“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18


Consequences of Rejecting the Prophets, Including Less Access to the Word of God. 1

The Seven Archangels Identity Theory Including Joseph Smith. 10

A Few Notes on Joseph Smith. 12

Notes on The Joseph Smith Translation (of the Bible): Precious Truths Restored, Lecture by W. Jeffrey Marsh   14

Notes on Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Manual: Joseph Smith – unfinished. 17

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Manual: Brigham Young – unfinished. 18

Notes on Teachings of Joseph Smith Compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith: pending. 18

Notes on Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Hyrum & Helen Andras. 18

Notes on “The Prophet Joseph Smith: More Than We Know” by the Joseph Smith Foundation. 27

Notes on Unlocking the Mystery of the 2 Prophets: Revelation 11 by the Joseph Smith Foundation. 33

Notes on “On Sacred Ground: Reflections on Joseph Smith” by Truman G Madsen. 37

Notes on The Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Truman G Madsen. 46

Notes on Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Manual: Joseph Fielding Smith – unfinished. 70

Notes on In The Company of Prophets: Personal Experiences of D. Arthur Haycock. 71

Notes on To The Rescue: Biography of Thomas S Monson by Heidi Swinton. 84

Joseph Smith Appendix A: Quotes in “The Prophet Joseph: More Than We Know (DVD)” by The Joseph Smith Foundation. 89




I was recently asked if the Book of Mormon was the thing that made the Holy Bible complete in our religion. I answered that no, the key is living prophets to guide today, and without those, not eve the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon will get you where you need to go (people can always creatively manipulate texts to support their agenda!).


Consequences of Rejecting the Prophets, Including Less Access to the Word of God



One reason General conference is different now than it was 20 years ago is because times change, and new needs arise. This is obvious. This is why we even have a church today and not rely on the bible for all our guidance. This is what sets us apart in our faith. But this doctrine focuses on the aspect of consequences for rejecting truth being that we get less of it, as stated by Alma (Alma 12:9-11).

Alma 12:9-11: “9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him. 10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full. 11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.”

-Prophets warned against electing FDR and his supporting his policies, but Utah statistics show that the saints ignored this warning, and continued electing him over and over.

-Why don’t we hear some of these kinds of talks which Ezra Benson and J Reuben Clark used to give? Has the doctrine of the Church changed? Are the prophets becoming wimpy? God forbid, no! It is the people who have rejected their message, and thus the Lord is not allowing them to say those things anymore. This will be proven by the following quoted cited scripture passages. One way to put it is that God has always tried to be involved with the government of people, but they always, excepting the case of the city of Enoch, reject that invitation.

-To keep the Church together, they are careful about political topics. Apparently, there is interest in growing the church at fundamental levels. The members complain about their speech of this; it’s too late to stop the global conspiracy, now we are trying to be good in the midst of it, leaving that to the Lord. President Harold B. Lee was the one who asked that such talks be not had any more, those anti-communist ones. He had reasons for doing this, not that he condones communism! When President McKay asked the saints to by studying what’s going on in this country, NOTHING happened, they did nothing about it! They rejected this entirely (1965). Then the next year (1966) he had a conference talk be given on not being commanded in all things. It seems that for the sake of peace, they are teaching us the milk before the meat. We have shown that we are not ready for the meat, and are only getting the milk. The principals they are teaching are sufficient to direct us against these things, but they are not coming out in the open to speak as much about communism and socialism. The lower law must be kept before the higher law. Recall Moses with the ten commandments. He had the higher law, and was rejected, finding the people not ready for it, so he literally threw down those and went back to get the lower law, and such is what he gave them. It’s like raising a family, you start the children out with general principals, so they don’t run away. Then when they get stronger, they can handle the truth better. (For more info along these lines, quotes, etc., see “Two Churches Only” vol. 1 by Christian Markham at

– “Some Book of Mormon prophets knew of the final desolate end of their nations, but they still fought on, and they saved some souls including their own by so doing. For, after all, the purpose of life is to prove ourselves, and the final victory will be for freedom. But many of the prophecies referring to America’s preservation are conditional. That is, if we do our duty we can be preserved, and if not then we shall be destroyed. This means that a good deal of the responsibility lies with the priesthood of this Church as to what happens to America and as to how much tragedy can be avoided if we do act now. And now as to the last neutralizer that the devil uses most effectively—it is simply this: “Don’t do anything in the fight for freedom until the Church sets up its own specific program to save the Constitution.” This brings us right back to the scripture I opened with today —- to those slothful servants who will not do anything until they are “compelled in all things.” Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution. Perhaps if he set one up at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet for not all the wheat and tares are fully ripe.

“The Prophet Joseph Smith declared it will be the elders of Israel who will step forward to help save the Constitution, not the Church. And have we elders been warned? Yes, we have. And have we elders been given the guide lines? Yes indeed, we have. And besides, if the Church should ever inaugurate a program, who do you think would be in the forefront to get it moving? It would not be those who were sitting on the sidelines prior to that time or those who were appeasing the enemy. It would be those choice spirits who, not waiting to be “commanded in all things,” used their own free will, the counsel of the prophets and the Spirit of the Lord as guidelines and who entered the battle “in a good cause” and brought to pass much righteousness in freedom’s cause…. Brethren, if we had done our homework and were faithful, we could step forward at this time and help save this country. The fact that most of us are unprepared to do it is an indictment we will have to bear. The longer we wait, the heavier the chains, the deeper the blood, the more the persecution and the less we can carry out our God-given mandate and world-wide mission. The war in heaven is raging on earth today. Are you being neutralized in the battle? ” (Ezra Taft Benson, Not Commanded in All Things, General Conference April 1965 (For more info along these lines, quotes, etc., see “Two Churches Only” vol. 1 by Christian Markham at

-“Church members are at perfect liberty to act according to their own consciences in the matter of safeguarding our way of life. They are, of course, encouraged to honor the highest standards of the gospel and to work to preserve their own freedoms. They are free to participate in non-church meetings that are held to warn people of the threat of Communism or any other theory or principle that will deprive us of our free agency or individual liberties vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States. The Church, out of respect for the rights of all its members to have their political views and loyalties, must maintain the strictest possible neutrality. We have no intention of trying to interfere with the fullest and freest exercise of the political franchise of our members under and within our Constitution, which the Lord declared he established “by the hands of wise men whom [he] raised up unto this very purpose” (D&C 101:80) and which, as to the principles thereof, the Prophet Joseph Smith, dedicating the Kirtland Temple, prayed should be “established forever.” (D&C 109:54.) The Church does not yield any of its devotion to or convictions about safeguarding the American principles and the establishments of government under federal and state constitutions and the civil rights of men safeguarded by these…. We therefore commend and encourage every person and every group who is sincerely seeking to study Constitutional principles and awaken a sleeping and apathetic people to the alarming conditions that are rapidly advancing about us.” (President of the LDS Church, David O. McKay, Statement Concerning the Position of the Church on Communism, published in The Improvement Era, June 1966, p. 477 (For more info along these lines, quotes, etc., see “Two Churches Only” vol. 1 by Christian Markham at

-For a further study of God’s involvement with civic affairs, see the book “The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil” by a Seventy, H. Verlan Anderson, my notes on that are at this link:

-May this document be a proclamation to all those who think “all is well in Zion, yea Zion prospereth”.

-As we consider these things, let us avoid the tendency to think that everything bad the scriptures say about people is about other people than members of the only true Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and certainly about other people than ourselves.

-This is to show that it’s our own fault that we are not yet a Zion people, that we are not yet enjoying all the knowledge and blessings of God.

-May I be clear, I sustain the leaders of the Church. This document is to point out that it’s the members, not to Brethren leading the Church, who have gone astray, and whom are the cause of the decreased light in certain areas of gospel knowledge.

-Bruce R McConkie and Hugh Nibley make it clear that we are not at the level of spiritual knowledge of the ancients.We think that contemporary society always is ahead of the past, but not so! Just because you have technology does not mean that you have wisdom, or eternal truths which righteous in days past have attained! Until we repent as a people and more fully come to God, we will not receive the high spiritual blessings which those of the city of Enoch, and perhaps other groups, had attained.

-Joseph Smith said he was trying to get the LDS to become like the city of Enoch, but he could never get them to that point. They wouldn’t have it.

-Losing blessings for rebellion is not a new thing; we were at Missouri, and were driven out because of our wickedness. The D&C makes this clear.

-If they said what they did then, they would be sent to jail for violating the unjust law called the “Homeland Security Act”, and perhaps God thinks that currently they would do better out of jail; of coarse this can only go so far; eventually the prophets, based on the Book of Mormon, will be jailed for what they are constrained by God to say.

-As we review scripture, remember that, especially the Book of Mormon, was written for our day, and is a type of what will happen in our day.

-Yes there is an aspect of the message of today being focused on our present needs, but we cannot ignore the aspect of receiving less because we have rejected what was given to us!

-” For behold, there were many of the Nephites who had become hardened and impenitent and grossly wicked, insomuch that they did reject the word of God and all the preaching and prophesying which did come among them.” (Hel. 6:2)

-“And they did reject all his words, insomuch that he could not stay among them, but returned again unto the land of his nativity.” (Hel. 7:3)

-“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.” (3 Ne. 16:10)

-“And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, but my mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them; for behold they had wilfully rebelled against their God” (Mormon 1:16)

-“It is given unto many to know the mysteriesof God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him. And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that willnot harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full. And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothingconcerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.” (Alma 12:9-11)

-“And after rejecting so great a knowledge, my son, they must perish soon, unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which were spoken by the prophets, as well as the words of our Savior himself.” (Moroni 8:29)

-“For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.” (2 Ne. 27:5)

-“Yea, it grieveth my soul and causeth me to shrink with shame before the presence of my Maker, that I must testify unto you concerning the wickedness of your hearts. And also it grieveth me that I must use so muchboldness of speech concerning you, before your wives and your children, many of whose feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God, which thing is pleasing unto God; And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which healeth the wounded soul. Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul that I should be constrained, because of the strict commandment which I have received from God, to admonish you according to your crimes, to enlarge the wounds of those who are already wounded, instead of consoling and healing their wounds; and those who have not been wounded, instead of feasting upon the pleasing word of God have daggers placed to pierce their souls and wound their delicate minds. But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict commands of God, and tell you concerning your wickedness and abominations, in the presence of the pure in heart, and the broken heart, and under the glance of the piercing eye of the Almighty God. Wherefore, I must tell you the truth according to theplainness of the word of God. For behold, as I inquired of the Lord, thus came the word unto me, saying: Jacob, get thou up into the temple on the morrow, and declare the word which I shall give thee unto this people. And now behold, my brethren, this is the word which I declare unto you, that many of you have begun to search for gold, and for silver, and for all manner of precious ores, in the which this land, which is a land of promise unto you and to your seed, doth abound most plentifully. And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly, that you have obtained many riches; and because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better than they.” (Jacob 2:6-13)

-“ And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie, therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things, notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received; yea, even ye have received all things, both things in heaven, and all things which are in the earth, as a witness that they are true. But behold, ye have rejected the truth, and rebelled against your holy God; and even at this time, instead of laying up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where nothing doth corrupt, and where nothing can come which is unclean, ye are heaping up for yourselves wrath against the day of judgment.” (Hel. 8:24-25)

-“Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; he that is righteous is favored of God. But behold, this people had rejected every word of God, and they were ripe in iniquity; and the fulness of the wrath of God was upon them; and the Lord did curse the land against them, and bless it unto our fathers; yea, he did curse it against them unto their destruction, and he did bless it unto our fathers unto their obtaining power over it.” (1 Ne. 17:35)

–The Prophet Joseph Smith explained: “A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; … those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Boyd K Packer, The Spirit Beareth Record, Apr. 1971, Conf. Report;

-“We do not seek for spectacular experiences. President Spencer W. Kimball spoke of the many who “have no ear for spiritual messages … when they come in common dress. … Expecting the spectacular, one may not be fully alerted to the constant flow of revealed communication.”” (Boyd K Packer, The Spirit Beareth Record, Apr. 1971, Conf. Report;

-“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” (Hosea 4:6)

-“And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” (1 Sam. 8:7)

-“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Sam. 15:23)

-“And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord” (1 Sam. 15:26)

-“And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the buildersrejected, the same is become the head of the corner?” (Luke 20:17)

-“Verily, I say unto you, I am the stone, and those wicked ones reject me.” (JST Matt. 21:51)

-“Thy brethren have rejected you and your testimony, even the nation that has driven you out” (D&C 136:34)

-“Neither did the rebellious who rejected the testimonies and the warnings of the ancient prophets behold his presence, nor look upon his face.” (D&C 138:21)

-“the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves” (Luke 7:30)

-“The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes” (Luke 9:22)

-“And it came to pass that the prophets wererejected by the people, and they fled unto Com for protection, for the people sought to destroy them.” (Ether 11:12)

-“And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of their secret society and wicked abominations.” (Ether 11:22)

-“But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief, after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord—having a knowledge of the creation of the earth, and all men, knowing the great and marvelous works of the Lord from the creation of the world; having power given them to do all things by faith; having all the commandments from the beginning, and having been brought by his infinite goodness into this precious land of promise—behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them.” (2 Ne. 1:10)

-“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” (Mark 7:9)

-“But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.” (Lam. 5:22)

-“Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the Lord hath rejectedthy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.” (Jer. 2:37)

-“Nevertheless, thou hast seen great sorrow, for thou hast rejected me many times because of pride and the cares of the world.” (D&C 39:9)

-“Full well is it written of you, by the prophets whom ye have rejected.” (JST Mark 7:10)

-“For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate.” (D&C 84:115)

-“Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.” (Jer. 6:30)

-“The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jer. 8:9)

-” But those who harden their hearts in unbelief, and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation” (D&C 20:15)

-“straightway Satan tempted him; and the fear of persecution and the cares of the world caused him to reject the word.” (D&C 40:2)

-“Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the Lord hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.” (Jer. 7:29)

-“And whoso rejecteth you shall be rejected of my Father and his house; and you shall cleanse your feet in the secret places by the way for a testimony against them.” (D&C 99:4)

-“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isa. 53:3)

-“Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!” (Jer. 14:9)

-“O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!” (Mormon 6:17)

-“For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he wasrejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” (Heb. 12:17)

-” For behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets. Wherefore, if my father should dwell in the land after he hath been commanded to flee out of the land, behold, he would also perish. Wherefore, it must needs be that he flee out of the land.” (1 Ne. 3:18)

-“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?” (Matt. 21:42)

-“Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.” (Jer. 6:19)

-” And it shall be said in time to come—That these abominations were had from Cain; for he rejectedthe greater counsel which was had from God; and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thou repent.” (Moses 5:25)

-“except you withdraw your purposes, behold, ye will pull down the wrath of that God whom you have rejected upon you, even to your utter destruction.” (Alma 54:9)

-“if you do not these things at the end of the appointment ye shall be rejected as a church” (D&C 124:32)

-” And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.” (2 Kings 17:20)

-“For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one canreject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.” (D&C 132:4)

-“And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.” (1 Sam. 10:19)

-“And it came to pass that they who rejected the gospel were called Lamanites, and Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites; and they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ; and they did teach their children that they should not believe, even as their fathers, from the beginning, did dwindle.” (4 Ne. 1:38)

-“But, behold, they shall have wars, and rumors of wars; and when the day cometh that the Only Begotten of the Father, yea, even the Father of heaven and of earth, shall manifest himself unto them in the flesh, behold, they will reject him, because of their iniquities, and the hardness of their hearts, and the stiffness of their necks.” (2 Ne. 25:12)

-“Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. And thus I spake unto my brethren. Amen.” (1 Ne. 15:36)

-” desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.” (D&C 84:114)

-“And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he beingrejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;” (Alma 15:16)

-“For behold, the Spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them; for behold, they have rejectedthe prophets, and Jeremiah have they cast into prison. And they have sought to take away the life of my father, insomuch that they have driven him out of the land.” (1 Ne. 7:14)

-“And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.” (2 Kings 17:15)

–There are those who hear testimonies borne in the Church, by those in high station and by members in the wards and branches, all using the same words—“I know that God lives; I know that Jesus is the Christ,” and come to question, “Why cannot it be said in plainer words? Why aren’t they more explicit and more descriptive? Cannot the apostles say more?”

How like the sacred experience in the temple becomes our personal testimony. It is sacred, and when we are wont to put it into words, we say it in the same way—all using the same words. The apostles declare it in the same phrases with the little Primary or Sunday School youngster. “I know that God lives and I know that Jesus is the Christ.”

We would do well not to disregard the testimonies of the prophets or of the children, for “he imparteth his words by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times which confound the wise and the learned.” (Alma 32:23.)

Some seek for a witness to be given in some new and dramatic and different way.

The bearing of a testimony is akin to a declaration of love. The romantics and poets and couples in love, from the beginning of time, have sought more impressive ways of saying it, or singing it, or writing it. They have used all of the adjectives, all of the superlatives, all manner of poetic expression. And when all is said and done, the declaration which is most powerful is the simple, three-word variety.” (Boyd K Packer, The Spirit Beareth Record, Apr. 1971, Conf. Report;



The Seven Archangels Identity Theory Including Joseph Smith




Thesis: Based on the Book of Enoch, the Doctrine and Covenants, and other latter-day revelation, we identify Joseph Smith as the 7th Archangel Remiel.

For more studies on the magnificence of Joseph Smith and the great roles he plays in the salvation of man which we may be less familiar with, see my notes on the Joseph Smith Foundation’s “Joseph Smith: More than We Know” ( and my notes on the Joseph Smith Foundation’s “The Mystery of the Two Prophets: Revelation 11” (
-Archangel Names from Enoch 20, 2-8 matched with heads of dispensations:

Adam= Michael (Hebrew “who is like God”)

Enoch= Raphael (Hebrew רָפָאֵל “God has healed”)

Noah= Gabriael (Hebrew גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) meaning “God is my strong man”)

Abraham= Raguel (Hebrew “friend of God)

Moses= Uriel (Hebrew אוּרִיאֵל “God is my light”.)

John the Baptist= Saraqa’el

Joseph Smith= Remiel (Hebrew “mercy of God”)

-Here is the 20th Chapter of Enoch quoted, see how it highlights some of the functions of these angels: “CHAPTER XX. 1. And these are the names of the holy angels who watch. 2. Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is over the world and over Tartarus. 3. Raphael, one of the holy angels, who is over the spirits of men. 4. Raguel, one of the holy angels who †takes vengeance on† the world of the luminaries. 5. Michael, one of the holy angels, to wit, he that is set over the best part of mankind ⌈⌈and⌉⌉ over chaos. 6. Saraqâêl, one of the holy angels, who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit. 7. Gabriel, one of the holy angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim. 8. Remiel, one of the holy angels, whom God set over those who rise.” (Enoch 20; see

-The book of revelation says there are 7 angels who pour out plagues in the last days.
-Jewish lore holds that 7 archangels preside over the dispensations. We know who have presided over the dispensations from latter-day revelation. We can attempt to match up the 7 archangel names given in the apocryphal book of Enoch with the 7 dispensation heads.
-Other dispensations exist such as the dispensation of the gospel among the Nephites, but generally speaking there are 7 dispensations.
-in the ancient Ethiopian texts there is an angel called Remiel, who would restore the gospel in the last days.
-Here I do not include Jesus Christ as an archangel, rather he is the God of the archangels!
-From the 4th Book of Enoch Ch 8:
“There are seven archangels who preside, under the Godhead, over all the affairs of mankind.
The first is Michael, who stands at the head of all humanity. He was the first of mankind, and
from him have proceeded all nations. He is the Lord of Spirits, the Ancient of Days, the Exalted
Man, who creates order from chaos and Light from darkness.
The second is Raphael, who presides over the world of spirits, where dwell the dead, who have
not been resurrected. He holds keys of death and life, of healing power, of health and strength.
The third is Gabriel, who presides over the dispensations of the Priesthood. He watches over the
cherubim, the seraphim, and the serpents who inherit the Light of the Firstborn.
The fourth is Raguel, who presides over those who have been lifted to worlds of Light. He is the
father of the Faithful Multitude and the prototype of that Way of Life that leads to unity with
The fifth is Uriel, who reaches out to those who stumble in the Path of Life, leading them to a
place of rest, where they can be strengthened before continuing their journey.
The sixth is Saraqael, or Phanuel, who saves the penitent from darkness, so that they can live
among God in realms of Light.
The seventh is Remiel, who will lead mankind to the resurrection, preparing everything for the
descent of the Son of Man in radiant Light. He is the Testator, who bears witness of the Father,
and of His Divine Son. Through him, everything will be restored before the end of time”
(this can be found in various places such as

-Joseph Smith was visited by Raphael Gabriel and other angels (D&C 128:21).

-Adam is identified as the archangel and is defined as being Michael (D&C 107:54; 88:112; 29:26; 128:21; Jude 1:9).

-attached to the end of their names is “el” is Hebrew for God.

-Noah is identified as Gabriel by Joseph Smith (History of the Church 3:386 ; see also Joseph Smith Papers: Report of Instructions, July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards

-Noah is identified as Gabriel also by Joseph Fielding Smith. (Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 3:138-141

-Note: It is understood that pre-mortal persons had different names than those they were given in mortality, for example, we know that Jehovah is the pre-mortal Jesus Christ (see John 8:52–53, 56–59; Exodus 3:11–14 & 6:2–3;). Further illustration of Jehovah being Jesus Christ from Elder McConkie: “This is as blunt and pointed an affirmation of divinity as any person has or could make. ‘Before Abraham was I Jehovah.’ That is, ‘I am God Almighty, the Great I AM. I am the self-existent, Eternal One. I am the God of your fathers. My name is: I AM THAT I AM’” (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1965–73], 1:464). And consider 3 Nephi 15:2-5: “2 And it came to pass that when Jesus had said these words he perceived that there were some among them who marveled, and wondered what he would concerning the law of Moses; for they understood not the saying that old things had passed away, and that all things had become new. 3 And he said unto them: Marvel not that I said unto you that old things had passed away, and that all things had become new. 4 Behold, I say unto you that the law is fulfilled that was given unto Moses. 5 Behold, I am he that gave the law, and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel; therefore, the law in me is fulfilled, for I have come to fulfil the law; therefore it hath an end.”





A Few Notes on Joseph Smith


-To hear the prophet Joseph Smith speak at any time on any subject, Brigham Young always went, even when it meant hunger and poverty would result for himself and his household.

-storekeeper, general, Mayer of Nauvoo, general in Nauvoo, Chief Judge in Nauvoo, store builder, service project leader, prophet, farmer, city founder, pioneer, employer, temple builder, translator, student of languages, interpreter, reader of ancient texts, editor of a church newspaper (in Nauvoo?)

-“keep the commandments, and a halo of glory will be around your path” -teachings on charity chapter JS Teachings.

-“seek own furtherance while brethren are in poverty can’t have the spirit” -JS teachings; on charity chapter

-JS after playing in a ballgame would say to the people to come build a cabin, or hitch up and gather wood for poor and cut such, or give his shoes from his feet for a man without, and put people up in his home to care for them and sleep in a tent his 4 room house so full. -JS teachings; on charity chapter

-Satan flatters us of our own righteousness. No man ought declare his own righteousness. -JS teachings RS chapter and another perhaps the one on charity.


JS walking from his farm said you would look at it several times too knowing you would never see it again.

JS said to a guard at Carthage: do I look like the fearsome man you make me out to be? The man said no quite opposite actually. But I can’t tell what is in your heart by your appearance. JS said that is true, but I can see in yours. You thirst for blood and won’t be satiated until you see plenty of it. And you will (The Civil War). And cannon blast will be pointed at you from a source you know not (cannons in Civil war in great amounts).

Hyrum shot by the nose JS said holding him oh my poor brother Hyrum! JS went for the window and said My Lord and My God! Then was shot as he spoke this on both sides and fell from the window, hit the ground by a well, and after a few breaths there, 3, he died.

*How heartbreaking for JS to see his brother die in the cause that he called him to! How frightening to be running for your life and to be attacked by mobs and running from one corner to another to escape death! How wretched to know you are walking to your death! This is the fearsome fight for Christ and all men.

-for some of these martyrdom descriptions, see “Joseph and Hyrum their final days with historian C. Michael Trapp”





Notes on The Joseph Smith Translation (of the Bible): Precious Truths Restored, Lecture by W. Jeffrey Marsh






This is a lecture based on his book. This lecture can be found in the BYU Media Library on CD.


-the book of scripture titled The Pearl of Great Price is the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis


-Moses 1:40-41 refers to the JST, that God would raise up a seer like Moses who would restore the words of God that had been lost.

-“The Joseph Smith Translation, or Inspired Version, is a thousand times over the best Bible now existing on earth. It contains all that the King James Version does, plus pages of additions and corrections and an occasional deletion. It was made by the spirit of revelation, and the changes and additions are the equivalent of the revealed word in the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Bible: A Sealed Book” see

-“For historical and other reasons there have been, among some members of the Church in times past, some prejudice and misunderstanding of the place of the Joseph Smith Translation. I hope this has now all vanished away.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Bible: A Sealed Book” see

-McConkie says that negative feelings about the JST are the devil’s way to keep the truth from coming forward. All these revelations are important. The Inspired version of the bible is inspired. This is crowning work of the restoration.

