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Love Unfeigned

It has been a while since we posted an article here on Joseph Knew, but we have a good excuse. We have been working feverishly on a documentary. “Love Unfeigned” will be available on DVD in mid July.

Here is a short (50 sec) trailer:

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And a quick synopsis of the DVD 

Love Unfeigned

 In February 1915, Willard Bean and his new wife Rebecca reported to the office of the First Presidency in Salt Lake City, Utah, and were set apart by the prophet Joseph F. Smith, to serve a mission in Palmyra for “five years or longer.” In that blessing, they were warned that they would find Palmyra the most prejudiced place in the world. President Smith said, “Willard, knowing you and your missionary work and your fighting spirit, I’m sure you are the right man to send.”

Willard was 46 years old. He had many years of experience out in the world as a missionary and public speaker, particularly with anti-Mormon crowds. His athleticism and prowess as a professional boxer had not only entertained the masses, but also commanded their respect. Having been closely tied to the Brethren of the Church since the age of 18, he knew the gospel well and had unshakeable faith and testimony. He also loved adventure!

Rebecca was 23 years old, newly married, a new step-mother to Willard’s two teenage children from a previous marriage, pregnant with her first child, and had no experience outside of Richfield, Utah.

What they had in common was deep and abiding faith and trust in the Lord; and love – as yet unmeasured – for each other, for the Prophet Joseph Smith, for our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, and for all of His children.

Love Unfeigned is the story of the 24-year mission of Willard and Rebecca Bean in the birthplace of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and how their love and influence laid the foundation for the growth of the Church in the small and sacred town of Palmyra, New York. Narrated by the Bean’s granddaughter, with recordings of Rebecca, and featuring members of the Church in Palmyra, returned missionaries through the years, and Book of Mormon historians and geographers, Love Unfeigned celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Bean’s extraordinary mission.

Biographical Sketch: Willard Washington Bean – run time 17 minutes

Biographical Sketch: Rebecca Rosetta Peterson – run time 26 minutes

Love Unfeigned – run time 60 minutes

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Book of Mormon Geography — Early Research

Joseph-Knew-Willard-and-Rebecca-Bean-Wedding-PhotoOne-hundred years ago this month (February 2015) newlyweds Willard and Rebecca Bean moved into the Joseph Smith home near Palmyra, New York. President Joseph F. Smith had called and set them apart as missionaries. Their assignments were to

1. Make Friends

2. Farm the land

3. Preach the gospel

4. Baptize converts

5. Organize a branch of the church

They were set apart to serve for five years with a parenthetical “or more” attached to the call. Assignment number one, make friends, took nearly a decade. Before leaving their field of labor, they accomplished everything they were asked to do. The “or more” seemed prophetic when their mission stretched into nearly 25 years. They arrived in Palmyra as newlyweds and returned to Utah as grandparents.

More details about their extraordinary mission will be available this year when several books, including Willard’s autobiography, will be published.

Joseph-Knew-Willard-Bean-Geography-of-the-Book-of-Mormon-BookAs if making friends, farming the land, preaching the gospel, baptizing converts and organizing a branch of the church were not enough to keep him busy, Willard did some of the most detailed research into Book of Mormon geography that had been done up to that point in the church. With his co-author Cecil McGavin, he published the book “The Geography of the Book of Mormon”.

Wayne May, creator and publisher of Ancient American magazine, credits Willard Bean’s research with sparking his own interest in Book of Mormon lands in North America.

In this short video, Wayne talks with Lori Bean Henderson, a granddaughter of Willard and Rebecca. (4:13)

Watch for more information about Willard and Rebecca Bean here on Joseph Knew. We will keep you up to date on the publication of Willard’s books.

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REPUBLISHED — Some of the earliest research into the lands of the Book of Mormon

“Geography of the Book of Mormon”



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DVD front JPG for other usesA new documentary about Willard and Rebecca Bean is now available. “Love Unfeigned” is a three-part DVD.

The Biography of Willard Bean chronicles his youth, his mission in the Southern States, his acting and political experiences in New York City, and his successful boxing career. — (17 minutes)

The Biography of Rebecca Bean tells of her family’s conversion in Denmark, her growing up in Richfield, Utah and her sacred experiences living in the Joseph Smith home in Palmyra, NY. (26 minutes) 

Love Unfeigned celebrates the 100-year legacy of Willard and Rebecca’s influence in Palmyra, NY. It includes interviews with Bean family members, local Palmyra residents and Book of Mormon scholars. The DVD includes never before seen photos from the Bean family collection. (60 minutes)

To order your copy, visit “This is the MarketPlace”.



Wayne May’s Ancient American magazine is available here.


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