Joseph Smith Papers

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  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons

In the nonfiction series Joseph Smith Papers, Mormon historians look at the story of their church's founding. This intriguing documentary explores the ambitious effort to compile, transcribe, edit, and present the papers of, by, and directly related to the LDS Prophet Joseph Smith.

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Season Finale
42. Season Finale
December 26, 2010
Get an overview of the whole project--the books, the website, and the television series--and meet the reason why it exists in the first place.
Part 2, Question and Answer Forum
40. Part 2, Question and Answer Forum
December 19, 2010
Scholars from the project answer questions on skepticism, law and justice, Joseph the businessman, and more.
Early Members, Part 4: Martin Harris and the John
39. Early Members, Part 4: Martin Harris and the John
December 13, 2010
Review the lives of several prominent Latter-day Saints whose relationships with Joseph Smith were particularly close and steadfast, including Martin Harris.
Early Members--Part 5: Eliza & Lorenzo Snow
38. Early Members--Part 5: Eliza & Lorenzo Snow
December 12, 2010
Meet the Snows, whose deep imprints on the Church are still felt today.
Early Members--Part 2: The Pratt Brothers, Parley and Orson
37. Early Members--Part 2: The Pratt Brothers, Parley and Orson
December 5, 2010
Meet Parley and Orson Pratt, who were instrumental in finding and baptizing future Latter-day Saints and their leaders.
Early Members--Part 3: William Clayton and the Knight Family
36. Early Members--Part 3: William Clayton and the Knight Family
December 5, 2010
Review the lives of several prominent Latter-day Saints whose relationships with Joseph Smith were particularly close and steadfast, including William Clayton.
The Pure Religion of Joseph Smith
35. The Pure Religion of Joseph Smith
November 28, 2010
Peer into the heart of the Prophet to examine how his Christian beliefs were reflected in his actions and his teachings and encased in his character.
Early Members--Part 1: Hyrum Smith
34. Early Members--Part 1: Hyrum Smith
November 28, 2010
Recall the influential role Hyrum played in the Restoration and his unwavering support for his younger brother.
Doctrine and Covenants 76
33. Doctrine and Covenants 76
November 21, 2010
Revisit the setting and circumstances of the revelation on the afterlife in Doctrine and Covenants 76. Scholars discuss the Prophet's caution concerning how it should be disseminated and why it aroused the hostility of the Church's adversaries.
Word of Wisdom
31. Word of Wisdom
November 14, 2010
Review the circumstances that led to the revelation on the Word of Wisdom and the difficulty many of the Saints had in abiding by its precepts. Scholars discuss whether the Saints viewed the Word of Wisdom as "good counsel" or a commandment.
Joseph Smith, the Statesman
30. Joseph Smith, the Statesman
November 14, 2010
Examine the Prophet's loyalty to the Constitution--a document he called "a glorious standard, a heavenly banner"--and his observations on how it could be improved. Scholars discuss Joseph's views on religious freedom.
Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 3
28. Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 3
November 7, 2010
Get introduced to the intricate treatment of documents containing the revelations received by Joseph Smith. Scholars demonstrate how seemingly insignificant pieces of information can add significant context to our understanding of the revelations.
Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 1
27. Joseph Smith and His Papers--Part 1
October 31, 2010
Scholars discuss the layout of the first published volume of the Joseph Smith Papers. They describe the tools that provide readers with an exhaustive examination of content from original documents and the variety of annotations.
Revelations and Translations--Part 5: Coming Forth of the Doctrine and Covenants
26. Revelations and Translations--Part 5: Coming Forth of the Doctrine and Covenants
October 24, 2010
Examine how various compilations of revelation emerged. Scholars discuss the genealogy of the Doctrine and Covenants in use today and why some revelations were canonized while others were not.
Pearl of Great Price
25. Pearl of Great Price
October 24, 2010
Scholars discuss the eventful history of the Pearl of Great Price, in particular its unusual beginnings.
Revelations and Translations--Part 3: Book of Mormon
24. Revelations and Translations--Part 3: Book of Mormon
October 17, 2010
Scholars examine the forms and structure of language in the Book of Mormon, challenge some common suppositions proposed by critics, and show how Joseph worked within the framework of an inspired translation to make the text more meaningful.
Revelations and Translations--Part 4: Doctrine and Covenants
23. Revelations and Translations--Part 4: Doctrine and Covenants
October 17, 2010
