With Consoling Words by Elspeth Young

With Consoling Words

{ Emma Hale Smith }
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And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., thy husband, in his afflictions, with consoling words, in the spirit of meekness.

Doctrine and Covenants 25:5

The story behind With Consoling Words

Emma Hale Smith (1804-1879) was ever anxious to ameliorate the sufferings of others, even at the greatest personal cost. “Whatever [Emma's] hands found to do, she did with her might,” Emma's mother-in-law, Lucy Mack Smith, remembered, “and, although her strength was exhausted, still her spirits were the same, which, in fact, was always the case with her, even under the most trying circumstances.  I have never seen a woman in my life, who would endure every species of fatigue and hardship, from month to month, and from year to year, with that unflinching courage, zeal, and patience, which she has ever done.”1

During her husband's darkest days unjustly imprisoned in Liberty Jail,2 Emma, did not fail in “the office of thy calling [to] be for a comfort unto my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., thy husband, in his afflictions, with consoling words.”3  Despite what she herself described as a “heart convulsed with anxiety,” professing “no one but God, knows the reflections of my mind and the feelings of my heart,”4 she did everything in her power to alleviate her husband's anguish—describing herself, “willing to suffer more if it is the will of kind Heaven, that I should for your sake.”5  Even in the face of her own exquisite challenges, Emma made the arduous journey to the Liberty Jail three times and willingly accepted incarceration within the prison's cruel confines in order to be with her beloved companion.6  When expulsion from Far West and relocation as a refugee in Illinois prevented her comforting him in person, she sent what aid she could by messenger, defying the, “walls, bars, and bolts, rolling rivers, running streams, rising hills, sinking valleys and spreading prairies” she described separating her from her beloved husband.

This simple portrait of Sister Emma7—with hands clasped in prayerful petition as she ponders what “consoling words” she might impart to her absent husband—is the artist's tribute to the selfless sacrifices of a woman who though, “tossed upon the ocean of uncertainty&ellip;breasted the storms of persecution, and buffeted the rage of men and devils, which would have bourne down almost any other woman”8 and was, through her faith in Christ, “able to get good out of every condition.”9


1 History of Joseph Smith By His Mother by Lucy Mack Smith (published by Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, UT, 1958), p. 190.

2 Joseph Smith's plea—“O God, where art thou?”—was dictated during March 1839, and the letter Emma is depicted as writing was dated March 7 of that year.  (Since only a transcript of Emma's March 7 letter is extant, the artist made a faithful replica of the size and style of her writing paper as seen in Emma's letter to Joseph of December 6, 1839.)

3 Doctrine and Covenants 25:5.

4 Letter from Emma Smith, 7 March 1839, p. 37.  See The Joseph Smith Papers.

5 Ibid.

6 See Lucy's Book: Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir by Lavina Fielding Anderson (published by Signature Books: Salt Lake City, Utah, 2001), p. 195 and Mary Fielding Smith: Daughter of Britain by Don Cecil Corbett (published by Deseret Book Company: Salt Lake City, Utah, 1966), p. 83.

7 Careful research was performed by the artist to be as faithful as possible to what trusted scholars believe were Emma's appearance and everyday attire.  For example, contemporary scholars such as Mike Staker (Church History Department) agree that the iconic hair ringlets generally associated with paintings of Emma from the Nauvoo era were not associated with her everyday appearance.

8 Ibid, Lucy Mack Smith, p. 190.

9 From handwritten notes of Emma's granddaughter, Mary Audentia Smith Anderson (1872-1963) quoting Emma's grandson, Frederick Alexander Smith (1862-1924).  Transcribed in Reflections of Emma, Joseph Smith's Wife by Buddy Youngreen (published by Maasai Inc.: Provo, UT, 2001), p. 103.

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