Son of Lucy Mack Smith and Joseph Smith Sr. Married to Emma Hale and had 11 children, 2 of which were adopted.
Why he got involved
In 1820, he went to a set of secluded woods to ask God which church he should join. While praying, Joseph was visited by two personages, whom identified themselves as God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Joseph was told not to join any churches
How he was involved
1827, Joseph got the record, afterwards he began translating it by the "Gift of God", this resulted in the Book of Mormons-published in March of 1830.
April 6, 1830, Joseph organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He became the first president of the church