-Elder Dallin H Oaks says there should be no doubt about the JST version of the bible, that we should notice and honor it whenever it is present.

-Joseph Smith said that he has the oldest book in his heart- the Holy Ghost.

-Joseph Smith said that much instruction was given in the beginning that we do not now possess.

-D&C 7 is scripture from John the Revelator which was formerly lost

-if we are faithful we have been promised more writings from Enoch, John the Baptist, etc.

-Joseph Smith’s sections of the Book of Enoch that he revealed had several words that were proper names that were not in any known text of Enoch. Then after his death, several texts were found with those very words which scholars now embrace. We see that Joseph Smith was revealing ancient texts.

-oct 1975 ensign Hugh Nibley writes of the JS version of the book of Enoch;

-1952 Our Lord of the Gospels book by President Clark

-Why the King James Version book by President Clark

-77 of the 138 sections of the D&C were received while JS was translating the bible or dealing with that, as well as the Joseph Smith Matthew text.

-JS changes of the bible 1300 verses from the OT and 2100 verses from the NT

-1100 of these verses the LDS have, about 1/3, including most doctrinal of those.

-JS would hold the bible in front of him and read it, then dictate changes to it to scribes. Those manuscripts didn’t make it to the west.

-JS wanted to publish the JST but was killed first. Jesus commanded him to publish it in the D&C.

-The RSV and the NIV which both come from an old source from the Egyptians, but Arius in Alexandria Egypt edited them to fit what he wanted. Arianism, the ways of Arius, emphasizes the humanity of Christ, denies the divinity of Christ. He taught that Jesus is not the same substance as the Father, and that Christ was created out of nothing.

-In the RSV, the word doctrine is changed into teachings;

-in the RSV when Jesus testifies in first person of himself being the son of God, that is always deleted;

-in the RSV, they removed the word ordain whenever speaking of the Priesthood, replacing it with appointed or a word like that. This makes it look like a political position;

-in the RSV When it says Jesus is the only begotten son of God, it takes out the word begotten, making it seem like he is the only child of God and that no one else is a child of God.

-in the RSV, every reference to the first estate was eliminated

-in the RSV the word miracle was eliminated

-Most Christians today use the RSV and the NIV today since it is easy to read. The RSV and NIV are like this.; these are but a few examples. This is why so many Christians are losing faith in Jesus Christ in the world today.

-“Our Bible” by J Reuben Clark a talk on this; see also his book “Our Lord of the Gospels”; see also his book “Why the King James Version”. He points out the critical doctrinal differences between the

-JST Moses reads of the God head and adversary in chi 1. In the bible the word Satan doesn’t appear until the book of Chronicles. The word Lucifer doesn’t appear until the book of Isaiah. The word devil doesn’t show up in the Old Testament at all. Satan wants us to believe that he is a myth.

-JST Moses 1, we see the Godhead. We see love from both the Father and the Son.

-JST Moses 1, There are 6 times where God calls Moses, “My Son”. In Egyptian Moses means son of blank. He didn’t know whose he was until he met God.

-JST has teachings of a pre-mortal council, which is nowhere in the bible.

-JST has teachings of how Jesus was chosen as redeemer of all before he was born,

-JST shows that Jesus created millions of earths including this earth,

-JST shows that the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught to Adam and Eve in its fullness,

-JST shows that Jesus Christ is the Jehovah of the Old Testament,

-JST shows that Adam and Eve had children and grandchildren before they even had Cain and Able, that throws out the idea that there were pre-Adam people that Cain married, but that he rather married one of his nieces or another one of the children of Adam and Eve.

-JST shows that sacred records were kept by Adam and Eve, that they know how to write etc.

-JST shows that the gospel continued through many dispensations, that the early patriarchs were not merely righteous, they were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. They speak in the JST about the first ordinances of the gospel like baptism.

-JST speaks of Enoch and his city. No bibles speak of how Enoch had a city, what happened to him in that city, or when he will return. JST speaks of Enoch converting an entire group of people who were transported before the flood. We also learn that Melchizedek after the flood did the same thing.

-JST speaks of how Noah didn’t just save his family, but that he was called for 120 years to preach faith repentance baptism and the conferral of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands before the flood came to try and get the people to be saved!

-JST teaches how Noah and his wife had grandchildren before the flood came, and that they had to close the doors on their own families.

-Noah is Gabriel, he watched the earth be destroyed at the flood, he gets to go to Marry to announce the Savior of the world.

-Gen 17:21 Abraham sees he will have a son, in the bible it says the laughed at the news, the JST says that they rejoiced at the news.

-Exo. 4 Moses is called to free Israel. KJV says God will harden Pharaohs hart, but JST says that Pharaoh will harden his own heart, & that God would bless Moses.

-Exo. 6 says no one has known God by his name Jehovah, showing that prophets didn’t even know his name. The JST reads “was not my name Jehovah known to all my prophets?” It’s a rhetorical question showing that it was known! This is how God showed Moses that he is the same God that appeared to Abraham and all the prophets before him.

-Exo. 32 says God repented; in the JST all times where it says that, it’s changed to “the people repented”. God has no need for repentance. It shows he is perfected and doesn’t play with our lives.

-Matt. 4, says the spirit took the Savior into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil; in the JST it says that he was taken into the wilderness to commune with his Father for 40 days, and only after that experience the devil came to tempt him.

-John 2 Jesus turns water to wine; Jesus’ mother asks Jesus for help. Jesus says, “woman what have I to do with thee?” But in the JST it says “woman, what wilt thou have me do for thee? For the hour of my ministry is not yet come.”

-Exo. 34 Moses in Mt. Sinai to get the law to bring to the people, that he smashed those tablets then went and got more. BUT in the JST, it says how the first set he smashed when he saw the wicked people were DIFFERENT than the tablets he returned with! The first set had the higher law with the Melchizedek Priesthood with temple blessings and sealings, but then he smashed that and went and got a lesser law from God, the Aaronic, preparatory Priesthood. The people weren’t ready for the whole law, so they had to live ‘The Law of Moses’, not the fullness which other prophets had, and which Jesus Christ restored when he came. D&C 84 is all about this. It says that Moses was not at fault, nor the Lord upset with him, but the Lord withdrew Moses since the people were not worthy of him or someone else.

-In John 4, it says Jesus did, then says Jesus didn’t baptize anyone. The JST shows that Jesus baptized more people than John the Baptist did, but that once he had set up his Apostles, he left most of that to them for them to learn such.

-in 1 Cor. 7 Paul’s council speaks against marriage; but in the JST in shows that this is at a missionary conference where he is advising the missionaries to merely remain unmarried until they are done with their missions.

-Matt. 7:21 sermon on the mount Savior says that in the day of judgement many plea to enter but that he would say “I never knew you.” We know this is not right for He came to know us all especially in the Atonement. In the JST, he says, “ye never knew me”

-woman taken in adultery, they brought her to Jesus and accused her. Jesus tells her to go sin no more. The JST adds “and the woman glorified God from that hour and believed on his name.” This restores more information.

-Jesus is who gave the law to Moses.

*Other notes to help understanding from editor of Richardson Studies:
-*For a small look at this, as this is a complex subject, Joseph Smith was translating from the English King James Version; the word translation here thus is not in the traditional sense. He was not looking at any ancient documents. For one thing, no one claims to have the documents which the Apostles of the time of Jesus themselves wrote. Also, we say that the earliest documents, even those have been manipulated. Hence Joseph Smith has things in his inspired version of the bible which are not in the oldest Greek etc. manuscripts which we have. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and he was receiving revelation. He didn’t need any manuscripts to do that. He was clarifying the text, and adding in doctrines which had been removed by evil men.

-*Books to read on the subject are –A Plainer Translation: Joseph Smith’s Translation Of The Bible, A History & Commentary by Robert J. Matthews; BYU Hebrew Dr. Donald Parry says this is the best work on the JST; Elder Bruce R McConkie says Matthews is the top JST authority in the Church.

-*concerning the JST, BYU religion Dr. Kelly Ogden says the source to go to if someone is seriously interested in the subject is possibly Scott Faulring’s and Kent Jackson’s big volume, Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible, especially the Introduction. The electronic library edition is available at the following link (20$):

-*Also, Elder Oaks said about revelation,

“If we harden our hearts, reject continuing revelation, and limit our learning to what we can obtain by study and reason on the precise language of the present canon of scriptures, our understanding will be limited to what Alma called “the lesser portion of the word” (Alma 12:11)….

What makes us different from most other Christians in the way we read and use the Bible and other scriptures is our belief in continuing revelation. For us, the scriptures are not the ultimate source of knowledge, but what precedes the ultimate source. The ultimate knowledge comes by revelation….

Just as continuing revelation enlarges and illuminates the scriptures, so also a study of the scriptures enables men and women to receive revelations. Elder Bruce R. McConkie said, “I sometimes think that one of the best-kept secrets of the kingdom is that the scriptures open the door to the receipt of revelation” (Doctrines of the Restoration, ed. Mark L. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1989, p. 243). This happens because scripture reading puts us in tune with the Spirit of the Lord.”

(“Scripture Reading and Revelation” by Elder Oaks, Jan. 1995 Ensign



Notes on Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Manual: Joseph Smith – unfinished



-revelation is here to remain p551

-to get to God we go through Jesus Christ like the ancients did. We do not go through the ancients. p166

-Celestial Kingdoms p531

-soon no peace but in Zion p186

-New Jerusalem come down out of heaven as a bride for her husband p189

-Jesus being so rough they rejected him p202

-make light of the revelations and you will lament it p203

-bible error example p 207

-eternal spirit and always there’s been spirits p210

-all can grow in this mortal life (even severely disabled persons) p210

-study the plan of salvation day and night p211

-spirit with body power over those w/o p211

-Lucifer tabernacle of body not having is his punishment p 213

-salvation is to put all our enemies under our feet including death p212

-we have power to resist Satan (else we have no free agency) p213 (aka can’t say “the devil made me do it”)

-not about how fast you become virtuous, it’s about resisting evil. Then you’ll be safe.



Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Manual: Brigham Young – unfinished



-all beings in eternity governed by laws. LDS is heaven law. p15

-doctrine we preach is perfect but we as a people are bad as any, the doctrine we preach is calculated to make us heavenly. p21

-for full light need act on every little revealed p22

-Temporal=spiritual; serve God in working (like in a 9-5 sweat shop) p22

-provide for wife and a few children or you’ve nothing to do with heaven p26

-God sees all p30

-Omnipresence is true via HG, Father sees all p30

-God in 1 place physically at a time p29

-seek not all mysteries but practical service and super power for knowledge and best books. p31

-emulate God alone p32

-w/o the HG, your best will disappoint you p33

-who live with only the bible live in ignorance (see Ch. on Joseph Smith)

-The faithful know that they are in the presence of the Almighty, of angels, and in the midst of eternity.





Notes on Teachings of Joseph Smith Compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith: pending




Notes on Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Hyrum & Helen Andras




-this adds to quotes from the book “they knew the prophet”.

-One family was promised by Joseph Smith that the mob wouldn’t hurt them, 3 torches were put to their home, but none would light the home on fire.

-One boy was clubbed all the way home because he believed in the prophet Joseph Smith. This boy also was a target for an assassin to drown in a river, but the assassin said the boy could go after the boy insisted he had done no evil to him.

-Joseph Smith once quickly disguised himself when a mob approached as an old lady to be able to escape from the mob.

-Joseph Smith as General rode a black horse and wore a tall feather in his hat as he led his men sword in hand.

-Once Joseph Smith entered the room you knew it; his gaze seemed to pierce you, his humility and innocence shone.

-Joseph Smith quoted scriptures in Greek Hebrew Latin and German.

-Joseph Smith told the people you don’t know me and never will till you see me weighed in the balance.

-Joseph Smith said I wish I could release my feelings; there are things I could tell you which some on the stand would kill me were I to speak.

-The prophet had 24 youth who could go up a mount and speak with God face to face as did Moses on Mt. Sinai to help find the Saints a place to locate; One boy prayed weather he should accept the calling when he was asked to be a part of the group, he stood to object and a voice told him stay and rest a while though no one was close to him to speak it. He was also shown a vision of the USA as it would be in the future, entirely as the Garden of Eden, and other travels he was to do were shown to him, including how he would have to pass by guards who would ask him passwords, the which would come to him by inspiration as he approached the guards.

-This gospel gathers up some of the meanest creatures of this creation and some of the finest (JS)

-JS after had given the authority to the twelve said I’m going to rest now a while; they didn’t quite understand what he meant.

-On the way to Carthage Joseph Smith rode over to his farm workers and said, “How are you boys!” He noticed them even in this dire moment; he loved to be among the farm animals; he was the lover of a good horse; he told those soldiers that were marching him to Carthage, “Gentlemen, these are my friends!” then he told them their names, shook the hands of the farm workers and bid them a good day and farewell. The farm workers of Joseph called him the most frank man they had ever known

-Joseph rebuked a guy, and the guy wanted to fight him, so Joseph went ahead and fought him.

-Egyptian mummies were kept in the prophet’s home.

-A boy would sit in the prophet’s lap and look in the Urim and Thumim

-Porter Rockwell would come to Joseph’s home and if he would wave his hat it meant all is well if not it meant a mob was coming; there was a book shelf that would appear full, they would put such in front of a cellar in which Joseph would go hide.

-Sara Elizabeth Homes a young gall would sit on the porch of Joseph Smith’s home and watch for mobs.

-Not in the form of a dove but the sign of a dove did the Holy Ghost ascend upon Jesus at his baptism.

-JS said the German rendition of the bible is better than the Saint James version.

-At the time of the tower of Babel when the tongues were confounded, each tongue had a part of the pure language, and when the pure language is restored, it will have a part of each language (as we now know them) JS says.

-JS said I am an innocent man. If I have to go I will go like a man, if I have to die I will die like a man.

-When JS was going to be in very dangerous circumstances he was going to go into hiding but his friends didn’t want him to so he said, ‘if my life is of no worth to my friends it is of no worth to myself’ and he didn’t go into hiding.

-JS was so considerate and manly and sympathetic you couldn’t help but like him.

-JS would play ball with the boys for a considerable amount of time then he would say ‘well boys I must go home and work’ then the rest of the boys would go at the same time. This showed his considerable influence.

-JS said that the Constitution of the USA is part of his religion and a good part too.

-JS said if needed he could go and lead the abled bodied men and the world would see what they could do.

-JS said ‘brethren if any of you have anything against me come and tell me and make it right do not be backward come publicly or privately be satisfied that I talked to you about anything against me.

-JS said when your enemies call for quarters be sure you give them the same and you’ll have power over the world.

-JS said if you are called to fight make sure to not stain your garments with the blood of women and children.

-JS said our persecutions are like a wheel of fortune, that if the wheel is on top of us right now (being persecuted presently) then eventually the wheel will roll on and we will be on top of it.

-JS asked the people ‘are you willing to die for me?’ they all said yes. JS said ‘I am your father. Shall I not be your father?’ they all said yes. JS said ‘I am willing to lay down my life for you.

-JS said ‘I have unsheathed my sword and it shall never again be sheathed until there be vengeance upon all of our enemies. The earth shall tremble and the with earthquakes shall the earth be shaken and the seas will heave themselves beyond their bounds. These things shall be brought against your enemies for your preservation as the people of the Lord. Now I deliver myself up to their hands.’

-One man was about to die he was carried on a sheet to a place to be baptized he knew if he could be baptized he could live. When he was baptized he felt as good as he ever did.

-For D&C 104 it was a revelation Joseph got; someone walked in with Joseph in their arms he being limp; Joseph was in a revelation at the time.

-One family borrowed to Joseph 50 dollars, they told Joseph ‘if we don’t go then we won’t need the money.’ Joseph said ‘it is the will of the Lord that you should go. I don’t know how we will get the money, but it will come.’ Joseph was able to sell a half acre lot and said, ‘I told you I would give you the money!’

-JS would teach and his face would seem almost transparent.

-JS said, ‘if I would make known what God has revealed to me to some of these who pretend to be my friends they would seek my life’ (to kill me)

-JS was teaching so powerfully even the young boys came to hear; a policeman came to take them away but Joseph said, ‘let the boys alone, they will learn something they will never forget.’ (Journal of Harvey Harris Cluff)

-JS had the people travel sometimes with arms, sometimes without. They didn’t travel on Sundays but stopped and held meetings.

-JS prophesied that the cholera that was going to come upon them as a scourge right before it came. He tried to get rid of it.

-One man was screaming a prayer so all could hear, Joseph Smith told him not to pray like that, braying like a jackass, and said don’t ever let me hear you praying like that again. The man went away much upset.

-JS said when a man crosses a place where much blood has been shed he will feel depressed and uncomfortable.

-The company found 3 rattlesnakes and were going to kill them, but JS stopped them saying that the lion will lie down with the lamb when man ceases to wage war with the reptiles. Then the serpent’s disposition would change. They then carried the snakes across the creek on sticks. During the journey they didn’t kill any kind of game unless they needed it. There was a rattlesnake by the head of one sleeping the folks gathered round and were going to kill it but the man woke and said ‘no you shan’t kill it for he and i have had a good nap together. I will protect him.’

-Some were jesting with swords and one cut the skin from anthers hand and JS told them to be careful and control their spirits and never to hurt one another in such situations.

-JS got sweet bread from a cook while the others got sour bread; JS reproved the cook and chose rather to eat the sour with the rest.

-Some said they didn’t think a college could change people as much as did this camp.

-Whenever spies came into the camp they picked out the weakest one in the camp to quiz.

-They found what they thought to be turtle eggs; JS said don’t eat them, they could be of a poisonous reptile like snake eggs; they ate them anyway and got sick.

-JS had a faithful watchdog; people wanted to kill it for barking in the night; JS said ‘I will give you a sampling of the spirit that is among this camp. If a dog bites them they want to kill it. If a man offends him, they want to kill him. That is the spirit which is keeping this world bad.’

-Martin Harris playing with a black snake to show how he had power over serpents as the scriptures said, he was bitten. JS said not to do that, that such protection is void when we egg on the danger.

The promise was only for when a man of God accidentally was bitten.

-At times they had to wade through mud and water waist deep and some without even stockings.

-They usually ate mush, and once when there was some ham but not enough for everyone they didn’t use it.

-They would gather dry leaves to make for a bed.

-They would wet the tent so that water would run over it.

-Water ran over some until their blankets were 6 inches in water.

-250 men came to attack the camp, but a huge storm came; one was killed by lightning, another had his hand torn off by a horse; the men of Zions camp had all their pistols working dispute the rain. Had the storm been as strong in Zions camp falling branches would have no doubt killed many of the members of the camp. The enemies fled.

-One man was more concerned with his food and his family than the welfare of Zion and was rebuked.

-The appearance of JS was very kind noble and compassionate.

-When people would hear JS explain the bible they would wonder why they had never considered it in that way or in that light.

-When JS would wrestle a certain man, the other guy would win when it was Joseph the man he was wrestling, but when it was Joseph the Prophet he was wrestling, yes when Joseph was thus under the spirit of the Lord, Joseph would always win.

-JS shook hands with the members of Zions camp and carefully took care to their comforts with a happy smile and a cheerful countenance.

-JS was the busiest man in the camp yet when he saw a child he would turn and say a word of comfort to them.

-JS would go to a little boy in the camp and say ‘is there no place for you my boy? If not, we must make one.’

-JS was found of children. He would not cross a child without speaking to the child; even if one was across the street, if it was alone, he would cross the street to speak with the child.

-JS also helped the aged with his strong arm.

-They had come across a book they were going to write the history of the church on, well bound, good pages, but they counted the pages it had to see if it would be cheaper to buy the pages in a ream. This shows how poor they were. (they also recorded revelations on scrap paper when they couldn’t afford other paper, one page lined, another not lined, one white, one yellow, one torn, etc. (see Madsen’s JS lectures))

-One wanted work JS told him ‘I’ll give you work enough for twenty men.’

-In the middle of a temple dedication prayer, the angel Peter came inside to approve of such. They felt an astonishing influence come over them during the prayer, a swift thing, which JS explained was Peter entering the temple for such.

-Some who had bodily afflictions had such glorious visions that they basically forgot about their bodily afflictions.

-One saw a vision of a grave opened up for him; he was very ill at the time of the vision; but then in the vision the earth filled up the grave instead of himself. From that time on he quickly recovered.

-The faithful in the church would inspire their children with much respect for the prophet.

-One boy at age 14 when the prophet JS was murdered, felt that he was willing to lay down his life for the kingdom as well, he felt that way the rest of his life.

-It was a privilege to look upon JS, a man who had seen angels.

-Wicked men hunted JS like a wild doe in the mountains and he had to flee before them into the holes and rocks and dens of the earth.

-Joseph Smith said to speak in your natural tone. Don’t do gestures that are unnatural.

-He taught that if we are all obedient, the word of God is truth, so we are all one man, and like the angels and have communion with them.

-phrenology, Joseph Smith thought of, but was rebuked by the Lord. God said it’s of the devil. It was the works of the devil and there is no reality in such a science.

-He taught that this is not God’s first world, for Jesus teaches that he does nothing but what he has seen His Father do, so he must have seen the Father creating worlds.

-he said it’s not a vice for you to defend yourself when your country is attacked.

-he heard that one in coming to rescue him his horse got hurt and was breathing loud; Joseph said I will yet compensate you for that service.

-2 men had arrested Joseph and abused his rights and so forth. He had them stay for dinner before he would let them leave and he introduced them to his children and treated them just like anybody.

-Joseph Smith told the brethren that it was time that the prophecy of the hearts turning to the fathers it is time for such; he told them to pray for it until they receive it; one brother prayed for it each morning at a time set apart for such and he eventually a feeling encompassed him about how he is nothing compared to God and a conviction that to get salvation he needs to be exactly obedient.

-one man was getting after his cow. He said, “Get on you old fool!”. Joseph Smith happened to be riding by. Joseph got off of his horse and came and patted the head of the cow and said, “you aren’t a fool are you little missy?” the man never forgot that, and it would always make him cry when he told it to his grandchildren.

-he said that when the earth was created it was too big; in the days of Peleg it was decided, then again when the ten tribes went to the land of the north it was divided.

-Joseph Smith said that the earth will come into contact with more matter, another planet or something, and that will cause it to reel

-Joseph Smith loved fish and the outdoor life.

-one man had an unlawful cow; he asked Joseph Smith about it; Joseph said to return the cow to its rightful owner, and soon you will have cows more than you can feed. (from the life sketches of Moses Emit from BYU library)

-A storm was coming once when Joseph Smith was preaching, he told those in attendance to just stand up, and that everything would be alright. They did so, and the sun came out and all was well.

-Joseph Smith had a cheerful countenance and always seemed to be happy.

-when Joseph Smith died, Brigham Young stood to speak. As he did, the voice of Joseph Smith was heard from him. Other accounts state that the face of Joseph Smith was also seen.

-JS had 48 lawsuits and none of them could bring any wrong against him.

-JS went to a cave where there were as many plates as could fill wagon loads; the sword of Laban was on the wall; it was bright as day; they didn’t know if the sunlight was there or if it was artificial light, they didn’t think about it.

-Joseph Smith said the good love me weak and humble as I am, and the evil hate me. I will lead people to salvation if they will let me. I’ll take them by the hand like a child, and lead them like a father in the way that will bring them to salvation.

-Joseph Smith got revelation line upon line until he had everything he needed for the salvation of people.

-one man spoke of how it was worth traveling 400 miles to see the prophet.

-some went to find Joseph Smith and they thought he would just be sitting in some sanctum giving out spiritual blessings and instruction for the Kingdom, but they were told when they went to his house that he was a half mile away chopping firewood. They had forgotten the temporal part. When he saw them he said, “brethren I am glad to see you!” He threw down his axe and said, “boys take care of my axe.” (an account from Joseph Young)

-Joseph Smith told Joseph Young how Sidney Rigdon will go to hell until the day of redemption since he is always trying to take my place.

-one man had to work his crops before he could go help with the publication of the Book of Mormon. He woke in the morning to go do that, and all of his cropping was done. He didn’t know who did it, but it was done just as he would’ve done it.

-as they were departing there was an old man sweating and he said “good morning gentlemen! It’s a warm morning!” he had a brown woolen clothe suit, was heady set, had a white beard. They invited him to come with him, but he said, “I am going to Cumorah” and then he disappeared.

-on the way home with the plates Joseph got smacked by someone with a club demanding the plates, Joseph knocked the man down and ran home.

-Joseph Smith moved the plates from being under the floor the day before someone came and tore up his floor.

-“Damn him! Angels appearing to this day in age?! Damn him! He ought to be tarred and feathered for telling such a lie!” a man said of Joseph Smith.

-Abraham Lincoln said if you should tar and feather all the liars you should soon run out of funds to purchase all the material. He said how it doesn’t matter what people believe, it doesn’t hurt you.

-Joseph Smith said that he was told to quit the company with the money diggers, that they were evil people and that he must have nothing more to do with them. He must not lie or swear or steal.

