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Joseph Smith Papers

Joseph Smith Papers

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This intriguing documentary explores the ambitious effort to compile, transcribe, edit, and present the papers of, by, and directly related to the LDS Prophet Joseph Smith.

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Priesthood

Priesthood

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Review the remarkable events surrounding the restoration of the priesthood and pinpoint the appearance of the three ancient apostles. Also,...

Overview

Overview

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The papers include the earliest of the foundational documents of the LDS Church. The papers will also provide insights from Joseph through his...

Joseph's Roots

Joseph's Roots

Originally aired:

Historians set the stage for Joseph Smith Jr.'s early years in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Joseph's America

Joseph's America

Originally aired:

Review the remarkable parallels between a young nation and its newest religion as they each struggled to develop their identity and destiny.

Palmyra

Palmyra

Originally aired:

The small town of Palmyra is where young Joseph Smith and his family found themselves scraping to buy a farm, building a home, and then losing it...

First Vision Beginnings

First Vision Beginnings

Originally aired:

Hear the four versions of the First Vision given by the Prophet.

Four Accounts

Four Accounts

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Go deep into Joseph's four accounts of the First Vision, their differing detail, and the important context of time and circumstance that may...

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Originally aired:

Recount the remarkable relationship between Joseph and the angel Moroni and the extraordinary events that happened before Joseph obtained the...

Harmony

Harmony

Originally aired:

In Joseph Smith Papers: Harmony there is a story of romance, family contention, rumors about treasure hunting, deepening persecution of...

The Papers People--Part 1

The Papers People--Part 1

Originally aired:

Meet five of the scholars whose work is central to compiling a complete and accurate documentary of Joseph Smith.

The Papers People--Part 2

The Papers People--Part 2

Originally aired:

Survey the complete process of gathering, scrutinizing, and organizing documents for publication.

The Translation of the Book of Mormon

The Translation of the Book of Mormon

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Explore portions of the original manuscripts of the Book of Mormon and study the remarkable principles and questions that continue to surface...

Printing the Book of Mormon

Printing the Book of Mormon

Originally aired:

Review the time-consuming process of typesetting a 600-page book with nineteenth-century equipment.

A Mother's Account

A Mother's Account

Originally aired:

Examine the origin, motivation, and accuracy of "The History of the Prophet Joseph Smith" by Lucy Mack Smith.

History of a History

History of a History

Originally aired:

Dean Jesse discusses Joseph's anxiety over keeping the history of a work that would change human events.

Joseph's Journals

Joseph's Journals

Originally aired:

Explore the Prophet's personal journals to learn of his shortcomings, interpersonal conflicts, and challenges in leading the Saints into the...

They Met the Prophet

They Met the Prophet

Originally aired:

Hear vibrant descriptions from those who crossed paths with the prophet. Whether people believed his testimony or not, he rarely failed to make a...

Oliver's Story

Oliver's Story

Originally aired:

Study the life of Oliver Cowdery and witness his participation in the events of the Restoration, his apostasy, and then his powerful closing...

Saving Joseph's Leg

Saving Joseph's Leg

Originally aired:

Learn how Joseph and his family lived within a few miles of the only man alive who could have saved Joseph's life.

Joseph's New Translation--Part 1

Joseph's New Translation--Part 1

Originally aired:

Learn the history of Joseph's new translation of the Bible. Despite its significance, the manuscript was lost to the Church for over a century.

Joseph's New Translation--Part 2

Joseph's New Translation--Part 2

Originally aired:

Observe in detail the changes that Joseph made to restore the "plain and precious" meanings of the Bible.

The Letters of Joseph and Emma

The Letters of Joseph and Emma

Originally aired:

Church history scholar Carol Madsen reviews the papers that may have meant more to Joseph than any others: the letters between the prophet and...

Joseph Smith the Radical

Joseph Smith the Radical

Originally aired:

The Prophet's claim to direct revelation was extremely radical and aroused prejudice and persecution. Nevertheless, the remarkable body of...

April 6, 1830

April 6, 1830

Originally aired:

Learn about the remarkable events surrounding the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the significance of...

Kirtland Beginnings

Kirtland Beginnings

Originally aired:

Scholars discuss the years in Kirtland that were filled with miracles, divine revelation, and instruction.

