My Candid Opinion: The Sandwich Island Diaries of Joseph F. Smith 1856-1857
Publisher: The Smith-Pettit Foundation
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 28162
168pp. Quarto [29 cm] Green cloth boards with gilt stamped title on the front board and backstrip. Fine. Edited by Nathaniel Ricks. The print run of this edition was limited to 250 copies.
For the first time, the earliest surviving diaries of Joseph F. Smith, are available in print. Smith served as sixth president of the LDS Church from 1901 until his death in 1918, but at fifteen years old, he was one of the youngest LDS missionaries ever to serve.He arrived in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaiian Islands) in 1854, and for the next three years he labored to bring native converts into the Church while combating loneliness, depression, a fiery temperament, and doubts about his own competence. In fact, one of the perhaps surprising themes to emerge from the diaries is Joseph F.'s driving quest for self-improvement and intellectual competence.