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Joseph Smith's Education
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Joseph Smith (1832): "we were deprived of the bennifit of an education suffice it to say I was mearly instructtid in reading and writing and the ground <rules> of Arithmatic"
Text in blue is in Joseph Smith's own handwriting, the remainder in the handwriting of Frederick G. Williams.
my Father Joseph Smith Seignior moved to Palmyra Ontario County5 in the State of New York and being in indigent circumstances were obliged to labour hard for the support of a large Family having nine chilldren6 and as it required their exertions of all that were able to render any assistance for the support of the Family therefore we were deprived of the bennifit of an education suffice it to say I was mearly instructtid in reading and writing and the ground <rules> of Arithmatic which const[it]uted my whole literary acquirements. 
Orson Hyde (1842): "He was able to read fairly well, but his ability to write was very limited and had only little literary knowledge."
Because his parents were poor and had to feed a large family, his education was meager. He was able to read fairly well, but his ability to write was very limited and had only little literary knowledge. His knowledge of letters did not go any further. Most of the subjects which were generally taught in the United States of America were completely unknown to him at the time he was favored with a heavenly message. 
Orson Pratt (1840): "his education was limited to a slight acquaintance with two or three of the common branches of learning"
Cultivating the earth for a livelihood was his occupation, in which he employed the most of his time. His advantages, for acquiring literary knowledge, were exceedingly small; hence, his education was limited to a slight acquaintance with two or three of the common branches of learning. He could read without much difficulty, and write a very imperfect hand; and had a very limited understanding of the ground rules of arithmetic. These were his highest and only attainments; while the rest of those branches, so universally taught in the common schools throughout the United States, were entirely unknown to him. 
- "History, circa Summer 1832," The Joseph Smith Papers.
- "Orson Hyde, Ein Ruf aus der Wüste (A Cry out of the Wilderness), 1842, extract, English translation," The Joseph Smith Papers.
- "Appendix: Orson Pratt, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840," The Joseph Smith Papers.
Pages in category "Joseph Smith/Education"
The following 4 pages are in this category, out of 4 total.
- Source:Joseph Smith:1832 History:Education
- Source:Orson Hyde:A Cry out of the Wilderness:Joseph Smith's education
- Source:Orson Pratt:A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions:Joseph Smith's education
- Source:Protestant Sentinel:4 June 1834:Joseph Smith, an illiterate young man, unable to read his own name...was reported to have found several golden plates, together with a pair of spectacles