Visions and Blessings, Tar and Feathers

Visions and Blessings, Tar and Feathers

Originally aired:

Revisit the night when Joseph is tarred and feathered and must prepare for the persecutions to come. Then, explore both the difficulties and the...

The Kirtland Temple: An Endowment of Power

The Kirtland Temple: An Endowment of Power

Originally aired:

Examine the few yet remarkable days in Kirtland that culminated with the appearance of the Savior.

Zion

Zion

Originally aired:

Understand the true nature of Zion and the roles both mobs and Mormons played in the failure to build it. Witness what would have composed the...

Crisis in Kirtland

Crisis in Kirtland

Originally aired:

Recount the dark days of Kirtland: financial failure, a riot in the temple, betrayal, and mutiny.

Zion's Camp

Zion's Camp

Originally aired:

Travel through four states with about 200 men to learn that the true mission of Zion's Camp was more about the lessons of a journey than about...

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 1

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 1

Originally aired:

Hundreds of newly discovered legal documents paint a new impression of the litigious environment surrounding the Mormon leader.

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 2

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 2

Originally aired:

Study the notable lawsuits Joseph faced throughout his life, from his first encounter with the law at age 13 to the twisted case of the Kirtland...

The Mormon War

The Mormon War

Originally aired:

Historians recount the pivotal days that would eventually lead to expulsion from Missouri, captivity at Liberty, and a trek out West.

Liberty Jail

Liberty Jail

Originally aired:

Tragic though it was, Joseph's experience in Liberty Jail was a profound and personal lesson in leadership. The saints also suffered deeply at...

Suffering and Salvation

Suffering and Salvation

Originally aired:

Thousands of destitute Saints fled Missouri due to the extermination order, but their hope was rekindled when Joseph joined them to usher in a...

The Mission of the Twelve to England

The Mission of the Twelve to England

Originally aired:

A quorum of inexperienced but faithful men were called to preach in the British Isles. This mission turned out to be the impetus for the great...

Land, Joseph and "Justice" In Missouri

Land, Joseph and "Justice" In Missouri

Originally aired:

Historians show how "the law" in Missouri held Joseph hostage to "legally" rid itself of Mormons.

Nauvoo Beginnings

Nauvoo Beginnings

Originally aired:

Track the masterful development of what would become Nauvoo, the beautiful city--and then study the bittersweet implications that neither Nauvoo,...

I Can Do Nothing For You.

I Can Do Nothing For You.

Originally aired:

Recount the Prophet's meeting with President Van Buren in the fall of 1839, and examine Van Buren's history and Joseph's candid assessment of the...

Joseph Smith's Sermons

Joseph Smith's Sermons

Originally aired:

Discuss how the Saints viewed the difference between Joseph's preaching and the revelations he received from God.

Jewel On The Mississippi

Jewel On The Mississippi

Originally aired:

Review the remarkable design, organization of labor, and confluence of expertise that created the most notable structure along the Mississippi...

A Pearl Of Great Price

A Pearl Of Great Price

Originally aired:

Recount the fascinating story of how a remarkable find in Egypt ended up half a world away in the hands of the one man who possessed the ability...

Doctrines Of Salvation

Doctrines Of Salvation

Originally aired:

A period of time in the early Church as Joseph introduces the doctrines that made the construction of a temple extremely urgent.

Joseph and the Relief Society

Joseph and the Relief Society

Originally aired:

Scholars examine the first meetings of the Relief Society, including the admonition that the organization become a vital source in the church and...

Living By The Law

Living By The Law

Originally aired:

Legal scholars document the legal wrangling that kept the Prophet on the run, sometimes in hiding and almost always on the defense during the...

Going International

Going International

Originally aired:

Explore the early foreign missions of the Church in Canada, the British Isles, Palestine, and the Pacific islands.

Gathering Clouds

Gathering Clouds

Originally aired:

Join scholars to discuss the fear and frustration of non-Mormons when Latter-day Saints became a political force they could not contend with at...

Joseph Smith For President

Joseph Smith For President

Originally aired:

Follow the Prophet's very unique entry into national politics including his opinions on the role of government and his contention that the...

