Lesson 43: “He Was a Prophet of God” : Contemporaries of Joseph Smith Testify of His Prophetic Mission   Leave a comment

Chapter 43: “He Was a Prophet of God”: Contemporaries of Joseph Smith Testify of His Prophetic Mission,
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007),493–506
“I feel like shouting, hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet.” (Brigham Young)

From the Life of Joseph Smith

In Nauvoo, the Saints often gathered together to hear the ProphetJoseph Smith speak to them. Because there was no building in Nauvoolarge enough to hold all the Saints, the Prophet often spoke outside.He frequently spoke in a grove located just west of the temple, wherethousands could assemble. A portable platform was constructed forChurch leaders and speakers, and the congregation sat on the grass oron logs or bricks. The Prophet also spoke in other locations in Nauvoo,including the unfinished temple and private homes. A visitor to Nauvooin early 1843 reported seeing meetings held “on the rough floor of thebasement of the Temple, and then the Prophet frequently preaches.”1
When the Prophet spoke outdoors, he often began his talks by askingthe Saints to pray for the wind or rain to be calmed until he gotthrough speaking. At a conference held in Nauvoo on April 8, 1843, theProphet began an address by saying: “I have three requests to make ofthe congregation: The first is, that all who have faith will exerciseit and pray the Lord to calm the wind; for as it blows now, I cannotspeak long without seriously injuring my health; the next is that I mayhave your prayers that the Lord will strengthen my lungs, so that I maybe able to make you all hear; and the third is, that you will pray forthe Holy Ghost to rest upon me, so as to enable me to declare thosethings that are true.”2
The Prophet’s appointments to speak were very important to membersof the Church, and he sometimes spoke to congregations numberingseveral thousand. “None listened to him that were ever weary with hisdiscourse,” recalled Parley P. Pratt. “I have even known him to retaina congregation of willing and anxious listeners for many hourstogether, in the midst of cold or sunshine, rain or wind, while theywere laughing at one moment and weeping the next.”3Alvah J. Alexander, who was a boy during the Nauvoo years, recalledthat “no amusements or games were as interesting to me as to hear himtalk.”4
Amasa Potter recalled being present at a powerful sermon the ProphetJoseph Smith preached to a large group of Saints in Nauvoo:

“When [the Prophet] had spoken about thirty minutes there came up aheavy wind and storm. The dust was so dense that we could not see eachother any distance, and some of the people were leaving when Josephcalled out to them to stop and let their prayers ascend to Almighty Godthat the winds may cease blowing and the rain stop falling, and itshould be so. In a very few minutes the winds and rain ceased and theelements became calm as a summer’s morning. The storm divided and wenton the north and south of the city, and we could see in the distancethe trees and shrubs waving in the wind, while where we were it wasquiet for one hour, and during that time one of the greatest sermonsthat ever fell from the Prophet’s lips was preached on the greatsubject of the dead.”5
The Saints who heard the Prophet Joseph Smith speak bore powerfuland vivid testimonies of his prophetic mission. Many of them recordedtheir memories of discourses they heard him give and experiences theyhad with him, for they wanted the generations that followed them toknow, as they knew, that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God.

Testimonies of Joseph Smith

Like the early Saints, we can know that Joseph Smith is the prophet through whom the Lord restored the fulness of the gospel.

Brigham Young, the second President of the Church: “I feellike shouting, hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knewJoseph Smith, the Prophet whom the Lord raised up and ordained, and towhom he gave keys and power to build up the kingdom of God on earth andsustain it. These keys are committed to this people, and we have powerto continue the work that Joseph commenced.”6
Eliza R. Snow, the general president of the Relief Society from 1866 to 1887:“In the cause of truth and righteousness—in all that would benefit hisfellow man, his integrity was as firm as the pillars of Heaven. He knewthat God had called him to the work, and all the powers of earth andhell combined, failed either to deter or divert him from his purpose.With the help of God and his brethren, he laid the foundation of thegreatest work ever established by man—a work extending not only to allthe living, and to all the generations to come, but also to the dead.

