Title

Joseph Smith’s Restoration of the Eternal Roles of Husband and Father

Keywords

Joseph Smith, Restoration, Eternal Roles, Eternity

Abstract

Brigham Young felt that Joseph Smith would “unite heaven with earth.”[1] Part of that heaven as described by the Prophet Joseph was to put in place the family organization established by our Father in Heaven for His children. Joseph was a prophet, seer, and revelator. He was also a father, husband, and patriarch of a family unit. In all these roles he was exemplary. Professors Susan Easton Black and Larry C. Porter concur: “Those things done behind closed doors and unknown to the masses must be considered if one is to get a true picture of Joseph Smith, the man of God. . . . The Prophet Joseph understood well his exemplary role in a family unit. A busy life did not excuse him from a divine appointment, because he understood that the home is the basis of a righteous life and that it was the Lord’s will for him to be an exemplary child, brother, husband, and father.”[2]

Original Publication Citation

Woodger, Mary Jane, “Joseph Smith’s Restoration of the Eternal Roles of Husband and Father As Outlined in The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” The Prophet Joseph Smith and the Doctrinal Restoration. Jeffrey Marsh, et. al, eds. (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co., 2005) 374-389.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2005

Language

english

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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