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Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith: How Two Contemporaries Changed the Face of American History by Ron L. Andersen

Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith lived parallel lives with many similarities. Both came from humble beginnings with little education. Both learned, from those beginnings, the value of hard work. Both opposed slavery. Each was martyred for his cause.

Yet, even though they resided near each other in Illinois for several years, there is no record of them officially meeting each other. In addition, Lincoln was strangely silent about the Mormons who were creating quite a stir in Nauvoo, only miles away from his beloved Springfield during the time he was serving in the State Legislature.

At times, it felt like the author was grasping at straws to find a deeper connection between Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith. He used terms like: “It is likely that Lincoln read the following in the newsletter” or “It is possible that Lincoln heard of Joseph Smith’s Civil War prophecy” or “It is safe to assume…” or “He would likely have been interested in…”

The book sets the stage for the Mormon persecutions and highlights aspects I’d never considered before even though I’ve heard the stories all my life. It became clear early on that so much of the Mormon persecution stemmed from fear of their eventual political power. Some things never change. Even back then, politics brought out the worst in people.

The book also explores Lincoln’s political life in Illinois, which was wrought with failure and disappointment, and confirms my long-held suspicion that nothing short of God’s providence could have brought him into the White House at the right time in history.

I truly hope they met at some point in this life.
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If so, neither man recorded it. However, their parallel histories suggest that such an encounter may well have taken place in early day Illinois. In , the year after Abraham Lincoln began practicing law in Springfield, Illinois the first of the Latter Day Saints moved into that state, arriving at Quincy, across the Mississippi River from Missouri where strife and conflict forced their removal. Two months later they purchased a swampy, defunct town site known as Commerce, renamed it Nauvoo, and commenced building a community for those who would follow. Records show that Joseph Smith arrived in Nauvoo in early or mid-May, to reunite with the Church followers there. At times, I am amazed how our answers are given and means it is accomplished. As some here do know, I am biased against Lincoln for not helping out the church since he was nearby where the prophet stayed until now.

By David H. Leroy and Nancy A. If so, neither man recorded it. However, their parallel histories suggest that such an encounter may well have taken place in early day Illinois. In , the year after Abraham Lincoln began practicing law in Springfield, Illinois the first of the Latter Day Saints moved into that state, arriving at Quincy, across the Mississippi River from Missouri where strife and conflict forced their removal. Two months later they purchased a swampy, defunct town site known as Commerce, renamed it Nauvoo, and commenced building a community for those who would follow.

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People Lifestyle. On November 19, , U. President Abraham Lincoln delivered what would become one of the most famous speeches in American history: the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln spoke for only three minutes near a battlefield in Pennsylvania where an estimated 10, men perished. In honor of this remarkable speech, here are some interesting facts about the president and his interactions with the Saints. Stuart, dated March 1, Smith said about you as he passed here.

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