Martyrdom

Martyrdom

Originally aired:

Learn about the events leading to the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Lamentation And Leadership

Lamentation And Leadership

Originally aired:

Recount the gloom that encompassed the Saints during the summer of 1844 and their uncertainty about a future without the companionship of the man...

Who Will Lead? Who Will Follow?

Who Will Lead? Who Will Follow?

Originally aired:

Discuss the contention that arose over who would succeed Joseph Smith as the Mormon leader, then discuss the race to complete the temple and the...

Persona of a Prophet

Persona of a Prophet

Originally aired:

Examine Joseph Smith's physical and personal characteristics. Scholars address some compelling questions, such as how Joseph's physical stature...

Impressions of a Prophet Part 1

Impressions of a Prophet Part 1

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Scholars recount the status of some of the many biographies and histories profiling the Prophet and his times.

Impressions of a Prophet--Part 2

Impressions of a Prophet--Part 2

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Examine the increased interest in the Mormon prophet from those outside the faith, including the bicentennial celebration of Smith's birth, held...

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 1: New England

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 1: New England

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Scholars visit New England, where the Smiths and the Macks, Joseph's noble heritage, originated. Tour Vermont, where Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucky...

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 2: New York and Pennsylvania

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 2: New York and Pennsylvania

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Move through New York and Pennsylvania and through the beginnings of Mormonism, including the First Vision, printing the Book of Mormon, and...

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 3: Ohio

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 3: Ohio

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Visit areas that proved pivotal in the organization and growth of the early Church. Scholars reconstruct critical events in the life of the young...

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 4: Missouri and Illinois

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 4: Missouri and Illinois

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Discuss the significance of the City of Zion and recount the Saints' most severe persecution and hardship--from tar and featherings to the...

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 5: Illinois

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 5: Illinois

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Visit Nauvoo, Illinois, and learn of the significance of the original Nauvoo Temple and of the establishment of the Relief Society.

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 1

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 1

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Meet the two people who influenced Joseph Smith the most.

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 2

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 2

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Learn more about the Smith family, including which of Joseph's siblings stayed true to the faith and why some didn't.

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 3

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 3

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Acknowledge the thousands of descendants of Joseph and Emma, their divergent religious connections, and the irony that only in recent decades...

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 1

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 1

Originally aired:

Examine the varied and exhaustive work undertaken to gather and make accessible the Prophet's teachings revealed to his people and to the world...

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 2

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 2

Originally aired:

Learn of the monumental Teachings of the Presidents of the Church--Joseph Smith manual, which was the culmination of exhaustive and meticulous...

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 1

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 1

Originally aired:

Scholars discuss the revelation directed to Emma Smith to compile a body of music that would reflect the doctrine and character of the faith....

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 2

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 2

Originally aired:

Examine the history of hymn books used and produced by early Latter-day Saints. Scholars discuss Joseph's love of music and how the song...

First Vision--Part 1

First Vision--Part 1

Originally aired:

Scholars provide compelling perspectives on how we have come to view the singular moment when a fourteen-year-old boy dared to ask God which...

First Vision--Part 2

First Vision--Part 2

Originally aired:

Scholars present an intimate view of the actual document wherein Joseph describes the First Vision.

First Vision--Part 3

First Vision--Part 3

Originally aired:

Scholars detail the emergence of the official version of the First Vision, later canonized by the LDS Church.

First Vision--Part 4

First Vision--Part 4

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Scholars provide a panoramic view of the First Vision and address purported inconsistencies of the event. Compare First Vision accounts within...

First Vision--Part 5

First Vision--Part 5

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Scholars discuss what Joseph learned about the physical nature of God and of discovering a personal relationship with a being that can forgive...

Revelations and Translations--Part 1: Book of Mormon

Revelations and Translations--Part 1: Book of Mormon

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Scholars discuss the revelations received by the Prophet and their eventual publication as part of the Latter-day Saint canon.

Revelations and Translations--Part 2: Book of Mormon

Revelations and Translations--Part 2: Book of Mormon

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Scholars discuss Martin Harris and the lost manuscript, its dramatic impact on the Smith family, and the critical role it played in Joseph's...

Revelations and Translations--Part 3: Book of Mormon

Revelations and Translations--Part 3: Book of Mormon

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Scholars examine the forms and structure of language in the Book of Mormon, challenge some common suppositions proposed by critics, and show how...

