. As “Jack of Hearts” said: . Until your premise is established, criticism from that perspective is baseless. "The number of Smith's polygamous offspring is a bit of a mystery." Joseph Smith Sr.’s Dreams “Joseph Smith Sr. had been prepared to father a prophet. M.Â Russell Ballard, âThe Family of the Prophet Joseph Smith,â Ensign, Nov.Â 1991, 5â7. . The shock of this news caused him to collapse, and the strain apparently affected JosephÂ Sr. for the rest of his life.4 Less than a year after moving to Far West, mob violence compelled the Smith family to flee to Illinois. âFamily of Joseph SmithÂ Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith: The First Family of the Restoration,â Ensign, Dec.Â 2005, 7â9. In secret prayer in the morning the Lord said, “My servant thy father shall live.” I waited on him all this day with my heart raised to God in the name of Jesus Christ that He would restore him to health again, that I might be blessed with his company and advice esteeming it one of the greatest earthly blessings, to be blessed with the society of Parents, whose mature years and experience renders them capable of administering the most wholsom advice.9. Minute BookÂ 1, 6â8, 29, 192â93, 234â35, josephsmithpapers.org; Lucy Mack Smith, Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, and His Progenitors for Many Generations (Liverpool: S.Â W. Richards, 1853), 213â14. So shall it be with my father: he shall be called a prince over his posterity, holding the keys of the patriarchal priesthood over the kingdom of God on earth, even the Church of the Latter Day Saints; and he shall sit in the general assembly of patriarchs, even in council with the Ancient of Days when he shall sit and all the patriarchs with him— and shall enjoy his right and authority under the direction of the Ancient of Days. I revere these noble men, not just because they were great prophets, but because they were great fathers who realized what the Lord required of them, and they lived up to that expectation.6. Jonah. Ultimately, you’ll have to ask him. Those quotes alone about attacking Joseph’s character as a Prophet are so saddening to me that anyone would ever say that about Joseph Smith unless their sole intent on writing the book was to falsify his role as a Prophet, which makes me wonder again, why on earth is it in Deseret Book? You might say he should not have published an academic biography if it had to meet those standards, but faulting him for the decision to do so is a world of difference from accusing him of actively trying to destroy faith. I learned that God uses imperfect people to accomplish his purposes. “What I do know and see is that Bushman has painted a picture of the Prophet that doesn’t match the words of those who knew the prophet best and, most importantly, doesn’t match the voice of the Lord.” As I have explained elsewhere, the idea that they conflict and so one must be discarded is an a priori conclusion. That every scholar who studies this is involved in maintaining a facade of forged sources? . . “Bushman’s beliefs apparently didn’t make it into his book.” Not sure why you’re saying that. 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