Gift Honors Surgery that Saved Joseph Smith’s Leg


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By Nancy Fontaine

Descendants of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, have created a scholarship at the Geisel School of Medicine to honor and give thanks for a pioneering surgery that Dartmouth’s Dr. Nathan Smith performed on young Joseph.

Two hundred years ago, a surgeon in rural New Hampshire saved a young boy’s leg and possibly his life. This was no ordinary treatment, however. The surgeon was Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of Dartmouth’s medical school; the child was Joseph Smith, who later founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the surgery was far ahead of its time. Continue reading

Joseph Smith Miracle Scholarship presented to Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Gallery By Julie Maddox for the Church News LDS Church News Published: Tuesday, Sept. 15 2015 12:55 p.m. MDT Updated: Thursday, Sept. 24 2015 1:39 p.m. MDT To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the miracle surgery that saved Joseph Smith’s … Continue reading

Gift Honors Surgery That Saved Religious Leader’s Leg

Gallery — Compiled by Aimee Caruso Hanover — Descendants of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, have created a scholarship at Geisel School of Medicine to honor a surgery that Dartmouth’s Dr. Nathan Smith performed on Joseph Smith two … Continue reading

Gift Honors Surgery that Saved Joseph Smith’s Leg

Gallery Descendants of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, have created a scholarship at the Geisel School of Medicine to honor and give thanks for a pioneering surgery that Dartmouth’s Dr. Nathan Smith performed on young Joseph. By Nancy … Continue reading

Joseph’s Miracle Run–Participant Information

It’s coming quickly! We are super excited and looking forward to this awesome celebration on August 3, 2013. Here are just a few details to help plan your trip:
Race Day
August 3, 2013
This Is The Place Heritage Park, 2601 E Sunnyside Ave, SLC, 84108 (At The Garden Place)
5K Registration/Check In: (If you have not already picked up your packet) 6am-6:30am
5K Start Time: 7am
Children’s Run Registration/Check In: 6am-7:45am
Children’s Run Start Time: 8:15am
We STRONGLY encourage participants to pick up their packets BEFORE race day because the 5k race will start at 7am sharp. 
Packet Pickup Locations
Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 4-7pm
University of Utah LDS Institute
1780 East South Campus Drive, SLC, Utah 84112
Friday, August 2, 2013 from 4-7pm
Harmon’s Grocery-Bangerter Crossing
125 E 13800 S, Draper, Utah 84020

Thursday or Friday, Aug 1-2, 2013
Highland home, Please email/text if you’d like to make arrangements to pick up in Highland. 801.356.3042 (NO VOICE CALLS on this line)

Race Bibs  **IMPORTANT**
Participants will get a race bib number in the packet. YOU NEED TO BRING THIS TO THE RACE. This is your ‘TICKET’ to get your medal at the finish line. We cannot give any medals without a bib number. 
Parking at the This Is The Place
The races and registration will be held near The Garden Place which is located on the northwest end of the park. As you come to the park’s main entrance from Sunnyside Avenue (marked by large “This Is The Place” signs), go straight through the roundabout, then take the first left into the west parking lot. After this lot is full, there is more parking past this parking lot along the road to the east.
Race Route
We have created a unique and fun route for you to enjoy. Be aware that the 5k route is along both paved and gravel/dirt paths. Run/Walk/Stroll carefully and have fun!
Admission to This Is The Place After the Race
Each paying participant receives a free admission pass to “This Is The Place” for the day. You can pick up your wristband at the race anytime before 9 am to enter the main part of the park. If you do not plan to stay at the park, but just want to race, you will not need a wristband.

Joseph’s Miracle 5k Fun Run!!

 Joseph Running

Time is “running” out !!!
Register Now!!!

The first annual Joseph’s Miracle Run will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 at This Is the Place Heritage Park.

There will be a 5k for any interested runners and a Children’s Run for ages up to 12 years old.  Medals will be awarded to every participant and Elder Ballard will personally hand out medals for the children’s race.

Proceeds will go directly to a medical student scholarship at Dartmouth University in the name of Joseph Smith to honor Dr. Nathan Smith.

Early registration ends Monday, July 15th.  So sign up now to ensure your spot and your t-shirt size.



Gift of Gratitude


Courtesy of Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire: Gift of Edmund Randolph Peaslee, class of 1836.

The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s life-threatening typhoid fever and the experimental and successful surgery performed by Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of Dartmouth Medical School (1811). The 1813 surgery blesses millions yet today. As a thank you, the Joseph Smith Sr. Family Association is working to establish a scholarship of gratitude on behalf of Dr. Nathan Smith to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical College.

Dr. Nathan Smith was the only physician in the United States who had the skill and ability to successfully treat Joseph’s infection. His personal preparation, life’s work, timing, and placement converged to allow Dr. Smith to operate on Joseph, saving his leg and his life, fully 100 years before this life-saving surgery became accepted as standard procedure.

Dr. Smith was one of the great men of the 19th century, who worked tirelessly to improve medical education. He helped establish 4 medical institutions, including Dartmouth and Yale. At the 200th commemoration of the founding of Yale, Dr. William Henry Welch stated that Dr. Smith, “did more for the general advancement of medical and surgical practice than any of his predecessors or contemporaries in the country.”

To honor Dr. Nathan Smith, the Joseph Smith Sr. Family Association is hosting the Joseph’s Miracle run to create a scholarship endowment in behalf of Joseph. This annual scholarship will be granted to a deserving surgical student at Dartmouth, and will be a reminder of the great good that charitable contributions like Dr. Smith’s can be in the community. To join with us, or to learn more, please visit:

Come join us!

We are thrilled to be a part of “Joseph’s Miracle Run” on August 3, 2013. In order for us to create a successful event, we need YOU! Volunteers are what make this possible! We have several volunteer opportunities for you to choose from. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and ‘goody’ bag and have a great time! Join us and volunteer!

Please review the volunteer positions that are available and then register for one that interests you.

Thank you for helping this event be a success!