Elder Nathan Porter stated that he and Elder Edward Stevenson “April fooled” the authorities of which country on April 1, 1853?
In 1842, Joseph Smith looked back on the events of his life and said, “Deep water is what I am wont to swim in.” This was especially true of his experiences with the laws. Starting with his first exposure to the judicial system in 1819, at age thirteen, he spent much of his next twenty-five years of life entangled with legal concerns. The Joseph Smith Paper Project team now can count about 220 cases involving Joseph as plaintiff, defendant, witness, or judge. Of those, approximately fifty were criminal cases capable of taking away his liberty, his resources, or, ultimately, his life.
Joseph I. Bentley, “Road to Martyrdom-Joseph Smith’s Lake Legal Cases,” BYU Studies, Vol. 55, No. 2, 9.