Joseph Smith Conspiracy
Joseph Smith Important dates in the life of Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith was the Mormon prophet. He was the founder of the Mormon Church. Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. He is written about in more detail in the Scholarly book The Mormon Conspiracy.
In 1820 at age fourteen, Joseph Smith claimed to have received a vision from God and Jesus Christ. During that vision God said that he has been appointed to be a prophet to restore the true church on the face of the earth, “for they were all wrong…and all their creeds were abomination…”
Joseph Smith, in 1823 at the age of seventeen claims that the angel Moroni appeared. The angel Moroni showed him where the golden plates were hidden. He would not receive them for another four years.
In 1826 on March 20th he is brought to trial in the court case People v. Joseph Smith The Glass Looker, charged with being “a disorderly person and an impostor” for money digging and using of a peep stone to find buried treasure.
In 1827, he claims that he has the golden plates and by use of Urim and Thummin translated them from a reformed Egyptian language into English for the Book of Mormon.
In 1830 he publishes The Book of Mormon and he with other men organized the Mormon Church in Fayette, Seneca County, New York.
In 1844 as mayor of Nauvoo, he orders the newspaper The Nauvoo Expositor destroyed since it was printing information considered detrimental to him.
In 1844 he and his brother Hyrum are shot and killed in a shootout with a mob (during which he mortally wounded two non-Mormons) while they were being held in jail for charges based upon destroying The Nauvoo Expositor.
This book was written by Charles L. Wood, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor at the University of Akron.
1. Fawn M. Brodie No Man Knows My History, New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc. Copyright, 1945 Copyright © 1971 by Fawn M Brodie Reprinted by permission of Alfred A Knopf, a Division of Random House Inc, 73
2. Lucy Smith, Biographical Sketches of the Prophet and his Progenitors for many Generations, Liverpool, England: Published for Orson Pratt by S. W. Richards, 1853, 85
3. Ibid., 100-101