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 Post subject: Joseph Smith, Superstar
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:06 am 
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Joseph Smith had a penchant for publicity. I am convinced he, like most celebrities, had a love/hate relationship with the press and with his fans, maybe even himself. From the publicity of the Book of Mormon, his early trials, and his latching on to contemporary trends such as American exceptionalism, religious obsession, persecution, and millennial expectations, he seems like the perfect celebrity for the 1830's in the USA. I mean-- today we have movies and sports, but then they had the second awakening, sectionalism, and and the push to settle the West. Newspapers around the country loved him because his exploits were such great copy. Today we have a fairly savvy church PR department, but nothing compared to what Joseph was all by himself.

He was a Rock Star of the 1830's.

If he was called of God (I am skeptical, but open to possibilities) maybe that was why.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:22 am 
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Interestingly, Joseph Smith lived to a ripe old age in the context of the era.

Life expectancy in America in the 1800'3 was 39.4
https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy/

Joseph died a few months short of his 39th birthday.
He would have considered himself to have lived a full life.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:40 am 
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I have a question wrote:
Interestingly, Joseph Smith lived to a ripe old age in the context of the era.

Life expectancy in America in the 1800'3 was 39.4
https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy/

Joseph died a few months short of his 39th birthday.
He would have considered himself to have lived a full life.


I think that life expectancy figures are factoring in infant mortalities. Maybe even jailhouse mob executions.

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