Joseph, Not Brigham, Planned Exodus

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [This article originally appeared in the Mar/Apr 1970 issue of Pioneer Magazine.] RECENTLY published magazine article on the great exodus of the Mormon Pioneers, credited the whole idea to brigham young, the master colonizer who moved the entire body of the “Saints” to the heart of the Great Basin.  This is in error. It […]

SMITH, Mary Ann

I was born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, May 14, 1841, the youngest daughter of hyrum smith, Patriarch, who was martyred in Carthage Jail. I am the only sister to joseph fielding smith; we are the only two children of mary fielding, second wife of Hyrum Smith, my father. I was three years old when […]


This article originally appeared in the Mar/Apr 1980 issue of Pioneer Magazine THE JOHN WALKER FAMILY—EARLY CHURCH STALWARTS by Rowland P. Corry The following is about John Walker, my great great grandfather and some members of his family. John Walker was a personal friend of joseph smith, the Prophet. John’s daughter, Catherine, my great grandmother, […]


One of the first missionaries of the Restoration The earliest missionary of the Church to publicly teach about the book of mormon may very well have been Solomon Chamberlain. Even before the book was published and the Church organized, Solomon was traveling on the Erie Canal (which went through Palmyra, New York) and felt that […]

President’s Message: June 2020

June is filled with historically significant events such as D-Day, June 6, 1944, the beginning of the Normandy Invasion which ultimately resulted in the liberation of France. We also celebrate Father’s Day. I cherish memories of my father who took me with him to the farm where he taught me to work, he taught me […]

The Prophet Prophesied Second Place Winner in the Family Films Category of the 2016 LDS Film Festival. Based on the writings of and narrated by the voice of Edward H. Hale (1883-1964), his grandsons E. Hunter and Richard I. Hale have produced this video illustrating an encounter Ed and his companion had with an elderly blind and […]

Pioneer 2014 Vol.61 No.4

Featuring: hyrum smith: “Firm as the Pillars of Heaven” Eldred G. Smith Hyrum’s First Wife: jerusha barden Hyrum and Jerusha’s First Daughter: lovina smith Second Child: mary smith Hyrum and Jerusha’s First Son: john smith Fourth Child: Hyrum Smith, Jr. Fifth Child: jerusha smith peirce Smith Sixth Child: sarah smith griffin Hyrum’s Second Wife: mary […]