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Mormon Prophets Joseph Smith

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Joseph, the Man and the Prophet (by Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

In April Conference of 1996, Apostle Dallin H. Oaks spoke about how, despite human failings and flaws, Joseph Smith was a prophet of God for our day.  He lived his life in the often harsh and unstable frontier, working to provide for his family while bearing the responsibility of establishing and leading the young Mormon Church. The Prophet Joseph Smith experienced severe opposition and persecution throughout his life, but in the midst of all of this, he never wavered from his divine calling.  He was physically abused, accused falsely, struggled with financial burdens, and bore the grief of losing six of eleven children in infancy and childhood.  Elder Oaks leaves his testimony that, although imperfect, Joseph Smith was a righteous instrument in the hands of God who gave his life for the cause of Mormonism. (Read the Article)

The Prophet Joseph Smith: Teacher by Example (by President Thomas S. Monson First Counselor in the First Presidency)

Joseph Smith MormonIn commemoration of bicentennial of the prophet Joseph Smith’s birth, President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency spoke about the life and legacy of the prophet of the Restoration.  The Prophet Joseph’s life can teach us many lessons.  When still a child, Joseph showed courage in the face of a painful surgery.  While still young he went to a grove and prayed with faith that God would hear him.  Despite the ridicule and persecution which followed, Joseph remained honest about what he had seen and waited patiently for the Lord’s will.  Throughout the remainder of his life, he diligently moved forward the cause of Mormonism.  The Prophet demonstrated love as he sacrificed for those around him.  Lastly, Joseph Smith left a powerful testimony to the world that has inspired millions to come unto Christ. (Read the Article)

Preparations for the Restoration and the Second Coming: “My Hand Shall Be over Thee” (by Elder Robert D. Hales Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

In the October Conference of 2005, in honor of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s birth, Apostle Robert D. Hales spoke about the Prophet of the Restoration. Like other prophets, Joseph Smith was foreordained for his gospel mission.  The gospel of Jesus Christ was given to mankind as early as Adam and has continued in every dispensation.  After the death of Christ and His apostles, the fullness of the gospel was lost.  In the centuries prior to the Restoration, religious reformers paved the way for Joseph Smith.  With a divine commission, Joseph neither reformed nor protested what was already on the earth. Instead he restored that which had been on earth and had been lost. (Read the Article )