Revelations and Translations--Part 4: Doctrine and Covenants

Revelations and Translations--Part 4: Doctrine and Covenants

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Learn of the origins of the Doctrine and Covenants. Scholars discuss the unusual ways the early revelations were dispersed and also examine the...

Revelations and Translations--Part 5: Coming Forth of the Doctrine and Covenants

Revelations and Translations--Part 5: Coming Forth of the Doctrine and Covenants

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Examine how various compilations of revelation emerged. Scholars discuss the genealogy of the Doctrine and Covenants in use today and why some...

Pearl of Great Price

Pearl of Great Price

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Scholars discuss the eventful history of the Pearl of Great Price, in particular its unusual beginnings.

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 1

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 1

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Scholars discuss the layout of the first published volume of the Joseph Smith Papers. They describe the tools that provide readers with an...

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 2

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 2

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Scholars demonstrate how tools such as maps, chronologies, a biographical directory, and a Smith family pedigree can enrich readers' experiences...

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 3

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 3

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Get introduced to the intricate treatment of documents containing the revelations received by Joseph Smith. Scholars demonstrate how seemingly...

Word of Wisdom

Word of Wisdom

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Review the circumstances that led to the revelation on the Word of Wisdom and the difficulty many of the Saints had in abiding by its precepts....

Joseph Smith, the Statesman

Joseph Smith, the Statesman

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Examine the Prophet's loyalty to the Constitution--a document he called "a glorious standard, a heavenly banner"--and his observations on how it...

Doctrine and Covenants 76

Doctrine and Covenants 76

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Revisit the setting and circumstances of the revelation on the afterlife in Doctrine and Covenants 76. Scholars discuss the Prophet's caution...

Liberty Jail Letters

Liberty Jail Letters

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Dissect the letters dictated by Joseph Smith while in Liberty Jail. Scholars share insight into Joseph's anxiety over the wretched condition of...

The Pure Religion of Joseph Smith

The Pure Religion of Joseph Smith

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Peer into the heart of the Prophet to examine how his Christian beliefs were reflected in his actions and his teachings and encased in his...

Early Members--Part 1: Hyrum Smith

Early Members--Part 1: Hyrum Smith

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Recall the influential role Hyrum played in the Restoration and his unwavering support for his younger brother.

Early Members--Part 2: The Pratt Brothers, Parley and Orson

Early Members--Part 2: The Pratt Brothers, Parley and Orson

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Meet Parley and Orson Pratt, who were instrumental in finding and baptizing future Latter-day Saints and their leaders.

Early Members--Part 3: William Clayton and the Knight Family

Early Members--Part 3: William Clayton and the Knight Family

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Review the lives of several prominent Latter-day Saints whose relationships with Joseph Smith were particularly close and steadfast, including...

Early Members--Part 5: Eliza & Lorenzo Snow

Early Members--Part 5: Eliza & Lorenzo Snow

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Meet the Snows, whose deep imprints on the Church are still felt today.

Early Members--Part 4: Martin Harris and the John Johnson Family

Early Members--Part 4: Martin Harris and the John Johnson Family

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Review the lives of several prominent Latter-day Saints whose relationships with Joseph Smith were particularly close and steadfast, including...

Part 1, Question and Answer Forum, Conference Cent

Part 1, Question and Answer Forum, Conference Cent

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Join a panel of eight LDS scholars as they answer questions posed by an intimate gathering of Mormon history enthusiasts and students.

Part 2, Question and Answer Forum

Part 2, Question and Answer Forum

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Scholars from the project answer questions on skepticism, law and justice, Joseph the businessman, and more.

Season Finale

Season Finale

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Get an overview of the whole project--the books, the website, and the television series--and meet the reason why it exists in the first place.

Priesthood

Priesthood

Review the remarkable events surrounding the restoration of the priesthood and pinpoint the appearance of the three ancient apostles. Also, compare Joseph's mission to that of John the Baptist.

Overview

Overview

The papers include the earliest of the foundational documents of the LDS Church. The papers will also provide insights from Joseph through his correspondence, journals, discourses, and business dealings.

