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Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet

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Foreword by Richard Lloyd Dewey. This is the ONLY biography about Joseph written from personal interviews with his friends! The author served as First Counselor to four prophets, all of whom knew Joseph. Having full access to Church archives, Cannon weaves the intricate tale of Joseph's intriguing biography in a mesmerizing manner. He stays focused, keeping the reader spel ...more
Hardcover, 602 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Stratford Books (first published 1888)
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Heidi
I unfortunately was not very impressed or inspired by this. Part of that I believe is because the narrator had no expression or inflection whatsoever. He was SOOOOOOO boring...and then some. Part of it was because it was because I've heard most of those accounts many times before--some of them word for word. Whether or not what I heard was quoting this book as its original source or whether this book is quoting from another original source, I do not know. Either way, there was only about 10% tha ...more
kelley
Reading the "Life Of Joseph Smith: The Prophet" was a challenge for me. It was a long book with many facts. It took me a whole year. I did learn many things about Joseph Smith, his family and friends and the struggles of the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I learned to appreciate the extent of their trials, persecutions and dedication to greater degree. It was interesting reading about the prophet and events from an author who had lived at the time and experienc ...more
Virginia
I loved the book. It was written from the perspective of someone who lived closer to Joseph Smith's time and had access to people and information to write a complete history. The pages are large and type fairly little so it takes awhile to read it and absorb it. We have a beautiful copy with paintings and pictures at the beginning of every chapter of Joseph, Emma and all that was going on.
Nicole
This is kind of a tough read but I thought it was worthwhile if you are interested in learning about Joseph Smith. I'm personally a big fan of learning about the prophet so I really liked it. Like I said though it's not one of those books that you can sit down for hours and read. It's pretty deep. Cannon writes in a difficult format but it is worth the effort
Delene
Nov 24, 2008 Delene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to know more about the Prophet Joseph Smith
Shelves: biography, lds
I read this book after I came home from my mission in 1972. I was teaching school in Vernal Utah while reading it. I haven't forgotten the impact of the book on my life because I wanted to know more about his life. It was an excellent read. I never can forget the bond between him and his brother Hyrum. They were very close.

Kathy
Amazing account, all the more moving because of the proximity of the author with the Prophet. I, too, wish sources were cited, but otherwise, this is a moving, impressive account. To those who found they were reading stories they'd already heard: This book is probably the source for the other, later accounts.
Jarad
Totally an amazing book, I never realized out bad the persecution from Missori and Illinois was. This book brought it all into perspective politically and I gained a greater respect for a Prophet who had literally no rest from persecution, but changed the world for the better anyway.
Robb Menlove
This is a good, general, book about Joseph Smith. Most of the stories told here are collected from other writtings. Not a whole lot of original thoughts, but it is hard to mess up a testimonial of Joseph Smith.
Matthew
Good read on the Prophet's life. It did especially well at describing all of the legal entanglements Joseph faced. Definitely worth the time it takes to read. Only drawback... lack of sources.
Keith Slade
Good beginning biography of Joseph Smith. It was the first one I read, when I was about 14 and is quite faith-promoting. I waited until I was older to read ones with more controversial content!
Gary
The best biography on Joseph Smith I've ever read. It's great to read the experiences of someone who was there for many of the events.
Richmond
Good because it showed the whole life of the Prophet and told his story, not trying to interpret what he did.
Don Gubler
Not as good or thorough as the Documentary History of the Church.
Joe
Best Joseph Smith biography I've read.
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