Brigham Young meets Joseph Smith
After Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball were baptized, they wanted to meet the Prophet Joseph Smith. They left their children in the care of Heber's wife and travelled to Kirtand. When they came to Joseph's home, Emma told them the Prophet was in the back woods chopping fire wood with his brothers. Brigham approached Brother Joseph, who was tall, blond and very friendly. When Brigham shook Joseph Smith's hand, joy surged through him, and he knew Joseph was a prophet of God. The spirit witnessed to Brigham of Joseph's mission.
The men went back to Joseph's home to talk. Brigham and Heber were eager to learn all they could about the Church while they were in Kirtland. When Brigham was away from the group, Joseph told the men that Brigham would one day lead the Church.
Soon Brigham moved to Kirtland to be close to the Prophet. He was called to be an apostle of the Lord and his testimony of Joseph never wavered - even though apostasy raged around him. He loved Joseph Smith with every fiber of his being and that testimony never left him.