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Joseph Smith Tells His Own Story

Joseph Smith, Jr.

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. My father, Joseph Smith, senior, left the state of Vermont, and moved to Palmyra, Ontario (now Wayne) County, in the state of New York, when I was in my tenth year. In about four years after my father’s arrival at Palmyra, he moved with his family into Manchester, in the same county of Ontario. His family, consisting of eleven souls, namely: My father, Joseph Smith, my mother, Lucy Smith, (whose name, previous to her marriage was Mack, daughter of Solomon Mack,) my brothers, Alvin, (who is now dead,) Hyrum, myself, Samuel Harrison, William, Don Carlos, and my sisters, Sophronia, Catherine, and Lucy.

Some time in the second year after our removal to Manchester, there was in the place where we lived an unusual excitement on the subject of religion. It commenced with the Methodists, but soon became general among all the sects in that region of country; indeed, the whole district of country seemed affected by it, and great multitudes united themselves to the different religious parties, which created no small stir and division amongst the people, some crying, “lo, here,” and some “lo, there;” some were contending for the Methodist faith, some for the Presbyterian, and some for the Baptists.


Part 2: The Vision in the Grove
Part 3: The Angel Moroni Appears
Part 4: The Book of Mormon
Part 5: The Aaronic Priesthood Restored
Part 6: The Book of Mormon Witnesses
Part 7: The Organization of the Church


From the Death of Joseph Smith, Jr. to the Reorganization

25% Off Sale
November 1 — December 31, 2016

This sale is a great way to begin your Christmas shopping, stock up on books for your own library, or give a special gift to someone that will last them a lifetime. From November 1 until the end of the year, items published by Price Publishing Company (excluding eBooks, tracts, charts, maps, certificates, and pocket cards) will be on sale for 25% off. Many of your favorites are on sale:

  • The Scriptures: Inspired Version, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants (paperback, hardback leather, and deluxe leather editions)
  • Story of the Church, by Inez Smith Davis
  • Memoirs of Joseph Smith III, Into the Latter Day Light, Autobiography of Charles Derry, My Book of Acts, Autobiography of Elder Joseph Luff, and most of the other biographies and autobiographies
  • Many missionary books, including The Old Jerusalem Gospel, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, Book of Mormon Vindicated, The Angel Message, and Fundamental Differences between the LDS and RLDS Churches
  • Favorite classics: Call at Evening, In the Shelter of the Little Brown Cottage, The Vineyard Story, Joseph Smith the Prophet and His Progenitors
  • Historical reprints: Times and Seasons, Messenger and Advocate, Saints' Advocate
  • And many others

After the sale starts, if you would like to know if a specific item is on sale, please call the Bookstore at (816) 461-5659 or go to our online store. The online store has a product code for all of our materials. Generally, those with a product code beginning with "ppc" or “901” are on sale.


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