Watch Emma Smith: My Story

"By the side of a founder of a new faith was a woman of undeniable courage."

Emma Smith: My Story is based on the life of Emma Smith; wife to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--more commonly known as the Mormons. Throughout most of the couples' married life they faced persecution and sorrow due to their religion. While the film does show some of the persecution that the Mormons faced, it is shown from Emma's unique perspective. We see the fear and the heartbreak that she suffered throughout her married life. Most people know her as simply the wife of the prophet. Yet here see that she was a strong and valiant woman in her own right.

The film is narrated from the viewpoint of an elderly Emma telling her daughter Julia about her life and her faith. She explains to Julia how her faith helped to shape so much of herself and her view on the world. She starts out telling of her childhood in Harmony, Pennsylvania where she lived with her parents until her marriage to Joseph. Largely due to Joseph's activities with the translation of the Book of Mormon, Emma's father was against the marriage and would not give his blessing. He even went so far as to tell Joseph and Emma that they would not be welcome in his home.

Throughout the course of her life, Emma faced many trials. Several of her children died from illness. She and her family were constantly being driven from their home. One dark night she was forced to helplessly watched as an angry mob dragged her husband out in the street to tar and feather him. Through these difficult times, Emma found the strength to keep moving forward. She was even the first president of the Relief Society. The Relief Society is an organization of women dedicated to helping each other and anyone who may be in need. Emma also compiled a list of music to make the first hymnbook for the Mormon Church.

| 2007 | 1 hr 30 min | 6.7/10
Patricia Place, Katherine Nelson, Nathan Mitchell, Stephanie Breinholt
Candlelight Media
Gary Cook, T.C. Christensen

Also starring Patricia Place

Also starring Katherine Nelson

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