Joseph's Roots

Joseph's Roots

Historians set the stage for Joseph Smith Jr.'s early years in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Joseph's America

Joseph's America

Review the remarkable parallels between a young nation and its newest religion as they each struggled to develop their identity and destiny.

Palmyra

Palmyra

The small town of Palmyra is where young Joseph Smith and his family found themselves scraping to buy a farm, building a home, and then losing it all. And yet Palmyra is also the site of young Joseph's life-changing walk through the woods.

First Vision Beginnings

First Vision Beginnings

Hear the four versions of the First Vision given by the Prophet.

Four Accounts

Four Accounts

Go deep into Joseph's four accounts of the First Vision, their differing detail, and the important context of time and circumstance that may clarify the variations.

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Recount the remarkable relationship between Joseph and the angel Moroni and the extraordinary events that happened before Joseph obtained the gold plates.

Harmony

Harmony

In Joseph Smith Papers: Harmony there is a story of romance, family contention, rumors about treasure hunting, deepening persecution of burgeoning friendships, and sorrow.

The Papers People--Part 1

The Papers People--Part 1

Meet five of the scholars whose work is central to compiling a complete and accurate documentary of Joseph Smith.

The Papers People--Part 2

The Papers People--Part 2

Survey the complete process of gathering, scrutinizing, and organizing documents for publication.

The Translation of the Book of Mormon

The Translation of the Book of Mormon

Explore portions of the original manuscripts of the Book of Mormon and study the remarkable principles and questions that continue to surface from this profound document.

Printing the Book of Mormon

Printing the Book of Mormon

Review the time-consuming process of typesetting a 600-page book with nineteenth-century equipment.

A Mother's Account

A Mother's Account

Examine the origin, motivation, and accuracy of "The History of the Prophet Joseph Smith" by Lucy Mack Smith.

History of a History

History of a History

Dean Jesse discusses Joseph's anxiety over keeping the history of a work that would change human events.

Joseph's Journals

Joseph's Journals

Explore the Prophet's personal journals to learn of his shortcomings, interpersonal conflicts, and challenges in leading the Saints into the future.

They Met the Prophet

They Met the Prophet

Hear vibrant descriptions from those who crossed paths with the prophet. Whether people believed his testimony or not, he rarely failed to make a deep impression on them.

Oliver's Story

Oliver's Story

Study the life of Oliver Cowdery and witness his participation in the events of the Restoration, his apostasy, and then his powerful closing testimony.

Saving Joseph's Leg

Saving Joseph's Leg

Learn how Joseph and his family lived within a few miles of the only man alive who could have saved Joseph's life.

Joseph's New Translation--Part 1

Joseph's New Translation--Part 1

Learn the history of Joseph's new translation of the Bible. Despite its significance, the manuscript was lost to the Church for over a century.

Joseph's New Translation--Part 2

Joseph's New Translation--Part 2

Observe in detail the changes that Joseph made to restore the "plain and precious" meanings of the Bible.

The Letters of Joseph and Emma

The Letters of Joseph and Emma

Church history scholar Carol Madsen reviews the papers that may have meant more to Joseph than any others: the letters between the prophet and his wife.

Joseph Smith the Radical

Joseph Smith the Radical

The Prophet's claim to direct revelation was extremely radical and aroused prejudice and persecution. Nevertheless, the remarkable body of revelation he received restored pure doctrine and structured the restored Church.

April 6, 1830

April 6, 1830

Learn about the remarkable events surrounding the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the significance of the day chosen for organization and why six men were to become the founding fathers of Mormonism.

Kirtland Beginnings

Kirtland Beginnings

Scholars discuss the years in Kirtland that were filled with miracles, divine revelation, and instruction.

Visions and Blessings, Tar and Feathers

Visions and Blessings, Tar and Feathers

Revisit the night when Joseph is tarred and feathered and must prepare for the persecutions to come. Then, explore both the difficulties and the joys the Saints faced in their efforts to fulfill the command to build a temple.

The Kirtland Temple: An Endowment of Power

The Kirtland Temple: An Endowment of Power

Examine the few yet remarkable days in Kirtland that culminated with the appearance of the Savior.

Zion

Zion

Understand the true nature of Zion and the roles both mobs and Mormons played in the failure to build it. Witness what would have composed the greatest city that never came to be.

