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Posted by: emalee ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 08:00AM

Conversion Story of Bob Smith,
108th of Joseph and Emma's posterity
to join the Church




This is a letter written to Mark Albright who is a mission president in Washington DC.. It is from the 108th offspring of Joseph and Emma to be baptized in the church.

Dear President Albright,
I was the 108th direct descendant of the Prophet Joseph Smith to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). I was the 2nd direct descendant of Joseph to be endowed in the new Nauvoo Temple. I think it is time to share my story with a larger audience.

I was raised in the Reorganized LDS church, now known as the Community of Christ. All of my life I had been taught to distrust and fear the Mormon church which is headquartered in Utah. My journey to become a Mormon started in the summer of 2005 when I ran across a web site: JosephSmithJr.com.

I spent several hours reading what was there. I e-mailed
the site and explained who I was. I was contacted the next day and was invited to visit Utah in August for a Joseph Smith Family Reunion. I was fearful to go, and was actually concerned for my safety and well being. I left thinking I was like a sheep being led to the slaughter and I might be going out on a nice plane, but I was coming back in a pine box!

But contrary to my beliefs, it actually was a delightful experience. My niece Kim Larson and I were picked up at the airport by John and Gwen Smith, the great-grandson of Hyrum Smith, Joseph’s brother. They were our hosts for the next 3 days. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve, a Smith cousin as a descendant of Joseph's brother Hyrum, addressed us. About 200 descendants attended the gathering. Most, like me, were not members of the Mormon church. We were also hosted by descendants of Samuel Smith, another of Joseph's brothers. Our reception was totally awesome. The warmth shared will last a lifetime.


The last night we went to a play at the Marriott Center at BYU celebrating Joseph's 200th birthday. I will never again in my life have the feeling of total emotion I felt as I stood in the middle of the stadium with my family as we received a standing ovation from 23,000 people. We were also guests of honor at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly broadcast, during which music director Craig Jessop welcomed us and paid tribute to Joseph's wife,Emma, for her collection of hymns. The choir sang hymns centered on Joseph,"Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning," and "Praise to the Man." When they sang “Joseph’s First Prayer,” I wept openly for the first time in 50 years. This had never happened to me before, not even at the deaths of my parents, wife or son. We were also shown displays of Joseph and Emma Smith in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building as the Church celebrated the 200th anniversary of Joseph’s birth. Under the direction of descendants Michael Kennedy and his wife, Darcy, and Gracia Jones — the first Smith descendant to join the Church — we held a family dinner in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in
Salt Lake City. The art department at BYU presented me with a beautiful book about my Great Great Grandfather Joseph Smith. I was also presented with an LDS Hymn Book in memory of Emma’s contributions to Church music.


After I returned home to Nebraska, I placed both of these new books in my living room. At this point I was a total emotional wreck, but I knew what I needed to do. For the next few months I did much research and soul searching. I looked back to the Reorganized church only to find out they had changed the church name, denounced the Book of Mormon, and denounced Joseph Smith as the prophet--all of which I was very opposed to. I felt that the original Church was the one to pursue.

In January of 2006, two young Mormon Missionaries came knocking on my door,Elder Batin and Elder Williams. When I invited the elders to come inside,they immediately noticed the LDS hymnal and the art book about Joseph Smith on my table. Needless to say, when the missionaries discovered I was NOT a Mormon, they stayed in my living room teaching me for most of that day. Our
discussion was fascinating for them and for me because I already knew so much about their church history which intertwined with RLDS history;however, many of the gospel principles were different. Over the following weeks I took all the missionary lessons and struggled with the huge disparity between what the elders were teaching me and what my RLDS friends
and family had taught me my entire life.

The conflict within my heart and soul grew to the point that I finally told the missionaries that even though I believed their message and all their LD doctrines,I could not join the Mormon Church until I could find out for myself why Brigham Young had left Emma behind in Nauvoo with five children to raise. I was conflicted and could not come to a resolution that would
comfort me. It did not make sense to me that Emma had been left to fend for herself, after being so instrumental in the Restoration.

I also spent several evenings in the home of David and Jodi Edwards who were LDS friends of mine, and where Elder Sandhu and Elder Johnson taught me further doctrines.
In April of 2006, I was driving down the highway to work and singing along loudly to a Southern gospel radio station. I still remember the song I was listening to was titled: “Joy, Joy Wonderful Joy” by the gospel group Bill and Gloria Gaithers.


Suddenly, to my dismay, the radio went completely silent. I was a bit irritated at this since the car I was driving was almost new. How could the radio break so soon? I hit the dash and fiddled with the radio dials, but finally gave up and just drove along the road alone and in complete silence. In the quiet I started to ponder about my dilemma. Should I join the Mormon church as I wanted and enjoy fellowship with the Saints? Would this upset my family and the many generations of Smiths who were angry that Emma had not been taken West along with the Saints?

Suddenly, to my surprise, I clearly and distinctly heard a
women’s voice speaking to me. It was as clear as if it had come through the radio speakers. The voice said: “Robert, Follow your heart. I stayed in Nauvoo because I was tired and could travel no further.” I knew instantly that the voice belonged to Emma Smith, my Great, Great Grandmother. It was made clear to me at that moment that Emma had just given me her permission to be baptized into the Mormon Church! My ancestors would not be angry with my decision to join my new found faith. My last remaining concern and stumbling block had just been miraculously removed.


I was baptized on May 13th by my cousin Michael Kennedy, the President of the Joseph Smith Family organization, and the first descendant of Joseph to receive the Melchezedic Priesthood. I was confirmed by my good friend and stake president David Edwards .

