Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

(1835)

About the Author

Joseph Smith, Jr., was the fourth of nine children in a family of modest means. His father and mother, Joseph and Lucy Smith, moved their family from Sharon, Vermont, only a few years after his birth. They subsequently moved several times before finally settling in Palmyra, New York, in 1816. In Palmyra, Smith’s mother joined a local Presbyterian congregation, but his father remained unaffiliated with any denomination or sect, choosing instead to test them all for any signs of what he considered to be religious truth. As such, Smith was introduced to numerous theological systems and religious practices but felt no firm obligation to any of them. This openness was further compounded by the family hobby of fortune hunting. Smith took several trips with his family and then with a group of friends to find buried treasure in the hills surrounding their farm in the hope of discovering the hidden secrets of America’s mythic past.

In the early 1820s, Smith reported...

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