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A Tribute to Joseph Smith by Every Modern-Day Prophet


Harold B. Lee

As one of the humblest among us, and from the depths of my soul, I too want to add my humble testimony. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the living God. I know that he lived and died to bring to this generation the means by which salvation could be gained. I know that he sits in a high place and holds the keys of this last dispensation. I know that for those who follow him and listen to his teachings and accept him as a true prophet of God and his revelations and teachings as the word of God, the gates of hell will not prevail against them.

Spencer W. Kimball

Of all the great events of the century, none compared with the first vision of Joseph Smith. . . . Nothing short of this total vision to Joseph could have served the purpose to clear away the mists of the centuries. Merely an impression, a hidden voice, a dream could [not] have dispelled the old vagaries and misconceptions. . . .

The God of all these worlds and the Son of God, the Redeemer, our Savior, in person attended this boy. He saw the living God. He saw the living Christ. Few of all the man-creation had ever glimpsed such a vision. . . . Joseph now belonged to an elite group—the tried and trusted, and true. He was in a select society of persons whom Abraham describes as “noble and great ones” that were “good” and that were to become the Lord’s rulers.

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Ezra Taft Benson

The world has generally revered the ancient dead prophets and rejected the living ones. It was so with Joseph Smith. Truth is often on the scaffold—error on the throne. But time is on the side of truth, for truth is eternal.

The greatest activity in this world or in the world to come is directly related to the work and mission of Joseph Smith—man of destiny, prophet of God. That work is the salvation and eternal life of man. For that great purpose this earth was created, prophets of God are called, heavenly messengers are sent forth, and on sacred and important occasions even God, the Father of us all, condescends to come to earth and to introduce His beloved Son.

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