Thursday Thoughts: Joseph Smith

‎”It is better to feed ten impostors than to run the risk of turning away one honest petition.” Joseph Smith (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, vol. 9, ch. 8, p. 226)

“Our Heavenly Father knew what was coming when in this latter day he restored the gospel in its purity. He knew of the apostasy in the world among his children, and that they had departed from the plain truth, and in his great mercy, he revealed this latter-day work. From the country he chose a boy from among the people, and inspired him to begin the work that was destined to revolutionize the religious world. He knew that the world was groping in darkness, and in mercy restored the light. There is no other way that happiness may be enjoyed by the children of men but by lives of righteousness, and people cannot live righteous lives and be out of harmony with truth. There was much truth in the world but it was so mixed with error that the Lord himself told the Prophet Joseph Smith that the men who were the teachers and instructors in the churches taught for doctrine the commandments of men, and warned the boy that he was not to be identified with them. He then restored the gospel, the power of God unto salvation, unto all those who will believe and obey it.”

-President George Albert Smith in Conference Report, Oct. 1916, 46–47

There is a gorgeous film that the church has put out on the life of Joseph Smith.  Wordpress won’t let me embed the video itself, but here’s the link:

Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration

-Kelsie B


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