History Phd Spencer McBride describes his work on the Joseph Smith Papers project, which poses unexpected challenges to learn about the world of the LDS founder.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Casey Cep
In Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith established a theocracy, ran for President, and tested the limits of religious freedom.
Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith's wives were between 20 and 40 years old.
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