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By Linda King Newell

Emma Smith didn't record her existence in a diary or magazine. This e-book is a biographical reconstruction of Emma Smith's existence from files and facts except the few letters and one web page of advantages she left in the back of.

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Had to go to Pennsylvania for the money. ” Part way to Pennsylvania a letter containing disturbing news inter­ rupted their travel. Calvin Stoddard, the carpenter the Smiths had hired to finish the house, had convinced the land agent that the two Josephs had run away to escape the debt. Stoddard had thereupon offered to pay the full price for the land in exchange for the deed and the agent accepted. Joseph and his father turned back to Palmyra immediately. Eventually the senior Smith per­ suaded the agent to sell the farm to a third-party buyer who would allow them to live there as tenants.

This was Moroni, last keeper of the record and son of Mormon, after whom the book would be named. Joseph explained that the Lamanites were ancestors of the American Indians and the book’s purpose was to be a witness for Christ. Gossip spread about Joseph’s translating; neighbors in Harmony began subtle harassment prompted by rumors Dolly Harris had spread earlier. Em ­ ma’s uncle, Nathaniel Lewis, listened intently to the young man’s claims, then baited him. ” “Oh, yes,” was the answer. “Well, now,” said Mr.

After the organization of the church, Joseph returned to Harmony. Emma drove back to Colesville with him where a number of those who had been at the organizational meeting of the church were anticipating baptism. Emma, too, wanted to be baptized. On Saturday, June 26, the group piled rocks and logs across a nearby stream to dam water for a small pond to be used for baptisms the following morning. This ordinance represented the cleansing of sins, and assured the recipients that sins that burned their conscience (with the exception of shedding innocent blood) would be forgiven by a merciful God.

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