-Joseph was instructed that he was to look in the spectacles to see that man that would assist him and he did and he saw Martin Harris. Martin Harris said, “you ought to be careful.” Joseph told him “I saw you standing before me as plainly as anything.” Harris then said “if it’s the devil’s work I want nothing to do with it, but if it’s the God’s work, I’ll help you get all the money you can to help put it forward. If the Lord shows me that this is his work, you can have all the money you need to put it forward [from me].” he prayed telling God that if he would make it known to him weather this was the work of God he would give all he had to put it forward. At that point it was made known unto him that this work was true.

-in translating the Book of Mormon, a sentence would appear. Joseph would read it. It would be written by a scribe. If it was written correctly, the sentence would disappear, and another would appear. If it was not written correctly, the sentence would not disappear.

-during the translation of the Book of Mormon, they would go out and throw stones into the river for exercise; there was a stone Martin Harris found that looked like the one they were using to translate; Harris put it in place of the stone they were using to translate. Joseph looked down at the translation table with the stone on it for a time, he usually was quick but this time he paused. He told Harris, “All is as dark as Egypt! What have you done?” Harris said he had replaced the stone with a fake one to stop the mouths of fools who were claiming that Joseph Smith had merely been memorizing the sentences.

-The Spirit is able to make much known in a short amount of time. The world thinks that Joseph Smith’s publications are false for there is so much material in them, and normally it takes a long time to learn information.

-as they got visions they spoke of how doubt fled forever never to rise again. They said the words of the angel who came to give them the Priesthood were so lovely and powerful that no mortal could speak that way.

-One word from the mouth of the Savior from the bosom of eternity strikes all the evils down.




Notes on “The Prophet Joseph Smith: More Than We Know” by the Joseph Smith Foundation




Key Points: The root of Jesse is Joseph Smith, he is the servant of Christ, the David of the latter days who will yet have political and ecclesiastical authority over all the earth, who will return in the flesh to lay out inheritances in Missouri the New Jerusalem, who will unite old and new Jerusalem, who will call down the plagues of the last days, a Millennial leader under Christ like Joseph in Egypt was under Pharaoh in his day, etc. As Jesus is the revealer of the Father, so is Joseph Smith the revealer of Jesus. As Jesus visited his people after his resurrection, so will Joseph Smith after his. Joseph will lead the Great Council of God in Zion and Jerusalem. Like Christ, Joseph Smith was largely rejected in his mortal ministry, but will be accepted in his second coming. People of this dispensation need the consent of Joseph Smith to enter the celestial kingdom where God and Christ are. Joseph Smith is the angel of the last days spoken of in Revelation 14, the servant in Jacob 5, the servant in D&C 101, the latter-day Elias preparing the way of the Lord.

-For another presentation by the Joseph Smith Foundation titled “The Mystery of the 2 Prophets” discussing how Joseph and Hyrum Smith could fit the Rev. 11 two prophets, see my summary at this link:

-“Would to God, brethren, I could tell you who I am! Would to God I could tell you what I know! But you would call it blasphemy…” (Joseph Smith)
-Joseph is a messenger, a David, a witness, a servant, etc. Some LDS scholars think Joseph Smith is proud and arrogant, but we will see that he simply stood in his rightful place.
-Who is the latter-day servant of Isa. 42? Is his name David? Who is this “one mighty and strong”?
-The latter-day witness isn’t just A witness, he is THE witness. The leader of the world. He has all political authority under the Savior, and all direction of the church under the Savior. The Moses of the latter-day exodus. It is even likely that ancient Israel sacrifices prefigure this man.
-Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and the ancient authors of holy writ knew who the latter-day servant is.
-If we don’t know who the servant is, we lose much perspective of the latter days.
-see discourse “Joseph Smith: A Revealer of Christ” where Bruce McConkie shows that just as Jesus Christ is the revealer of Heavenly Father, so is Joseph Smith the revealer of Jesus Christ.
-Joseph clarified Gabriel as Noah, and Michael as Adam. Who is Joseph Smith?
-3 Nephi 21:9 speaks of a marvelous work and a wonder that people won’t believe although a man declare it to them.
-Isaiah 52 speaks of Christ being marred, similarly 3 Ne. 21:10 speaks of the servant of the latter days being marred.
-LDS scholars have said that the latter-day servant would seal the 144,000, would be a king in Israel, would call down plagues upon the wicked in the last days, would preach to the Jews after they had rebuilt Jerusalem, etc. Joseph Smith can fit all of these roles, especially in light of the repeated doctrine that Joseph Smith will return. As the scripture says, he was marred, and will be healed. Like the Savior, his first coming was largely rejected, but his second coming will be wonderful.
-“Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord and my God shall be my strength” this ancient prophecy can apply to Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ. Mortality is not the end, like how patriarchal blessings need not all be fulfilled within the time frame of mortality.
-Heber C Kimball taught in 1861: You will see the say when Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Brigham Young etc. will be there in the flesh laying out the inheritances in Missouri. The quote continues “…the day will be when I will see those men [the aforementioned latter-day brethren] in the general assembly of the Church of the First Born, in the great council of God in Jerusalem too….I heard Joseph say twice that Brother Brigham and I should be in that council in Jerusalem, when there should be a uniting of the two divisions of God’s government.”
-D&C 85:7 speaks of the one mighty and strong with a scepter and arranging by lot the inheritances of the saints
-D&C 77 speaks of 2 prophets raised up to the Jewish nation at the time of the restoration after the Jews are gathered and have built Jerusalem in the land of their fathers. The time of the restoration is the time of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. More on that in the Joseph Smith Foundation film “The Mystery of the Two Prophets”
– Isa. 11:10 speaks of a “root of Jesse” coming from the stem of Jesse (Jesus Christ); D&C 113:5 speaks of the “root of Jesse” and gives this interpretation in verse 6: “[the root of Jesse] is a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days.” The root of Jesse could well be Joseph Smith, Bruce R McConkie teaches that he is this servant and is this servant.
-Ezek. 34:24 speaks of Jehovah’s servant David as a prince
-Days before his martyrdom, Joseph Smith said to his Nauvoo legion “I promise you when I come again I shall lead you forth so that where I am you shall be also.” He also said just before his martyrdom, “Don’t be sad, don’t be cast down, I will come back again…as soon as I can” (autobiography of Wandle Mace)
-“Joseph, Hyrum, Father Smith, and many others will be there [during the Millennium] to dictate and preside. Joseph will stand at the head of this dispensation and hold the keys of it, for they are not taken from him; they never were in time; they never will be in eternity. I shall be there if I live or if I die.” (President Brigham Young, April 1853, when JS had been dead nearly 9 years)
-Joseph Smith will reign during the Millennium under Christ in a similar way that Joseph of old ruled in Egypt under Pharaoh. Joseph in Egypt was a type of Joseph Smith, foreshadowing the even greater role that Joseph Smith would play.
-“I said to Brother Joseph, the spring before he was killed, “you are laying out work for 20 years.” He replied, “you have as yet scarcely begun to work; but I will set you enough to last you during your lives, for I am going to rest.” All I can do or ask now is to do the work, so that it will be right and acceptable to him when he comes here again.” (President Brigham Young, 1857)
-Brigham understood that he held a stewardship to carry out what Joseph told him to do. The marching orders of latter-day prophets are dictated by Joseph Smith.
-“Joseph Smith Junior will again be on this earth dictating plans…And he will never cease his operations, under the directions of the Son of God, until the last ones of the children of men are saved that can be, from Adam till now. There is an almighty work to perform in the spirit world. Joseph has not yet got through there. When he finishes his mission in the spirit world, he will be resurrected, but he has not yet done there…When his spirit again quickens his body, he will ascend to heaven, present his resurrected body to the Father and the Son, receive his commission as a resurrected being, and visit his brethren on this earth as did Jesus after his resurrection.” (President Brigham Young, 1857)
-Brigham taught that Joseph Smith has some stewardship for everyone that has lived on this earth, and that he has Millennial keys.
-President Kimball’s prophecy, “An army of Elders”: there will be great prosperity in the west followed by financial bondage, “then persecution comes next and all true latter-day saints will be tested to the limit. Many will apostatize and others will be still not knowing what to do. Darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people. The judgements of god will be poured out on the wicked to the extent that our elders will be called home, or in other words, the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on carried to the Jews. The western boundary of the state of Missouri will be swept so clean of its inhabitants that, as Brigham Young tells us, when you return to that place there will not be left so much as a yellow dog to wag his tail. Before that day comes however, the saints will be put to a test that will try the integrity of the best of them. The pressure will become so great that the more righteous of them will cry to the Lord day and night until deliverance comes. Then the prophet Joseph and others will make their appearance and those who have remained faithful will be selected to return to Jackson County Missouri and take part in the building of that beautiful city, the New Jerusalem.”
-After Joseph’s martyrdom, Parley Pratt received a revelation that “my servant Joseph still holds the keys of my kingdom in this dispensation, and he shall stand in due time on the earth in the flesh and fulfil that to which he is appointed.”
-“Those who are your friends are my friends, and I promise you when I come again, I will lead you forth, so that where I am you shall be with me.” (Joseph Smith)
-The SLC temple east doors niches held statues of Joseph and Hyrum until 1911.
-Joseph likely also fits the description of angels and prophets in the book of Revelation. Revelation 14 speaks of an angel.
-The original architectural designs for the angel Moroni atop the temples featured a temple with the book of Mormon in one hand, and a trumpet in the other, on a weather vane, featuring a stylized tongue of fire, a compass, and a square.
-Brigham saw years before the construction of the SLC temple every time he went to the place it was to be constructed. He never had to ask God how to build it because it was shown him plainly. Similarly, the Nauvoo temple was shown to Joseph Smith.
-according to the Peregrine Sessions journal, “on this day they raised the figure which is the representation of an Angel in his Priestly robe with the book of Mormon in one hand and a trumpet in the other which is over laid with gold leaf”
-many say this angel on our temples is a representation of Rev. 14:6-7 the angel flying through the midst of heaven with the gospel to preach to every nation, telling that the hour of the judgement of God is come. Its clear this angel has a large role in the latter days. Some have speculated that this angel is Moroni, who indeed helped Joseph Smith. But it could be Joseph Smith himself. Joseph Smith said he would give “a literal rendering” of Matthew 24. Joseph said, “The Savior said when these tribulations should take place, it should be committed to a man who should be a witness over the whole world…the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world” (Joseph Smith, cited May 12, 1844, Thomas Bullock report). This witness and the tribulations are clearly referencing the last days.
-“It has always been my providence to dig up new things, hidden things for my hearers. Just at the time when some men think I have no right to the keys of the priesthood, just at that time, I have the greatest right…All the testimony is that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys of the priesthood to a witness over all people. Has the Gospel of the kingdom commenced in the last days? And will God take it from the man until He takes him Himself?” (Joseph Smith, 1844). We realize that aside from Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith was prophesied of more than anyone in scripture. Here we see that Joseph identifies himself as the witness of the last days.
-“The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age. It is a theme upon which prophet’s priests and kings have dwelt with particular delight. They have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live, and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations, they have written and sung and prophesied of this our day. But they died without the sight. We are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the latter-day glory. It is left for us to see, participate in, and help to roll forward the latter-day glory.” (Joseph Smith)
-Since the mission of the witness is to build Zion, how could it be someone other than Joseph Smith?
-“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.” (John Taylor)
-“no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith…every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, Junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are… [Joseph Smith] reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim- “Oh, that is very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!” But it is true.” (Brigham Young, 1859)
-The prophet Joseph Smith reigns under Jesus Christ in the celestial kingdom
-“Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth.” (Brigham Young referring to Joseph Smith)
-“Has the gospel of the kingdom commenced in the last days and will God take it from the man until he takes him himself? I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ. John the revelator saw an angel flying through the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth. The scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars famines pestilence great distress judgements and so forth are ready to be poured out on the inhabitants of the earth. John saw the angel having the holy Priesthood, who should preach the everlasting gospel to the nations. God had an angel- a special messenger- ordained and prepared for that purpose in the last days. Woe, woe be to that man or set of men who lift up their hands against God and His witness in these days: for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones.” (Joseph Smith, May 12, 1844, Thomas Bullock report) Here Joseph Smith connects the angel of Rev. 14 with the special messenger/servant of the last days, and essentially acknowledges that he is the man.
-Joseph Smith shows us that the angel is the special witness, who is the messenger, who is himself.
-the documents from this presentation are available at
-The above citations by Joseph Smith show himself to be the latter-day witness:
a. he speaks of the latter-day witness,
b. he makes direct reference to himself,
c. again he references the witness,
d. understanding the context of the passage we see that he again directly speaks of himself,
e. he invokes Christ as a witness of this claim,
f. he then introduces the Rev 14 angel as the revealer of the Gospel to all the earth,
g. he places the angel in a latter-day context
h. he speaks of this angel’s right to the priesthood and keys in the latter days
i. he identifies the angel as the messenger who holds the keys in the latter days
j. he finally warns against all those who attempt to slander or vilify himself as the witness in the latter days
-Malachi’s messenger ‘preparing the way’ may allude to Joseph Smith, a latter-day prophet crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord.
-“Malachi as Isaiah speaks of the Lord sending his servant to prepare the way before him and while that does have reference to the coming of John the Baptist, it is one of those scriptures that has double fulfilment, it has reference also to the coming of the prophet Joseph Smith because that messenger which was to come and prepare the way before him was to come in this day, the latter days.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith)
-The Lord coming suddenly to his temple was fulfilled in the Kirtland temple, but will have dual fulfillment.
-“Why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrine? They cannot do it: it is truth, and I defy all men to upset it. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Repent ye of your sins and prepare the way for the coming of the Son of Man”…for the kingdom of God has come unto you, and henceforth the ax is laid unto the root of the tree; and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, God Almighty (and not Joe Smith) shall hew it down and cast it into the fire.” (Joseph Smith) Here Joseph directly quotes John the Baptist, making himself a latter-day John.
-Malachi 3:2 speaks of Christ as a refining fire; Isaiah 10:17-18 speaks of “the light of Israel for a fire and his Holy One for a flame”; Isa. 31:9 speaks of the Lord’s fire being in Zion
-“The Lord in the former dispensation sent a messenger to prepare the way before him, and in this dispensation it was just as necessary that a messenger be sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and the establishment of the reign of peace. If Joseph Smith was not that man, then we must look for another.” If we must look for another, the Book of Mormon, LDS ordinances, and Joseph Smith himself are a fraud. Joseph declared himself to be this man. We know he fulfilled his mission.
-“The Lord declared, through one of his prophets, that before his second coming a messenger should be sent to prepare the way and make it straight. You may apply this to John if you will, [speaking of John the Baptist] and it is true. John, the messenger who came to prepare the way before the Lord in the former dispensation, also came in this dispensation, as a messenger to Joseph Smith; so it applies, if you wish to apply it so, to John who came as a messenger to prepare the way before the Lord. But I go farther and maintain that Joseph Smith was the messenger whom the Lord sent to prepare the way before him. He came, and under direction of holy messengers laid the foundation for the kingdom of God and of this marvelous work and a wonder that the world might be prepared for the coming of the Lord.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith)
-We also consider Joseph Smit has fulfilling the role of the Elias to restore all things, the 2 prophets in Rev. 11, the servant in D&C 101, the 1 sons in Isaiah, the servant in Jacob 5, the Davidic prince, etc.
-“The Restoration of the gospel is true. Someday we’ll know of the greatness of the Prophet Joseph Smith.” (Elder David B. Haight, 1996)





Notes on Unlocking the Mystery of the 2 Prophets: Revelation 11 by the Joseph Smith Foundation



For a video audio version of this document:


Overview: Joseph and Hyrum Smith are the 2 prophets spoken of in the book of Revelation which would prophecy in the last days before the coming of the Lord. Joseph Smith is the latter-day king David spoken of in the scriptures who would rule Israel with the Lord. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fulfills much of the events of the Book of Revelation. Joseph and Hyrum Smith were joint prophets and we need not look for some other great big last days prophet to come forth other than Jesus Christ himself. Joseph Smith is the prophet we’ve all been waiting for. Joseph and Hyrum have more significant roles in last days events and our salvation than we thought!

For a similar presentation by the JFS “The Prophet Joseph Smith: More Than We Know” see here

-Joseph Smith said if he told the people who he is and what he knows, they would call it blasphemy.
-Joseph Smith said the book of Revelation is one of the plainest books God ever caused to be written.
-Joseph Smith said John the revelator saw things primarily pertaining to after John’s time.
-You can’t separate the “last days events” from the restoration of the gospel in the dispensation of Joseph Smith.
-Hyrum Smith was given all powers and keys to be a joint prophet with Joseph. He was called a prophet seer and revelator with Joseph, called out from first presidency to receive this, he was a 2nd prophet, a joint dispensation head acting in concert with Joseph. We know of no other time where there have been 2 joint president dispensation heads. The D&C says this and Joseph Fielding Smith repeats it. Hyrum was a president of the church, and will stand forever with Joseph as head of this dispensation says Joseph Fielding Smith.
-Oliver Cowdry’s blessings were taken from him and given to Hyrum.
-Joseph Smith said Hyrum has the traits of Job and Christ, that he would be among kings, and his posterity would continue.
-Rev. 11 speaks of 2 witnesses. Verse 3 speaks of the 3-year time frame. This is the amount of time of the ministry of the Lord to the Jews. McConkie called Joseph Smith “a revealer of Christ”.
-The lost tribes scattered into Europe and Asia. The gathering of Israel is the trigger for apocalyptic events.
-it’s estimated 63 million people came to America up to the 1900’s. This is the biggest migration. The book of Mormon speaks of America 8 times as a land of liberty. This could be the highway the north use to come to Zion as referred to in the scriptures.
-KEY: in Jan. 15, 1841 Joseph and Hyrum issued an official proclamation for Israel to come home to America the New Jerusalem, for every Latter-day Saint to gather to build Zion. Exactly 1260 days later they lay dead at Carthage. Rev 3 says the 2 witnesses have a special mission that will be performed within 1260 days. This makes Joseph and Hyrum key candidates for the identity of these 2 prophets. (*It says they will be in Jerusalem, but is not America the new Jerusalem?)
-Revelation tells us that the Garden of Eden was in the heartland of North America, D&C 84 says the New Jerusalem will be built there. These have always been sacred lands, and things will wind up here also.
-Joseph taught that without gathering the LDS won’t survive the events of the last days.
-Ancient and latter-day scripture have as the most common theme, gathering. Noah’s ark was a form of gathering. Those who rejected Noah perished. Luke says the last days will be like the days of Noah.
-“Noah came before the flood, I have come before the fire.” -Joseph Smith
-The gathering is an essential a doctrine as are faith repentance baptism and other ordinances. -Joseph F. Smith
-Gathering is as important for this dispensation as building an ark was for Noah’s dispensation. -Joseph F. Smith
-Joseph said all great seers saw our day.
-Joseph and Hyrum had proclaimed that the time for the gathering was now, that gathering being the marvelous work and a wonder.
-80% of church members in the 1970’s were of British extraction. There were more church members in Great Britain than America. Joseph and Hyrum called for a spiritual and physical gathering to Zion. He emphasized the importance of the saints being an independent people. They were fulfilling Isaiah 52:11-12 which called for the Lord’s people to go out of Babylon to Zion, that they would not go in haste, but would go. Joseph in the proclamation even told them to not go in too much haste, to sell their things but not at too great a loss, etc. They made their own tech, inventions, furniture, clothes, school textbooks, etc. Joseph and the brethren taught that we must not be dependent on the things of Babylon.
-The proclamation to come to Zion by Joseph was 2.5 thousand years after Israel was scattered. The message was the rebuilding of the Zion of ancient times.
-after the proclamation those 3 years before Joseph’s death these events occurred: the first recorded marriage sealings, the Nauvoo temple, baptism for the dead began, the Nauvoo legion, the Holy Land dedicated, the Relief Society organized, the temple endowment restored, Joseph became mayor of Nauvoo, plural marriage was restored more earnestly, Joseph organized the “Kingdom of God” also called the “Council of 50” essentially the political government of Zion, Joseph ran for US President, and other things.
-exactly 1260 days from the time Hyrum Smith called as joint president of the church (Jan. 19 1841) to the 3.5 days after martyrdom (~June 30, 1844). John seems to indicate something significant to have happened 3.5 days after martyrdom.
-there was prophesied a ruler of Judah and Joseph, a rightful heir to the throne, would find Israel in a degenerate state and would bring it back. April 11, 1844 Joseph Smith was declared King of Israel. The council was ordained to be the governing body of the world, and Joseph Smith was the King. This council was called The Kingdom of God / The Council of 50. It was for protection of all nations and creeds.
-side note see book Zion in the Courts: A Legal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
By Edwin Brown Firmage, Richard Collin Mangrum
-The minutes of the council of 50 have been released by the church see Joseph Smith Papers etc.
-The “Kingdom of God” would be a political
-Jeremiah in his prophecies of the latter days, says in Jer. 30:21 speaks of a King coming from among the people, one who would come freely into the presence of the Lord. This is the greatest recorded revelation of a vision we’ve ever seen, when both the Father and the Son come. The Lord came more times in the temple to him. The Lord chose his greatest prophet to rule over the latter days.
-Elder David B Haight said, “someday we will know of the greatness of the prophet Joseph Smith”
-Rev. 11:3 the 2 prophets would be in sack cloth. This signified intense grief. The Nauvoo period signals escalating tribulation. Polygamy tore at the heartstrings of the Puritan heritage of Church members. This was Celestial Law, and went against the local laws, and the church members couldn’t handle it. This likely lead to the prophet’s death.
-Joseph said that God told him that he and his people would be damned unless he introduce and practice polygamy. Joseph further said that he knew if he introduced it, the people would kill him.
-John Taylor said that Emma tried to “pervert the minds” of the sisters telling them polygamy was not correct.
-Emma, one of the greatest women that ever lived, even began to falter. But Joseph, like Christ, remained true to the end. It’s hard to imagine the level of trials they suffered.
-Joseph asked the men if they were willing to die for him. They shouted yes. He drew his sword and told them he would die for them to help them keep their rights.
-Joseph taught the people to follow the 12 Apostles, not his posterity. Joseph Smith the 3rd was 13 when Joseph Jr. died, later fought against the church. Only in the past few decades have Joseph Smith Jr’s posterity through Emma come back into activity in the church.
-Joseph Smith is the King of the Kingdom of God on earth, the leader of the Council of 50.
-William Law apostatized and spoke of disagreeing with a doctrine taught at a conference by Joseph that Joseph was a god to this generation.
-The Nauvoo Expositor said these were things they didn’t like about Joseph’s teachings: the plurality of Gods, God can fall if he violates law, Celestial law includes plurality of wives, men can be sealed up to eternal life, that Joseph Smith should be crowned king of Israel, that church and state should be united during Millennium, and that the Gentiles would eventually be spoiled by Israel.
-Joseph Smith taught that eventually all governments would be put down and replaced by the Kingdom of God, people considered this unpatriotic and tyrannical.
-Orson Pratt’s wife accused Joseph Smith of seduction, John Bennett was the real offender, was excommunicated, and wrote anti-Mormon material. Orson was excommunicated, and repented 5 months later and was reinstated in the church.
-The beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit made war against them and overcame them and killed them, as John saw. JS and HS were killed.
-Parley Pratt prayed at the time of the martyrdom of JS and HS, the spirit came upon him with indescribable joy and spoke to him that JS still holds the keys of the kingdom, and that he will stand in due time on the earth in the flesh and fulfil that to which he is appointed.
-“Those who are your friends are my friends, and I promise you when I come again, I will lead you forth, so that where I am you shall be with me.” (Joseph Smith)
-Rev. 11:4 speaks of olive trees. Scriptures often use trees to speak of people. “These are the 2 olive trees and the 2 candlesticks standing before the God of the earth” (Rev. 11:4). The Hebrew word for olive tree is etz shemen, meaning tree of oil, from a root meaning “to shine, richness, anointing, fruitful, oil, olive”. It’s related to the Hebrew word shemesh meaning sun.
-“Israel came into being as a chosen and separate congregation before the foundations of the earth were laid. She was a distinct and a peculiar people in preexistence, even as she is in this sphere.” (Bruce R McConkie)
-D&C 101’s parable contains the olive tree as does Jacob 5. The olive tree taught the history of Israel. Olives were pressed, and the oil used for sacred temple rights.
-The 2 witnesses stand before the God of the earth as Revelation says, this suggests the preeminence of these 2 prophets. Greek word for standing pertains to appoint, establish, stand by. They have a special standing before God, speaking to him being a special privilege bestowed from purity. 2 witnesses or guardians have been used in sacred spaces dating back to at least the time of Moses. The tabernacle of Moses was built to instruct Israel on entering the presence of God. Entering the courtyard was symbolic of leaving the world, outer cleansings symbolized inner cleansings. The lid on the arc of the covenant features 2 angels facing God. The 2 prophets have the right to enter and dwell in the immediate presence of God.
-Rev. 11:19 speaks of the ark of the covenant shortly after describing the olive tree and 2 candlesticks.
-Joseph F. Smith said the day will soon come when the name Joseph Smith is “coupled with” the name of Jesus Christ as his servant.
-Wilford Woodruff taught that aside from Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith is the greatest prophet that has ever lived.
-It is proposed that the 2 angels atop the ark of the covenant guarding the presence of God are 1. Jesus Christ and 2. Joseph Smith. Or Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith
-Joseph Smith taught that the ancient prophets looked forward to the work he Joseph Smith would do in the latter-day.
-Zech. 4:2 speaks of the 2 olive trees by the candle stick, on the left and right of it. Verses 11-14 say those prophets stand by the Lord. Cf. Rev. 11:4. They’re obviously referring to the same people.
-Wilford Woodruff saw 7 lamps in the heavens representing the dispensations.
-Heber C Kimball said this last dispensation is the greatest, and that Joseph and Hyrum give power to all dispensations. It is written that the last will be first, this is the last kingdom and the Lord will make it first and it will bestow power upon all that have been. He further said that we could see this if we live our religion and call upon God day and night.
-Heber Kimball’s above statement make JS and HS fit the descriptions of Rev. 11:4 and Zech. 4:2, making them fathers of past dispensations. Zech. 4 also describes branches coming from the olive trees into the lamp between them, which could symbolize, as Kimball said, that JS would bring power to all past dispensations.
-The scriptures show that Joseph Smith is THE last great prophet. There is no prophecy of another greater to come excerpting Jesus Christ himself. The ancient prophets knew this, let us not look forward to some other great prophet to come, Joseph Smith is it.
-The SLC temple was shown in vision to Brigham Young in plainness and vivid imagery. There are 2 sculptural niches, these alcoves originally house sculptures, on one side a sculpture of Joseph Smith, and the other a statue of Hyrum Smith. The SLC temple design was a direct result of revelation from the Lord, consider the symbolism, to enter the temple of God, you must pass by these 2 men who guard the presence of God.
-President Joseph F Smith in an a
-Heber C Kimball said that one day, in or out of the church, you WILL prize Joseph Smith as a prophet of God and prize him as a God.
-“Would to God…I could tell you who I am!…you would call it blasphemy…” (Joseph Smith)
-for more visit Upcoming topics from the JSF: Moses and Aaron as types of Joseph & Hyrum, The Latter-day Elijah: Joseph Smith, etc.



