[1993 Mormon Historical Association Winner for Article Award of Excellence]
The life story of the father of Joseph Smith's adopted daughter, Julia, is recounted. Murdock, born in 1792, joined the Church in 1830. He was a determined missionary and he experienced a life of hardship and personal tragedy. He was thrice widowed prior to coming to Utah and separated from his fourth wife in his old age. He served as the first mission president in Australia in the early 1850s and was pressured into entering into plural marriage when he returned to live in Lehi. He was in tragic conflict with the Lehi bishop, David Evans, and his strange polygamous marriage ended in divorce. In his old age, he tried to reestablish ties with his daughter, Julia, but it never proceeded beyond exchanging letters.