Growing up, my wise father taught me, “Behind every good man is a great woman.” Looking back to the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the same can certainly be said of Joseph and Emma Smith.
When thinking about the Restoration, members of the LDS Church never question the role that Joseph Smith played as prophet, seer and revelator. However, there are some who are quick to forget or discount Emma Smith because of choices she made after Joseph was killed. And yet, Emma Smith served a critical role as Joseph’s wife, confidant, and comforter.
Together, Joseph and Emma Smith experienced tremendous hardship. They were driven from place to place, rarely able to stay in one place long enough to be comfortable. Joseph was frequently away or even incarcerated. Six of their children died very young. Physical and emotional hardship was a mainstay in their lives and yet Emma remained at Joseph’s side throughout these challenges and more.
The following video shows clips from the lives of Joseph and Emma Smith, and is put to the song “Emma” by the Nashville Tribute Band. Listen carefully to the words.
On this site, you’ll find numerous resources about the life of Emma Smith:
- Emma Smith biography written by one of her descendants
- Timeline of Emma Smith’s life before and after the martyrdom of her husband Joseph Smith
- Emma Smith’s testimony about the Book of Mormon and about Joseph Smith as a prophet of God
- Information and trailer about the movie Emma Smith: My Story
My hope is that every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Emma’s descendants, and many others throughout the world will come to respect and honor Emma Smith for the courageous life that she lived. Like each of us, she wasn’t perfect but as the video and song above illustrates, she truly was a Mormon woman of faith and an ‘elect lady’.