Notes on “On Sacred Ground: Reflections on Joseph Smith” by Truman G Madsen





-when darkness happens, you can rejoice knowing light is about to come. Joseph Smith had such an experience just before his first vision, and when he heard one missionary had such an experience, he rejoiced knowing that soon the work would go forward well in that region.

-At Joseph Smith’s first vision, he first see’s one being come down and touch his forehead, then another descends. The first person says pointing to the other, “This is my beloved Son”.

-Physicists have found that there are planets with one trillion times the brightness of our sun. This goes with what Joseph Smith said that a person must be transformed to endure the presence of God, the radiation from Him, that brightness.

-the angel Moroni has light gathered around him when he leaves Joseph Smith’s room, this suggests that light is an intrinsic part of the personality of resurrected beings, and that they can spread that light.

-there is record of at least 23 subsequent visits of Moroni to Joseph Smith; he was his tutor, a full semester of one on one training.

-John Taylor said that Joseph Smith was as familiar with ancient prophets as we are with one another

-Hyrum Smith said that there were prophets before, but Joseph Smith has the element of all of those prophets. There were things of the prior prophets which had to do with elements of the life of Joseph Smith.

-one revelation says about Emma Smith the wife of Joseph Smith, “whom I have given unto you” which suggests that the Lord made that marriage

-Adam and Eve together understood what they were doing in The Fall; it was to keep procreation going; marriage, contrary to what was the current opinion, was good, and to prepare for heaven, and could continue after death, and is required for the exaltation of a person. Hence the LDS religion is known as a family religion.

-Urim and Thumim means light and truth; anciently it was used in determining the innocence of guilt of someone; also at times Urim meant yes, the Thumim meant no for cases where they were seeking divine guidance. But it did more. There was visual aspects to it. Toward the end of the translation process he didn’t need this tool, since he himself became a sort of a Urim and Thumim, a seer.

-when Martin Harris lost the manuscript, Joseph Smith doesn’t blame Harris, but himself. He asked the Lord too many times and didn’t accept the Lord’s first answer.

-in Hebrew terms, John the Baptist means John the immerser

-John the Baptist thought of Jesus Christ in ancient terms, anointed one, Messiah. Hence, he says in the name of Messiah when he confers the Aaronic Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry.

-Joseph Smith said that when he was baptized and got the Holy Ghost, he understood the scriptures like he never before could, even though he had visions and divine tutoring before this point.

-there were 160 at least trials against Joseph Smith, these were frivolous.

-twice the Old Testament says in good Hebrew, that Moses communed with God panim v panim, face to face. Then it goes on to say, “as one man converses with another”. This is the ultimate blessing of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

-the book of Third Nephi can be called a 5th gospel

-why do we have the angel Moroni on the temples? For he is the messenger spoken of in the book of Revelation who tells of the coming of the Latter-day Kingdom.

-Book of Mormon is called a golden bible, replacing the bible, but that’s the reverse of the truth, for this book is to help establish the bible. It’s not like Jews who say it’s all closed after the Torah, or the Islam who says it’s all closed after the Quran, or the Christians who say it’s all closed after the bible. Books have been coming forth, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Phillip, these have echoes of the authentic teachings of Christ. Scholars say there is just as much reason to trust these as words of Jesus as the other gospels in the bible. So why not look at more potential scriptures like the Book of Mormon?

-Unorganized religion isn’t living; isn’t vital. There must be a people meeting together fulfilling the purposes of God, where the ordinances of the scriptures are performed.

-being baptized is merely being born again; then we must grow up unto Christ, and this requires higher and higher ordinances.

-many saw the Prophet Joseph Smith or parts of the restoration in vision before missionaries arrived to them which helped them know that these were messengers from the Lord

-Joseph Smith learned that the fullness of the Priesthood is only available in the House of the Lord.

-John Taylor in the early Church said that if we understood the restoration of the gospel, how the ancients saw it, we would spend all of our time to promote it. He insisted we don’t comprehend its magnitude, nor have we caught the vision.

-without the powers of the higher Priesthood, the powers of Godliness are not manifest unto men says the scripture Joseph Smith brought forth.

-the ancients have looked forward to this time of Joseph Smith and the restoration, they rhapsodized about it and sang about it. Now it’s for us to roll it forth.

-it takes discernment to know which spirits are of God and which are of the devil

-the school of the prophets which Joseph Smith set up was because they could not be saved in ignorance

-there was a formal greeting of brethren which spoke of their love and covenant to uphold each other remembering the New and Everlasting Covenant which they were to say to each other upon meeting one another

-when the Word of Wisdom was revealed, the brethren present took their pipes and threw them into the fire.

-perfect love entails our love to God and recognition of the love to God toward us. Joseph Smith said that until we have this love we are liable to fall. This entails getting our names into the Lamb’s book of life, into his book of remembrance, then it’s impossible for false Christ’s to deceive us.

-those who have not seen God are considered “in the wilderness”

-some of the witnesses had visions where they actually saw Christ on the cross. They could stand with Joseph Smith and say they knew he lives, they know the gospel is true. These are the “Special Witnesses.”

-Elder Neil A Maxwell referred to the Atonement as inter-galactic (this puts the kibosh on much of the Kolob theorem).

-Joseph Smith taught that if you are faithful in the gospel of Jesus Christ, ALL of your losses will be made up to you.

-God cannot force us to heaven, we can resist him forever. It’s not only that he will not, he cannot. This is what Joseph Smith taught. Such would be contrary to the nature of God.

-when we don’t honor the power of Christ, in the eternities, the powers of procreation will be denied us.

-the only time Christ referred to himself as perfect (3 Nephi) was after his Resurrection when he had a body of flesh and bones. This shows such is essential, and reminds us that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones.

-anything you can say about Christ you can potentially say about mankind. This is blasphemous in the traditional Christian theology.

-As the Jews see it, when you kill a person you kill a nation, or when you save a person you save a nation, and they view themselves as accountable to God as a whole, as a people.

-some see salvation as 41% good and 51% bad you go to hell, and vice versa, but not so. You are rewarded according to your deeds, it’s not a line in the sand.

-there was the Kirtland temple dedication where the building looked like it was on fire, the Holy Ghost was so strong poured out upon it.

-what’s different with a temple compared to a normal meeting house? God had promised to reveal himself in the temple.

-some people tried to set fire to the temple at one time and it didn’t work. God was protecting it till his time with it was finished.

-at the dedication of the Kirkland temple angels were standing in and on the temple, children and many others could see them

-when Christ comes you’ll shout with your whole being Hosanna’s

-after great blessings will come trial; such Joseph Smith taught after many spoke in tongues etc. at the Kirkland temple dedication; indeed persecution came

-they saw Jesus Christ standing on the pulpit of the Kirkland temple; his hair white, his voice as that of the rushing of great waters

-Daniel speaks of the Ancient of Days coming to sit at a great meeting. We proclaim it will be at Jackson County Missouri at the meeting of Adam-ondi-Ahman.

-Adam was told “in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surly die”. Considering that one thousand years is a day to God, indeed, Adam died within our thousand years of the time he ate that fruit. (*No man has ever lived more than 1000 years on this earth, though some have come close.)

-the word Eve Joseph Smith translated as “Lives”, suggesting plurality of her motherhood.

-Joseph Smith was charged with treason, but in courts today, that would have been considered flimsy and not had against him.

-Joseph Smith played sports with the boys he said ‘this will help the boys and the boys will become trusted’ that became true. Joseph Smith said that we should not think that he is unaware of the issues in the church etc. just because he plays sports etc.

-When boys vandalized a fence, the court wanted them in jail for six months. Joseph Smith said no, that would only make them hardened. Let me be responsible, I’ll have them filling in pot holes in the road till they make enough money to pay for the damages. The boys did so, and in their journals they said they became better men for it.

-when newcomers came and they had children, Joseph Smith first greeted the children, almost ignoring the parents, then he would greet the parents.

-Joseph Smith was always the first to jump to his feet when he heard a child crying.

-Joseph Smith said, “if a man is not honored in his own home, the only reproach is on him.” he would often help with all the household chores.

-Joseph Smith would have people listen to other preachers and tell them to take all well of what was said well, then Joseph Smith would fill in the blanks from the restored gospel.

-one man couldn’t confound Joseph Smith with his preaching, and went and called for God to send fire down to consume Joseph Smith. Joseph said “your God does not hear you”

-the man on the cross question, Joseph Smith was asked that by a preacher who said that man was not baptized. Joseph laughed and said ‘how do you know he was not baptized? But that is not the point. He went to the world of spirits.’

-Joseph Smith would often come home with guests for dinner with little or no warning.

-Joseph Smith had an incredible recuperative power, as he went through trials he seemed not to age but to get even more exuberant and lively.

-Joseph Smith would never ask what the consequence would be to him, rather what the right thing to do would be. He was a man of principle.

-Joseph Smith could concentrate well even with children playing in the room.

-JS was not hard to get along with or odd, just the opposite.

-JS taught his family that they should pray together 3 times a day

-basically there were always guests in the JS home

-when people heard JS kneel and pray, they observed he did so humble as a little child, recognizing his total dependence on God. He didn’t much change his voice tone, just a humble conversation with the living God

-JS said that if you don’t feel the spirit by the end of your prayer it wasn’t very good, not all the way heard by God, or not to expect it totally to be answered.

-while JS prayed some stood and rubbed their knees then knelt again since it was so long.

-once they had only Johnny cake (corn bread) to eat. JS prayed thanks for it, and that they might have something better. There something of new food was on their porch, a turkey and a ham. JS said “See Emma? God has answered my prayer!”

-make a list of all the headings Jesus Christ did, they can all be matched in a column alongside it by what Joseph Smith did, including raising the dead.

-JS prayed to be like Enoch, that he could prepare a people for the very presence of God.

-JS promised the Saints a new manna and a new name and to be kings and priests unto God if they were faithful. These are temple promises. The white raiment promise is given, such is worn in the temple to foresee that.

-JS taught the Saints that they needed the temple endowment in order to overcome all things. Where is this in the scriptures? JS taught that Peter in the day of Pentecost even after the temple had been defiled, he obtained a house and practice baptism for the dead and ordinances of washing and anointing etc.

-bible scholars today agree that Paul wrote of baptism for the dead because it was practice of the Christian church.

-JS taught the Saints that they could not begin to comprehend how grateful people are for whom we do work for in the temples. He said those people would one day kneel at your feet and express such gratitude to you that it’s hard to comprehend.

-JS taught that our ancestors know our feelings and are often pained by such.

-JS taught that Adam and Eve partook of the fruit somewhat knowingly, so they could help the human family come to the world.

-JS taught that to have a body was a step forward in progression rather than being a form of a prison.

-JS taught that family relations will be intensified for the faithful in the next life.

-JS taught the biblical idea that if the wife of a man die, then he marry again (*these marriages being sealed in the temple; recall the scripture saying none have the wife if it’s not sealed), then the man will have several wives in heaven, and that such would be a blessing to the family raising up more posterity. This seems bitter at first, but one comes to see it is from the Lord.

-an angel with a drawn sword came to Joseph Smith and told him that he could not move the church forward one more inch without this principle of plural marriage. Like the book of Jacob says, it’s what the Lord uses at times to raise up seed unto Him.

-Eliza Snow was asked how she put up with plural marriage, she said she learned to love the beauty of that principle.

-the women were not able to live the law of plural marriage without getting a witness from the spirit that this principle was true. They learned that it would cause them to have righteous posterity, and other blessings. They would in turn be the army of missionaries that could build up the gospel in the world. This is what they believed.

-if you think plural marriage was for lust, think about it. Polygamy required you to provide for your wives, and to serve them daily in your home. There are easier ways to get lust than that.

-JS changed the bible passage saying love not things on the earth to love not things of the world. This is because the earth itself is a temple, it is created of the Lord.

-JS knew that stage by stage, covenant by covenant, Christ was waiting. He brings blessings for each covenant. For baptism, get fire and the Holy Ghost. For Priesthood, get endowment. For sacrament, get the spirit to always be with you. At temple, get promise that He will give us all He has. You see, being born again comes by ordinances of the kingdom of God. These are found at the temple and all Saints are invited there through their whole life.

-they would meet with the prophet almost daily, it seemed he would not leave them alone. When asked why, JS responded “The Spirit urges me”

-JS conferred all the authority to lead the Church on the heads of the 12 Apostles before he died, having a sense that he was going to die, so that they could carry on the ministry. He did the laying on of hands like the bible says. He said he was going to rest. They didn’t understand what that meant. He told them they have all the authority to lead the Church toward the Celestial Kingdom of God. He said he didn’t expect to live to see the temple finished but sensed he would be killed. He was.

-JS told the Apostles that they must round up their shoulders and bear off the kingdom or they would be damned.

-an audio recording of 1897 of Wilford Woodruff is on the film, John Taylor then being the only person still living who knew JS in person

-JS said to the Apostles, ‘if you have to die, I pity you, but remember, Christ had to die first.’

-JS said always go with the majority of the 12 Apostles and the records of the Church and you will not go astray.

-JS said he could trust Willard Richards with everything

-JS told people your journals will be sought after as history etc.

-BH Roberts said Journal of Wilford Woodruff is one of the greatest historical treasures we have

-JS wouldn’t sleep until he had written down sermons he gave, this has been a great blessing to us. (this might be a typo on my part, it might be that Woodruff wouldn’t let himself sleep until he had transcribed JS’s speeches)

-JS said children are what Abraham was promised; Abraham said I want quality children; the Lord said that his children would be like the stars, meaning that kind of magnitude, that quality, and also many in number.

-when we do ordinances in the temple, it helps families which had been divided by hate come back together; the abused persons can plea to God for the mercy of their abusers, and God will hear their cries and forgive them for the sake of the abused persons. This is how people come together, and merit the sanction of God, and become as the stars, majestic.

-Hyrum Smith said to JS, In the name of Jesus Christ, I will go where you go, and I will die where you die. JS said Amen. JS plead with Hyrum to leave him on the road to Carthage, Hyrum said he could not, for he promised that he would not.

-Willard Richards offered to be hung in the stead of JS.

-one who saw JS die said that he died with a smile on his face

-it has been said that a true martyr doesn’t seek nor resist martyrdom; JS falls into that category; JS had been told by the Savior, even if they do to you what they have done to me, blessed are ye for ye shall dwell with me in glory.

-JS said that were it not for the love he had for his family and friends, death to him would be as sweet as honey

-BY told JS that he was laying out 20 years’ worth of things to do; then JS responded “yes, and you are going to do it!”

-when it was near the time of the death of JS, JS said ‘I could do more to build the kingdom on the other side of the veil than I could here’

-JS saw visions of the resurrection so vivid, he saw people come up out of their graves, the grave open, the person sit up, then embrace the person by them exclaiming ‘my mother! my father!’ this is why JS commanded BY to bury him near his family.

-people describing JS often used superlatives when describing JS. For example John Taylor said JS was the most learned man he ever knew despite having traveled continents

-BY called the sermons of JS sweet like honey

-BY wanted to hear all JS had to say even if it was merely his own opinion

-Wilford Woodruff said JS was like a bed of gold hidden from the view of his generation, that people didn’t recognize him for what he was.

-Franklin D Richards said that JS was the most healing in his personal presence; simply to shake his hand or be with him a few minutes as a healing uplifting experience.

-Emeline B Wells wrote that she hardly knew how to live without occasionally hearing the prophet; she said he was like the prophet poet mixed together.

-Emma Smith said the greatest miracle of JS was JS himself

-Bathsheba Smith said that JS’s blue eyes seemed to penetrate the deepest hearts.




Notes on The Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Truman G Madsen




(Madsen was a professor of Philosophy at BYU, and a Mission President, and has lead tours at Jerusalem, much Church History scholarship, many publications and films.)
-Under the title of each President, are things they said and did. At the end of the document are some assorted notes.
-There are wonderful things here you probably haven’t heard about the prophets that will strengthen your love for and faith in Jesus Christ, and that the servants he has called to lead his work in these latter-days are of Him.
God bless you. -Nate

President Joseph Smith

-said were he the emperor of the world he would guarantee all people religious rights (wanted to give to others what we have sometimes been denied)
-you think me a boy like one of you (said to Zion’s Camp members), but I’m in a position where I’m governed and controlled by the Lord.
-if they send us to hell we’ll turn the devil out and make a heaven out of it. (This is basically what happened when leaders of the Church were sent to prisons)
-Madsen says that people say there are 2 Joseph Smith’s and that Madsen only teaches of the good one. Well, truth is that all the firsthand accounts speak of Joseph Smith as being a good man. The second Joseph Smith is fictitious and a fabrication of evil conspiring men.
-they were strict to keep journals from the beginning days of the Church for they knew that they were making history and that one day people would refer to those as scripture.
– if they take his rights fine but if they go after those of the Saints he would stand for them he said with sword in hand
-the Smith family had verbal threat for their lives hence Emma Smith must have wanted to stay back as to not jeopardize them entire camp going west
-Joseph Smith was said by another prophet to manifest the power of all the prophets
-the revelation said his life wasn’t YET as Job, and in increasingly came to be as time went on
-he was kissed by a man who would betray him
-people broke the law to slay him
-people met in secret to plan his death
-about 150 people were ready to swear with their hand on a bible to not rest until he was killed
-Hyrum Smith was given a blessing of long life and what would come then by Joseph Smith, and he forfeited that blessing in order to go with Joseph.
-the relationship between Joseph and Hyrum surpasses anything you’ll read of any two mortal people in history ever
-Joseph walked CALMLY toward the window, knowing that weather inside or outside of the jail he would be killed. He was shot in the back and pulled himself through the window, and fell down; in so doing, he managed to save two other people who were in the jail, for once Joseph had fallen out the window, they yelled “he’s out!” and left.
-Hyrum made a covenant with the God of Israel to be where Joseph was, and to die where he died.
-Joseph told some with him near his death: don’t worry, they cannot do to us more than they did to the Master. They can only kill our bodies. We and our message will live on.
-said Hyrum demonstrated the very meekness and love of Christ
-one of the prophets said soon the church would be 10 million then one hundred million, in an extension of Joseph Smith’s words that the church would grow to fill north and south America, and eventually to fill the world.
-all truth belongs to Mormonism; that if there is any truth in hell, it belongs to the Mormons. That the devil has no attractive kingdom, the devil merely distorts truth. The devil has NOTHING.
-another prophet said that WHEN (not if) the law fails to revenge the blood of Joseph Smith, leave it to God.
-the day will come, another prophet said, that Joseph will be known as a temporal and spiritual deliverer of this dispensation like Joseph in Egypt was in his
-when asked “who are you?” he said “Noah came before the flood. I have come before the fire.”
-at the time when things were tense and Joseph was about to be killed Joseph saw some packing their wagons and leaving the gathering of the Saints. He said as he watched them leave, “there go the cowards.”
-no one was convicted for any crime in the murder of Joseph Smith.
-the murder of Joseph Smith was an obvious conspiracy
-after Joseph Smith was killed, mobsters continued to rape and plunder the Saints.
-Joseph said he doesn’t care what they do to him so long as they don’t hang him. Hearing this, a 300-pound man (a close associate George Smith I think) offered to be hung in the stead of Joseph Smith.

-if you can get the LDS to agree on any matter, you can know that such a matter is of God
-he and Emma moved about 14 times
-he revealed to Eliza Snow that we have a Mother in Heaven.
-said once when under the spirit strongly that it’s as though we were in the presence of The Father and the Son and others who have given their entire lives to build up the Kingdom of God and heal and seal family relationships.
-of guardian angels that he believed likely we have relatives (now dead) who care more for us than we can for them and they have influence in our lives and aren’t far from us
-spoke of the Godhead as the matchless governing quorum over all the creations of the Father
-taught earnestly against using black and mourning clothes at death and funerals; instead wear white! Eliza Snow said he taught her this.


President Brigham Young:

-when God calls a man to a work nothing can stop it
-he said “now we are to rest here” while on the trial. Then he said, “now we dance”. Porter Rockwell said “first he tells us we can rest, now he tells us we must dance!”
-a person full of the Holy Spirit never grows old
-Brigham Young as a young man learned to care for horses, clear timber, and work in the cold (they would often milk their cows in 30 below zero in a tee shirt) as those of Vermont, “the final frontier of the yankee” were common to do. They were fiercely independent people there. There the Constitution and rights were strongly respected, and Brigham was sad to see those be violated against him and the Saints through his life.
-one missionary was asked how many wives Brigham Young had yelling it over and again in a congregation. It was relentless so the missionary said, “I don’t know I’ll have to ask him when I get to heaven.” The man responded, “oh no, he’s not going to heaven”. Then the missionary said, “then you ask him!”
-he said at his baptism he felt like fire was running through his body and he couldn’t help but get up and preach
-on the night when Joseph Smith got the plates from the Hill Cumorah which would become known as the Book of Mormon, with his wife Emma, it was Rash Hashanah, the Jewish new year holiday. This record signified the beginning of a new dispensation, the restoration of the knowledge of the days of old. Brigham Young at this time didn’t even know who Joseph Smith was, but he and Heber C. Kimball went out from a woman beckoning them to come see the stars, and they went and saw in the sky armies of soldiers dressed in American revolution clothing with guns, and they were marching toward the west. It went on for about an hour. They could hear the marching. They seemed intent about something, concerned about something, and as to be preparing to participate in a great battle.
-many of the Saints had to burn the very homes and bridges they built to protect the Saints from an army coming to get them though they lived in peace in the west where no one else wanted to be.
-Joseph Smith heard him pray for the first time when they first met and said that he would be one of the greatest teachers of redemption this world has ever seen.
-he preached that Jesus went beneath all things so that no person, no matter how sin stained, could be out of the reach of Christ
-he taught that human kind are generally good, doing away with the doctrine of original sin, which thing he had also heard Joseph Smith preach. That most of the falling of the human race came at the time of Cain. That Adam and Eve didn’t fall very much that they knew what they were doing and yes there are consequences of that action but it’s what we need. He taught that humans are generally good in nature, all with the candle light of the Lord in them even the worst of people having some of that. In other words that people are inherently good not inherently bad.
-he taught that we should picture Christ in our minds, and that in so doing, making every part of our lives spiritual and involving God in every part of our lives, even the menial parts of life become hallowed, and that this thinking of Christ will ALLOW (not make) our spirits to become hallowed and holy.
-in England many were baptized into the Church, one prophet said that the forefathers in Israel had prayed for their families that they would get the gospel and the reason that there were many baptisms in England was fulfillment of the prayers of their forefathers that they would one day find the fullness of the gospel. Many of these people are the blood of Israel, and it’s such that prayed for them. More than 6 thousand baptisms were performed, and they baptized all day long.
– in response to others who say that they couldn’t have endured what the pioneers did, he said that he was in the very heart of those trials, and that he had never felt better in his life. That the spirit of God was poured out upon them so heavily during those times, and it was exquisite and precious.
-we will put in our roots here (in the Utah area) so deep that not even the devil himself will be able to drive us out
-one saint was bare foot and in scraggly clothes and stood outside of a conference the Church was having too embarrassed to go inside from how he looked for it was all he had. He learned that in that conference President Young had asked for men to go and get more stone for the Salt Lake Temple, this man said yes I will go!
-he told one man that his calling was to “go and colonize Mexico. You’ll be released when you’re dead. God bless you!” And thus did and died the man in Mexico colonizing.
-at one time he had 7 counselors to him as President. Not all of them had to be Apostles.

