Joseph Smith’s Restoration of the Eternal Roles of Husband and Father
Joseph Smith, Restoration, Eternal Roles, Eternity
Brigham Young felt that Joseph Smith would “unite heaven with earth.” 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.”
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Woodger, Mary Jane, "Joseph Smith’s Restoration of the Eternal Roles of Husband and Father" (2005). Faculty Publications. 3796.
Church History and Doctrine