“He boldly and bravely confronted the false traditions,superstitions, religions, bigotry and ignorance of the world—provedhimself true to every heaven-revealed principle—true to his brethrenand true to God, then sealed his testimony with his blood.”7
Bathsheba W. Smith, the general president of the Relief Society from 1901 to 1910:“I know him to be what he professed to be—a true prophet of God, andthe Lord through him restored the everlasting gospel and everyordinance and endowment that will lead us into the celestial kingdom.”8
Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church: “I havefelt to rejoice exceedingly in what I saw of Brother Joseph, for in hispublic and private career he carried with him the Spirit of theAlmighty, and he manifested a greatness of soul which I had never seenin any other man.”9
Daniel D. McArthur, an early Church member who later led one of the first handcart companies to Salt Lake City:“My testimony is that he was a true Prophet of the living God; and themore I heard his sayings and saw his doings the more I was convincedthat he had of a truth seen God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, asalso the holy angels of God. … It always seemed to me that if I everdid know anything on this earth I surely knew that he was a Prophet.”10
Alexander McRae, one of those imprisoned in Liberty Jail with Joseph Smith:“Such was our confidence in [Joseph Smith] as a Prophet, that when hesaid, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ we were confident it would be as he said;and the more we tried it, the more confidence we had, for we neverfound his word to fail in a single instance.”11
Lyman O. Littlefield, a member of Zion’s Camp: “The wholeenergies of his soul were absorbed in the glorious latter-day work towhich he had been called by his Divine Master.”12
Mary Alice Cannon Lambert, an English convert who emigrated to Nauvoo in 1843:“I first saw Joseph Smith in the Spring of 1843. When the boat in whichwe came up the Mississippi River reached the landing at Nauvoo, severalof the leading brethren were there to meet the company of saints thathad come on it. Among those brethren was the Prophet Joseph Smith. Iknew him the instant my eyes rested upon him, and at that moment Ireceived my testimony that he was a Prophet of God. … He was notpointed out to me. I knew him from all the other men, and, child that Iwas (I was only fourteen) I knew that I saw a Prophet of God.”13
Angus M. Cannon, a Church member who lived in Nauvoo as a youth and later became a stake president in Salt Lake City: “Onone occasion especially do I remember Brother Joseph as he addressed anassembly of the Saints, in the spring of 1844. It was under some largeoak trees, in a hollow south of the Temple, near to Parley street. Hewas discoursing upon the fact that God, in establishing His Church, hadprovided that only one man was authorized, of God, to receiverevelations that should be binding upon the Church. … It was on thissame occasion that I heard the Prophet declare he had received theMelchizedek Priesthood, under the administration of Peter, James andJohn.

“The impression created upon my young mind in the inspiredutterances of Joseph Smith has accompanied me throughout my subsequentlife; and when darkness would otherwise have beclouded my mind, histestimony has come up vividly before me, giving me evidence that theChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been established andgoverned by the manifest power and authority of God.”14
Hyrum Smith, the Prophet’s brother and the Patriarch to the Church: “There were prophets before, but Joseph has the spirit and power of all the prophets.”15

Joseph Smith was an example we can follow in developing a Christlike character.

