Death Cannot Conquer The Hero: Joseph Smith’s Body and The Evolution of an Icon

*Note: This is introductory research and makes no claims to exhaustiveness

The body of Joseph Smith plays a prominent role in Mormon lore about the early Saints.  The early Saints often commented on how they expected the Prophet to look, walk, or talk.  Yet how the Saints perceived Joseph’s body shape-shifted as the worlds in which they lived changed.   Embedded in Joseph’s body (or the memory thereof) are the fears, insecurities, and hopes for the Mormon community in the 19th-century.

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