1832-1839 (The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals #1)
“The Joseph Smith Papers project is the single most significant historical project of our generation.” — Elder Marlin K. Jensen, LDS Church Historian
The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 features Joseph Smith's first five journals. These documents give the reader an appreciation for Joseph Smith's character, his private piety, and his sense of mission. The...more
I kind of felt like I was going back in time and tended to augment the reading with other online historical background information on various people, locations or stories.
The project claims as its roots the collection of Joseph's papers during his lifetime and then continuing after his death, and first published in book form as History of the Church ...more
The book is nicely bound, with high quality components. It is obviously meant to be preserved in public and private libraries to provide perpetual access to Joseph Smith's papers.
As a wannabe histori ...more
I was hoping to learn more about Section 132, which was published/revealed after 1839, so I'll have to wait for subsequent Papers, which I will buy.
When reading notes/journals in rough form, I gained a greater appreciation for those authors who compile all of this info and put it into a cohesive form/book. ...more
Hmmmm. 1832-1839. Fanny Alger. Kirtland ANTI-Bank Fraud. (the "Anti" part is very important)
Do you think this volume contains any material facts about those revealing episodes in Joseph Smith's life? Hardly a shred. Look elsewhere if you want some truth.
There is one mildly interesting editorial note about the Kirtland Bank fraud, but it's the typical Mormon "historian" spin/obfuscation.
Who gets the royalties for this faux-scholarship? Oh, t ...more
The Joseph Smith Papers is a comprehensive project ...more
On another note, I thought that I really go to know Joseph Smith a lot more through his diaries. Second-hand treatments of controversial characters like Joseph Smith are undoubtedly colored by the ...more
Very informative and deep book. I enjoyed reading the many footnotes and appendices too. It made this time of Joseph Smith's life really come alive for me. I can understand some of his decisions and the pressures that were facing him much better now, after having read through these Journals.
Part of me wanted even more analysis and explanation than was here. However, I realize that this was not the purpose of the volume. There are other books I can go to for that kind of information.
In any case, ...more