Joseph Smith
January 1993

“Joseph Smith,” Friend, Jan. 1993, 47

Joseph Smith

Latter-day Prophets (puzzle-coloring page)

Instructions: Cut out the puzzle squares, put them together to create a picture of this prophet, and read some of the highlights of the prophet’s life. Glue the picture, its title, and the highlights to another piece of paper, and color it.


Art by Robert K. Brower; from Presidents of the Church coloring book: courtesy of Grandin Book, Orem, UT

  • 1805 December 23, is born in Sharon, Vermont

  • 1813 (age 7) Leg is nearly amputated but saved by taking out pieces of bone

  • 1820 (age 14) Receives the First Vision

  • 1823 (age 17) Is visited by the Angel Moroni; is told of the Nephite records

  • 1827 (age 21) Marries Emma Hale; receives and begins translating the golden plates

  • 1829 (age 23) Receives the Aaronic Priesthood and later the Melchizedek Priesthood

  • 1830 (age 24) Publishes the Book of Mormon; organizes the Church

  • 1831 (age 25) Moves to Kirtland, Ohio; dedicates the temple site in Independence, Missouri

  • 1832 (age 26) Is sustained as President of the high priesthood

  • 1833 (age 27) Organizes the First Presidency; continues to receive many revelations, including the Word of Wisdom

  • 1834 (age 28) Walks with Zion’s Camp from Ohio to Missouri

  • 1835 (age 29) The Twelve Apostles and the Seventy are ordained; the Doctrine and Covenants is accepted by the Saints

  • 1836 (age 30) Dedicates the Kirtland Temple; Jesus, Moses, Elias, and Elijah appear

  • 1838 (age 32) Moves to Missouri; imprisoned in Liberty Jail

  • 1839 (age 33) Directs the Church from Liberty Jail; begins to build Nauvoo

  • 1841 (age 35) Calls the Saints to gather at Nauvoo; plans an immigration agency to help them

  • 1842 (age 36) Publishes the Book of Abraham; prophecies the trek to the Rocky Mountains

  • 1843 (age 37) Records the revelation on eternal marriage

  • 1844 (age 38) June 27, is martyred with Hyrum at Carthage Jail shortly after 5:15 P.M.