Joseph Smith Sr. (1771-1840) & Lucy Mack (1775-1856)
Joseph Jr Smith PROPHET (1805-1844)
Alexander Hale Smith (1838-1909)
Arthur Marion Smith (1880-1965)
Joseph Fredrick Smith (1935-)
Joseph Jr Smith (1805-1844) Emma Hale (1804-1879)
Joseph Smith Jr. was born on December 23, 1805 at Sharon, Windsor, Vermont. Joseph was the 5th child born to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack . Joseph married Emma Hale, who was born on July 10, 1804 at Harmony Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. When Joseph was young the family moved to Palmyra, Wayne, New York, and bought a farm in about 1816. Religious excitement grew, in the area, as revivals invited settlers to join specific denominations. Joseph wondered which he should join and late April or early May, 1820, Joseph determined to find out from God which church was right and went to the nearby woods to pray his first vocal prayer. A vision unfolded in which the God, the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ told him to join none. They also said that if he was faithful, he would do a great work for them. On the night of September 22, 1823 an angel appeared to Joseph and told him, among other things, about an ancient record written on golden plates. He went to see it the next day, but was prohibited from taking it with him. Four years later, on September 23, 1827, Joseph received the plates and interpreters and began translating the record, now known as the Book of Mormon. During the translation of the Book of Mormon, Joseph and Oliver went into the woods and prayed for guidance on the subject of baptism which they had read about while translating. While near the Susquahanna river the resurrected John the Baptist visited them on May 15, 1829, and ordained them to the Aaronic Priesthood. He then commanded Joseph and Oliver to baptize each other in the Susquehanna River. A little later in a nearby area, the two men received the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John, three of Jesus Christ’s original Apostles. On April 6, 1830, following a divine commandment, Joseph restored the Church of Christ on earth. Joseph received a Patriarchal Blessing through his father on December 9, 1834 at Kirtland, Geauga, OH. In his life, Joseph filled several missions, brought numerous divine revelations, translated the Book of Mormon, restored the Church of Christ on the earth, filled several missions, suffered much persecution and imprisonment and was killed for the truth – June 27, 1844 at Carthage, Hancock, Illinois. Emma died April 30 1879 at Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.
Alexander Hale Smith (1838-1909) Elizabeth Agnes Kendall(1843-1919)
Alexander Hale Smith was born on June 2, 1838 at Far West Caldwell County, Missouri to Joseph Smith, Jr. and Emma Hale. Alexander was the third surviving son of four sons born to Joseph and Emma. Alexander grew up in Nauvoo, IL and was baptized on May 25, 1862 by Joseph Smith III at Nauvoo, Hancock Illinois. Alexander earned his living as a partner in a photography gallery and later became a carpenter. He was ordained a teacher in the RLDS Church in September 1862, ordained an elder on April 8, 1863, ordained a high priest on April 12, 1866, and ordained an apostle on April 10 (or 25), 1873 and served (occasionally with his younger brother, David) in Utah until 1897. On April 15, 1890 Alexander was ordained as President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles by Joseph Smith III. On April 12, 1897 was the fourth Presiding Patriarch of the restored Church of Christ and the first Presiding Patriarch in the RLDS. Alexander was appointed as counselor to the Presidency April 9, 1897-1902 of the RLDS. He served as Presiding Patriarch of the RLDS from 1897 until his death, August 12, 1909.
Arthur Marion Smith (1880-1965) Minnie Catherine Smith (1894-1988)
Arthur Marion Smith was born to Alexander Hale Smith (see above) and Elizabeth Agnes Kendall, on February 8, 1880 at Andover, MO. Arthur’s mother, Elizabeth, was born May 7, 1843 at Lancaster, England. He was the last of nine children and grew up rural Missouri and Lamoni. Arthur was baptized and became a member of the RLDS at the age of 8. His baptism was at the close of the April conference in 1888 and in the muddy railroad pond, just east of the Brick Church which was used for the conference. At the age of 18 Arthur received a Patriarchal blessing through his father Alexander (Presiding Patriarch for the RLDS), September 18 1898 at a conference in Centralia, Kansas. At the age of 20 Arthur took employment with the RLDS Herald Publishing House , as a bookbinder. Arthur taught bookbinding at the university of Minnesota for a few years, after which he made his living as a carpenter and a farmer. Arthur was ordained to the office of a priest in the RLDS Church in April 1914 by Elbert A. Smith, Fredric A. Smith, and Heman C. Smith. As a result in a major change in the RLDS to a directive of “Supreme Directional Control” in 1925 Arthur (as well as hundreds of other RLDS) joined the Church of Christ, Temple Lot, bringing his branch into that fellowship. Prior to that time, members of one organization were recognized as members of the other by both the Temple Lot Church of Christ and the RLDS. Daniel MacGregor (who formed the Minneapolis Local of the Church of Christ- Temple Lot) called and ordained Arthur to the Melchizedek Priesthood January 17, 1927. Arthur was elected to serve as the Presiding Elder of the Minneapolis Local Branch of the Church of Christ, Temple Lot. Arthur attended the Church’s general Conference in April 1927 where he was ordained as an Apostle. Arthur moved his family to Independence, Missouri sometime in 1929 or 1930 where he served full time in the church. Arthur served as the head of the Temple building committee until the collapse of the foundation excavation. In about 1933 or 34 Arthur bought a farm near Ava, Missouri and his family farmed while Arthur spent much time on Missions for the Church. Arthur died, March, 1965.
Joseph Fredrick Smith (1935-present)
Joseph Fredrick Smith was born to Arthur Marion Smith and Minerva Katherine Smith on Jan 3, 1935 at Ava Missouri. His mother, known as Minnie, was born May 20, 1894 at Charlestown, Clark Indiana. Joseph was the last of 5 children and grew up on the Ozark family farm. He was baptized June 15th, 1943 by his father, Arthur in Whitescreek (an actual creek) in Douglas County, Missouri. Joseph was confirmed the same day by his father, Arthur Smith and Eugene Gould. (Eugene Gould was an uncle of Samuel Gould, the Witness AND was the son of Apostle Leon Gould who was secretary to the Patriarch Alexander Hale Smith ). Joseph attended the Ava Branch of the Temple Lot Church of Christ. In 1952, he left to work in Independence and then, in 1953, joined the US Army. In 1953 Joseph was ordained to the office of elder by his father, Arthur. After his military discharge, Joseph moved to Littleton Colorado where he worked for the Glen L Martin Co. as machinist in the model division and they were tasked with building and testing the Titan missile. He spent twelve years in the timber industry, logging in the Northwest. The latter part of his life he worked as a carpenter, building houses in Georgia and Southwester Missouri. Joseph married Mary Sue Roberts on March 1, 1957 at Independence, MO. They have three children, Timothy Granger, Candance Sue, and Kimberly Jo. Joseph’s mother died on January 30, 1988 at Ava, Douglas Missouri. Joseph’s father’s information is above. In 1996 Joseph experienced a vision in which the Lord told him the time had come for him to get the people together. He is now fully engaged in that work.