Crisis in Kirtland

Crisis in Kirtland

Recount the dark days of Kirtland: financial failure, a riot in the temple, betrayal, and mutiny.

Zion's Camp

Zion's Camp

Travel through four states with about 200 men to learn that the true mission of Zion's Camp was more about the lessons of a journey than about the destination.

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 1

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 1

Hundreds of newly discovered legal documents paint a new impression of the litigious environment surrounding the Mormon leader.

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 2

Joseph Smith and the Law--Part 2

Study the notable lawsuits Joseph faced throughout his life, from his first encounter with the law at age 13 to the twisted case of the Kirtland Safety Society.

The Mormon War

The Mormon War

Historians recount the pivotal days that would eventually lead to expulsion from Missouri, captivity at Liberty, and a trek out West.

Liberty Jail

Liberty Jail

Tragic though it was, Joseph's experience in Liberty Jail was a profound and personal lesson in leadership. The saints also suffered deeply at this time, and Emma wrote that she could endure only through divine comfort

Suffering and Salvation

Suffering and Salvation

Thousands of destitute Saints fled Missouri due to the extermination order, but their hope was rekindled when Joseph joined them to usher in a historic gathering.

The Mission of the Twelve to England

The Mission of the Twelve to England

A quorum of inexperienced but faithful men were called to preach in the British Isles. This mission turned out to be the impetus for the great European Mormon migration.

Land, Joseph and "Justice" In Missouri

Land, Joseph and "Justice" In Missouri

Historians show how "the law" in Missouri held Joseph hostage to "legally" rid itself of Mormons.

Nauvoo Beginnings

Nauvoo Beginnings

Track the masterful development of what would become Nauvoo, the beautiful city--and then study the bittersweet implications that neither Nauvoo, nor Joseph's presence among the Saints, would last much longer.

I Can Do Nothing For You.

I Can Do Nothing For You.

Recount the Prophet's meeting with President Van Buren in the fall of 1839, and examine Van Buren's history and Joseph's candid assessment of the power of the nation's capital.

Joseph Smith's Sermons

Joseph Smith's Sermons

Discuss how the Saints viewed the difference between Joseph's preaching and the revelations he received from God.

Jewel On The Mississippi

Jewel On The Mississippi

Review the remarkable design, organization of labor, and confluence of expertise that created the most notable structure along the Mississippi River.

A Pearl Of Great Price

A Pearl Of Great Price

Recount the fascinating story of how a remarkable find in Egypt ended up half a world away in the hands of the one man who possessed the ability to produce the revelatory Abrahamic text.

Doctrines Of Salvation

Doctrines Of Salvation

A period of time in the early Church as Joseph introduces the doctrines that made the construction of a temple extremely urgent.

Joseph and the Relief Society

Joseph and the Relief Society

Scholars examine the first meetings of the Relief Society, including the admonition that the organization become a vital source in the church and community.

Living By The Law

Living By The Law

Legal scholars document the legal wrangling that kept the Prophet on the run, sometimes in hiding and almost always on the defense during the Nauvoo years.

Going International

Going International

Explore the early foreign missions of the Church in Canada, the British Isles, Palestine, and the Pacific islands.

Gathering Clouds

Gathering Clouds

Join scholars to discuss the fear and frustration of non-Mormons when Latter-day Saints became a political force they could not contend with at the ballot box.

Joseph Smith For President

Joseph Smith For President

Follow the Prophet's very unique entry into national politics including his opinions on the role of government and his contention that the Constitution contains but one flaw.

Martyrdom

Martyrdom

Learn about the events leading to the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Lamentation And Leadership

Lamentation And Leadership

Recount the gloom that encompassed the Saints during the summer of 1844 and their uncertainty about a future without the companionship of the man they believed to be God's prophet.

Who Will Lead? Who Will Follow?

Who Will Lead? Who Will Follow?

Discuss the contention that arose over who would succeed Joseph Smith as the Mormon leader, then discuss the race to complete the temple and the rush to receive its ordinances.

Persona of a Prophet

Persona of a Prophet

Examine Joseph Smith's physical and personal characteristics. Scholars address some compelling questions, such as how Joseph's physical stature may have impacted the way he worked, played, and defended himself.

