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The History of Joseph Smith by His Mother Paperback – 2000
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Amidst confusion over several versions of this mother's account of her son, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, his 5th great grandson for the family foundation reaffirms this version developed in 1996 by Scot & Maurine Proctor, "who restored Lucy's language and feeling through verification with the original notebook."
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destroying property, and evil people left hundreds of people to starve. Yes, This in the United States of America. Unbelievable!
I thought I knew about the suffering of the Mormans.... I didn't have a clue of how so many people were effected by "The Extermination Order" from Boggs. I had no idea how bad it really was. The leaders of various religions ganged up like vicious animals against a religion that teaches the gospel of Christ.
It's hard to understand that they themselves came over for religious freedom. Oh! Satin was on the attack. It was so shocking that 14,000 people died or severely mamed. Homes burned out, property stolen. Well. Lucy Smith. You got my attention. It 's a good book but oh so sad to read about it..
. I am crying
as I write this revue...and I don't know if I will ever STOP!
If you are an LDS member this book is an absolute MUST to add to your home's 'church library'!
youngest days to the untimely end 38 years later. Many details of the experiences concerning the translation of the "Book of Mormon" from the original source, the metallic pages or plates of gold, combined with the testimonies of the men who saw and touched these sources was fascinating. Reading the words of one who was present throughout Joseph's life was enlightening and rewarding to me.
I am changed in solemn gratitude and increased commitment to live more courageously in defense of truth and righteousness. It also gives me a much deeper gratitude and appreciation for the restored Gospel and the Book of Mormon because so many sacrificed all to bring this book to us, and to restore the Lord's kingdom again on the earth. I'm very glad I read this history, and have felt my testimony of the truth of this work greatly strengthened as a result.
First and foremost, this volume does NOT contain the original manuscript as dictated by Mother Smith (called the preliminary manuscript), nor does it contain the revised manuscript, which was published by the LDS Church in 1853.
Secondly, the revised manuscript (which the below reviewer mistakes for the preliminary manuscript) is what was commissioned and paid for by the Quorum of the Twelve. This is the manuscript that was copyrighted by Lucy Mack Smith, with a copy given to her and to the Quorum in 1845 by the Corey's, who took the dictation and wrote the manuscript. This manuscript consists of the preliminary manuscript with about 14% being trimmed and the adding of additional material from Joseph Smith's history as published up to 1845.
Third, after the 1853 publication of the revised manuscript, some of the Saints (now in Utah) doubted the accuracy and some of the views contained within the volume. A revision committee consisting of George A. Smith and Elias Smith, went over the volume and found the 1853 volume generally trustworthy-they created a new manuscript that was finally published in 1902.
Fourth, in 1945 the current edition that most of us know was published, this time with minor editing by Preston Nibley.
What the above volume provides is an editorialized reading narrative that preserves much of the essence of the dictated manuscript. It also abounds in introductory material, chapter notes and appendices that explain and illustrate the Smith family genealogy and chronology. The reading of the text will be good enough for most readers, and the volume is recommended for what it does.
Now, if you wish to read the "original" manuscript-the preliminary manuscript; unlike the below reader who THINKS the 1853 publication is the dictated manuscript, the best book to consult is: Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, by LAVINA FIELDING ANDERSON, ed., Signature Books (May 2001), ISBN: 1560851376.
If you wish further information on Mother Smith's History and the manuscripts of her history, the current volume does give much information to this and its publication history, and the authors do site the following article, Richard Lloyd Anderson, "The Reliability of the Early History of Lucy and Joseph Smith," in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 4 (Summer 1969) 13-28; which I recommend.