Learn of the origins of the Doctrine and Covenants. Scholars discuss the unusual ways the early revelations were dispersed and also examine the careful efforts of Joseph and other Church leaders to preserve the textual content of the revelations.
Revelations and Translations--Part 2: Book of Mormon
21. Revelations and Translations--Part 2: Book of Mormon
October 10, 2010
Scholars discuss Martin Harris and the lost manuscript, its dramatic impact on the Smith family, and the critical role it played in Joseph's prophetic education.
First Vision--Part 5
19. First Vision--Part 5
October 3, 2010
Scholars discuss what Joseph learned about the physical nature of God and of discovering a personal relationship with a being that can forgive and atone for sin.
First Vision--Part 3
17. First Vision--Part 3
September 27, 2010
Scholars detail the emergence of the official version of the First Vision, later canonized by the LDS Church.
The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 2
16. The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 2
September 20, 2010
Examine the history of hymn books used and produced by early Latter-day Saints. Scholars discuss Joseph's love of music and how the song associated with his martyrdom was modified to become part of the first official LDS hymnal.
First Vision--Part 1
15. First Vision--Part 1
September 20, 2010
Scholars provide compelling perspectives on how we have come to view the singular moment when a fourteen-year-old boy dared to ask God which church he should join.
The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 1
14. The Music of Early Mormonism--Part 1
September 19, 2010
Scholars discuss the revelation directed to Emma Smith to compile a body of music that would reflect the doctrine and character of the faith. Segments of various songs associated with the Restoration are performed.
Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 2
13. Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 2
September 13, 2010
Learn of the monumental Teachings of the Presidents of the Church--Joseph Smith manual, which was the culmination of exhaustive and meticulous efforts by LDS scholars and editors, published under the direction of Church leaders.
Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 1
11. Teachings of Joseph Smith--Part 1
September 6, 2010
Examine the varied and exhaustive work undertaken to gather and make accessible the Prophet's teachings revealed to his people and to the world at large.
The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 2
9. The Family of Joseph Smith--Part 2
August 30, 2010
Learn more about the Smith family, including which of Joseph's siblings stayed true to the faith and why some didn't.
Joseph Smith Tour--Part 5: Illinois
7. Joseph Smith Tour--Part 5: Illinois
August 22, 2010
Visit Nauvoo, Illinois, and learn of the significance of the original Nauvoo Temple and of the establishment of the Relief Society.
Joseph Smith Tour--Part 2: New York and Pennsylvania
6. Joseph Smith Tour--Part 2: New York and Pennsylvania
August 15, 2010
Move through New York and Pennsylvania and through the beginnings of Mormonism, including the First Vision, printing the Book of Mormon, and Joseph's courtship of Emma Hale.
Joseph Smith Tour--Part 3: Ohio
5. Joseph Smith Tour--Part 3: Ohio
August 15, 2010
Visit areas that proved pivotal in the organization and growth of the early Church. Scholars reconstruct critical events in the life of the young prophet and retell the remarkable experiences during the construction and dedication of the Kirtland Temple.
Persona of a Prophet
4. Persona of a Prophet
August 8, 2010
Examine Joseph Smith's physical and personal characteristics. Scholars address some compelling questions, such as how Joseph's physical stature may have impacted the way he worked, played, and defended himself.
Impressions of a Prophet--Part 2
2. Impressions of a Prophet--Part 2
August 8, 2010
Examine the increased interest in the Mormon prophet from those outside the faith, including the bicentennial celebration of Smith's birth, held at the Library of Congress.
Joseph Smith Tour--Part 1: New England
1. Joseph Smith Tour--Part 1: New England
August 8, 2010
Scholars visit New England, where the Smiths and the Macks, Joseph's noble heritage, originated. Tour Vermont, where Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucky Mack began a large family--and a fascinating narrative unequaled in American religious history.
Description

In the nonfiction series Joseph Smith Papers, Mormon historians look at the story of their church's founding. This intriguing documentary explores the ambitious effort to compile, transcribe, edit, and present the papers of, by, and directly related to the LDS Prophet Joseph Smith.Joseph Smith Papers is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (82 episodes). The series first aired on November 21, 2010.

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  • Premiere Date
    November 21, 2010