“Behold Thou Art Hyrum My Son”: The Story of “The Lost Manuscript” of Section 11


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http://ldsmag.com/behold-thou-art-hyrum-my-son-the-story-of-the-lost-manuscript-of-section-11/ By Reid N. Moon · October 30, 2016 Over the past two decades I’ve seen some pretty spectacular books, documents and artifacts pertaining to early Mormon history. I’ve had the privilege of holding in my hands copies of the Book of Mormon … Continue reading

Joseph Smith Papers


Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

If you have not seen already, I thought I would share. The Joseph Smith Papers Project posted the following on our Facebook page today:

Greetings from the Joseph Smith Papers Project in Salt Lake City:

We are writing to let you know that our most recent published volume includes significant information about your ancestor, Hyrum Smith. Hyrum was a member of the Council of Fifty in Nauvoo, Illinois. This council was formed by Joseph Smith in March 1844 and was continued by Brigham Young. You can see a brief biography here of your ancestor (http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/hyrum-smith). You’ll see there that Hyrum was admitted a member of the Council of Fifty on 11 March 1844.

More information about Hyrum and his involvement in the Council can be found in The Joseph Smith Papers, Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846 (http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/…/administrative-records-c…). An overview about the Council of Fifty can be found here (https://history.lds.org/…/council-of-fifty-minutes-joseph-s…). The complete minutes of the Council of Fifty will be made available for free on our project website, josephsmithpapers.org, about eighteen months from now.

We thought that as a descendant of a council member you’d be interested to know that the never-before-published minutes of the council are now available.

–Joseph Smith Papers Team

I think it would be really neat to promote this and share information learned from the project. Any thoughts are welcome!!!



Archaeologists seek site of Joseph Smith Sr’s home


By The Associated Press

NAUVOO, Ill. (AP) — An archaeological dig is underway in a tiny western Illinois community for the possible location of a home built for the one-time patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Searchers for the one-time dwelling of Joseph Smith Sr. and wife Lucy Mack — parents of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church — have uncovered what appears to be a structural support for the house that research indicates was a double log cabin, the Quincy Herald-Whig reported.

They’ve also found a small house key, along with thousands of bits of pottery, window glass, metal and buttons.

Those discoveries by volunteers over the past three years suggest that the site being sought is just south of the historic Joseph and Emma Smith Mansion House in 1,100-resident Nauvoo in Hancock County.

“This is a special spot,” Bob Smith, a descendant, told the newspaper of the possible location of Joseph Smith Sr.’s home where archaeologists have unearthed a breezeway that Joseph Smith Jr. once linked with that of his father. “We found walkway all along here. You can see remnants.”

“To discover, preserve and share. That’s what we’re about,” Smith added of the search for the former digs of the elder Smith, who died in 1840. “Religion doesn’t matter.”

As part of the archaeological team headed by Paul DeBarthe, whose digging around Nauvoo dates to 1971, recent Utah State University graduate Michelle Murri called the work “a perfect opportunity to visit (Nauvoo) and get some professional experience.”

“It’s taught me a lot about the history of Nauvoo and my own family history, and it’s also taught me a lot of skills that I can use in my further archaeology jobs,” said Murri, of LeVerkin, Utah.

“Any time you can touch something, it just makes you more aware of history,” added Synthia DeBarthe, another longtime volunteer. “It gets into your heart and your soul, and you never forget it.”


Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com