233.1: Scripture Stories (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10, Updated)

March 4, 2017

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“This Is My Voice unto All”


This update explores the complicated character of Emma Smith… she both supported and challenged her husband Joseph, and eventually helped found the Reorganized Church (RLDS). How can we appreciate her as her own person?

As it is with Emma, so it is with all scripture… the complexity resists easy categorizations, but always invites appreciation.


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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).


  • “Sally Phelps’s Hymnal”: This article discusses the 1835 hymnal that was compiled according to instructions in Doctrine and Covenants 25.

Emma Hale Smith, Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Emma Hale Smith, Joseph Smith Papers Project

The Elect Lady, Emma Hale Smith, Ensign

My Great-Great-Grandmother Emma