by Pearson H. Corbett
“Blessed is my servant Hyrum Smith,” said the Savior, “for I, the Lord, love him because of the integrity of his heart, and because he loveth that which is right before me” (D&C 124:15).
The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote of Hyrum, “I could pray in my heart that all my brethren were like unto my beloved brother Hyrum, for truly he possesses the mildness of a Lamb, and the integrity of Job; and in short the meek and quiet spirit, of Jesus Christ; and I love him with that love, that is stronger than death.”
This wonderful book reveals much that is little known about this devoted older brother of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It describes Hyrum’s role in the restoration of the gospel, his duties in the Church, his home life, his role in the building of the Kirtland Temple, his life in Nauvoo, and his martyrdom with Joseph, whom he refused to leave in the Carthage Jail.
Hyrum Smith-Patriarch is indeed a classic biography of one of the Church’s greatest yet most often overlooked leaders. It will continue to provide inspiration and understanding for years to come.