Impressions of a Prophet Part 1

Impressions of a Prophet Part 1

Scholars recount the status of some of the many biographies and histories profiling the Prophet and his times.

Impressions of a Prophet--Part 2

Impressions of a Prophet--Part 2

Examine the increased interest in the Mormon prophet from those outside the faith, including the bicentennial celebration of Smith's birth, held at the Library of Congress.

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 1: New England

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 1: New England

Scholars visit New England, where the Smiths and the Macks, Joseph's noble heritage, originated. Tour Vermont, where Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucky Mack began a large family--and a fascinating narrative unequaled in American religious history.

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 2: New York and Pennsylvania

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 2: New York and Pennsylvania

Move through New York and Pennsylvania and through the beginnings of Mormonism, including the First Vision, printing the Book of Mormon, and Joseph's courtship of Emma Hale.

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 3: Ohio

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 3: Ohio

Visit areas that proved pivotal in the organization and growth of the early Church. Scholars reconstruct critical events in the life of the young prophet and retell the remarkable experiences during the construction and dedication of the Kirtland Temple.

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 4: Missouri and Illinois

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 4: Missouri and Illinois

Discuss the significance of the City of Zion and recount the Saints' most severe persecution and hardship--from tar and featherings to the Prophet's prolonged experience in Liberty Jail.

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 5: Illinois

Joseph Smith Tour--Part 5: Illinois

Visit Nauvoo, Illinois, and learn of the significance of the original Nauvoo Temple and of the establishment of the Relief Society.

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 1

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 1

Meet the two people who influenced Joseph Smith the most.

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 2

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 2

Learn more about the Smith family, including which of Joseph's siblings stayed true to the faith and why some didn't.

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 3

The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 3

Acknowledge the thousands of descendants of Joseph and Emma, their divergent religious connections, and the irony that only in recent decades have some of Joseph's progeny gravitated to the church he organized.

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 1

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 1

Examine the varied and exhaustive work undertaken to gather and make accessible the Prophet's teachings revealed to his people and to the world at large.

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 2

Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 2

Learn of the monumental Teachings of the Presidents of the Church--Joseph Smith manual, which was the culmination of exhaustive and meticulous efforts by LDS scholars and editors, published under the direction of Church leaders.

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 1

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 1

Scholars discuss the revelation directed to Emma Smith to compile a body of music that would reflect the doctrine and character of the faith. Segments of various songs associated with the Restoration are performed.

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 2

The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 2

Examine the history of hymn books used and produced by early Latter-day Saints. Scholars discuss Joseph's love of music and how the song associated with his martyrdom was modified to become part of the first official LDS hymnal.

First Vision--Part 1

First Vision--Part 1

Scholars provide compelling perspectives on how we have come to view the singular moment when a fourteen-year-old boy dared to ask God which church he should join.

First Vision--Part 2

First Vision--Part 2

Scholars present an intimate view of the actual document wherein Joseph describes the First Vision.

First Vision--Part 3

First Vision--Part 3

Scholars detail the emergence of the official version of the First Vision, later canonized by the LDS Church.

First Vision--Part 4

First Vision--Part 4

Scholars provide a panoramic view of the First Vision and address purported inconsistencies of the event. Compare First Vision accounts within the important context of time, place, and audience.

First Vision--Part 5

First Vision--Part 5

Scholars discuss what Joseph learned about the physical nature of God and of discovering a personal relationship with a being that can forgive and atone for sin.

Revelations and Translations--Part 1: Book of Mormon

Revelations and Translations--Part 1: Book of Mormon

Scholars discuss the revelations received by the Prophet and their eventual publication as part of the Latter-day Saint canon.

Revelations and Translations--Part 2: Book of Mormon

Revelations and Translations--Part 2: Book of Mormon

Scholars discuss Martin Harris and the lost manuscript, its dramatic impact on the Smith family, and the critical role it played in Joseph's prophetic education.

Revelations and Translations--Part 3: Book of Mormon

Revelations and Translations--Part 3: Book of Mormon

Scholars examine the forms and structure of language in the Book of Mormon, challenge some common suppositions proposed by critics, and show how Joseph worked within the framework of an inspired translation to make the text more meaningful.

