N THE SPRING OF 1842 John Wentworth, editor of the Chicago Democrat, wrote to Joseph Smith requesting information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Joseph’s role in the affairs of Nauvoo. He was curious about the spectacular growth the city was experiencing. It was never intended that the information contained in the letter, including the Thirteen Articles of Faith, should be taken as a complete summary of belief. It was presented from the heart of a man who had endured immense adversity for his convictions, providing insights and personal witness of the amazing events in his life with simple, matter-of-fact honesty!
AT APRIL CONFERENCE 1844, President Joseph Smith, Jr. - two months prior to his death - presented a powerful discourse before approximately 10,000 conference visitors in Nauvoo, Illinois. This forceful address has been called the funeral sermon of Joseph’s friend King Follett. Enemies of the Church were extremely active through this period; and the Prophet Joseph undoubtedly anticipated the tragic, coming events. All in attendance felt the powerful influence of the Holy Spirit and Joseph expressed a very strong testimony regarding life after death.
S. BRYCE CHAMBERLAIN has developed a loving relationship with the memory of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. Years ago, while doing research, gathering information for his many Church of Jesus Christ oriented documentaries and dramatizations, Chamberlain was privileged to meet in the home of the grandson of Joseph Smith’s last son. Lynn Smith, then Patriarch for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ, shared many heirlooms and insights, along with stories of his great grandfather Joseph. That time together, those precious moments, had an immense influence upon a lifetime filled with choice memories and marvelous experiences, beyond means to measure.
OTHER WORKS available on CD and/or audiocassette: JOSEPH THE MAN/THE SEER, AN EVENING WITH BRIGHAM YOUNG, LECTURES ON FAITH, the dramatic one-man portrayal of MORONI, as well as several other historically accurate presentations for insights into the founding period of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the miracle of the Restoration.