President John Taylor:

-came from England.
-felt that he was to come to America to preach the gospel
-organized a group of people called the seekers who were looking for New Testament Christianity. They were taught about the Church by Parley P Pratt and joined.
-at one point Pratt spoke bad of Joseph Smith, and John responded although a new convert that if Joseph Smith was a prophet at first, he still is now, and that Pratt was out of line. Pratt later came back into good terms with Joseph Smith and did more great missionary work
-John went on an 8 year mission and only got to return to visit his wife very seldomly, and when he did return from those 8 years she was ill
-liked the debate with people as a missionary particularly that this Church is the only one with the authority offices miracles and spiritual gifts of the new testament. He didn’t avoid debate and this sort of contention.
-take care to nourish the smaller roots and the bigger ones will take care of themselves
-tithing was given in kind in those days; he would look at the baskets of his fruit and see the best one and say there that is the tithing for the Lord
-was known to say the Kingdom of God or nothing; he searched for the New Testament Church until he found it
-he translated the Book of Mormon into French and German
-Joseph Smith told him he needed to give his wife to Joseph for sealing. John responded that if it is the Lord who wants her in this thing, ok the Lord can have her in this way as asked, but that if it’s merely Joseph’s desire then no. Joseph wept and told him that the Lord was only trying him as Abraham, asking for what he held most dear and seeing if he and his wife were willing to give everything up for God and His Christ.
-only did plural family principal because it was from the Lord, otherwise he wouldn’t. It was to raise more righteous prosperity to go preach the gospel
-he would not be a slave to anything, so he quit tobacco and alcohol
-he would not be a slave to anyone, not even to God. That he would be a servant to God and son of God, but not a slave to anyone, that he would die first.
-he wrote the Times and Seasons which is the newspaper they had the Deseret News of the time for the Church
-he was a very skilled writer
-at Carthage as mobbers were shooting through the door at Joseph Smith, John used a stick to whack the pistols up into the air from the crack in the door. Joseph said that is right, parry them off as long as you can. Those are the last words he heard from Joseph.
-when it comes to the gospel and eternity, our nation knows about as much as an iron railing
-the Lord suddenly appear at his temple means the Jews await his appearance at the Jerusalem temple, it will happen.

President Wilford Woodruff:

-Hugh B Brown was asked who he would deem a Saint based on the regular qualifications in Catholicism etc. of devotion to the Church, radiance, being productive: he said Wilford Woodruff
-a miller in Connecticut
– plead to God to find someone who could say like the bible characters, they didn’t just know of Christ, rather that they KNOW Christ.
-felt prompted to go to Rhode Island but didn’t go. If he had gone he would have heard the preaching of the LDS missionaries there. But later in the next year he did go, and a missionary Pulsipher went there, and felt to go directly to Wilford’s house. Wilford went to a church meeting then was baptized in icy water with clothing on but he said he didn’t feel the cold
-a friend of his called “father Mason” had a vision before his death that the New Testament Church would return and he would not get to see it, but that Wilford would be a large participant in it.
-a small number of choice spirit sons and daughters of God have been kept to come to earth now and inherit this Church, they’ve been kept in store for 6,000 years (that’s when Adam was in Eden) to come forth in this time to build up and organize this Church, to receive the Everlasting Priesthood.
-had many injuries growing up; he felt like a marked man, partly because he was a most avid journal keeper. He took notes of the Joseph Smith sermons and couldn’t rest until he went and put them from shorthand into legible prose.
-his daily journal is over 7,000 pages
-unless we have the spirit, our religion is a farce.
-those with the spirit can see weather others they meet with have the spirit. You’ll feel safe in their atmosphere etc.
-he was told he would be numbered with the 144,000 who sing the new song on Mt. Zion
-was a President of a horticultural society
-everything that brings joy and gladness is for us, if we use it well
-no singing or dancing in hell. No joy there. There is only singing and dancing in heaven.
-you can build all the buildings you want but there will never be enough to hold the LDS
-visited by the founders of the USA in the temple of St. George Utah. Those who put their lives on the line to sign the Declaration of Independence etc. They “pled” with him as a man pleading for his LIFE that he would do their temple work, so they could have those blessings. They said, “we did not apostasies from the form of government that God gave us, but we have no form of earthly representatives for us to do this temple work, please help do this for us.” George Washington and Benjamin Franklin “argued with me and said they were choice spirits not wicked men”. Woodruff did their temple work, and loved the Constitution and the American way, partly because he spoke to those who created them.
-did some reading in Greek Latin and Hebrew; he was well read
-would say things in public meetings regardless of how it would affect him personally or effect the audience
-rather than troubling the government, they stopped plural marriage.
-founded Utah Power and Light Company
-was a statistician and at the end of each year said of the number of people he visited, number of sermons he had preached, etc. We know of at least 4367 baptisms and confirmations he did, 817 administrations of the sick via the Priesthood, sealing 11,388 couples (living and dead) in the temple. That is an average of administering 2 ordinances per day of his life. Said he never did an ordinance without the Holy Ghost.
-dedicated a railroad; believed that temporal and spiritual things are tied to each other
-constantly spoke of the spirit world (Madsen calls him a spiritual amphibian, spending so much time in the world of spirit and the temporal world). One example of this is that he said to one man “hello Mr. Jones. (a pause). You know, I don’t think I’ve talked to your father since he died!”
-as we dedicate and should hosanna at temple dedication, they do so in heaven and it echoes to the very throne of God.
-Isaiah speaking of the house of the Lord in the mountains: he was seeing and referring to the Salt Lake City Utah LDS Temple!
-there have been 2 powers: one to slay me and one to spare me
-the Lord used me because he couldn’t find a weaker vessel
-we must read novels, but we can’t call the bible mere novel: it contains revelation.
-said that Joseph Smith will be crowned as a martyr in the presence of God and the Lamb
-bore his testimony into a talking machine (voice recorder)
-at his death he wanted no one to wear mourning clothes because he was a faithful person and for those type of people, death is a good thing
-said he would try to attend his own funeral

President Lorenzo Snow:

-descendant of Sephardic Jews at time of Spanish inquisition where Jews told they had to leave or die
-came from a family of 9
-at his school one had to do 3-4 hours of manual labor a day, and they were geared toward language study, he was interested in Hebrew, but not impressed in the religion he saw. Said “if this is all there is in religion, then goodbye to religion!”
-didn’t believe in Joseph Smith at first, only having heard bad rumors of him.
-was stunned at promises Joseph Smith Sr. was giving in Patriarchal blessings to people. He told Lorenzo “you’ll become great as God and you couldn’t wish to be greater”
-he gave up his military ambitions and his plans of further education to set out on his first mission for the Church
-after some time in the jail (at present day Sugar House SLC) for polygamy, one thought he would be full of wrath and a spirit of rebellion. Rather he was calm like a Saint. In this prison the Saints thrown in taught math lessons to each other, art lessons, and enjoyed each other’s association. They had Church sacrament and sermons on Sundays. They wore black and white striped outfits common to prisons. He led them in a Hosanna Shout which they did at the top of their lungs.
-had a vision he went to Kolob (the star nearest to the throne of God, see the Pearl of Great Price), and was clothed with a Celestial body. The joy that came from that was beyond description.
-went with 4 women to be sealed in the temple
-was to colonize a city, Brigham City. He told the Saints that they would indeed return to Jackson County Missouri (Where the New Jerusalem will be built), but not today or tomorrow, to build there for now.
-healed a dying child in Italy
-converted a group of people in Italy who were rebelling against the current protestant Churches. This group of people was living in strict adherence to the New Testament despite the protestant ideas that were going around.
-translated the Book of Mormon into Italian
-came home and woke all his children and family, knelt in prayer with then that they would be able to understand what he was about to testify of to them: that he saw Jesus Christ. When praying in the temple of how to organize the Church upon the death of the President, Christ appeared to him in the hall way of the temple after he had prayed much for guidance. Christ stood on something a little above the floor, similar to the Kirtland temple account of Christ standing on a paved breastwork of pure gold when Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry saw him there, and Christ told him how to lead the Church, to reorganize it straightway and be President. Christ also told him plainly whom his councilors were to be.
-if we knew all our trials in advance it would discourage us; God ever helps us in the time of our greatest need; whenever threatened with discouragement, he saw glorious blessings awaiting.
-had 41 children and adopted 3 more. Last child born to him at age 81.
-away from home oft several years at a time
-“As man is God once was, and as God is man may become.” He taught this, and after that revelation, he saw it in the scriptures as well in writings of Jesus Paul and John. The early Christian Fathers also taught that doctrine.
(the Hebrew says we are created “a little lower than the Gods (Elohim is the word)” not angels (melak is the word for that).
-Jesus was a God before he came here to this earth. Knowledge of that was taken from him when he was born. Similarly, knowledge of who we were before we were born is withheld from us in this life. Jesus in pre-mortality (whom was Jehovah) knew of the mission he would perform during mortality. We also knew the mission we would perform in mortality while we were still in the pre-mortal world.
-being like Christ means suffering for others rather than dominating over them. This is how we access the ultimate power in the universe, the Priesthood.
-there is no God in eternity that has any governmental rights except over his own children
-being President meant nothing to him in comparison of what his calling would be in the next life
-rose a girl from the dead after she had been dead for 2 hours.
-was 5’6 and 140 lbs. and had respiratory problems.
-if we are faithful we will at some time be doing our own work, but for now we are doing the work of our Father in Heaven.
-a mother who has brought up faithful children should be saved even if she does nothing else.
-diplomatic friendly scholarly gentle Christlike appearance.

President Joseph F Smith:

-son of Hyrum Smith, nephew of Joseph Smith Jr.
-when JFS was a little boy of 6, Hyrum and Joseph were going to Carthage Jail where they would be murdered. Hyrum pulled JFS up onto his horse and gave him a big hug. JS said, “Hyrum he looks pale have you been feeding him skim milk?” It wasn’t that, it was that sorrow to see his father leave, and that they had been living in hiding because of the death threat for any Smith to be found.
-his mom Mary Fielding Smith prayed in faith over an ox and it healed. She died when he was 14, so he was sort of an orphan.
-there are more than 6,000 righteous posterity that have come from the lineage of JFS.
-self-taught, beside his mother teaching him to read. All he had to read from was the bible. He became a master of the English language. When his children on missions would write home to him, he would send their letters back to them marked with red pen in places where they had misspelled things.
-schools were maintained in the covered wagon trail
-had a fiery temper in his early life; a school teacher threatened to whack his sister, he threatened the teacher. The teacher came after him, and he beat up the teacher. He was expelled.
-The leaders of the Church decided to channel this energy in another direction, and sent him on a mission to Hawaii at age 15. He got the endowment before leaving.
-He was promised to master the language, but it came at great struggle for him.
-That mission was so challenging that even the mission President gave up, but others did not and had great success.
-At one point on this mission he became very ill and was taken in by a lady and nursed for 3 months like by a mother. Later as President, he returned to Hawaii around age 90 and saw here there and ran to her hugging and kissing her calling her “mamma, mamma!” over and over.
-When he was leaving to go on this mission he wouldn’t get on the small dingy boat unless they commanded him in the name of the Lord to do so. They did, and he did.
-a woman was seizing up and having contortions from an evil spirit. He said, “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I rebuke you.” She fell down and later recovered.
-his first wife was barren. She divorced him.
-later he married 6 others, and had many children. (Plural marriage was still current)
-in a vision he saw JS and touched his bosom as he went to take a child JS had blessed to return the child to it’s mother. He said that the contact with JS brought much excitement, discerning that it was a life form of a perfect order (*this is after the death of JS, perhaps suggesting he is resurrected now, or an illustrative vision to teach of future, or on the nature of spirits)
-had all his children call him papa, and the most affectionate term he had for his wife was mama
-having children gave him deeper appreciation for everything about life. he was very affectionate with children.
-in the tradition of his father, he kissed all his children on the lips a quick smack weather they were adults or not.
-made an Apostle at age 27
-Carthage jail has a blood stain on the floor of Hyrum Smith his father. When he saw that he sat on the bed there, put his hands in his face, and wept uncontrollably until water came pouring out of his hands. He said “Charlie take me out of here” on the 20-mile buggy ride back to where they were staying not a word was said.
-every morning the JFS family had prayer together then he kissed each one of the children
-one morning JFS got a letter of the mean note his son had written to a bully who beat him up and almost drown him in a puddle of water. The letter had every cuss word his son had ever read or heard in it. That morning JFS gave a kiss to all of his children except this one. To him he said, “See me in my office.” He opening the scriptures pointed to one and said, “Now what does that say?” He did this showing passages of forgiveness and “swear not at all” etc. for 20 minutes. Then he said come here and he gave him a hug and a kiss then said no more of it. The boy never swore again.
-he shook hands with newspapers etc. that said bad things about him and the Church. One man said of him that he would shake hands with the devil himself. He was able to make better relations with people, and those who wrote ill of him often later wrote good of him because of these things.
-with some people you feel an instant trust. With some songs they strike you so deeply as if you knew them from somewhere before. We knew some people and songs etc. in pre-mortality, that is why. At times in the Spirit, Celestial memories fill us with the spirit and feeling of pre-mortality.
-he taught that Jesus Christ didn’t visit people in the spirit world other than the worthy, the missionaries; this implies that no one can see Jesus without being ready or it’s terrible for them. On a similar note, his sister sees his parents after their death and they are veiled. He asks why and is told by them that it was because she couldn’t endure their presence
-teaching the gospel is the primary activity in the spirit world for the righteous (this shows that you can’t escape yourself you go on doing what you do in this life in the next life, you keep being who you are even after death)

President Heber J Grant:

-had a summer cabin in Brighton
-Jedediah Grant his dad said USA is the best place and the best people under the heavens. He died when Heber was a baby.
-his mother went to an LDS sermon on a Sunday out of a dare then went home and prayed to God for forgiveness of breaking the Sabbath by going to a congregation of false doctrine on the Sabbath. Then she went to church and her pastor told her that if she did that again she would lose a seat in his church. She said, “how do you know they aren’t right?” being upset and defending herself. This caused her to be curious and really investigate the LDS faith, and then she was baptized into the LDS faith.
-Eliza Snow said at him when 2, said you would grow to be an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. His mother heard this and always told him growing up that if he would behave himself he would be a leader in the Church. He said he did not want to, that he wanted to do other things.
-grew up in severe poverty
-6 leaks in their roof as he was a lad. A bishop came and told his mother that she should not give fast offerings, that those fast offerings should be for her to fix her leaking roof. She said who are you to deny me the blessings of obeying this commandment of God to give fast offerings? She said if I need my roof fixed my son will do it. The bishop said Heber was lazy and wouldn’t do it. Heber was angry about this and built his mother an entire new home, and invited that bishop over to do the dedication prayer over it, and thanked him for his motivating statement earlier which inspired the project.
-called to be a stake president at age 23.
-his mother wept at the idea of him going off to school at the prestigious universities he was offered to attend. He prayed all night about it and thought it would be a good thing. In the morning he saw that his mother’s eyes were blood shot, she had been crying all night at the idea. He decided not to go but to stay and take care of his mother who needed him there.
-he wanted to go on a mission, but President Brigham Young said no stay and take care of your widow mother.
-turned down a position as Senator since he realized he only wanted that position for pride to prove to someone that he could do it to a person who had called him stupid. He was already deeply involved in the Church and wanted to stay in that.
-as a stake president he was asked if he absolutely knew the gospel and the Church are true he said no. Some said he can’t be a stake president then. President John Taylor said that Heber was the only one in the room that didn’t know he had an absolute witness. Pres. Taylor said Heber does have one he just doesn’t know that he does yet. As he did his calling, he realized that he indeed did have an absolute witness.
-once he had some beer he was asked by the bar tender do you keep the word of wisdom? He responded “yes” the tender said “really?” he said “yes. As of right now.” And he never had any more alcohol.
-had an obvious stock trading opportunity to get rich with and was afraid of how riches could corrupt him so he prayed about what to do, of which stocks to sell and God told him which and he didn’t make all that money he was glad about that and saw it was from the Lord.
-as a boy was good in business, he would get good at playing marbles, and for every ten marbles he won he would only loose one. With all the marbles, he would sell them and use that money to hire others to do his chores.
-in a Patriarchal blessing to him it was said that the spirit of his heart is integrity and said for that reason the Lord honors him and that he would be blessed because of that all his days
-had many prophetic insights through his life like the spirit telling him which callings he would get
-tells of a man asked by a bishop to give his best ham at a church banquet. He thought to himself “if I don’t give my best ham, who would know?” he realized that was the devil speaking and he said, “shut up Mr. Devil, or I’ll give two hams!” then the man was troubled no more
-he was in a car going to his Thursday temple meeting with the rest of the Apostles, they fasted before those meetings. A man came to him with cold fresh frosted cherries on that hot summer day and put them through the window and said you want some? His eyes raised, and he was excited and reached out for some then said “oh no!” and didn’t take any, and explained to the man why he had to refuse. Heber then turned to the empty seat next to him in the car and said, “Knocked you out there, didn’t I Mr. Devil!”
-as an Apostle he had not had an open vision of Jesus Christ. Later he did, but before that he had to push away the devil who tempted him by saying “you lie you have no absolute witness”.
-he felt so unworthy and unqualified to be an Apostle. He had a vision of Christ in heaven with his father and Joseph Smith and other righteous men counseling in heaven about who would fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. They said they would have the son of Jedediah Grant do it because of the faith of Jedediah Grant. He saw this vision not with his eyes but with spiritual eyes like Lehi who said, “I thought I saw God on his throne surrounded by concourses of angels praising him”. He then wept for joy for he felt so small compared to the others in the Quorum and rejoiced to see this was a big part of why he was called to this office.
-had several counsels decide one way on an issue 2 times. He was in charge of the decision however, and decided to do it the other way contrary to the counsel of the counsel. He said when he thought of doing it the way they said he only saw darkness, and only saw light when thinking of doing it the way he felt it should be done. So he decided to do it his way and it worked out for the best in the long term.
-one time he offered his life if it could somehow save the credit of the Church. He prayed all night. One person came through and saved the banks.
-get out of debt and stay out
-saw it as dishonest to declare bankruptcy. To him, he owed that money and he was going to pay for it. He had all his children work menial jobs to help pay for things
-Pres. Taylor said the Lord told him in accepting a mission call to preside in Japan despite his financial difficulties and how it would make him live very meager and put many more years of debt upon him, that Heber Grant had made a financial sacrifice comparable to Abraham in that field, and it was acceptable to God. Pres. Taylor said to him not to plan how to get out of debt but to wake each morning and ask the Lord what to do and he will put ideas in your head of what to do. He did this and his 13-year plan to get out of debt was done in 6 months. Pres. Taylor said he would be able to go on his mission and return a free man and be helped in paying for the mission expenses, so it was.
-he was tone deaf (standing at the piano facing away from it, if you played the top key and the bottom key, he would not be able to tell the difference between the two) but he wanted to learn to sing because he knew the song of the righteous is a prayer unto the Lord, and he wanted to pray. He sang 5,000 times the hymn “Oh my Father”, and 5,000 times the hymn “The flag without a stain”. He was able to master these songs and sing them with great feeling and power.
-he had chicken scratch handwriting and was criticized for this, so he went on to master it and taught penmanship.
-the 3 Nephites would help carry the gospel to the Japanese.
-had a vision of his son being taken to heaven by his deceased wife and a Church leader interpreted it for him. One night his son was ill, and he asked his current wife if she felt something strange. She said yes, she felt like his first wife was in the room to come take the son to heaven. Heber was so filled with peace that he didn’t shed a tear as the son died.
-in those days when one was about to die they spoke of it intimately and said tell such and such person this and that message when you get to the other side.
-he didn’t have much grammar skill
-we didn’t need to get involved in the WW2 the way we did. That if the leaders of the country were better it wouldn’t have been thus. He said this on record in a Conference Report.
-sustained the US Constitution good as anyone ever did
-spoke so much of the word of wisdom commandment that people wrote him letters to stop talking about that and go on to something important.
-he didn’t want alcohol legal in Utah. People in that day had all the same arguments for legalizing alcohol as people do today for legalizing marijuana. Heber felt that alcohol needed law force against it or it would get out of hand and be a plague. When news came to him that alcohol had become legal in Utah, he slammed his fist against the table and said we will pay in misery and sorrow for this!
-when President of the Church, he chose Melvin J Ballard to be an Apostle rather than one of his lifelong friends to fill the position. This helped him see that the Church is led by God and not by him, for he didn’t even know who Melvin J Ballard was.
-had an LDS friend who started with a little alcohol and ended up dying with liver poisoning from alcohol at age 30. From then on, he swore to be an eternal enemy against alcohol.
-asked J Golden Kimball on a ride if he could practice singing all through the ride. He gave him his word yes. Half way through the journey Kimball was going crazy from it, but Heber always held people to their word, and insisted that he keep his promise, and kept singing the rest of the way.
-was in favor of menial work; said that nothing is below our dignity. He pushed a wheel barrow of dirt in his earlier life and one said “why do you do that work it’s below your dignity” he responded “why is it beneath my dignity? I paid for it!”
-believed that music could open hearts when all else failed
-paralyzed on one side, the doctor told Heber that there is nothing he can do to heal it. Heber said, “is there really nothing I can do?” the doctor said, “I suppose you can take a sponge and try squeezing it”. Heber that day had someone go get a sponge for him. They put it in his hand and it rolled off. He said “again” over and over all night long trying this. He was able to get the movement back from this.
-of driving cars, he would rather be 30 minutes late to a meeting than be 30 years early to eternity
-some neglect duty and replace it with seeking mysteries he said
-pass on to your children a good name and a testimony of the gospel and to save nickels and dimes investing for the temple for such would teach them glorious things.
-Jesus wasn’t a mere good moral teacher. If such were the case and he not divine, he would be telling the biggest lie ever, that he is the Son of God, and such a lie would not make him a great moral teacher.
– the only royal virtue here is humility
-most common disease is “the big head”
-when people praised him he would, as he walked away, say under his breath, “that’s devil talk! Devil talk! Pride will get you…”
– on evolution let’s leave it to the scientists and get on with preaching the gospel
-tells of a man who prayed for 1 million dollars and that he would give 300,000 of it to charity ; the man went on to say “God you don’t even have to trust me. Just give me 700,000!”
-spoke of a man getting ten apples and holding one of them up in the air saying, “here you can have a bite of this one”. He compared this to how people aren’t willing to pay the 1/10 tithing that God has commanded.
-quoted Wilford Woodruff saying “if my head aches (while fasting), let it ache.
-gave to temples rather than an estate for his posterity. Asked why he said ” I want my posterity to be sorry when I die.”
-saw Maeser teaching the gospel to children and getting their attention and keeping it within the first minute and really taking them a wonderful place; he spoke of how he spends his time in worldly things, business natured things. He said he would not be worthy to black the boots of Maeser in the next life, seeing as there was a man who dedicated his whole like to lifting mankind.

President George Albert Smith:

-most men then were married before going on a mission.
-his wife was devastated without him, so they sent her to be his mission companion
-his wife rose flowers and gave them to hospitals
-one spread bad rumors of him and that caused him to lose an election to be president of the local National Guard. He was so angry about it that he did not take the sacrament at Church. He went to the man who slandered him and asked his forgiveness for being so angry at him. They became friends.
-got highest scout awards
-good at business, on many boards, very busy man.
-when called the Quorum of the 12 Apostles it was announced in a conference before he was told himself. The room was full, so he didn’t go in that conference, and people congratulated him. He said, “oh no, there must be some mistake!” He hated the idea of being an Apostle because his father was in the First Presidency and he worried about people thinking he was in for that reason, and the other members of that quorum were giants he had looked up to all his life and sustaining as a child. It shook his faith and he prayed of it and God said that his leaders are all known to him.
-the thing he had going for him was he had lived a moral life and tried to keep the commandments.
-had a self-creed of commandments for himself to live by including helping the poor, visiting the sick, friending the lonely, teaching the truth, seeking the erring one and trying to love him back, not forcing but loving people into what’s right, live with the masses and help the world be pleasant, not offend people even if they offend him, not be an enemy to any living soul.
-damaged eyes so helped develop blind program in the Church
-gave laundered and starched shirts in the welfare program. People were putting them back in his closet thinking it a mistake. He said no, that’s the way I like my shirts, so it’s probably the way they would like them as well.
-one stole his car and he sorrow he said “I wish he would’ve asked me for it then I would’ve given it to him and he wouldn’t be a thief.”
-donated to the Salvation Army saying “they reach some that we miss”
-came home blue and cold from having given his coat away to a man on Main St. in SLC
-people of other religions are so good and beautiful and that we ought not to say that we only have the truth, but that we want to add to what they have, and not have them leave behind any blessing, only come and let us help you enjoy blessings from Heavenly Father which they have not be experiencing up to this point.
-he was a historian. Said that without memorials, we tend to forget (this could be why they had to carry the plates across the desert, or why Joseph Smith had to have the plates).
-said to Matthew Cowley never to prepare a sermon, just stand and say what the Lord tells you (*could mean prepare, have materials, but at delivery, don’t read it, rather say what God gives to your thoughts)
-taught that music can reach the heart when prose cannot.
-Didn’t have a centurion voice but rather a gentle one.
-you couldn’t get him angry or hostile no matter how hard you tried
-one said of him he often was known for giving hope to the hopeless
-when others spoke of “very important people” around him, saying “yes such and such a person is a very important person” He would say “no, we are all very important people”
-of people who believe there was no holocaust of the Jews, that belief would be worse than the holocaust itself.
-taught that we need to stay on the Lord’s side of the line
-we the LDS will lead all the world in all regards because we have everything they do, but in addition we have the inspiration of the Lord.
– what matters if we understand Homer, Milton, Newton, etc., if we fail to know the scriptures, for they are the better part.
-the home is a mini temple; we can use it to resist evil
– our dead are just as anxious for us as the Lord is and they are praying for us
-our eternal happiness will largely be based on what our children attain
-“give the Lord a chance.”
-focused on how much growth and development is ahead of us and how to that point, the Church had only been in it’s infantile stages.
-he didn’t care about school degrees
-Spencer Kimball said that he was a good Indian, for they sat together for 48 hours on a hard bench waiting to meet with an Indian chief (those chiefs have a way of testing people).
-he was an advocate for the Indians
-when asked if he had any last council near his death he said “yes, I know that my Redeemer lives!”
at his death, a 7 year old paper boy knocked on their door and said “I’ve lost by best friend, what can I do?” They had him be one of the pallbearers. (he made friends with even who others would call insignificant people)
-it was said of him that his journey from death to the next life was the shortest journey he ever took (meaning he lived a heavenly life)
-he was a great reconciler
-he made not just friends, but dear friends
-he spoke of the aristocracy of righteousness
-of him President McKay said he was one of the most Christlike men who ever lived.

