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.”[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]

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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.

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Religious Education


Church History and Doctrine

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Full Professor