Saturday, August 6, 2016

Picturing history: Hyrum Smith home in Kirtland, Ohio

(by Kenneth Mays 8-2-16)

Hyrum Smith, brother of the Prophet Joseph Smith, was born at Tunbridge, Vermont, in 1800. He lived with his family at various places in New England until his marriage to Jerusha Barden on Nov. 2, 1826.

Hyrum was baptized by Joseph Smith in June 1829. Hyrum was one of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon as well as one of the six original members of the Church of Christ (now The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), organized April 6, 1830. After presiding over the Colesville, New York, branch of the Church, he moved to Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph’s published history notes that Hyrum possessed “… the mildness of a lamb, and the integrity of a Job, and in short, the meekness and humility of Christ” (see History of the Church 2:338.). Among his many callings, Hyrum Smith is most often remembered as patriarch of the church.

Hyrum and his family lived in this extant house in Kirtland. The home is located on State Road 306 across the street from and just south of the Kirtland Temple. Hyrum’s wife, Jerusha, passed away at age 32 while he was away on a church assignment. He subsequently married Mary Fielding who became mother to Jerusha's children and bore two of her own. It was in this home that the Prophet Joseph performed a wedding for the first time. It is now owned by the LDS Church and used as housing for missionaries serving in the Kirtland area.

circa 1905


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