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The Tomb of Joseph

At the end of Episode 1 of Season 1 of the podcast, I quote Joseph Smith as saying that Porter Rockwell was " a fellow-wanderer with myself— an exile from his home." 

That quote can be found here in the Book of the Law of the Lord

The Book of the Law of the Lord was a book of revelations, and journal entries, and notes, kept by Joseph Smith and his scribes for a year -- at least the Book that I have linked to was kept for a year, from December 1841 to December 1842.

In the Book of the Law of the Lord, Joseph Smith makes a request -- or expresses his desire -- that after he is dead he and all of his family members -- parents, siblings, wife, children, will be buried in a tomb he was currently building.  He asked that the tomb have written on it " the Tomb of Joseph, a descendant of Jacob."

A really great resource on this tomb of Joseph's can be found in this essay by Joseph D. Johnstun.

As we know, Joseph was never buried in the tomb.  In Episode 8 of the podcast we talk about how he was buried in an unmarked tomb to prevent his body being stolen by mobs trying to collect a bounty on his head.

The exact location of the tomb is unknown.  Though, the above article references a few possible locations.  It has also architectural drawings of the tomb.  Sketches of its possible location.  And, stories about it.

Hopefully, the Tomb of Joseph will make a brief appearance in Season 1 Episode 2 of the Strangers and Pilgrims podcast.