Dobner, The Associated Press
A publishing company founded this year by the Mormon church is
releasing its first volume.
The 500-page Joseph Smith Papers, released Monday, chronicles the
church founder's journals between 1832 and 1839. It's the first in a
series expected to run 30 volumes and the inaugural work of The Church
Painstakingly transcribed from hundreds of fragile, handwritten pages,
the book offers a look at Smith not just as a confident, charismatic
church leader, but as a family man, who often prayed for guidance and
The journals record letters, business transactions and religious
revelations, some of which became church doctrine.