President David O. McKay:

-his parents were ostracized for joining the Church
-a bishop for 20 years
-his dad would have the subject changed whenever people would start talking bad things about others
-he prayed for self-assurance of the truthfulness of the gospel as a lad. The answer didn’t come right then, but eventually it did.
-one told him he would grow to be in the leading councils of the Church. He tried to live for that.
-while working in the field he would memorize whole passages of Shakespeare, other poetry, etc.
-he knew much British Literature
-his father was political and educationally involved
-the vocational training of their home was centered around education.
-He knew he was to be a teacher.
-he was class president and valedictorian. In those days to be valedictorian it involved moral character strengths as well, not just academic strength.
-of all the people he met as Prophet, his parents were the most influential.
-motherhood is the most beautiful and noble occupation
-supportive powerful family growing up
-his girlfriend couldn’t resist his dancing and quoting poetry. They were married.
-he said of his girlfriend that she was his queen
-never let your wife’s hand touch a doorknob
-take your wife out once a week; let her count on that. He did this all through life and when he had to be away from home he would call her and tell her that he would make it up to her
-always helped his wife into her seat
-always kissed his wife goodbye. Once he was put in a wheelchair to be taken out of a hospital and carefully taken down all the way out to a car, much work helping him get in and out of the chair etc. When they got there he said “oh no we have to go back” he had forgotten to kiss his wife goodbye. They accordingly did go back.
-he was kind courteous and trusting
-no man has a right to an oath in or out of his hoe
-never raised his voice in his home
-said no one would dare leave a TV on when leaving the house, so slothful that would be.
-he never asked his boys to do anything he didn’t himself; said it’s useless for a father to punish his child for swearing by swearing at his son
-blessed a man in a terrible accident who would have obvious great scarring that he would have no scars it was fulfilled
-he developed teacher training in the Church and insisted on outline of lessons and that after a principal be taught, that application of that principal be taught and discussed.
-one would always start meetings late; he told the constituents to not correct him, but to praise him greatly when he did start onetime one day, and in that method, the man would continue to start on time. So it was.
-he speaks of lofty ideals and the sublime and ecstasy
-dreamed of a city where people of white robes and headdresses were. The Savior was there, and he had peace about him which was sublime. It was Christ’s city. The people who were there were they who had overcome and world and truly been born again.
-becoming partakers of the divine nature as Peter taught happens in process as we take the sacrament and go to the temple till we can say we have truly been born again
-about 200 people joined the Church from one sermon he gave on an island
-said often the veil is very thin
-was President of European mission
-a trustee of on university and regent of another
-Apostle Benson accepting the government position as secretary to Eisenhower “my mind is clear on it I know what the Lord would have you do.” It was to accept, and much good came of it.
-one Polynesian man went to his office to see him; it wasn’t common to be able to just go in; but he went in, past everything and to his door. It was opened some, and McKay said “come in brother”
-he had humor
-his eyes seemed to search the very soul
-one interviewer asked “are you a prophet?” in response he said “look me in the eyes and you’ll know” he did and it was confirmed to him.
-if we want to love God we must love and serve his children
-Jesus Christ is the source of The Priesthood
-his secretary said she never saw him depressed or lash out; people came to him that way but they left differently, he had a great effect on people
– never thought of death because I’m so enthralled with life
-few who he calls as mission Presidents are surprised about that call
-when his wife was set apart for them being mission presidents she was blessed with health, and indeed her cancer was healed
-he was president of the church except over his wife he said
-advocated that even little children fast learning that they must do things at times just because they don’t want to
-advocate of science and technology
-against Niche philosophies speaking of Christianity being bad; this couldn’t be said of original Christianity, but nevertheless it gives a wrong idea to people
-against communism
-said every member a missionary (if all members then converted one person each for a year, it would take 14 years before the whole earth were members, then each one of those people would only have to do 40 names in the temple, and everyone from Adam would have their temple work done) (in one sense the prophets are the gatherers of gatherers, and the common members are to gather everyone else)
-didn’t slow down until he was in his 90’s
-the scripture says that when Moses came down from Mt Sinai that ‘he wot not that his face shown’ meaning he didn’t realize it was shining. Pres. McKay had gone to the holiest room in the temple to pray about who was to fill the vacancy in the first Presidency and was told who it was to be. President Hugh B Brown spoke with Pres. McKay after that, and said that was the very same experience, his face shone but he knew it not.
-no one can stay clean in this world without the Holy Ghost
-earth was created by a personal divine source and not by mere creation. He said scientists can say what they will about the creation but let there be one mistake about this one thing: it was not by chance, it was by God. There was divine intervention.
-the temptations of Jesus are typical of all types of temptation we experience in life: 1. appetite 2. fashion and pride 3. money and leadership
-few, even temple workers, understand the importance of the endowment; it’s the steps to get into God’s presence; if our young people understood that it would be the core of their spiritual motivation (*I think what he is saying here is the doctrine that this is the only way, there is no other way, we must go to the temple if we are to return to the presence of God to dwell with him after this life)
-he went to the temple each week through his life and it showed

President Joseph Fielding Smith:

-at one meeting he told the Saints that they needed to repent or few of them would be saved in the world to come. People complained so he came back and said he had changed his mind, and told them that if they didn’t repent NONE of them would be saved.
-he told some temple square guides that they needed to be more humble guides
– he loved the concept that through Christ the yoke can be lightened
-he loved the scripture about how we can become like Jesus to see him as he is at His coming
-he loved the scripture that we can learn more and more making us become lighter until the perfect day; that we may have bodies shining bright as the sun in a day to come
-one woman knew Joseph Smith a prophet but didn’t know of him being one. She got to shake his hand and felt spiritual power in him.
-one said to him “I’m a convert” he responded that he was too
-one came by his office in the temple depressed thinking he not there walked on and then the he put his arm on his shoulder of the depressed man and said, “it’s rough going isn’t it”. The man told him his plight, and Smith told him “God bless you brother”
-the supreme act of worship is keeping the commandments
-he never came to a meeting late though he did complain about the length of some meetings.
-he sat on the hump seat in the back seat of cars so others could be comfortable
-integrity comes from integral and means pulling things together in your life and being consistent. He wouldn’t act like signing a letter for a picture to be taken of him, but found a letter he needed to sign anyway and had them take a picture of him signing that
-avoid mysteries he spoke of not thinking about whether the gates of heaven are on a hinge or are rolling etc.
-he quoted himself twice in discourses
-people thought that Einstein had all the right answers but now much of what he said is out of date. Like how Widtsoe thought of Ether being what’s referred to in D&C 88 but that theory is out now but the D&C goes onward.
-Pres. Smith interviewed one for being a teacher at BYU on a controversial topic said “do you like my book Man his Origin and Destiny”? The man said no, and Smith asked why he said that and he replied that he thought some of it out of date or something. Smith asked the man if he would teach some of those things he said he doesn’t like. He said he would and defensively. Smith responded well I guess you’ll have to, have a good time teaching at BYU.
-he would go out of his way to go say hello to people
-he wrote a book “Signs of the Times”. He was constantly reading the prophecies.
– the fire at the second coming will be as real as the water that was at the time of Noah. He went on to say that the water was H2O and that the fire to come is the kind we now know also.
-taught that in preexistence there was an organization there just as well as there is here and that there were men in authority holding the Priesthood. A Pre-mortal Church.
-taught that fullness of the Priesthood only comes to those men and women sealed to each other as spouses in the temple
-he wanted people to kneel and pray about their questions of the gospel rather than calling him all of the time.
-his daughter would call him then set the phone down and read a book for a while then pick up the phone and say hello dad! It was because they let the phone ring 33 times before picking it up knowing that such a caller had something urgent since he was so bombarded with calls.
-was known to not be able to have a conversation without bringing the scriptures into it; likewise his son in law Bruce R McConkie
-when Bruce R McConkie was 19, J Fi. S gave him a blessing foretelling that his doctrinal commentaries would be known of in the 4 quarters of the earth and that he would one day be in the leading councils of the Church. Bruce R McConkie determined 100 doctrines in the Book of Mormon then obtained 100 copies of the book and tore out the pages pertaining to said doctrines in 100 folders and referred to those reading them a half hour a day with his spouse
-wouldn’t drink the coffee with no caffeine or other supposed toxins, because he wanted to avoid the presence of evil, and it still looked and smelled like normal coffee.
-very little meat he ate, taking the word of wisdom seriously
-played hand ball until his 70’s. He was so good at it that he could hit the ball and have his opponent running around waring out his opponent.
-liked to fly jets
-so many calls to his house that he would wait until the phone had rung 32 times then he would pick it up knowing it must be very important
-1st wife died 2nd wife died and then married a third
-when asked if marriages are made in heaven he said “It’s in heaven now”
-married Jessie same year his prior wife died, President Grant told him to remarry, whom firmly believed that it’s not good for man to be alone.
-women have the most exciting and noble calling
-women will be given authority when they are priestesses
-the Lord offers every gift and blessing to both his sons and his daughters
-64 years Church History record keeper; 20 years counselor in a temple Presidency; 4 years as a temple President.
-19 years as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
-insisted on rising early from bed
-an invalid spouse of his (bedridden) spent much time on family history he said he will ever bless her for how she helped him with doing that
-asked how he got so much done at work he said “it’s in the bag” referring to how he would bring a sack lunch and never take that hour off

President Harold B Lee:

-he told Ludlow to get the curriculum done by the beginning of the year and said if you need more motivation to do this just consider that you would be shot if you don’t. So Ludlow took a sleeping bag and stayed at the Church offices for 30 days and got it done.
– auxiliaries wouldn’t be needed in a future day when the parents are doing more
-Elder Romney submitted to the words of the leaders of the Church when they didn’t like his political platform and he stopped trying to win an election; they had different political views. They saw that he was willing to submit to the council of the leaders of the Church and they called him to be an Apostle in the Church.
– the titles etc. we get in this life aren’t really important, but the real importance is weather we truly lived the gospel, and how are our families
-played the piano as did several of his children
-was an educator but full time church service at a very young age
-served Denver Colorado English mission
-when his daughter died he said The Lord keeps stirring me up.
-on an airplane he felt hands on his head twice and looked back to see who it was. Upon landing found out that he had bleeding ulcers and without administration of a Priesthood blessing he would have died
-one time in the hospital he was told to get up put on his clothes and walk out. This made the doctors and nurses angry.
-Elder Spencer Kimball one of the Twelve Apostles was having great health problems; he was saying that perhaps he had lived long enough and that he would not do the risky surgery. President Lee banged his fist on the table and said you have been called of God you must live as long as you can. Elder Kimball then agreed to the surgery if President Lee would give him a blessing the night before.
-there were 8,000 people in the tabernacle a man said he had a bomb. Lee responded that there was no bomb. Indeed.
-glued papers into his scriptures with important things and quotes on them
-did interviews until 2am then had more at 5am. He prayed that the 3 hours of sleep would be enough
-about blacks and the Priesthood, those who understand revelation, to them there is no problem. To those who do not understand revelation, there is no solution
-in animals the light of Christ is instinct.
-was told if he would get physically close to other people they would trust him- so he would say be close in our homes and invite people in your homes and show familial closeness and they’ll befriend and trust you.
-says most profound thing he had heard any prophet say is that those who defame Joseph Smith will die and ever have their stink of such but the glory of Joseph Smith lives on forever
-even President of the Church eventually gets released from that calling, but the calling of father and mother are forever.
-had problems so difficult that he has had to pray all night about them
-upon the question of medication which would numb his mind, he said that we should not alleviate all suffering for the scriptures say that Melchizedek and others learned by the things they suffered.
-after his death, Elder Kimball who would be the next President visited with him half a night long. This seems to be the pattern of all the prophets gutted proceeded.
-a strong supporter of the Constitution of the USA
-Smithsonian Institute had display of LDS religion as being typical of a faith which has religious understanding of the Constitution of the USA
– the gospel has all answers to complex life questions
-when people see Mormonism in action they’d be more tolerable of our faith

President Spencer W Kimball:

-after President Harold B. Lee’s death, Elder Kimball who would be the next President visited with him half a night long. This seems to be the pattern of all the prophets gutted proceeded.
-Elder Spencer Kimball one of the Twelve Apostles was having great health problems; he was saying that perhaps he had lived long enough and that he would not do the risky surgery. President Lee banged his fist on the table and said you have been called of God you must live as long as you can. Elder Kimball then agreed to the surgery if President Lee would give him a blessing the night before.
-the surgery was done by Russel M Nelson (an Apostle). Of the 250 cuts in this open-heart surgery about 25 cuts go wrong. This was the only surgery Nelson had ever done of the 8,000 surgeries of his career that he had done perfectly. Before or after, he was never able to do a perfect surgery.
-to parents who adopted Chinese children he told them to tern Mandarin Chinese for the Church will be there someday
-avid in family history
-he was dumped on for the hardest chores in the family. His mother said that he would get extra blessings for helping on the farm. (This may be why he was so short, working so hard in his youth)
-was good at athletics and got in a few fights but grew out of that
-never overcompensated or complained for being short. Didn’t walk in extra-long steps etc. He refused to go through the door first. He was humble and identified with humble men
-his wife Camilla was a teacher
-never let anything anything anything get between you and Jesus Christ. He said you young people are too infatuated with degrees and grades. 20 years from now no one will care if you got A’s or E’s in school. He was himself a self-taught man, and VERY avid reader
-attributed strong education of his children to his wife
-had large will display of Old Testament prophets and events timeline
-the first commandment (thou shalt not have any gods before me) is the commandment that we break the most (see his talk, “The God’s we Worship” about obsession with material things).
-known for much community involvement not so much academia
-learned piano since mom excused him from some chores if he would practice
-in banking, lost all his scrupulous savings from the great depression and had debts at other times from bank failures
-managed bank books; balanced them to the penny, eliminating the disorder. He did much clerk work through his life.
-as a Stake President a flood came and he counseled people to work at recovery hard all day long but that when the evening comes, break out the violins and live life.
-when asked to be in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles he said “oh no not me!” he felt there were other more worthy candidates
-he recalled not reporting vandalism he had seen or in business being too pressing on someone in a deal or asking too much money for something so he went around with his check book making amends to people. A few times people said yes, I’ll take some money for that but most of the time they said that if anything, they dealt with him wrong not the other way around. He would tell these people he went to that he had been called to a high position in his Church, and couldn’t do it in good conscience unless he set some things straight.
-when set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he knelt before the face of who ordained him
– if working hard could make up for his inadequacies he would. So he slept only a few hours each night and became a master of sneaking away every now and then for a 15-minute cat nap, then was back in action.
-had many boils in his skin for 20 years (not even Job had them that long)
-on one occasion an unkempt Indian man came into a sacrament meeting with his unkempt son they were very poor he got up and hugged kissed and blessed the child. With other men one may think this was for attention, but not with President Kimball.
– the purpose for parents isn’t to get children on missions but to get them into the temple, then they go on missions to get other people into the temple.
-he was able to get missionaries fixed on going home to stay on their missions. He had them write home that day to their parents telling them they would stay.
-there was a missionary staying at the mission Presidents home with an emotional issue. The mission President woke one night to see that Elder standing over his bed with a knife. He called President Kimball and they spoke for a few minutes then he asked Kimball about what to do, President Kimball said “Save him. The Lord bless you.” then Kimball hung up the phone. He never gave up on anyone!
-he did the intense personal one on one counseling with people, he took on the hardest cases including 200 homosexuals. When asked what the result was of working with them on that, he said “we pretty well got that all cleaned up.” He didn’t believe in “born that way genetics” and he taught against it. He stayed in touch with them by phone. He would help a person change their behavior, then work on the inner life that lead to the behavior. Institutions criticized him for his methods and theories. He said, “You know I’m a criminal.”
-the Miracle of Forgiveness book he wrote is so unyielding in its principals that even hardened addicts became successful by using it.
-at 2am the lights were often still on the Kimball home. He would be writing in his journal responding to letters and thanking them for any bit of faith they had in such letters. In his journals he not only wrote of the things of the day, but he opened his heart. There are 33 black binders of these journals he kept. He said that in journals don’t put your sins in neon but write you have weaknesses and quickly get on to the good stuff, to the inspired.
– one physician said that in the time of his throat cancer, that when Kimball spoke it took 5 times as much effort to speak as it would for a normal person. That speaking for an hour to him was like us speaking 5 hours. President Lee said that Elder Kimball will speak. Kimball motioned to his throat to say no my throat is too bad. Lee said oh yes he will speak. Kimball spoke a 10 minute very raspy monotone message. Lee wanted the people to feel his spirit. He sat down and put his hand in his face and wept after giving the speech. This happened another time. When the speech was over, Lee shook his fist in the air “YES Spencer, YES!”
-say with a dying person all night
-at the end of work day he wrote thank you letters and responses to all who had written him even the little children and he thanked them for all they do big or small
-if it was fir the Kingdom, pain meant nothing to him. In the line of duty for Christ, his rights subsided. That is the opposite of our society, it’s all about rights for us. But in the gospel, all rights have duties, and all duties have blessings.
-the main issue with marriages today is selfishness, insisting your needs be met.
– divorce is rarely needed
-don’t put your wife down from her pedestal by putting her onto a diet.
– marriage can be ecstasy
– he has different likes than his wife, and she has different likes than him, but they have some similar likes, and that’s where they stay when they do things together. They do their own thing by themselves at times, and they get along just fine.
-once he and his wife couldn’t determine whether some extra money they had saved would be used for a vacation to go touring, or to save for getting a new house. He wanted the vacation, so he went on the family vacation touring by himself and reportedly had a very good time.
-if anti-Mormon people had the spirit of God, they wouldn’t talk the way they do
-he complained of strapless evening dresses the women would wear.
-peoples’ lives are written on their faces. After 40 years, it’s written there. What we are born with is what it is, but after 40 years we are the ones who have written what is seen there. Kimball wasn’t as comely as President McKay, but when he was under the influence of the spirit of God, he was beautiful!
-on the Mount of Transfiguration, the Apostles were also transfigured
-Kimball hinted that it was better that Peter lived to be leader of the Church than to get killed earlier. God had other plans for him. Though Peter had said “I know not the man”, he never said that Jesus is not the Christ.
-death is not so bad, it’s giving up a handful of dust for something much better.
-disintegration of the family is the worst tragedy of our time and if the Church won’t reverse this at least among themselves, great trouble is ahead.
-the majority of the Apostles won’t lead you astray. All of the LDS Prophets since Joseph Smith and onward have said something to this effect.
– while we profess God we are nevertheless an idolatrous people.
-heaven is like here but there are more realms of creativity.
-one man was called to be a General Authority. He cried at the thought of being in association with Kimball. Kimball left the room for 10 minutes while the man was crying, saw that he was still crying, and left the room again.
-Madsen says he feels like Kimball was much like the person of Heavenly Father, kissing and hugging people he saw.
-3,000 youth fasted he would be well to come address him at college. He wasn’t going to go not feeling well, very ill, but he went. The opening prayer student prayed that they had been fasting please send the prophet to speak to us. Then Kimball entered. They cheered.
-of children who have strayed “it’s not over yet”
-Madsen got a call from Kimball. It was the saddest he had ever heard Kimball in his life. Kimball had called to ask him to go perform a civil marriage for one of his grandchildren (not a temple marriage).
– there will be martyrs in this dispensation in the future. He said giving your life is better than violating covenants. Martyrdom is how Christianity began, and before the end (before the Second Coming of Christ which is termed in the scriptures as the end of the world in the JST of Matt. 24 because it’s the end of wickedness in the world), that’s how the scenes will be.

President Ezra Taft Benson:

-dated some before his mission and met a wealthy girl he liked his friends said she’ll never even look at you (she was rich he was poor). They dated a while he said if you’re still around when I return we can take it from there. He returned and she was but she was going on a mission and gave him the same offer, and he waited for her and they married upon her return.
-in his marriage they were good examples of looking for the good in each other
-atheism has become the state religion
-America is the Lord’s base of operations
-America is the only place the restoration could happen, and it barely did even there
-people came to America hungry for religious freedom
-we must study the Book of Mormon DAILY.
-no civic honor (he got tons of them) is comparable to getting the Melchizedek Priesthood
-Jesus Christ not only taught the law, he IS the law; aka his current revelation is what we do.
-pride is become a popular sin in our generation and it leads to sin
-the law of Consecration is not a social experiment, it’s an eternal law of heaven
-for bitter or sweet, Jesus has experienced such deeper than us
-only a God could atone for our sins. Jesus Christ was and is a God.
-born a stillborn. The Dr. gave up on him and went to save his mother. Several women in the room dipped him in cold then hot water back and forth then he came to.
-in Family Home Evening in his family they did song scriptures recreation of their own make knowing how to make their own recreation, not TV.
-his wife gave up a nice home to marry him. She was from a rich family, he from poor.
-he hated debt. He had a sense of self sufficiency personally and in government.
-there were 837,000 members of the Church when he was called an Apostle, and no stakes abroad.
-saw a German who survived a bomb upon receiving many boxes of wheat from the Church. He said in tears “how can people who don’t know us care this much about us?”
-his message was do not despair, there is always a way
-they wanted 12 but only got 6 children
-when US President Eisenhower asked him to be his secretary, he said he would ask the brethren of the Church and see what they say. President McKay said, “my mind is clear on it I know what the Lord would have you do.” It was to accept, and much good came of it.
-Benson told Eisenhower he would not defend a policy that he didn’t believe in or what is against my religion. Eisenhower then had him put in.
-he insisted that policies were good for the character of the US people as secretary to US President. Others asked, “what does that have to do with it?”
-he said, like Tocqueville, that the strength of American was in its spirituality.
-insisted they start cabinet meetings with verbal prayer not just a silent moment for silent prayer. They did so.
-he fired one person thinning he was a socialist. Such would be against what America stands for in all its background. Later found the person was not socialist, and rather than trying to excuse himself he said he had made a mistake and apologized (not for being anti-socialist, but for firing the man in misunderstanding)
-Benson had the people fast for rain. It did. The news headlines read “Benson really does have contacts that are out of this world”
-Eisenhower and others joined him in doing Family Home Evenings on Monday nights.
-Eisenhower said that Benson was the shining star in the firmament of his administration.
-he was against government subsidies and against paying farmers to destroy their crops and against putting limits on farmers
-spoke of what to do with freedom once it’s been won; to hold on to faith in God; the greatest tragedy is forgetting God
-of Vietnam war: it was a fight we never intended to win and hence a fight we should have never entered.
-plead with mothers to stay home as much as they could even to leave work and cut the budget. One womanist wished she had listened to this prophet lamenting her fate.
– leaders in Zion should be familiar with each other sharing with each other their intimate thoughts humor etc. They would lay down their lives for each other and were to be very close.
-There is more salvation in wheat than in high flown theology. Benson said this like Orson Pratt. Said revelation on having food storage could be like the people of the day of Noah being commanded to get on the ark.
-often his addresses were to specific audiences like sisters, mothers, etc., and he did that in a genius way.

