The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839

by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin

The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839
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“The Joseph Smith Papers project is the single most significant historical project of our generation.” — Elder Marlin K. Jensen, LDS Church Historian

The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 features Joseph Smith's first five journals. These documents give the reader an appreciation for Joseph Smith's character, his private piety, and his sense of mission. The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 also convey Joseph Smith's perspective on the spiritual manifestations experienced in the Kirtland, Ohio, temple, the origins of the 'Mormon War' in Missouri, and the founding of what would become Nauvoo, Illinois — the Mormon city on the Mississippi.

The Joseph Smith Papers project will eventually constitute approximately 30 volumes, organized into six series. With access to texts not previously available, and certainly never in one collection, the Joseph Smith Papers project provides new information and insights about Joseph Smith, early Mormonism, and nineteenth-century American religion.

Documents include correspondence, journal entries, revelations, translations, discourses, official histories, court cases, and business dealings — qualitatively researched and carefully annotated.

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excelent easy to read
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is amazing; it brings Joseph Smith and the early days of the church to life. The Editorial Notes and references help explain what is happening. Read this book from cover to cover; do not skip the general introduction or any of the editorial notes or references at the bottom of the page and you will have a rich experience as you walk with Joseph Smith through the early days of the restoration. This is a very difficult book to but down. I cant wait until the next book comes out.

The Greatest Of Great Understanding
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is so phenominal, I can't even begin to fully be able to emphasize. It is my witness, by prayerful study, in comparison with the Doctrine & Covenants & your current study with the Gospel Doctrines classes on The Doctrine And Covenants, that your testimony will be solidified IF you ever had doubt of any kind, whether Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet of The Lord. It Is My witness, that he is! How great this work is!

Disappointing
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

While the presentation of the actual documents and writings of Joseph Smith are interesting, the other filler materials such as the glossary and historical background information cause me some concern. Such material seemed to be based solely in the revisionist viewpoint of the compilers, and the bold assertions made therein are neither documented within the work, nor footnoted. Even more disturbing is that some of the claims in that extraneous material contradict the writings and assertions made in other works by the Prophet Joseph Smith and other church leaders and are therefore decidedly not neutral. Thus, for the spiritually attuned reader this volume adds very little, as it appears to embrace the "every historical assertion is equally valid" fallacy in order to appease academia and gain acceptance among the world of noted revisionist historians. I much prefer the seven volume, History of the Church!

About the Authors

Dean C. Jessee

Dean C. Jessee is widely recognized as an authority on the life and writings of Joseph Smith. He holds a master's degree in Church History from Brigham Young University and is a research historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at BYU. He served for many years in the Church Historical Department, and has been president of the Mormon History Association. He is the editor of The Papers of Joseph Smith, volumes 1 and 2.

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Ronald K. Esplin

Ronald K. Esplin is the managing editor for The Joseph Smith Papers. He received history degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Virginia, and Brigham Young University. From 1972 until 1980, he was part of the History Division of the LDS church's Historical Department, with assignments both as a researcher and writer and as an archivist. He moved to Brigham Young University in 1980 when the History Division was transferred there to become the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History. From 1986 through 2002, he served as managing director of that research institute and as a professor of church history and doctrine. From 1988 to 1991, he served as one of the editors for Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Most of his publications have involved Brigham Young and early Utah or pre-Utah Mormon history, including Men With A Mission: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles, 1837–1841. Many of them also concern Joseph Smith and early Latter-day Saint leadership.

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