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Joseph Smith Jr.: The Man and Prophet Andrew D. Byers Joseph Smith Junior was born on December 23, 1805 in Sharon, Vermont to his parents Lucy Mack Smith, and Joseph Smith Senior. When he was the age of ten his father moved the family to Palmyra, NY. Joseph Junior was the third son in a family of eight children. He had five brothers: Alvin, Hyrum, Samuel Harrison, William, and Don Carlos; and three sisters: Sophronia, Catherine, and Lucy. Sometime after his family moved here, approximately two years, there was a rather large upstart in religion. There were ministers that were travelling and preaching their religion. In Joseph’s area the Methodists started it off, but soon the area was full of some of the different sects of Christianity. There were so many groups, and so many people within these groups that conflict was even starting to arise. Some of Joseph’s family had been converted to Presbyterianism; Joseph however was leaning towards the Methodist faith. He felt it impossible to decide with all the contention among the different groups about who was right and who was wrong. He noticed that certain groups were as if they were at war with specific other groups, that they used all of reason and fancy words that they could to be correct.
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