Also baptized at the same baptismal service by Michael was Caleb, the son my good friends David and Rebecca Denning. David is the son of my second cousin Gracia Jones and is stationed here in Omaha. I was overwhelmed with emotion that the great-great grandson and the great-great-great-great grandson of Joseph were to be baptized during the same service! It was a joyful occasion.

Caleb’s and my baptism was the first time that a descendant of Joseph and Hyrum had worked together in the baptism of a family member. I could only imagine the rejoicing and tears that were shed by the two brothers on the other side of the veil. Their
families were being united again after 150 years. The beautiful dedicatory prayer at the Kirtland Temple offered by Joseph, especially D&C 109:70, is continuing to unfold, that the prejudices of Joseph’s posterity “may be broken up and swept away as with a flood."*


Among Joseph and Emma’s posterity are now some 125 living adult descendants who are members of the Church, and of them, at least seven have served full-time missions. Our prejudices have indeed been swept away as if by a flood! Thanks for your
efforts to spread the light of truth!

Warm Regards,

Bob Smith

Omaha, Nebraska



Well, now we know why Emma was left behind. So happy to have this new-found information!














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Posted by: emalee ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 08:01AM

I forgot to mention that I got this as an email from a TBM friend, and it seems to be legitimate. Maybe someone has already posted something about this, but I couldn't find it when searching.

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Posted by: SoCalMo ( )
Date: February 03, 2011 08:50PM

So much anger. It's easy to understand why some people hated Joseph 175 years ago. Not so much when that carries over to Emma for a decision anyone could have made.

My experiences moving towards something positive must be so much different from yours, but why are you so drawn to hating people you refuse to understand?

Why not move on to something positive and leave this alone? You could be productive and happy as Baptists, Catholics, even JW's. Human Secularists, Progressives, even Agnostics or whatever else could use an uplifting voice.

To troll around relishing how your faith was destroyed without replacing it with something better seems so bent and shriveled.

I ran across this page looking to see if this was a true story, and it is. If you don't like it, go make your own way positive and bright.

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Posted by: JoD3:360 ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 08:56AM

Hmm, she was too tired to travel?
Brigham left her behind?

I think the correct phrase is 'refused to follow'.

And if she was too tired to travel any further, why did she fight against what the Utah mormons believed? Perhaps the phrase meant she was too tired of travelling the new road paved in Nauvoo- the one with signposts that say 'adultery' and 'spiritual wifery' and 'broken hearts'.

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Posted by: honestone ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:04AM

Yes, refused is the word. What a crock....he heard her voice. Got the burning in the bosom too I guess.

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Posted by: WiserWomanNow ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:22AM

Unlike most of the other "saints," Emma saw BY for who he was. Words like "cad" and "charlatan" are too mild to describe the extent to which BY abused his power and ruined others in his position as so-called "prophet."

Stories of Emma being "too tired" make great FPRs, but don't fool exmos!

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Posted by: JoD3:360 ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 12:13PM

I looked back to the Reorganized church only to find out they had changed the church name,
denounced the Book of Mormon - FALSE,
and denounced Joseph Smith as the prophet - FALSE
--all of which I was very opposed to. I felt that the original Church - FALSE was the one to pursue -

The RLDS church has had to accept the truth regarding the originas of the BoM, and some congregations use it more than others but the Church still recognizes it as scripture, but unlike the LDS it does not reqire a belief in it as a test of worthiness.

The RLDS church has not denounced Joseph Smith jr, however the emphasis is predominantly on JS III.

The LDS church as it evolved under Brigham Young is not the original church. The original church was left behind by the polygamists who would go on to Utah and create a whole new theology.

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Posted by: bona dea ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 08:58AM

There is a thread on the subject on Post

Mohttp://www.postmormon.org/exp_e/index.php/discussions/viewthread/26572/



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2011 09:00AM by bona dea.

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Posted by: cl2 ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:56AM

I especially like yinyang's response on postmo.

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Posted by: rt ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:12AM

Did it work again after Emma imparted her words of wisdom? Or was it just a coincidence that the radio broke down?

What a load of BS. How sad if the only thing you've got going for you in life is being a descendant of a whoremongering conman.

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Posted by: Primus ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:24AM

Because I felt the spirit So strong. And all the available groupies.

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Posted by: Elizabeth, my temple name ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:35AM

If Emma came back with a message I don't think it wold be that she was tired. I laughed right out loud. What woman isn't tired once in a while!

She was tired of JS's philandering, BY's take over, and the entire charade. Tired? Absolutely! But you'd think she would have something more important to say. I think the person misunderstood her comment. She was tired of the entire fraud.

This same letter was sent to me from a friend. It was supposedly from Meridian Magazine. Emma too tired? That's really reaching. I'm still laughing.

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Posted by: cl2 ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 10:36AM

I would think they were ALL TOO TIRED--but they all went anyway.

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Date: January 31, 2011 12:12PM


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Date: January 31, 2011 12:53PM


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Posted by: Suckafoo ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 01:46PM

I don't think things like this occur. At least until something of the sort happens to me in my life, which it hasn't.

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Posted by: Thread Killer ( )
Date: January 31, 2011 07:01PM

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Posted by: Suckafoo ( )
Date: February 03, 2011 09:06PM

Tired? She was giddy! Elated! Orgasmic to be rid of it! Tired. Bthththth! If he only stayed tuned in. Maybe he could have heard from 1 of the 3 Nephites.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/03/2011 09:33PM by suckafoo.

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Posted by: lostinutah ( )
Date: February 03, 2011 09:32PM

HAHAHA He hears a voice in his head and now it's history and how things happened.

Typical stupid Mormon history, the more contrived the better, cause then nobody can check on it.

We usually call voices in the head schizophrenia.

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Posted by: Hervey Willets ( )
Date: February 03, 2011 09:50PM

"..And in our next hour---How many wives is your husband allowed to have?".

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