Many who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote of their experiences with him. Here, some of those accounts accompany artwork featuring the Prophet. Some accounts were written near the time of the event depicted in the art and others long after, but they all give insight into his life as a man and as a prophet of God.
Jesse N. Smith, the Prophet’s cousin, said: “[Joseph Smith was] incomparably the most God-like man I ever saw. … I know that by nature he was incapable of lying and deceitfulness, possessing the greatest kindness and nobility of character. I felt when in his presence that he could read me through and through. I know he was all that he claimed to be.” 1
Joseph Smith, by William Whitaker, © Deseret Morning News, may not be copied
My Servant Joseph, by Liz Lemon Swindle, Foundation Arts, may not be copied
Joseph in the Grove, by A. D. Shaw, courtesy of Museum of Church History and Art
Joseph Smith Rebuking the Guards in Richmond Jail, by Sam Lawlor
Flowers for a Lady, by Liz Lemon Swindle, Foundation Arts, may not be copied
Brothers, by Liz Lemon Swindle, Foundation Arts, may not be copied
Joseph Mustering the Nauvoo Legion, by C. C. A. Christensen, courtesy of Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Joseph Smith Ordaining Parley P. Pratt as an Apostle, by Walter Rane, © 2002 IRI
The Prophet Reined His Horse, Just One Last Look at Fair Nauvoo, by Harold Hopkinson, may not be copied
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society course of study, 2007), 499.
Teachings: Joseph Smith, 502.
Teachings: Joseph Smith, 117.
Teachings: Joseph Smith, 351.
Mercy R. Thompson, “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, July 1892, 399.
Teachings: Joseph Smith, 431.
Eunice Billings Snow, “A Sketch of the Life of Eunice Billings Snow,” Woman’s Exponent, Sept. 1910, 22.
Parley P. Pratt, Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. (1938), 95.
Lucy Walker Kimball, “Lucy Walker Kimball (Autobiography),” Woman’s Exponent, Nov. 1910, 34.