“A Watch, Some Buttons, and Joseph’s Cloak,” Ensign, July 2008, 38–41
A Watch, Some Buttons, and Joseph’s Cloak
By Sally Johnson Odekirk
Items from the Museum of Church History and Art give us a glimpse into the everyday life of Joseph Smith and his family.
A gold watch, a cloak, rusty farm tools, and slate pencils from a bygone era. These common items from the 1800s are meaningful because they come from the daily life of Joseph Smith.
Because he lived 200 years ago, looking at artifacts from the Prophet’s life helps us understand him better. Makenzie Head, a teen from Cedar Hills, Utah, visited the Museum of Church History and Art to see these items. She wrote that viewing artifacts from the Prophet Joseph’s life “has really given me a better understanding of how he lived and the different things he had during his life that are so different from what we have now. What also amazed me were the many things that were actually used by the Prophet. It definitely strengthened my testimony of him.”
Following are some photos of the artifacts that were on display or are stored at the Church museum.