The father of the Choice Seer, often referred to in historical documents outside the Book of Mormon as Joseph Smith Sr., holds a significant role in Latter-day Saint belief as foreseen in an ancient prophecy. He is not explicitly named within the Book of Mormon itself; however, his existence is prophesied in 2 Nephi 3, where he is alluded to as the father of a promised prophet. In this prophecy, Lehi, a Book of Mormon patriarch, imparts a blessing upon his son Joseph, describing a future seer who would be a descendant of Joseph of Egypt and would do a great work in the Lord’s vineyard.
According to the prophecy, the future seer, which Latter-day Saint tradition holds to be Joseph Smith Jr., is to be raised up from the fruit of the loins of Joseph of Egypt’s lineage. The future seer’s father would also be named Joseph and would be instrumental in the life of this seer, who would bring forth the word of the Lord to the gathering of Israel. It is stated that the seer will be esteemed highly and do much good in the name of the Lord, and that his father will support and choose him (2 Nephi 3:6, 15).
Thus, the identity of the Choice Seer’s father as per Latter-day Saint understanding and correlated historical documentation, is understood to be fulfilled in the person of Joseph Smith Sr., the father of Joseph Smith Jr., the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While he does not directly appear in the scriptural text of the Book of Mormon, the implications of his existence and role form a key part of its fulfilled prophetic narrative.