Personal Life

November 11, 1838

After listening most of the night to the guards elaborate and boast about the atrocities they had committed against the Saints, Joseph Smith stood and rebuked them, in the name of Jesus Christ, to be still or die.

July 21, 1839

Joseph Smith and the Saints did not hold their Sunday meetings because of rain and sickness. However, elders of the Church healed many of the sick through the power of God.

April 5, 1841

Joseph Smith married Louisa Beaman. This is the first of Joseph's plural marriages for which there is documentable evidence. Joseph B. Noble, Louisa's brother-in-law, performed the ceremony as it was dictated to him by Joseph.


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