by Duane S. Crowther
The Life of Joseph Smith is a useful tool for in-depth study of LDS Church history and doctrine. It provides historical, geographical and chronological perspectives of great value to every Latter-day Saint.
Some books have value which far exceed their page count. The Life of Joseph Smith is an excellent example of this principle. It contains information of great value to all who read and study LDS Church history: It is an atlas showing all the major activities and travels of the prophet Joseph, carefully divided into the significant historical periods and location centers of his life.
It is a very detailed chronological outline of the major events and accomplishments of Joseph’s life. Hundreds of happenings are listed and chronicled with appropriate dates. Numbers on the maps correspond to the outlined events to unite the atlas and outline.
It is a documentation harmony which cross-keys the prophet’s travels and the events of his life with three significant historical sources which document the Joseph Smith era. All pertinent references are supplied for: (1) the six-volume A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (2) the seven-volume History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and (3) the one-volume History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith.