LDS church releases latest volume of ‘The Joseph Smith Papers’

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Church Historian’s Press has released the latest volume of “The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 4: April 1834–September 1835” on May 9, 2016.

See newly released volume of “The Joseph Smith Papers” here

According to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the new book contains 93 documents, including minutes of meetings and correspondence relating to major events in the early history of the LDS church.

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The 668-page volume provides insight into the construction of the temple in Kirtland, Ohio; the publication of Church founder Joseph Smith’s revelations in the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants; the calling of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and the expedition to reclaim Latter-day Saint lands in Jackson County, Missouri. In an effort to reclaim the Mormon property, in May 1834, Joseph Smith had led a company of about 200 people, first known as the Camp of Israel and later as Zion’s Camp, to Missouri to aid the Mormons who were living there.

“This volume shows Joseph Smith confronting one of the church’s first major setbacks — the Saints’ expulsion from Jackson County, Missouri,” said Matthew C. Godfrey, who served as coeditor for the book. Godfrey said the book also “covers a time period in Church history when Joseph Smith and the Church [were] really facing some severe financial problems.”

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  • Patti

    This is just damage control by the Church. Now that the internet has exposed the true history. Dont expect the full truth. Its still whitewashed and censored. Just like Hollands tirade on the BOM at conference. Most of what he says is BS or adjusted history to perpetrate the half truths. Its all to control the members. They are under orders to stop the hemorrhaging, and keep the numbers up. In the end it all comes down to money!!


      Yes, Patti, the Mormons keep preaching about moral cleanliness, the value of families, and they to make matters worse they acutally provide food and clothing to the poor and needy. It is enough to make a grown man want to cry.


      I always believe everything I read on the internet Patti. People who know nothing like to expand on the subject.

      • Patti

        I know more Mormon history than the average mormon thats for sure. Go on the evil internet and google the ces letter. Read all 82 pages and verify it for your self. At least I will consider you informed. Then youll understand why the church is having a truth crisis right now.


        A truth crisis? Perhaps in your imagination. The same people who professed love for God hung His Son on a cross. They suspected Jesus of a truth crisis also.

      • Patti

        You didn’t study it did you. Its OK. Ignorance is the softest pillow. If thats where your head feels comfortable then lie down and be happy

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