Parley P. Pratt, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1835 to 1857:“President Joseph Smith was in person tall and well built, strong andactive; of a light complexion, light hair, blue eyes, very littlebeard, and of an expression peculiar to himself. … His countenance wasever mild, affable, beaming with intelligence and benevolence; mingledwith a look of interest and an unconscious smile, or cheerfulness, andentirely free from all restraint or affectation of gravity; and therewas something connected with the serene and steady penetrating glanceof his eye, as if he would penetrate the deepest abyss of the humanheart, gaze into eternity, penetrate the heavens, and comprehend allworlds. He possessed a noble boldness and independence of character;his manner was easy and familiar; his rebuke terrible as the lion; hisbenevolence unbounded as the ocean; his intelligence universal.”16
John Needham, an early English convert: “Joseph Smith is agreat man, a man of principle, a straight forward man; no saintishlong-faced fellow, but quite the reverse. Indeed some stumble becausehe is such a straight forward, plain spoken, cheerful man, but thatmakes me love him the more.”17
Emmeline B. Wells, the general president of the Relief Society from 1910 to 1921:“I … testify that he was the greatest man and the greatest prophet andthe greatest personage of this generation, the greatest, I feel safe insaying, since the days of the Savior. His majesty in appearance wassomething wonderful. You would think that he was much taller and muchlarger even than he was. Perhaps many of you have noticed men who havesuch a bearing when they rise up and walk. This was the way with theProphet Joseph. There are no pictures of him extant that I know of,that compare with the beauty and majesty of his presence.”18
Mary Alice Cannon Lambert: “The love the saints had for himwas inexpressible. They would willingly have laid down their lives forhim. If he was to talk, every task would be laid aside that they mightlisten to his words. He was not an ordinary man. Saints and sinnersalike felt and recognized a power and influence which he carried withhim. It was impossible to meet him and not be impressed by the strengthof his personality and influence.”19
John M. Bernhisel, a medical doctor who boarded in Joseph and Emma’s home in Nauvoo for several months during 1843 and 1844:“Joseph Smith is naturally a man of strong mental powers, and ispossessed of much energy and decision of character, great penetration,and a profound knowledge of human nature. He is a man of calm judgment,enlarged views, and is eminently distinguished by his love of justice.He is kind and obliging, generous and benevolent, sociable andcheerful, and is possessed of a mind of a contemplative and reflectivecharacter. He is honest, frank, fearless and independent, and as freefrom dissimulation [false appearances] as any man to be found. … As areligious teacher, as well as a man, he is greatly beloved by thispeople.”20
Jesse N. Smith, a cousin of Joseph Smith: “[The Prophet was]incomparably the most God-like man I ever saw. … I know that by naturehe was incapable of lying and deceitfulness, possessing the greatestkindness and nobility of character. I felt when in his presence that hecould read me through and through. I know he was all that he claimed tobe.”21
William Clayton, an English convert who served as a clerk to Joseph Smith: “The more I am with him, the more I love him; the more I know of him, the more confidence I have in him.”22
Joseph F. Smith, the sixth President of the Church: “He wasbrimming over with the noblest and purest of human nature, which oftengave vent in innocent amusements—in playing ball, in wrestling with hisbrothers and scuffling with them, and enjoying himself; he was not likea man with a stake run down his back, and with his face cast in abrazen mold that he could not smile, that he had no joy in his heart.Oh, he was full of joy; he was full of gladness; he was full of love,and of every other noble attribute that makes men great and good, andat the same time simple and innocent, so that he could descend to thelowest condition; and he had power, by the grace of God, to comprehendthe purposes of the Almighty too. That was the character of the ProphetJoseph Smith.”23

As the prophet through whom the gospel was restored, Joseph Smith taught God’s plan of salvation with clarity and power.