President Howard W Hunter:

-despite repeated advice from doctors kept his wife at home with him and didn’t put her in a nursing home despite her illnesses which were common for a person forgetting things and turning on even those closest to them and her being bedfast
-despite bone cancer, remained active and tender
-let the temple be the symbol of your membership in the church
-be calm in your spirituality (not as a cheerleader)
-reflecting on the past should not be self-debasing or causing doubt
-God is usually more willing to forgive us than we are ourselves
-if Jesus lays his hands on a marriage it lives
-any theology that says Christ didn’t suffer all levels of suffering and temptations are false
-to judge righteously means with fairness, compassion, and charity
-the meek will inherit the earth not those who win by intimidation
-went on Egyptian Nile cruse on a honeymoon
-when one scowls a lot, usually there are lines that show in the face from doing that over time. He had none, and there is something Christlike in that.
-he was not dominating when with people. He was careful and methodical; a careful listener; these things were probably a result of his legal training
-the Marriott Center at BYU had a full audience, one man stood and shouted that he had a bomb in a brief case and that it would go off if he didn’t come sign a statement. He said NO! The bomber persisted, he said no again. Some members started singing which distracted the bomber, and he went on with his sermon
-he leaned back to far and fell straight on his back while giving a General Conference address. Elder Packer and others helped him up, and he went right on with his discourse without missing a word.
-was part of the archeological society
-was a regular reader of The Biblical Archeologist
-had a large collection of historical books which he read
-marked his scriptures well
– God’s blessings are for all Palestinians regardless of Muslim Jewish etc. for all are the children of God. He recognized the scripture that says the Jews will eventually return to Jerusalem, but said that we don’t get involved with the geo-political conflict there.
-in the 1950’s there were only about 100,000 visitors to Hawaii a year, but he dedicated the Polynesian Cultural Center and said that it would bring millions of visitors and be a missionary tool. Such has happened.
-in the time of the dedication of the BYU Jerusalem center, there was conflict. President Jeffery R Holland was President of BYU at the time. A prominent Jewish man came to his office and offered to write a check for the cost put into it so far and however else much he wanted if they would stop the BYU Jerusalem center. Holland said no. Holland was worried until he opened the scriptures at random and it said in the D&C: “It is peaking to me that a school should be built in Zion”
-in the dedication prayer for the BYU Jerusalem, said that people who go there will feel constrained to acknowledge that “this is thy house”. All types of people say they feel peace there. An atheist said he feels like praying when near the upper room there. Other atheists have said that also.
-he was a lawyer. His patriarchal blessing said that he would be wise in the ways of the world and that he would teach those to people and that the Lord would use those skills to build up his kingdom.
-was in a wheelchair and Dr.’s said he would never walk again, and he overcame that; he walked into the Apostles Thursday temple meeting with a walker. He was usually never late but this time he was and though it’s not usual they stood and applauded him. He basically collapsed in a chair and they went around hugging and kissing him.
-played 7 instruments competently while a teenager.
-leader of a well-known music band in his youth
-not as interested in the gospel in his teenage years
-loved animals as a boy
-collected bird eggs and could identify them
-used money he made from his band to help pay family expenditures and prepare for school
-the purpose of temples is to reunite the family of man
-got an offer to be a higher judge but decided to not so he could be able to keep doing church service and his law practice was treating him well enough.

President Gordon B. Hinckley:

-one man gave an excellent talk. He became proud. Time for his next talk he got up in a boastful spirit. The spirit left him and his talk was shattered, he stumbled his way through it. He got off the stand humbled. Hinckley told him if he would have went up the way he went down, he would have went down the way he went up.
-in university schooling during the great depression
-studied ancient Greek literature and British literature in college before his mission then learned of communications on his mission and studied that thereafter; always there helping in the production of church films and other distribution things
-he would do whatever the brethren told him to, but he LOVES missionary work
-spoke much for retention of church converts
-it was said of his dad that he wrote more church manuals than any other for in his day it was an individual assignment not that of a committee.
-at age 12 he went to a Priesthood meeting though against his will. There he heard the song “Praise to the Man” about Joseph Smith sang by many converts, and then is the first time he recalls it coming into his heart that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.
-as a lad dipped the pigtails of a girl into black ink
-didn’t go to class one day along with other students who wanted to protest; his mother wrote to the principal to please excuse him what he did was merely an impulse to follow the crowd. He says that is the most scathing rebuke he ever got from his mother.
-he never beat his children. Twas his policy that such only intensifies resentment
-when Pres. Hunter died, Hinckley was one of his councilors. A son of his tried getting ahold of him a long time and finally did. He asked if he could help. Hinckley said “Yes, pray for me” then hung up the phone.
-while he was President of the Church, 138 million were given in humanitarian aid. The humanitarian aid section was added to the tithing slip. This minority small church isn’t just taking care of it’s own, it’s taking care of others who don’t belong to it. 100% of funds to humanitarian aid in this church go to that cause. There is no one else who does that. Funds to this church are not of overhead; all we have are the tithes of the members to run this church. We don’t dip in along the way, every penny of it goes where directed.
-spoke of a single woman who raised her family by cleaning houses. Over the years after her children were grown and married, she managed to save up enough to get a new house or remodel her house. She gave it to the church. A mission President said no, you earned this and have right to it and deserve it. She said no, I want to give serve the Lord. I am comfortable enough in my house, I’ve gotten used to it. President Hinckley said after relating this account, DON’T WASTE THE WIDOWS MITE! The funds we have in this Church are very sacred, much of them come from house cleaning mothers.
-do little more than is expected. At close of his talks he often said do a little better. (Such are the words of a man who has put in effort)
-when visiting near Ghana Africa he told the people “I don’t want to leave here, I feel at home here.” They wept together.
-if we don’t do D&C 121 then our Priesthood and leadership in the Church will be gone and our role as Patriarch will be gone.


-a master Psychologist speaking of why we came to Utah as a people, said it’s not just to survive, for plenty do that, but it’s because if offers something more here, something special.
-BH Roberts, known to be one of the most eloquent speakers the Church had had, said of young people who were indifferent or even hostile toward the Church “Ah! They have not yet met a master interpreter!”
-olive oil causes more poisons to cease than any other remedy; so if you don’t know what poison you ingested or how to cure it, drink olive oil. Interesting that such is what we use in anointing the sick as directed in James 5, and that Christ’s atonement was at an olive tree (*also Jewish lore suggests the Tree of life in the garden of Eden was an olive tree; also the bird returning to Noah on the ark to show that there was land brought back an olive tree leaf); it’s like how Jesus purifies us of our sins and heals us from our afflictions of all types (*Alma 7 says Christ doesn’t just help us with our sins, but with all aspects of life)
-President Packer was asked if we really believe we are going to take these sacraments (temple ordinances) to every human that has ever lived. He responded “it is a big job, and we’re doing it”
-Truman G Madsen asked President Hugh B Brown: what are the blessings of Abraham Isaac and Jacob? Answer: posterity. Question: they why was Abraham asked to sacrifice his one chance at that? Answer: Because Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham. He and Isaac came down from that mountain with stronger faith in God and in the future.
-BH Roberts was in disagreement with the rest of the brethren about weather one of them in the high council of the Church had to get permission from the others before running for public office. Everyone said yes except him. They told him he would have to leave the council if he could not come to terms with this. He walked around all night and finally decided to come to terms with it. He told them it took him all night to come to that, and they responded, JFS being one of them, that they hadn’t left the room, and had been praying all night for him.
-Madsen said the First Presidency asked him to speak on Emma Smith, he asked what are the current feelings of the brethren on her, they said “Very positive.”
-The LDS Sort Center in SLC gives 1 million clothes a month.
-one person asked Elder Jeffry R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “would your give your life for Christ?” He responded, “I thought that is what I was doing”.
-Matthew Cowley said when called as Apostle felt it a call to be a delinquent father. He said that because in that type of calling The Church must come 1st, although of coarse the ultimate thing is family.
-book “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill. BH Roberts quoted from this famous book.
-David Whitmer was the only one of the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon to be told directly by the angel “blessed is he that endureth to the end”; he was the only one of them who didn’t come back to the Church.
-Madsen says how much we bring to the scriptures determines how much we take from them.
-Madsen says with Mosiah 5 the people were literally reborn
-Madsen says that our conscience kisses us when we obey the core of our heats, that being which is truth.
-Madsen says that the 1 year plan for food storage and cash the church has instructed us about is important; Too many of us see the Church as something to rescue us when we have none of that, and it’s not designed to be that. The plan of the Church is storage kept by the members themselves.
-Hugh B Brown was in the First Presidency at one point
-how much we bring to the scriptures is how much we will get out of them

-J Golden Kimball said if you want to live a long time, get an incurable disease then take care of it
-Madsen was told as long as he was in the path of duty on his mission he would be safe in his travels
-one man visiting an LDS congregation, he was getting a doctorate in theology, said “they’re all like little children there… which is just like Christ would want them to be” he then joined the Church.





Notes on Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Manual: Joseph Fielding Smith – unfinished




notes taken from my reading of this official church manual in the “Teachings of the Presidents of the Church” series. This manual is studied on a regular basis in LDS church meetings.

-Pray while at the job and you will probably do everything correctly.

-Asleep or in bed is where people die, and where ambition dies.

-He considered getting up past 6am immoral, and woke his children accordingly daily.

-Relief Society work is as important as Priesthood work.

-The Lord’s prayer is teaching us to pray for the end of the world. Join with me (Pres. Smith) in praying for this. See the prayer says, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. That will be the beginning of a new world, and I want it. I pray for it to come, and ask you all to pray for it with me.

-Past 90 years old he still prayed for the strength to be able to keep his covenants and endure to the end.




Notes on In The Company of Prophets: Personal Experiences of D. Arthur Haycock



with Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball, and Ezra Taft Benson; By Heidi S. Swinton


(unreferenced words are those of Arthur)

-“I’ve had more tutoring and training from the real masters of life than anybody who ever went to college”

-what made the prophets sad made Arthur sad, them happy, he happy. He wasn’t responsible for all they were, but he tried to help them all he could and felt it his duty when assigned as he often was to help these men.

-“If you don’t have the brethren’s total confidence, if they can’t talk about anything or anyone, any situation or circumstance with you sitting there, it doesn’t work.”

-“It is invariably the case, that when an individual is ordained and appointed to lead the people, he has passed through tribulations and trials, and has proven himself before God, and before His people, that he is worthy of the situation which he holds.” (Elder Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses 1:123)

-“Don’t take yourself too seriously” (President J. Reuben Clark)

-“they don’t make hasty deceptions…they make haste very slowly and very deliberately and very prayerfully. They are righteous and sensitive.”

-President Kimball wore holes in his shoes, “worn out in the service of the Lord” he would say.

-When President Kimball would get tired, he would lay down on his desk or the floor. “Lengthen your stride” he would say.

-no one in their right minds would ever ask for these jobs, it goes beyond the nice red chairs at conference.

-people know little of the demands make on leaders and their families

-“The General Authorities spend every ounce of energy, strength, and talent with which the Lord has blessed them to uplift the members and good people everywhere. That is their special assignment.”

-he had little education or contacts, but tried and hence succeeded in his heart’s desire.

-from them I learned life is a testing ground to make us strong and effective.

-“I’ve found in this world, if you don’t look out for yourself, no one else will.” (Elder Harold B. Lee to Arthur)


George Albert Smith:


-“Unlike most other westward-bound emigrants of the time, these pioneers (LDS settling in Zion) came not for wealth, but to create homes where they could worship God unmolested….Bound by recognized ties of brotherhood and guided by Christian ideas, which were part of their very fiber, they knew how to live and work together without suppressing individualism.” (George Albert Smith, NBC radio broadcast, Church News, July 26, 1947, pp. 1, 10.)

-Pres. George Albert Smith had Arthur drive a more direct route, a guard at the private road entrance whistled for him to stop and waved his arms but he went on, wanting to do what the Pres. said. He said he would drive up the steps the admin. building if that’s what the Pres. asked. p19-20

– ‘hope to see you again’ was not superficial, he meant it when he said it.

-“Wherever I have gone, I have found noble men and women.” (George Albert Smith, Improvement Era, Apr. 1950, p.263)

– would lift the burdens of others’ shoulders and put them on his own. p20

-never heard him swear, the meanest thing he say about someone is that they are “a first-class scrub”

-he was one of 11 children

-his health was poor; he went to live in a tent over a summer in St. George for the heat to heal him, but decided that he would give what he could how he was. God preserved him.

-“You could put me in jail and I would always look for an opportunity to escape. But if you put me in a room with doors and windows, unbarred and unguarded, and you draw a line and ask for my promise that I will never try to escape, I’ll never step across that line.” (George Albert Smith) p23

-He went to bid Lucy farewell as he was about to go on his mission, she said “George Albert Smith, if you think you’re going to the Southern States without me, you’re wrong. Let’s get married and go together.” They did.

-“One of our difficulties in this world today is that too many of our Father’s children do not believe in God. They have an idea that they can do just as they please and they throw their lives away….The [pathway] of righteousness is the highway of happiness.” (George Albert Smith, Church News, Oct. 20, 1948, p. 2-c)

-“it’s always better to have notes and not need them than to need them and not have them.” (George Albert Smith to Arthur Haycock)

-he kept a stack of children’s books in his desk, and silver coins to give the children, and a blessing if they wanted one. p29

-he had Arthur take an old lady pulling sticks to her home dispute Arthurs contesting, saying “You go and take her home. Remember, Arthur, she’s somebody’s mother.” p30

-“I declare” was one of his favorite phrases p31

-when he got a good sermon or something in the mail, he would say “I wonder what Reuben would think about this?” then would give it to him. He relied on his councilors much. p32

-he always ate steamed wheat for breakfast, with warm cream or prunes; for lunch he had a soft boiled egg, milk, homemade bread, and bottled fruit; they always brought a jar of wheat, the longer they were going to be away the larger the bottle would be; At dinner Arthur would say “We are having roast beef, he is having boiled wheat.”; at night he would eat a bowl of bread and milk with white seedless grapes; for a real treat he would have a chocolate shake or malt with a raw egg mixed into it. p32-33

-one couple had no children, he knew they would hence be lonely, so he said he would keep them in his prayers. p34

-instead of rushing home to check his mail or to take a nap after a strenuous trip, he would go to be with the sisters who were alone, being concerned for their wellbeing.

-he loved to dress in full boy scout regalia and attend scout meetings where youth would advance in rank.

-he advised General Authorities to speak from the heart. At one conference session Elder Cowey read his talk. He called and said, “Don’t let me ever catch you doing that again! You and the Lord do this. Don’t get up and read. You get up and let the Spirit guide you.” p36

-his favorite phrase was “we are all our Father’s children”. Such is written on his tombstone.

-In WW2 time, he send wheat to Europe. President Truman asked how they had this ration, George said “We’ve been saving the wheat, while you’ve been plowing it under. We’ve got our granaries and our storehouses full, and we just need a ship to get all we’ve set aside to our destitute members in Europe.” p40

-He stayed at a rancher’s house once. This rancher didn’t make time for church or the Sabbath day since he was making his farm more prosperous. When George knelt and prayed at breakfast time, a child in that home asked his father what George was doing and what he was saying to the chair. p41

-“I have no desire except to help you carry on the Lord’s work….I don’t think my girls have any idea how near I’ve been to the other side. I haven’t felt like my work was done at all. When my work is done, I want to go. One of my regrets is that I have been unable to organize a library and dispose of it….As long as I have the money, I want to pay my hospital expenses; I don’t want the Church to do it.” p42

David O. McKay:

-eloquent in quoting scripture, Shakespeare, Browning, Burns.

-Apostle since 32 years old.

-“In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one takes the place to which one is duly called, which place one neither seeks nor declines.” (President David O. McKay p45)

-“always be sure that you get as many converts as you do baptisms” President J Reuben Clark to Arthur, p48

-McKay said of his wife 54 years after their marriage, “[she] is 54 years lovelier than when I married her” p49

-President McKay has Elder Hinckley put the endowment to film. p54

-“Every member a missionary” -President McKay p55

-“Only through individual effort and divine guidance may true access and happiness be obtained. There is no blessing based upon another’s achievement. Everyone must work out his own salvation.” (President David O. McKay, Cherished Experiences, pp.9-10)

Joseph Fielding Smith:

-“His manner appeared strict and exacting, yet he was tender and warm. He was driven to preach the gospel, to tell the world, ‘There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, and one true church, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.’” p56

-he was Church Historian for 45 years

-he was the grandson of Patriarch Hyrum Smith. He was the grandnephew of the prophet Joseph Smith.

-when dedicating a temple he said, “May I remind you that when we dedicate a house to the Lord, what we really do is dedicate ourselves to the Lord’s service.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Church News, Jan. 22, 1972, p.3)

-speaking of his father Joseph F. Smith, he said “My father never had time to be a boy.” p58. He had driven an ox team across the plains with his mother when he was just a boy, at age fifteen, orphaned, he was sent on a mission to Hawaii where he served for four and a half years.

-Arthur ran into a door opened by Elder Smith to get into another building without having to search for his key. He told Elder Smith, “I’m kind of hoping that’s how it will be on the other side. If I can catch the pearly gates before they close behind someone like you, I may make it.” Elder Smith said, “If I were you, my brother, I wouldn’t count on it.” p59

-“He wasn’t flashy. He never made anyone laugh in conference. I can’t ever remember him telling a joke at the pulpit. His was always a solemn gospel dissertation that was a result of his intense family tradition of faith and service. He had something to say to the Saints, and it was always serious.” p61

-“We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of god, to do ever those things that please him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor his will by following the example he has set for us.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1971, p.6)

-his wife would say, “Now lie down and take a nap after church. All the other presidents did.” He would say, “Well, where are they now?” (*he was saying that he was alive and wanted to work)

-his wife loved to sing and had him sing with her. He would say, “She calls it a duet; I call it a Do-it. I have to Do-it whether I want to or not.” p62

– “I plead with you young people…to keep yourselves clean and pure so that you will be entitled to go to the house of the Lord and together with the companions of your choice, enjoy all [the] greatest blessings the Lord offers to you.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Church News, Apr. 24, 19.71, p.6)

-“I can’t wait to get to the other side and thank Mother Eve for what she did. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her. Then I think of the Savior born in a manger. I think of him sweating drops of blood and hanging on the cross. You know, he did that for me. He did that for us all. How can we ever repay him for his redeeming sacrifice?” (President Joseph Fielding Smith to Arthur Hancock, p64-64)

-he had 3 wives die on him, one after the other. He was married to one of them at a time.

-“We are members of a world church, a church that has the plan of life and salvation, a church set up by the Lord himself in these last days to carry his message of salvation to all his children in all the earth…. Not only shall we preach the gospel in every nation before the second coming of the Son of Man, but we shall make converts and establish congregations of Saints among them.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Manchester Area Conference Report, Aug. 1971, p.5) p66

-he lived with his daughter before he died.

-all his life he was up by 6am and in his office by 8am.

-the last week before his death he was still working in his office.

-“The saving of the souls of men is the greatest work that is going on in the whole universe. It is going on both sides of the veil; and I think sometimes that it doesn’t matter which side of the veil we are working on.” (Elder Ezra Taft Benson, Mission Presidents Seminar, June 29, 1972) p.67

Harold B. Lee:

-he felt like Nephi not knowing beforehand what to do p69.

-when asked the greatest challenge for Church leaders, he said “Keeping pace with the growth of the membership.” p69

-“The safety of the Church lies in the members keeping the commandments. There is nothing more important that I could say. Keep the commandments and blessings will come.” p69

-he was so close to the other side that he often said there was no veil for him. p70

-“Pray for me, young people. I plead with you to pray for me, and I promise you that I will try to so live, that the Lord can answer your prayers through me.” (President Harold B. Lee) p70

-he was a seminary teacher, and took his work very seriously. He knew it was important.

-he was secretary and treasurer at Deseret News

-Arthur was approached by Elder Kimball and a few others to take a certain position. Arthur asked President Lee for advice. He said, “The offer may not be coming to you by inspiration, but if Spencer W. Kimball is asking you to do it, it’s the closest thing to it. He is the biggest short man that I know anywhere. Anything Spencer W. Kimball wants, I’d listen.” p71-72.

-“I have the responsibility to speak by the Spirit of the Lord, and you have the responsibility to listen by the Spirit of the Lord.” (President Harold B. Lee, Church News, June 16, 1973, p.3)

-“Men may fail in this country [USA], earthquake may come, seas may heave themselves beyond their bounds, there may be great drought and hardship as we may call it, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place where the new Jerusalem is; this is the place which the Lord said is favored above all the nations in the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to his temple. I have faith in America. You and I must have faith in America if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (President Harold B. Lee, speech at Rick’s College, see ‘In the Company of Prophets’ by Swinton p72)

-“He looked impeccable and stood with such imposing stature. You seldom spoke lightly or facetiously around him. He set a forma tone in his meetings, yet no one was more gracious or more considerate. He was formal in his relationships.” p73

-he was a forceful and able administrator. p73

-“he was driven to do all he could as fast as he could” like speaking to 4 groups in one night p73

-“It seemed as though the heavens opened, and I could encompass every member of the church and my love went out to every member of the church and in fact to the whole world.” (President Harold B. Lee) p73

-his service as Church President was marked by announcements of new missions and new building projects. p73

-he pushed himself to the limit p73

-he called people on the phone who sent him letters and spoke with them about their problems and concerns. p73

-he cared deeply about issues facing people universally and individually p73

-“The real strength of the Church is to be measured by the individual testimonies to be found in the total membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (President Harold B. Lee) p75

-he spoke of the hastening of the Lords work being manifest in finding many of the blood of Israel in Mexico, “The evidence of hastening of which the Lord spoke (D&C 88:73) can be found in no greater measure than in this land of Mexico and in the countries of Central America as witnessed by the overwhelming superabundance of the blood of Israel to be found here.” (President Harold B. Lee) p75

-he was the primary author of the area conferences, they system of regional representatives, and the correlation program. Arthur says “He brought the worldwide Church together in one whole, ready to move ahead with force and energy. That was his major contribution.” p75

-he was a door to door encyclopedia salesman

-he taught the leaders of the Church to, when faced with issues of Church growth, “all that was necessary was already established: simply follow the priesthood lines of authority.” p76

-“I know, with a testimony more powerful than sight, that as the Lord declared, ‘The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth [from the Prophet Joseph Smith through his successors down to the present], and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends f the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.’” (President Harold B. Lee, Conference Report, Oct. 1972, p.20)

blogged up to this point:

-President Harold B. Lee and President Marion G. Romney were carpenters of a sort. p77

-President Marion G. Romney took apples from a neighbor’s tree, his mother chastened him and told him to give them back at once. Since that lesson he has never taken a stamp or a paper clip from an office which does not belong to him.

-President Lee was healthy vigorous and kept a busy schedule p78

-“Every one of you can become great ancestors. This is the important thing. The only honor to your name is the honor you bring it.” (President Harold B. Lee, BYU Seminar) p78

-speaking of the accomplishments of the early pioneer leaders, he said, “We can equal them in dedication and keeping the commandments of the Lord.” (President Harold B. Lee, dedicating a stake center near downtown SLC) p78

-In Munich President Harold B. Lee didn’t tour the Olympic gardens, they were there to work. It was hard to keep up with President Lee. p78-79

-President Lee told Arthur and his wife not to take the detour touring Spain and Portugal on the way home from one trip with the prophet. The next morning President Lee told them he had reconsidered and said it would be alright with him if they did such. Arthur responded, “No, President Lee. Just to know that you had even the slightest question at the wisdom of such a visit is enough for us. We’re going home.” p79

-speaking to Saints at Athens on Mars Hill President Lee compared them to those at the time of the ministry of Paul, “As we come to positions of trust and responsibility centuries later, bearing the same message, teaching the same gospel, worshipping the same God, faced with the same opposition, we must not hesitate nor slacken our zeal to project the word of the Lord.” (President Harold B. Lee, Church News, Dec. 16, 1972, p.5)

-his first wife died and he remarried

-when President Lee died, “There was no campaigning, no electioneering, no jockeying for position, no speeches- just a simple process the Lord himself has directed, that upon the death of the president of the Church, the president of the Twelve should become the next prophet and president.”

-“The source of his greatness was his knowledge that he lived in the shadow of the Almighty.” (President Marion G. Romney speaking of President Harold B. Lee his funeral) p82

Spencer W. Kimball:

-“He plowed through business all day at the office and then went home for a short nap and a light supper followed by more work and them more work. It wasn’t unusual for him to slop down to the office at night if he had something on his mind.” p84

-he regularly admonished the Saints to keep a journal, sing in their wards, plant gardens, pray for doors to nations not open to the gospel would open to missionaries, serve missions, read the scriptures, serve neighbors, and repent repent repent. p84

-“We teach the truth. If people knew what we know, there would be great numbers eager to join the Church. It’s true, it’s right, it’s divine.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p84

-“How can we be satisfied with 100,000 converts out of 4 billion in the world who need the gospel? I wonder if we are doing all we can….We have been proselyting now 144 years. Are we prepared to lengthen our stride?” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Nov. 10, 1985, p.10)

-“So much depends upon our willingness to make up our minds, collectively and individually, that present levels of performance are not acceptable either to ourselves or to the Lord. In saying that, I am not calling for flashy, temporal differences in our performance levels but a quiet resolve to do a better job- to lengthen our stride.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p85

-President Kimball loved people rich or poor, high in position or of no position at all. He was a friend to everyone. p85

-“Father considered long and well the creation of this earth and the peopling of it….He made the earth for our benefit and for our growth and development….You probably do not remember all the things you did in the life before you came here, but you lived; you understood the program; you accepted the divine plan; you agreed to it; you made the covenant, and you must not ignore that promise, even though you have that right of agency.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Mar. 8, 1975, p.4)

-“Suffering can make Saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p86

-Kimball suffered typhoid, smallpox, throat cancer, heart attacks, and open-heart surgery.

