An influential 19th-c. US religious figure, Joseph Smith was a 14-year-old boy living in New York, when, by his own account, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him.
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Givens, Terryl. "Smith, Joseph." The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Edited by Daniel Patte. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.