Men of Destiny

Contemporaries by birth, Abraham Lincoln and the Prophet Joseph Smith, shared extraordinary connections beyond the hardships they endured. Being raised in a poor farming family, suffering the loss of an older sibling, receiving little formal education, and experiencing a spiritual reawakening helped to shape Lincoln's life and Joseph's. The service given to fellowmen and country, each marrying the woman he loved despite opposition from her family, and to rise to leadership kept Lincoln and Joseph on the same path. And in the end, they shared one remarkable common destiny—each died a martyr for the principles he believed in.

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