Joseph Knight Sr. Cane Presented to LDS Church
Jim Knight (left) is thanked by Elder Jensen of the Seventy (right)
A walking cane, given as a symbol of friendship from the
Prophet Joseph Smith to Joseph Knight Sr., is now in the possession
of the Church History Department, an historic donation
from descendants of Joseph Knight Sr., one of the early faithful
members of the LDS Church.
The donation was made in a May 29, 2009 presentation
at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, at which Elder
Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy, Church Historian and
Recorder, received the cane from Jim Knight of Arizona, a
spokesman for the Knight family descendants gathered for
the presentation. Nearly 100 Knight descendants were in
"This cane is a memorial of friendship, of mutual faith, that Joseph Smith and the Joseph Knight family
share," Jim Knight said. "Our family often talks about what transpired when Joseph Smith presented the cane
to Joseph Knight Sr. Joseph Smith spotted his dear friend, Joseph Knight,
hobbling down a Nauvoo street.
Father Knight, in his 70s, had been the Prophet's friend for almost 20 years. Joseph stepped up to him, put
his arm around him, pressed his elderly friend's gnarled fingers onto the top of the cane and said, “Brother
Knight, you need this cane more than I do.” The Prophet told
Father Knight to keep the cane as long as he lived and to pass
it on to Knight descendants with the first name of Joseph.
The cane has passed in turn to five succeeding generations
of Joseph Knights. "Now, it's my generation's responsibility to
ensure that the cane is safely preserved for the Knight family
descendants and the Church members to enjoy," stressed Jim
Knight, son of Joseph Adair Knight, who was the last “Joseph”
Knight to hold the cane.
Pictured: Joseph Robert, Joseph Adair, Joseph
Byron and Joseph Knight with cane.
Elder Jensen, in receiving the cane, said, "This speaks
volumes about the history of our Church and is a direct link, if
you will, between your Joseph Knight Sr., who I think can be
called one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Church, and you as
descendants of that wonderful man and all of us as members of
the Church today. We can feel this connection in a very tangible
way because of your generosity in parting with this cane."
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