While that statement might sound foreign to members, considering his testimony and revelations have been spread around the world in more than 160 languages, it should come as no surprise when you realize the Prophet had no more than a third-grade education.
So how could an uneducated New England farm boy bring to pass a work that would require endless hours of writing and translating? As Joseph transitioned into his role as prophet of God, capable men served has his personal scribes, assistants and secretaries until, at the time of his death, he had amassed an entire office staff. In his collection of 10 journals alone, which consist of 1,500 pages, a mere 35 -- or 2 percent -- are in the prophet's own handwriting.
"We can't underestimate the significance of all these scribes," said Alex Baugh, professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. "Their contributions are incalculable."