Hearts”

Theme: “Plant This Word in Your Hearts” Scripture Focus: Alma 32-35 Welcome to the weekly "Come, Follow Me" study guide. This guide is designed...

Church Announces Age Adjustments for Young Adult Classifications

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has adjusted the range of ages for what it considers young single adults (YSAs)...

Latter-day Saint Missionary’s Bold Move: Giving Book of Mormon to Post Malone Goes Viral

Elder Micah Hyde had one last Book of Mormon to give out as he returned home from his missionary service for The...
- Advertisment -Color Scriptures from LDS Bookstore