-“Once he (President Kimball) was being wheeled into an operating room, the hospital orderly pushing the gurney bumped the corner of the door and began to swear, taking the Lord’s name in vain. President Kimball looked up at him and said quietly, “Don’t say that. You are speaking about my best friend.”” p86

-Though he had a temperature of 104, he still went to his meeting, would stand and council the Saints with great sincerity, then be whisked back to the hotel to rest. p86-87

-“The Church of Jesus Christ, nicknamed Mormon, is the only true and living church which is fully recognized by God….Most of the world disbelieves it, ministers attempt to disprove it, intellectuals think to rationalize it out of existence, but when all the people of the world are dead, and the ministers and priests are ashes, and the high trained are maundering in their graves, the truth will go forward, the Church will continue triumphant and the gospel will still be true.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Sep. 10, 1977, p.3)

-“he didn’t have a lot of education or a list of degrees behind his name, but he could touch the hearts of people everywhere with his stories and his warm and loving manner.” p87

-“almost numberless are the men and women who today are allowing sin to grow in the heart wood of their lives (speaking of wedges which hinder the growth of trees as an analogy)” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p87-88

-“Paint up, clean up, fix your homes and your gardens, plant flowers.” (frequent council of President Spencer W. Kimball at conferences) p88

-gave conference talk “Don’t kill the little birds” about not killing animals unless we need to.

-“We believe that we have in the Church the answers to all the questions, for the Lord is the head of the Church and He has given us the program. Our message is what it has always been, and our hope is that our people will live the commandments of the Lord. They have been revealed in the holy scriptures and by living prophets throughout many years.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, 1974) p88

-he would ask a secretary to type something saying it’s no rush whenever they get time, then a few minutes later would return to see if it was done. He pushed the work forward. p89

-on his desk he kept the motto “Do It” to remind himself and his visitors to do the gospel. p89

–“With missionary work…we…say, ‘Father, thy will be done.’ I’m just Your faithful servant. I’m ready to serve and sacrifice. Open the gates. I’ll do it.’ The Lord didn’t tell Lehi to ask for the plates or to try to get the plates. He said, ‘Send your sons and get the plates.‘” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Dec. 21, 1974) p89

-Arthur says, “when I served with President Kimball, I never worked so hard in my life.” p90

-“We want to keep faith with that small but noble band of souls who assembled in the Peter Whitmer home 150 years ago for the purpose of formally organizing the Church. we can keep the faith, in part, by helping the Church to grow in numbers and also in spirituality.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, Apr. 1980, p.6)

-“Thousands of converts should come in from this source. They are your neighbors. They are your friends. They know your righteousness. You are an example in Christian living to them.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, speaking of local member missionary work, Church News, Aug. 24, 1974, p.4)

-“The days of gathering are over, and now we’ve got to establish Zion in all areas of the world. We need you here. Stay in our homeland and build up The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Elder Spencer W. Kimball, 1955 speech to European Mission)

-“Every time a new temple is built, all the bells in hell begin to ring because Satan knows what it means.” (Brigham Young)

-“He wasn’t kissing babies to get votes or shaking hands to be popular; he was touching the people because he wanted them to know of his love, and he wanted to know them.” (Arthur speaking of President Kimball.) p93

-“When you work for those who have time for people, you work for the Lord’s chosen.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p95

-“It’s the people- the ordinary people everywhere, not just the leaders- who make the Church great.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p95

-“When we are asked by the Lord to enlarge the borders of the Church, that means not only more stakes, more missions, and greater missionary work, but greater effectiveness…by having more and more of members, young and old, more fully converted and in control of their lives, and less tossed by the trends of the time.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, July 5, 1975, p.3)

-“There is great security in spirituality, and we cannot have spirituality without service.” (Spencer W. Kimball, 1974) p97

-he would often see a young person and tell them they would be a great missionary when they grow up, and give them money telling them it was to start their missionary fund. p98

-he was often in the office by 7am. p100-101

-USA President Carter said, “We ought to be more like the Mormon Church. They have thousands of young people out teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.” p101-102

-he often would skip lunch wanting to get more work done.

-he would suggest that Arthur go on a diet, and would do the diet alongside him. He thought in terms of ‘we’.

-“I would explain that Sister Kimball would be unhappy if I didn’t get him lunch, and the president would quickly retort, ‘That’s all right. I’d rather she was mad at you than mad at me.’” p102

-“He was also human; he got frustrated and upset at times, like all the rest of us.” (Arthur speaking of President Kimball) p103

-“There was never time for us to relax” Arthur says of his days with President Kimball. p103

-he had a sense of humor; he asked a flight attendant for lemonade, she said she didn’t have any, then remembered they had lemons and returned to Kimball and said, “I can squeeze you some” Kimball replied “don’t touch me.”

-people would ask him for an inside scoop on the second coming of Jesus Christ, he would say, “Why? Are you ready to go?” p104

-Arthur turned a man down who wanted Kimball to perform his marriage because the petitioner didn’t know Kimball; the man persisted and caught Kimball coming home from work and asked Kimball himself. Kimball agreed to do it, and scolded Arthur for being too protective. p104

-upon a natural disaster, Kimball urged the Saints to “Rebuild your lives while rebuilding your homes” p105

-“When President Kimball got something on his mind, he would not let go of it. He was tenacious and determined yet demonstrative and kind.” p105

-Sister Kimball always tended a garden and bottled fruit. p106

-when they moved into Hotel Utah, sister Kimball would walk to their old home, pick the apples off of the ground, cart then to the hotel, and make applesauce. p106

-when he traveled he took no time out for sightseeing p106

-Arthur planned a free day with only an evening session and said to Kimball, “I’m just trying to save you, President.” Kimball responded, “I know you’re trying to save me, but I don’t want to be saved. I just want to be exalted.”

-“You can’t just float down the Thames; you have to be up and going. You’ve done a great job so far. Now what are you going to do tomorrow? Quicken your pace, lengthen your stride.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p107

–“My life is like my shoes, to be worn out in the service of the Lord” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p107

-Kimball urged Arthur to go home one evening as he stayed past 5:30 to work and wait for his wife. Arthur said, “President, you’re making this hard for me. I am torn between doing my duty to stay close to you and still doing what you ask me to do.” President Kimball responded, “They both ought to be the same, hadn’t they?” p108

-Kimball had a cousin who was Catholic, who said of President Kimball, “They could make my father a Saint”. Arthur told this to Kimball and the immediate response of President Kimball was “Nobody can make me a saint. I have to do that for myself.” p108

-Kimball’s philosophy was to put the Lord first, others second, himself last. p109

-even when Kimball was out of the office from being ill, nothing was at hold at the office. “He had set the agenda, and we simply followed his directions.” p109

Ezra Taft Benson:

-oft times Secretary Benson (worked as such in the dept. of Agriculture for USA President Eisenhower) was misrepresented by others who had agendas of their own. Benson expected complete integrity of others but didn’t always get it. p114

– a Washington reporter observed of Benson. He “acts like a man whose conscience is always clear- his testimony will be the same next week or the week after or a year from now.” This helped him to not have to remember what he told everyone, he simply remembered the truth and knew that is what he told. p115

-he got a letter from the white house saying, “Secretary Benson, since I was with you in New York I have had the strangest feeling that I wanted to leave my nets and come follow you and be a fisher of men.” p116

-he was thoughtful, and arranged for Arthur to take his failing old mother with him on an assignment to Hawaii. p116

-when Arthurs mother died, he was touched that President Benson and President Monson took time to come to her funeral. p117

-he put greater emphasis on the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the importance of its message in our lives than anyone p118

-“You can’t work at the side of such chosen vessels of righteousness without recognizing that the Lord is in charge and that his servants are his witnesses…My experiences far outweigh any material blessings or missed opportunities.” (D. Arthur Haycock) p118



Notes on To The Rescue: Biography of Thomas S Monson by Heidi Swinton



-growing up in their home they had family meal daily with some wonderful meat.

-Sister Monson daily cooks him dinner no matter the hour and always packs his suitcase when he has to travel.

-Sister Monson’s parents dressed formally to meet Thomas as he came to pick Francis up for their first date.

-Owned a bank and many other big businesses

-Sport courses were required in his college he took basketball and swimming.

-He had a summer home cabin and another house.

-college major in marketing? minor in economics. Interested in business finance.

-oft sings and whistles

-oft prays to God even over little things like a basketball game so he did when he was young

-liked to hunt

-his branch president was known to try people on the scriptures thoroughly. Monson went to set a 5pm appointment to get out by 6pm, but the leader said, ‘no that would not give us enough time to search the scriptures how about 2pm?’ It was so, and there he asked TSM to quote D&C 4 and D&C 13 and told him he has the right to be ministered to by angels as we learn from D&C 13.

-life is a mission not a career

don’t fire someone until you know why they are misbehaving i.e. coming late

-if you find out of their misconduct from the police instead of them, tell them yes, they are fired and you must be more harsh with them than you would have had to if they spoke with him in person.

-be willing to rehire someone who used to misbehave who comes asking for work later.

-had an experience hunting on Sunday where almost his brother died, and he learned to never go hunting or fishing on Sunday again.

-to people returning to church attendance, Bishop Monson would say “welcome home. We’ve missed you. We need you!”

-do things in the way they are to be done; ordaining a person to Aaronic Priesthood it was to be done with the chair facing the congregation. A temple worker said it should be facing the temple. TSM said that may be ok in some wards, but here they face the congregation. And he turned the chair back towards the congregation.

-when people moved out of his ward he tried to keep track of them and when he saw them would council them, (once their bishop always so it was to say)

-when difficult things would come up he would say do your best and don’t worry it will be alright we are in the Lord’s hands (doing his work).

-as bishop he considered himself quite generous welfare-wise, and if he had to go back and do it again he would be even more generous.

-he was the usher of his ward watching the doors as church began while serving there as Bishop.

-very skilled at turning welfare opportunities in his ward into opportunities for service for the ward members.

-wrote 17 monthly letters to a serviceman from his ward before getting a reply. sent church magazine to him as well, but the hand letters were what got him to become active.

-singular acts can shape the eternal destiny of youth; acts of people reaching out to them.

-called a boy who was not at Priesthood opening exercises and asked why he was not in attendance, offered him one of his own clean white shirts, and the boy although late came!

-mission presidents is not like being a bishop, your wife councils with you in all.

-TSM mission tours as a General Authority tried to have an interview with each missionary in the missions he visited to strengthen their faith in Christ.

-has a firm grip handshake

-as a mission president he went to every wedding, spoke at members’ funerals, and engaged the members in mission presidents. He usually made an appearance at every event.

-knew all the names of his missionaries as a mission president; remembered names and situations of many members when he toured his mission a decade later.

-when Elders said they had tracked out the whole city he said now your next assignment is to teach and baptize them all.

-when Elders said their apartment was 40 below zero he said dress warm work hard and don’t look at the thermostat

-pessimism of an area it closed then it was announced as a hot new area and Elders went back in and baptized many. Attitude was the difference.

-“success is the ratio of your accomplishments to your capabilities”

-have the courage to refrain from judging and criticizing those around you.

-read all 6 volumes of the church history on air plane rides

-*getting temple and church meetings etc. in Germany was what it must have been like for JS to get things going in the USA, and people who helped USA become free.

-Pres. Kimball concealed that the Germans had to befriend the communists who oppressed them if they were to progress in their rights as a church.

-There are as stalwart of saints in these days as there were in the days of any past dispensation.

-awarded honorary Dr. Degree in Law

-asked seriously by Pres. Kimball to memorize a manual to get it into a communist Germany where it was not allowed to be mailed then for TSM with the memory to go there. As he did his best and was writing, there was the manual and in German none know how it arrived.

-asked to review the PMG manuscript in 2 days by Elder Ballard, TSM did so staying up most of the night.

the 5 most important English words: I am proud of you

the 4: what is your opinion

the 3: if you please

the2: thank you

the least: I

-there is no problem too small or too big for God not to answer the prayer of faith and give his attention.

-when an answer to a prayer does not come yet he does not worry for when he absolutely needs the answer, it will come.

-came late to a conference once (general?) for he was caring for his wife. Showed his emphasis was not on scheduling.

today sin oft puts on the facade of tolerance.

-he gets to meetings early and visits with people, then starts the meeting on the dot.

-he is a great sports fan talking about them then getting right to the point of what he must say.

-rather than wanting to win arguments, he wants to get to the truth

-usually before expressing his opinion he has discussion and goes around the table to hear from those in council.

-the church voted against gay marriage but for letting them have hospital and home rights.

-the temple itself is a missionary

when he starts a book he will finish it

he likes Wheaties in the morning

-your deception to think say and do right will rarely if ever be the easy way

-good habits are like muscles the more you use them the more they grow

-as we look heavenward, we inevitably see our need to reach outward.

He teaches old folks in rest homes about how a football game works, so they can understand what is going on the television and enjoy it.

-He speaks about current ball games.

-Every boy ought to have his own dog.

-Give to the beggar and poor all you have, as shown in him giving a hungry family at Thanksgiving time his pet rabbits to eat.

-When his mother is asked about how she raised a prophet, she says “it was hard, but I persevered.”

-Fishing is good and spiritual.

-Having animals and going to fairs is joyful.

-He knows about what is going on in the local barber shop.

-He travels on a plane to go and give a blessing to one person in need.

-Debt is a demon.

-Road shows and dance festivals are uplifting.

-It is the duty of Priesthood holders to memorize the sacrament prayers.

-Don’t read the sermons you give at church, but give them from the heart.

-for college, study what you like and what will provide for your family.

-Were he to go back and do it again, he would have studied history instead of business.

-Were he to go back and do it again, he would have married younger. He knew Francis for years before they married.

-Studying, it’s how you use the hours not the number of hours.

-Study as though you had to explain what you read, and as though you were going to teach the lecture that you are about to attend.

-Formal attire to meet the boy your daughter is doing to go on a date with.

-Don’t steady date at first.

-The 12 Apostles are to freely express their opinion, and once a decision is made by them collectively, they are to entirely uphold that decision.

-President McKay quoted Shakespeare freely.

-President Lee was one of the wisest church teachers.

-Members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles read “The Readers Digest”

-Henry the 8th was his favorite Shakespeare play.

-Among his favorite theatrical works is the Phantom of the Opera.


Joseph Smith Appendix A: Quotes in “The Prophet Joseph: More Than We Know (DVD)” by The Joseph Smith Foundation

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Ground-breaking research on latter-day prophecy! Is the Prophet Joseph the Angel in Revelation 14, the designator of Zion inheritances, the Messenger in Malachi, the Servant in Isaiah, the passport to Celestial glory, the Voice crying in the wilderness?
Discover the Prophet Joseph Smith in a way you have never imagined! For the first time, the Joseph Smith Foundation releases their groundbreaking research revolutionizing Latter-day prophecy and the Signs of the Times.
Documents Referenced in Presentation
Sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith discussing Revelation 14 Angel, Messenger and Witness(Sermon delivered at Nauvoo temple grounds on Friday May 12, 1844)
Statements Referenced in Presentation
Joseph Smith
“I shall read the 24th. ch of Matthew and give it a litteral rendering and reading, and when it is rightly understood it will be edifying (he then read & translated it from the German) . . . “And it will preached be; the Gospel of the Kingdom in the whole world, to a witness overall people, and then will the end come.” I will now read it in German (which he did, and many Germans who were present said he translated it correct) the Savior said, when those tribulations should take place, it should be committed to a man, who should be a witness over the whole world, the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations, should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world; it has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries, new things, for my hearers just at the time when some men think that I have no right to the keys of the Priesthood just at that time, I have the greatest right the Germans are an exalted people. The old German translators are the most correct; most honest of any of the translators, and therefore I get testimony to bear me out in the revelations that I have preached for the last 14 years the old German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew translations all say it is true, they cannot be impeached, and therefore I am in good company all the testimony is, that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys of the Priesthood to a witness over all people has the Gospel of the Kingdom commenced in the last days? and will God take it from the man, until he takes him, himself?
I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ–John the Revelator saw an angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c. the Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgments, &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth–John saw the angel having the holy Priesthood who should preach the everlasting gospel to all nations,–God had an angel, a special messenger, ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days.
Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days. For they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones” (Joseph Smith, Sermon delivered at Nauvoo temple grounds on Friday May 12, 1844)
“The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live [the Prophet Joseph Smith’s day]; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day; but they died without the sight; we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the Latter-day glory; it is left for us to see, participate in and help to roll forward the Latter-day glory,” (History of the Church, 4:609–10; from “The Temple,” an editorial published in Times and Seasons, May 2, 1842, p. 776; Joseph Smith was the editor of the periodical.)
“Why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrine? They cannot do it: it is truth, and I defy all men to upset it. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Repent ye of your sins and prepare the way for the coming of the Son of Man; for the kingdom of God has come unto you, and henceforth the ax is laid unto the root of the tree; and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, God Almighty (and not Joe Smith) shall hew it down and cast it into the fire.” (History of the Church 6:273-74., Discourses of Joseph Smith, pg. 200)
Brigham Young
“Joseph, Hyrum, father Smith, and many others will be there to dictate and preside. Joseph will stand at the head of this dispensation and hold the keys of it, for they are not taken from him: they never were in time; they never will be in eternity. I shall be there if I live or if I die.” (Brigham Young, “Heirship”, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, pp. 306-308, April 8th, 1853.)
“I said to Brother Joseph, the spring before he was killed, ‘You are laying out work for twenty years.’ He replied, ‘You have as yet scarcely begun to work; but I will set you enough to last you during your lives, for I am going to rest.’ All I can do or ask now is to do the work, so that it will be right and acceptable to him when he comes here again.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, pp. 327-333, October 7th, 1857.)
“Joseph Smith Junior will again be on this earth dictating plans . . . And he will never cease his operations, under the directions of the Son of God, until the last ones of the children of men are saved that can be, from Adam till now.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, pp. 282-291, October 9th, 1859.)
“There is an almighty work to perform in the spirit world. Joseph has not yet got through there. When he finishes his mission in the spirit world, he will be resurrected, but he has not yet done there. . . . When his spirit again quickens his body, he will ascend to heaven, present his resurrected body to the Father and the Son, receive his commission as a resurrected being, and visit his brethren on this earth as did Jesus after his resurrection.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, pp. 279-291, March 15th, 1857.)
“. . . five years ago last July I was here, and saw in the Spirit the Temple not ten feet from where we have laid the Chief Corner Stone. I have not inquired what kind of a Temple we should build. Why? Because it was represented before me. I have never looked upon that ground, but the vision of it was there. I see it as plainly as if it was in reality before me.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, pp. 131-137, April 6th, 1853.)
“Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation, and is now engaged behind the vail in the great work of the last days. I can tell our beloved brother Christians who have slain the Prophets and butchered and otherwise caused the death of thousands of Latter-day Saints, the priests who have thanked God in their prayers and thanksgiving from the pulpit that we have been plundered, driven, and slain, and the deacons under the pulpit, and their brethren and sisters in their closets, who have thanked God, thinking that the Latter-day Saints were wasted away, something that no doubt will mortify them-something that, to say the least, is a matter of deep regret to them-namely, that no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are-I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent. He holds the keys of that kingdom for the last dispensation-the keys to rule in the spirit-world; and he rules there triumphantly, for he gained full power and a glorious victory over the power of Satan while he was yet in the flesh, and was a martyr to his religion and to the name of Christ, which gives him a most perfect victory in the spirit-world. He reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim-“Oh, that is very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!” But it is true.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, pp. 282-291, October 9th, 1859.)
“Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, pp. 329-334, August 3rd, 1862.)
Heber C. Kimball
“I am pretty sure of one thing: we shall go to Jackson County, Missouri; that is, those who do right and honor their callings, doing what they have been told to do. You will be blessed, and you will see the day when Presidents [Brigham] Young, [Heber C.] Kimball, and [Daniel H.] Wells, and the Twelve Apostles will be in Jackson County, Missouri, laying out your inheritances. In the flesh? Of course. We should look well without being in the flesh! We shall be there in the flesh, and all our enemies cannot prevent it. Brother Wells, you may write that. You will be there, and Willard [Richards] will be there, and also Jedediah [Grant], and Joseph and Hyrum Smith . . . the day will be when I will see those men in the general assembly of the Church of the First Born, in the great council of God in Jerusalem too. Will we want you to be along? I heard Joseph say twice that Brother Brigham and I should be in that council in Jerusalem, when there should be a uniting of the two divisions of God’s government.” (Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 9:27)
Persecution comes next and all true Latter-day Saints will be tested to the limit. Many will apostatize and others will be still not knowing what to do. Darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people. The judgments of God will be poured out on the wicked to the extent that our Elders from far and near will be called home, or in other words the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on carried to the Jews.
The western boundary of the State of Missouri will be swept so clean of its inhabitants that as President Young tells us, when you return to that place, there will not be left so much as a yellow dog to wag his tail.
Before that day comes, however, the Saints will be put to a test that will try the integrity of the best of them. The pressure will become so great that the more righteous among them will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes.
Then the Prophet Joseph and others will make their appearance and those who have remained faithful will be selected to return to Jackson County, Missouri and take part in the building of that beautiful city, the New Jerusalem. (An Army of Elders, May 1868, Heber C. Kimball Reported by his son J. Golden Kimball, CR October 1930, p. 58. See also Prophetic Sayings of Heber C. Kimball to Sister Amanda H. Wilcox)
Parley P. Pratt
“I walked onward, weighed down as it were unto death. When I could endure it no longer, I cried out aloud, saying, ‘Oh Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Thee, show me what these things mean, and what I shall say to Thy people?’
Suddenly the Spirit of God came upon me, and filled my heart with joy and gladness indescribable; and while the spirit of revelation glowed in my bosom with as visible a warmth and gladness as if it were fire, (c) the Spirit said unto me, ‘Lift up your head and rejoice. For behold, it is well with my servants Joseph and Hyrum. My servant Joseph still holds the keys of my kingdom in this dispensation, and he shall stand in due time on the earth, in the flesh, and fulfill that to which he is appointed.” (Parley P. Pratt, Autobiography pg. 333)
Wandle Mace
“Those who are your friends are my friends, and I promise you when I come again, I will lead you forth, so that where I am you shall be with me.” (Autobiography of Wandle Mace)
“While they were taking our arms, Joseph . . . looking around him at his friends the Nauvoo Legion, and seeing our sad faces he said, ‘Boys,’ he always called us boys, ‘His Boys,’ ‘Don’t be sad, don’t be cast down, I will come back again.’ After a little hesitation he added, ‘as soon as I can.’ That expression, ‘As soon as I can’, sank deep into my heart and confirmed my fears. I never expected to see him again alive. The sad expression upon his face as he looked upon us, ‘His Boys’ for the last time I shall never forget. I felt in my inmost soul that he was going to be butchered, and we should see him no more alive.” (Autobiography of Wandle Mace)
Joseph Fielding Smith
“Malachi [as Isaiah] speaks of the Lord sending his messenger to prepare the way before him, and while that does have reference to the coming of John the Baptist, it is one of those prophecies in the scriptures that has a double fulfilment. It has reference also to the coming of the Prophet Joseph Smith, because that messenger which was to come and prepare the way before him, was to come in this day [the latter days]. …
“The Lord in the former dispensation sent a messenger to prepare the way before him, and in this dispensation it was just as necessary that a messenger be sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and the establishment of the reign of peace. If Joseph Smith was not that man, then we must look for another. . . .
“The Lord declared, through one of his prophets, that before his second coming a messenger should be sent to prepare the way and make it straight. You may apply this to John if you will [speaking of John the Baptist], and it is true. John, the messenger who came to prepare the way before the Lord in the former dispensation, also came in this dispensation as a messenger to Joseph Smith; so it applies, if you wish to apply it so, to John who came as a messenger to prepare the way before the Lord.
“But I go farther and maintain that Joseph Smith was the messenger whom the Lord sent to prepare the way before him. He came, and under direction of holy messengers laid the foundation for the kingdom of God and of this marvelous work and a wonder that the world might be prepared for the coming of the Lord.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:193–95.)
Bruce R. McConkie
“Are we amiss in saying that the prophet here mentioned is Joseph Smith, to whom the priesthood came, who received the keys of the kingdom, and who raised the ensign for the gathering of the Lord’s people in our dispensation? And is he not also the ‘servant in the hands of Christ, who is partly a descendant of Jesse as well as of Ephraim, or of the house of Joseph, on whom there is laid much power’? (D&C 113:4-6.) Those whose ears are attuned to the whisperings of the Infinite will know the meaning of these things.” (Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 339.)
Perrigrine Sessions
“representation of an angel in his priestly robes with a Book of Mormon in one hand and a trumpet in the other which [was] overlaid with gold” (Perrigrine Sessions Journal, 30 Jan 1846, Church Archives)
David B. Haight
The Restoration of the gospel is true. Someday we’ll know of the greatness of the Prophet Joseph Smith. David B. Haight (David B. Haight, April General Conference 1996)