A) Because he was a doctor.
B) Because he was blessed with the gift of healing.
C) Because he couldn’t read his father’s hand writing.
D) Because he had a knack for understanding the healing powers of nature.
The township of Palmyra had been settled for twenty-five years (at the time Joseph Smith Sr. arrived in 1816) and had a population of almost three thousand people.
James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard, The Story of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992), 25.