The Pedagogy of a Church Leader : Lessons Learned from Joseph F. Smith's 1854-1916 Letters to His Sister, Martha Ann Smith Harris
BYU Religious Studies Center
"[A] newly discovered treasure trove of letters provides a fresh and personal view into the lives of an early leader of the Church... and of his sister during a unique era of Church history. After the death of Mary Fielding Smith, the bond between her children was solidified and assuaged, to a small degree, through medium of pen and paper... Their correspondence imparts a wealth of insights into the personal, caring nature of Joseph F. Smith and of the love he and his sister shared. "The letters range in dates from 1854, when Joseph F. Smith was a fifteen-year-old missionary in Hawaii, to 1916, just two years before his death... To date, 164 Joseph F. Smith and 48 Martha Ann Smith Harris letters have been collected and transcribed. "This article will examine some of Joseph F. Smith's pedagogical methods as seen throughout his letters to Martha Ann."