Brigham Young: “The excellency of the glory of the characterof Brother Joseph Smith was that he could reduce heavenly things to theunderstanding of the finite. When he preached to the people—revealedthe things of God, the will of God, the plan of salvation, the purposesof Jehovah, the relation in which we stand to him and all the heavenlybeings—he reduced his teachings to the capacity of every man, woman andchild, making them as plain as a well defined pathway. This should haveconvinced every person, that ever heard him, of his divine authorityand power, for no other man was able to teach as he could, and noperson can reveal the things of God, but by the revelations of JesusChrist.”24
Howard Coray, a clerk to Joseph Smith: “I have studied theGospel as revealed by Joseph Smith and wondered if it were possible foranyone unaided by the Spirit of God to have revealed such a system ofsalvation and exaltation for man. My conclusion is in the negative. Isat and listened to his preaching at the stand in Nauvoo a great manytimes when I have been completely carried away with his indescribableeloquence—power of expression—speaking as I have never heard any otherman speak.”25
Joseph L. Robinson, a counselor in a bishopric in Nauvoo: “Wehave long since believed and verily known that Joseph Smith was a trueand humble Prophet of God, but now our eyes do see him, and our earshear his voice, which is like the voice of the mighty thunders ofHeaven, yet his language is meek and instructive, edifying much. Butthere is a power and majesty that attends his words and preaching thatwe never beheld in any man before, for he is a mighty Prophet, a holyman of God. He truly had been educated in the things pertaining to thekingdom of God and was highly charged with the Holy Ghost, which was aconstant companion.”26
Orson Spencer, a Baptist minister who joined the Church in 1841:“In doctrine Mr. Smith is eminently scriptural. I have never known himto deny or depreciate a single truth of the Old and New Testaments; butI have always known him to explain and defend them in a masterlymanner. Being anointed of God, for the purpose of teaching andperfecting the church, it is needful that he should know how to set inorder the things that are wanting to bring forth things new and old, asa scribe well instructed. This office and apostleship he appears tomagnify; at his touch the ancient prophets spring into life, and thebeauty and power of their revelations are made to commend themselveswith thrilling interest to all that hear.”27
Jonah R. Ball, a member of the Church who lived in Nauvoo: “Wentto meeting. Heard the Prophet preach on the temple floor. There wereseveral thousand to hear him. There is no mistake. The way he unfoldsthe scriptures is beyond calculation or controversy. His text was the1st chapter of 2 Peter. He explained it as clear as the [noonday] sun.”28
William Clayton: “We have had the privilege of conversing withJoseph Smith Jr. and we are delighted with his company. … He is … a manof sound judgment and possessed of an abundance of intelligence, andwhilst you listen to his conversation you receive intelligence whichexpands your mind and causes your heart to rejoice. He is very familiarand delights to instruct the poor saint. I can converse with him justas easily as I can with you, and with regard to being willing tocommunicate instruction he says, ‘I receive it freely and I will giveit freely.’ He is willing to answer any question I have put to him andis pleased when we ask him questions. He seems exceedingly well versedin the scriptures, and whilst conversing upon any subject, such lightand beauty is revealed as I never saw before. If I had come fromEngland purposely to converse with him a few days I should haveconsidered myself well paid for my trouble.”29
Mercy Fielding Thompson, a British convert whose husband, Robert B. Thompson, served as a clerk to Joseph Smith:“I have … listened to his clear and masterly explanations of deep anddifficult questions. To him all things seemed simple and easy to beunderstood, and thus he could make them plain to others as no other mancould that I ever heard.”30

Like the early Saints, we can treasure up the words of Joseph Smith and live the principles he taught.

Emmeline B. Wells: “In the Prophet Joseph Smith, I believed Irecognized the great spiritual power that brought joy and comfort tothe Saints. … The power of God rested upon him to such a degree that onmany occasions he seemed transfigured. His expression was mild andalmost childlike in repose; and when addressing the people, who lovedhim it seemed to adoration, the glory of his countenance was beyonddescription. At other times the great power of his manner, more than ofhis voice (which was sublimely eloquent to me), seemed to shake theplace on which we stood and penetrate the inmost soul of his hearers,and I am sure that then they would have laid down their lives to defendhim. I always listened spell-bound to his every utterance—the chosen ofGod in this last dispensation.”31
Lorenzo Snow, the fifth President of the Church: “The firsttime I saw the Prophet Joseph was when I was a boy [about 17 yearsold]. He was talking to a small congregation. He told them of thevisits of the angel to him. … The people loved to hear him, because hewas full of revelation. … According to the promise of the Lord, thosewho accepted the principles he taught received from the Lord atestimony of their truth.”32
Edward Stevenson, a member of the Seventy from 1844 to 1897:“I first saw him in 1834 at Pontiac [Michigan] and the impression madeupon my mind by him at that time causes me now much pleasure inpresenting the picture to his many friends. The love for him, as a trueProphet of God, was indelibly impressed upon my mind, and has alwaysbeen with me from that time, although nearly sixty years have sincepassed away. In that same year, 1834, in the midst of many largecongregations, the Prophet testified with great power concerning thevisit of the Father and the Son, and the conversation he had with them.Never before did I feel such power as was manifested on theseoccasions.”33
Mary Ann Stearns Winters, a stepdaughter of Elder Parley P. Pratt:“I stood close by the Prophet while he was preaching to the Indians inthe Grove by the Temple. The Holy Spirit lighted up his countenancetill it glowed like a halo around him, and his words penetrated thehearts of all who heard him. …
“I saw the dead bodies of Brothers Joseph and Hyrum as they lay inthe Mansion House after they were brought from Carthage, and also sawsome of the clothing they had worn, tinged with their life’s blood. Iknow they were men of God, Prophet and Patriarch, true and faithful.May we be worthy to meet them in the world to come!”34
Wilford Woodruff, reporting an April 6, 1837, sermon:“President Joseph Smith Jr. arose and addressed the congregation forthe term of three hours, clothed with the power, spirit, and image ofGod. He unbosomed his mind and feelings in the house of his friends. Hepresented many things of vast importance to the minds of the elders ofIsrael. Oh, that they might be written upon our hearts as with an ironpen to remain forever that we might practice them in our lives [see Job 19:23–24].That fountain of light, principle, and virtue that came forth out ofthe heart and mouth of the Prophet Joseph, whose soul like Enoch’sswelled wide as eternity—I say, such evidences presented in such aforcible manner ought to drive into oblivion every particle of unbeliefand dubiety from the mind of the hearers, for such language, sentiment,principle, and spirit cannot flow from darkness. Joseph Smith Jr. is aprophet of God raised up for the deliverance of Israel as true as myheart now burns within me.”35
Brigham Young: “From the first time I saw the Prophet Joseph Inever lost a word that came from him concerning the kingdom. And thisis the key of knowledge that I have to-day, that I did hearken to thewords of Joseph, and treasured them up in my heart, laid them away,asking my Father in the name of his Son Jesus to bring them to my mindwhen needed. I treasured up the things of God, and this is the key thatI hold to-day. I was anxious to learn from Joseph and the Spirit ofGod.”36

