Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Joseph Smith

Today, 23 December 2010, marks the 205th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith Jr., the first prophet and leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His mother, Lucy Mack Smith, reported in her famed Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet (p. 56): "In the meantime we had a son, whom we called Joseph, after the name of his father; he was born December 23, 1805." Joseph Smith himself wrote, in what is now part of the LDS canon of scripture, "I was born in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five, on the twenty-third day of December, in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, State of Vermont" (Joseph Smith - History 1:3). It's astounding that a full 205 years have now passed since Joseph Smith, Jr., was born on this earth.

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