Revelations and Translations--Part 4: Doctrine and Covenants

Revelations and Translations--Part 4: Doctrine and Covenants

Learn of the origins of the Doctrine and Covenants. Scholars discuss the unusual ways the early revelations were dispersed and also examine the careful efforts of Joseph and other Church leaders to preserve the textual content of the revelations.

Revelations and Translations--Part 5: Coming Forth of the Doctrine and Covenants

Revelations and Translations--Part 5: Coming Forth of the Doctrine and Covenants

Examine how various compilations of revelation emerged. Scholars discuss the genealogy of the Doctrine and Covenants in use today and why some revelations were canonized while others were not.

Pearl of Great Price

Pearl of Great Price

Scholars discuss the eventful history of the Pearl of Great Price, in particular its unusual beginnings.

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 1

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 1

Scholars discuss the layout of the first published volume of the Joseph Smith Papers. They describe the tools that provide readers with an exhaustive examination of content from original documents and the variety of annotations.

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 2

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 2

Scholars demonstrate how tools such as maps, chronologies, a biographical directory, and a Smith family pedigree can enrich readers' experiences with the Papers and broaden their assessment of the Prophet.

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 3

Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 3

Get introduced to the intricate treatment of documents containing the revelations received by Joseph Smith. Scholars demonstrate how seemingly insignificant pieces of information can add significant context to our understanding of the revelations.

Word of Wisdom

Word of Wisdom

Review the circumstances that led to the revelation on the Word of Wisdom and the difficulty many of the Saints had in abiding by its precepts. Scholars discuss whether the Saints viewed the Word of Wisdom as "good counsel" or a commandment.

Joseph Smith, the Statesman

Joseph Smith, the Statesman

Examine the Prophet's loyalty to the Constitution--a document he called "a glorious standard, a heavenly banner"--and his observations on how it could be improved. Scholars discuss Joseph's views on religious freedom.

Doctrine and Covenants 76

Doctrine and Covenants 76

Revisit the setting and circumstances of the revelation on the afterlife in Doctrine and Covenants 76. Scholars discuss the Prophet's caution concerning how it should be disseminated and why it aroused the hostility of the Church's adversaries.

Liberty Jail Letters

Liberty Jail Letters

Dissect the letters dictated by Joseph Smith while in Liberty Jail. Scholars share insight into Joseph's anxiety over the wretched condition of his people, his own suffering, and the disloyalty of those once considered his friends.

The Pure Religion of Joseph Smith

The Pure Religion of Joseph Smith

Peer into the heart of the Prophet to examine how his Christian beliefs were reflected in his actions and his teachings and encased in his character.

Early Members--Part 1: Hyrum Smith

Early Members--Part 1: Hyrum Smith

Recall the influential role Hyrum played in the Restoration and his unwavering support for his younger brother.

Early Members--Part 2: The Pratt Brothers, Parley and Orson

Early Members--Part 2: The Pratt Brothers, Parley and Orson

Meet Parley and Orson Pratt, who were instrumental in finding and baptizing future Latter-day Saints and their leaders.

Early Members--Part 3: William Clayton and the Knight Family

Early Members--Part 3: William Clayton and the Knight Family

Review the lives of several prominent Latter-day Saints whose relationships with Joseph Smith were particularly close and steadfast, including William Clayton.

Early Members--Part 5: Eliza & Lorenzo Snow

Early Members--Part 5: Eliza & Lorenzo Snow

Meet the Snows, whose deep imprints on the Church are still felt today.

Early Members--Part 4: Martin Harris and the John Johnson Family

Early Members--Part 4: Martin Harris and the John Johnson Family

Review the lives of several prominent Latter-day Saints whose relationships with Joseph Smith were particularly close and steadfast, including Martin Harris.

Part 1, Question and Answer Forum, Conference Cent

Part 1, Question and Answer Forum, Conference Cent

Join a panel of eight LDS scholars as they answer questions posed by an intimate gathering of Mormon history enthusiasts and students.

Part 2, Question and Answer Forum

Part 2, Question and Answer Forum

Scholars from the project answer questions on skepticism, law and justice, Joseph the businessman, and more.

Season Finale

Season Finale

Get an overview of the whole project--the books, the website, and the television series--and meet the reason why it exists in the first place.