Suggestions for Study and Teaching

Consider these ideas as you study the chapter or as you prepare to teach. For additional help, see pages vii–xii.

  • • Read the testimonies about the Prophet Joseph Smith on pages495–97. What impresses you about these testimonies? What is thefoundation of your own testimony of Joseph Smith? How did you obtainthis testimony? You may wish to write your testimony in your journal orshare it with your family.
  • • Pages 497–99 contain statements describing Joseph Smith’sappearance, personality, and character. How do these statementsinfluence your feelings about Joseph Smith? Think about ways you mightdevelop some of these same character traits.
  • • Study the testimonies about the way the Prophet Joseph taught thegospel and explained the scriptures (pages 499–501). How can thesetestimonies help us as we study and teach the gospel?
  • • Review the final section of this chapter (pages 502–4). How canyou follow the examples of Wilford Woodruff and Brigham Young in yourstudy of this book? How can you follow their examples as you study theteachings of the living prophets? What do you think it means to allowthe truth to be “written upon our hearts as with an iron pen”?

Related Scriptures: 2 Nephi 3:6–19; D&C 24:1–9; 124:1
[illustration] “The people loved to hear [the Prophet Joseph Smith],because he was full of revelation,” Lorenzo Snow declared. “Accordingto the promise of the Lord, those who accepted the principles he taughtreceived from the Lord a testimony of their truth.”
[photo] Bathsheba W. Smith
[photo] Mary Alice Cannon Lambert
[photo] Parley P. Pratt
[photo] John M. Bernhisel
[photo] William Clayton
[photo] Joseph L. Robinson
[photo] Mercy Fielding Thompson
[photo] Emmeline B. Wells
[photo] Lorenzo Snow


1. Quoted in History of the Church, 5:408; capitalization modernized; from a letter by an unidentified Boston Bee correspondent, Mar. 24, 1843, Nauvoo, Illinois, published in Times and Seasons, May 15, 1843, p. 200.

2. History of the Church, 5:339; from a discourse given byJoseph Smith on Apr. 8, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by WillardRichards and William Clayton.

3. Parley P. Pratt, Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. (1938), p. 46.

4. Alvah J. Alexander, in “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1906, p. 541.

5. Amasa Potter, “A Reminiscence of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, Feb. 15, 1894, p. 132.

6. Brigham Young, Deseret News, Oct. 31, 1855, p. 268.

7. Eliza R. Snow, “Anniversary Tribute to the Memory of President Joseph Smith,” Woman’s Exponent, Jan. 1, 1874, p. 117; punctuation modernized.

