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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Joseph Knight Sr.

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Joseph Knight Sr., Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Joseph Knight Sr., Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Joseph Knight Sr.

(1772–1847)

Joseph Knight Sr. was born at Oakham, Massachusetts, in 1772. In 1795, he married Polly Peck. Knight, a farmer and miller in Colesville, New York, hired Joseph Smith to work for him as a day laborer in 1826. Knight was present at the Smith family farm when Joseph Smith retrieved the gold plates from the Hill Cumorah in 1827, and Knight lent material support to Smith during the translation of the Book of Mormon. Knight was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June 1830. One early revelation and parts of another were directed to him (Doctrine and Covenants 12; 23:6–7). He moved with the Saints to Ohio and then to Missouri in 1831. His first wife died in 1831, and he married Phebe Crosby Peck by October 1833. By 1840, he had joined the Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois. He died at Mount Pisgah, Iowa, while journeying west toward Utah.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 12, 23, 59124