(December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement.
When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon.
When Smith proposed marriage, Emma's father, Isaac Hale objected, primarily because he believed Smith had no means to support Emma besides money-digging.
Smith and Emma eloped and married on January 18, 1827, after which the couple began boarding with Smith's parents in Manchester.
Between 18, there were several camp meetings and revivals in the Palmyra area.
Smith said he told the experience to a preacher, who dismissed the story with contempt.
During the Second Great Awakening, the region was a hotbed of religious enthusiasm.The collapse of the church-sponsored Kirtland Safety Society and violent skirmishes with non-Mormon Missourians caused Smith and his followers to establish a new settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois, where he became a spiritual and political leader.In 1844, Smith and the Nauvoo city council angered non-Mormons by destroying a newspaper that had criticized Smith's power and practice of polygamy. Here’s the punch line, here’s the question: Has anyone you’ve ever dated, just kind of disappeared? Well, let me ask the ladies a question: How you have you received an... So, as I type this, and you are now reading this, I am sitting in my living room, work clothes have been removed, there’s a delicious looking and heavenly smelling, California burrito next to my laptop, and Modern Family is playing in the background.
The event would later grow in importance to Smith's followers, who now regard it as the first event in the gradual restoration of Christ's church to earth.