8. Bathsheba W. Smith, in “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, June 1, 1892, p. 344.

9. Wilford Woodruff, Deseret News, Jan. 20, 1858, p. 363; capitalization modernized.

10. Daniel D. McArthur, in “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, Feb. 15, 1892, p. 129.

11. Alexander McRae, quoted in History of the Church, 3:258; from a letter from Alexander McRae to the editor of the Deseret News, Nov. 1, 1854, Salt Lake City, Utah, published in Deseret News, Nov. 9, 1854, p. 1; punctuation and grammar modernized.

12. Lyman O. Littlefield, Reminiscences of Latter-day Saints (1888), p. 35.

13. Mary Alice Cannon Lambert, in “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1905, p. 554.

14. Angus M. Cannon, in “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1906, p. 546; spelling and grammar modernized.

15. Hyrum Smith, quoted in History of the Church, 6:346; from a discourse given by Hyrum Smith on Apr. 28, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois.

16. Parley P. Pratt, Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. (1938), pp. 45–46; paragraph divisions altered.

17. Letter from John Needham to his parents, July 7, 1843, Nauvoo, Illinois, published in Millennial Star, Oct. 1843, p. 89.

18. Emmeline B. Wells, “The Prophet Joseph,” Young Woman’s Journal, Aug. 1912, pp. 437–38; paragraph divisions altered.

19. Mary Alice Cannon Lambert, in “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1905, p. 554.

20. John M. Bernhisel, quoted in History of the Church, 6:468; paragraph divisions altered; from a letter from John M. Bernhisel to Thomas Ford, June 14, 1844, Nauvoo, Illinois.

21. Jesse N. Smith, in “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, Jan. 1, 1892, pp. 23–24; paragraph divisions altered.

22. Letter from William Clayton to William Hardman, Mar. 30, 1842, Nauvoo, Illinois, published in Millennial Star, Aug. 1, 1842, p. 76.

23. Joseph F. Smith, in “Joseph, the Prophet,” Salt Lake Herald Church and Farm Supplement, Jan. 12, 1895, p. 211; spelling and punctuation modernized.

24. Brigham Young, Deseret News, Nov. 28, 1860, p. 305; capitalization modernized.

25. Letter from Howard Coray to Martha Jane Lewis, Aug. 2, 1889,Sanford, Colorado, pp. 3–4, Church Archives, The Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.

26. Joseph Lee Robinson, Autobiography and Journals, 1883–92, folder 1, p. 22, Church Archives.

27. Letter from Orson Spencer to unknown person, Nov. 17, 1842, Nauvoo, Illinois, published in Times and Seasons, Jan. 2, 1843, pp. 56–57; punctuation modernized.

28. Letter from Jonah R. Ball to Harvey Howard, May 19, 1843,Nauvoo, Illinois; Jonah Randolph Ball, Letters 1842–43, to HarveyHoward, Shutesbury, Massachusetts, Church Archives.

29. Letter from William Clayton to Church members in Manchester, England, Dec. 10, 1840, Nauvoo, Illinois, Church Archives.

30. Mercy Fielding Thompson, “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, July 1, 1892, p. 399; paragraph divisions altered.

31. Emmeline B. Wells, in “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1905, p. 556; punctuation modernized; paragraph divisions altered.

32. Lorenzo Snow, Deseret Weekly, Apr. 13, 1889, p. 487.

33. Edward Stevenson, Reminiscences of Joseph, the Prophet, and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon (1893), p. 4; paragraph divisions altered.

34. Mary Ann Stearns Winters, in “Joseph Smith, the Prophet,” Young Woman’s Journal, Dec. 1905, p. 558; paragraph divisions altered.

35. Wilford Woodruff, reporting a discourse given by Joseph Smith onApr. 6, 1837, in Kirtland, Ohio; Wilford Woodruff, Journals, 1833–98,Church Archives.

36. Brigham Young, Deseret News, June 6, 1877, p. 274; capitalization modernized.

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