“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!!!



A True Treasure Chest



Church History Museum

Museum Treasures

Heidi Bennett – 26 February 2016

In 1823, several weeks after Joseph Smith’s first encounter with the angel Moroni, Joseph’s eldest brother, Alvin, fell seriously ill. Alvin had always believed in and supported Joseph’s mission and calling. On his deathbed, Alvin told Joseph, “Be a good boy and do everything that lays in your power to obtain the records.”1

It is fitting, then, that Joseph used this chest, which had been Alvin’s, to hold the plates after he received them from Moroni four years after Alvin’s death. Continue reading

Hyrum Smith: A Man of Mildness and Integrity



Church History Museum

Museum Treasures

25 November 2015
These artifacts are perhaps the most intimate remembrance of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith: they are the clothes Hyrum was wearing when he was killed, the watch he carried in his pocket that day, and a pair of sunglasses he owned. They show the bullet holes and bloodstains that tell of his death at the hands of an angry mob. As significant as his death was, however, of greater importance are the life he lived and the love he had for his brother Joseph. Continue reading