Millions of people around the world know of him. Yet this
frontier prophet of the early 1800s found little honor and
eventual martyrdom at the hands of an angry mob in his own
country. Who was this Joseph Smith and what was it about his
remarkable life story, which inspired such impassioned rancor
or unflinching reverence? Please join Academy Award-winner
Gregory Peck for a fascinating look at this oft-misunderstood
Visit Smith's birthplace in Vermont. Travel the dirt roads he fled down to escape persecution. Sit in the dark cell at Liberty Jail where he prayed. Feel the explosion of gunfire at his martyrdom. Joseph Smith's death, however, did not halt the work of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the fastest-growing religions in the world today, with more than ten million members. A landmark television documentary, American Prophet was written by Heidi S. Swinton, the author of the companion book by the same title.
Produced by Groberg Communications, Inc.
Presented by Vermont Public Television
Made possible by a grant from the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation