After the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Brigham Young spoke to the Saints in Nauvoo in a meeting. As he spoke, Brother Benjamin F. Johnson, and many others, reported “as from Heaven, I heard the voice of the Prophet Joseph that thrilled my whole being and . . . I saw in the transfiguration of Brigham Young, the tall straight . . . form of the Prophet Joseph Smith clothed in a sheen of light covering him to his feet.” When Brigham addressed the Saints, he looked and sounded just like Joseph Smith, showing the people that the twelve apostles, with Brigham as president, were to lead the people.
Brigham knew he and the other apostles had to help the Church accomplish the purposes that Heavenly Father had revealed through Joseph Smith. Even though he was very sad that Joseph Smith was gone, he remembered the strength and power of Joseph the prophet. Brigham Young tried to follow Joseph’s example the rest of his life.