During the Nauvoo years of the Church, what was the group name of boys that were too young to join the Nauvoo Legion, but that could develop military training in preparation for the Nauvoo Legion?
A) Moroni’s Sons
B) Army of Helaman
C) Gadianton’s Gang
D) Sons of Helaman
(B) Helping Josiah Stowell find a lost Spanish treasure
We know that Joseph Smith worked for Josiah Stowell in search of a lost Spanish treasure. It’s this activity that led to a disorderly conduct charge in spite of the fact that Joseph Smith was anything but disorderly. What’s ironic is that Joseph Smith was the individual that convinced Josiah to give up his search for the treasure.
The laws at the time (1826) defined actions by “persons pretending. . .to discover where lost goods may be found” as “disorderly.”
James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard, The Story of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992), 41-42.
Additional interesting information:
One of the most interesting descriptions of the Prophet in Missouri was later recorded by Peter H. Burnett, a non-Mormon attorney who helped defend him in the trial in Daviess County in early April:
Joseph Smith Jr., was at least six feet high, well-formed, and weighed about one hundred and eighty pounds. His appearance was not prepossessing, and his conversational powers were but ordinary. You could see at a glance that his education was very limited. He was an awkward but vehement speaker. In conversation he was slow, and used too many words to express his ideas, and would not generally go directly to a point. But, with all these drawbacks he was much more than an ordinary man. He possessed the most indomitable perseverance, was a good judge of men, and deemed himself born to command, and he did command. His views were so strange and striking, and his manner was so earnest, and apparently so candid, that you could not but be interested. There was a kind, familiar look about him that pleased you. He was very courteous in discussion, readily admitting what he did not intend to controvert, and would not oppose you abruptly, but had due deference to your feelings. He had the capacity for discussing a subject in different aspects, and for proposing many original views, even on ordinary matters. His illustrations were his own. He had great influence over others. As evidence of this I will state that on Thursday, just before I left to return to Liberty, I saw him out among the crowd, conversing freely with every one, and seeming to be perfectly at ease. In the short space of five days he had managed so to mollify his enemies that he could go unprotected among them without the slightest danger. Among the Mormons he had much greater influence than Sidney Rigdon. The latter was a man of superior education, an eloquent speaker, of fine appearance and dignified manners’ but he did not possess the native intellect of Smith, and lacked his determined will.
Peter H. Burnett, Recollections and Opinions of an Old Pioneer (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1880), 66-67.
Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock, Typescript, BYU-S; http://www.boap.org/
November 6, 1835- Joseph Smith met a man from the eastern United States who was disappointed that Joseph Smith the Prophet “was nothing but a normal man.”
Smith, Joseph Jr. History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Edited by B. H. Roberts, 2d, ed., rev. 7 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1971), 2: 302.