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Joseph Can't Translate While Angry with Emma

Martin Harris Tests Joseph's Translating Gift

The 3 Witnesses See the Golden Plates

Oliver Cowdery Testifies of Plates in Court

Sydney Rigdon's Final Confession to His Son

Joseph Fulfills Newell Whitney's Vision

Hostile Police Constables Befriend Joseph Smith

Lucy Mack Smith Confronts Rude Minister

Joseph Smith Predicts Stars Would Fall

John Taylor Defends Joseph to Parley Pratt

General Doniphan Saves Joseph Smith's Life

Joseph Rebukes Obscene Jail Guards

Joseph's Prophecy of Preaching in Jackson County

Alexander McRae Tells of Life In Liberty Jail

Turley Challenges John Whitmer's Testimony

Apostles Fulfill Joseph's Far West Prophecy

Joseph's Reaction to Giving Temple Ordinances to the Apostles

Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain Prophecies

Willard Richard's 2 Minutes in Carthage Jail

Prophecy of Willard Richard Surviving Carthage

Vilate Kimball's Vision of Plural Marriage

Alfred Young's Vision of Celestial Kingdom

Benjamin Brown's Conversion, Miracles and Visions

Pioneer Testifies of Angels Pushing Handcarts

The Miracles of Mary Fielding Smith

Thomas and Mary Thomas' Trials of Faith

Brigham Young's Visions of Joseph Smith

Brigham Young's Vision of Temples

Josiah Quincy Goes to Nauvoo, Meets Joseph Smith

Tolstoy on Mormonism's Future

Members Write of Miracles in Kirtland Temple

Logan Temple President Meets Satan

Lorenzo Snow Sees Jesus in the Salt Lake Temple

LDS Apostles Attacked by Devils

Wilford Woodruff's Vision of Joseph Smith

Wilford Woodruff Revelation on Sugar Industry

Spencer Kimball Helps Pregnant Mother in Airport

Spencer Kimball Calls New Patriarch

Spencer Kimball Corrects Profane Orderly

Spencer Kimball Declares His Priesthood Keys

Girl Teaches Articles of Faith to Man on Bus

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Joseph Smith Prediction of Stars Falling From Heaven

Philo Dibble records Joseph's prophecy and it's spectacular fulfillment.

“On one occasion Joseph was preaching in Kirtland in the fall of the year 1833 [October 5]. Quite a number of persons were present who did not belong to the Church; and one man, more bitter and skeptical than the others, made note with pencil and paper of the prophecy uttered on that occasion, wherein Joseph said that 'Forty days shall not pass and the stars shall fall from heaven.’

“On the thirty-ninth day after the utterance of that prophecy a brother in the Church, Joseph Hancock and another man were out hunting game and got lost. They wandered about until night, when they found themselves at the home of this unbeliever, who exultingly produced this note of Joseph Smith’s prophecy and asked Brother Hancock what he thought of his prophet now that thirty-nine days had passed an the prophecy was not fulfilled.

“Brother Hancock was unmoved and quietly remarked, 'There is one night left of the time and if Joseph said so, the stars will certainly fall tonight. This prophecy will all be fulfilled.’

“The matter weighed upon the mind of Brother Hancock, who watched that night and it proved to be the historical one known in the entire world as ‘The Night of Falling Stars.’

“He stayed that night at the home of the skeptic unbeliever, as it was too far from home to return by night; and in the midst of the falling of the stars he went to the door of his house and called him out to witness what he thought impossible an the most improbably thing that could happen, especially as that was the last night in which Joseph Smith could be saved from the condemnation of a ‘false prophet.’

Artist's Rendering of the November 13, 1833 Leonid Meteor Shower “The whole heavens were lit up with the falling meteors an the countenance of the skeptic as he viewed the spectacle was plainly seen and closely watched by Brother Hancock, who said that he turned pale as death and spoke not a word.

“After that event the unbeliever sought the company of any Latter-day Saint. …. Not long afterwards, too, he sent for Joseph and Hyrum to come to his house, which they did.”

This leonid meteor shower took place on November 13, 1833, and is still regarded as one of the most spectacular showers in recorded history.

Parry Edwin. "Philo Dibble Narrative." Stories about Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City, 1934

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