Personal Life

About November 9, 1835

Joseph Smith received a visit from a man called "Joshua, the Jewish Minister," who remained the entire day discussing religion. Later that day Joseph's thoughts were confirmed that "Joshua" was really "Robert Mattias," who had been on trial for multiple crimes in New York. However, even this was an alias for his real name, Robert Matthews.


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