Joseph F. Smith: Prophet, Seer, Sleuth

By August 30, 2011

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In July last, a large brass pail was stolen from my gate. I found it today at Mrs. [Redacted]. She was no doubt the thief. I suspect that she also stole a three-quarter rope 32 feet long, with iron picket pin which I had my calf staked with. I have good circumstantial proof of it.

Joseph F. Smith Journal, 9 November 1871

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  1. Keep a journal. Get even. 🙂

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 30, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

  2. Wow! This has shaken my testimony. How could a prophet not know that circumstantial evidence is not proof, and definately not enough to convict in a court of law.

    Comment by Georgy — August 30, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

  3. Ya, this is pretty edgy stuff. I don’t doubt that many a testimony will be wrecked along this document’s ragged coastline.

    Comment by SC Taysom — August 30, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  4. Reading between the lines, did he ever find the calf, or was Mrs “She who must not be named” serving her family a veal dinner when the rope and pail were found? That could be circumstantial proof.

    Comment by kevinf — August 31, 2011 @ 12:57 pm


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