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12 Powerful Final Testimonies That Will Strengthen Yours


EARLY CHURCH LEADERS

Powerful Final Testimonies from Beloved Church Figures

Joseph Smith

No list of final testimonies would be complete without that of the first prophet of the last dispensation, found in D&C 76:22-24:

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the bright hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

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Powerful Final Testimonies from Beloved Church Figures

Though Emma did not move West with the Saints, her testimony of the restored gospel and of her husband Joseph Smith as a prophet never wavered. This testimony was given in a final newspaper interview.

I know Mormonism to be the truth; and believe the Church to have been established by divine direction. I have complete faith in it.

My belief is that the Book of Mormon is of divine authenticity - I have not the slightest doubt of it. I am satisfied that no man could have dictated the writing of the manuscripts unless he was inspired; for, when acting as his scribe, [Joseph] would dictate to me hour after hour; and when returning after meals, or after interruptions, he could at once begin where he had left off, without either seeing the manuscript or having any portion of it read to him. This was a usual thing for him to do. It would have been improbable that a learned man could do this; and, for one so ignorant and unlearned as he was, it was simply impossible.

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Though given a year before his death, this powerful testimony from 90-year-old President Wilford Woodruff uniquely stands as the first testimony from a President of the Church to be audio recorded. Watch the bottom of the video for captions.

Powerful Final Testimonies from Beloved Church Figures

Eliza R. Snow

Often referred to as “Zion’s Poetess,” it is fitting that Eliza R. Snow’s last testimony came in the form of part of a poem written three months before her death.

But God is God and will sustain
The glorious work he has begun, 
Till peace shall from its rising, reign
Unto the setting of the sun. 

An ordeal furnace near at hand, 
Will test your faith and texture too; 
But God will give you grace to stand, 
And He will help you safely through. 
And when the winds and tempests blow, 
And the primed furnace vents its heat; 
Whatever comes, ‘tis yours to know,
Our triumph yet will be complete. 

O that we all would watch and pray, 
And ever true and faithful be—
Move on and upward day by day, 
And nearer, O, our God, to Thee.
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