Father of the Prophet: Stories and Insights from the Life of Joseph Smith, Sr.

by Mark L. McConkie

Original father of a prophet

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Just before his death in Egypt, Joseph, the son of Jacob, prophesied that from his seed a seer would be raised up "called Joseph and it shall be after the name of his father" (JST Gen. 50:33). Nephi repeats this prophecy (2 Ne. 3:15), which he likely obtained from the brass plates. With his book The Father of the Prophet, Mark McConkie captures the spirit of that ancient prophecy by honoring the seer's father, Joseph Smith Sr.

The author provides his readers with a well-researched look at this early Saint, pointing out that the foreordination of Joseph Sr. places him in company with other great men such as Abraham. Detailed physical descriptions and colorful quotations concerning his character from those who knew him well give readers a vivid picture of the man. Glimpses of Joseph Smith Sr. in a range of settings—his home life, his missionary work, and his calling as the first patriarch—demonstrate his undying faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About the Author

Mark L. McConkie

Mark L. McConkie received a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in the same field from the University of Georgia. He has served as the resident dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has lectured internationally and has published many articles in professional and scholarly journals.

Along with a full-time mission in Argentina, his varied Church service has included the callings of bishop, counselor to the president of the Colorado Denver Mission, and stake president. He is married to the former Mary Ann Taylor. They are the parents of nine children, and the family resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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