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What kind of a man was Joseph Smith? His high calling as a prophet intensifies our curiosity about him as a person, but at the same time obscures him from view. As with so many public figures, the official stands in the way of the personal. We can picture him revealing the Lord's will, preaching to the Saints, and sitting in counsel, but we are also interested in him as a father, a friend, a husband, and a man.
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Bushman, Richard L. "The Character of Joseph Smith: Insights from His Holographs," Ensign, 7 (April, 1977), 10-13.