Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Brigham Young Quotes

We are . . . only what the Lord makes us.

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Brigham Young, 179.

Jesus is our captain and leader.

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Brigham Young, 1.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Tribute to Brigham Young

"Life is for us, and it is for us to receive it today . . . strive to live the whole day to God and nobody else."

Brigham Young spent his life in service to the Lord. “Thus did Brigham Young go forth . . . within his breast there was the heart of a lion, a determination to do or to die.”

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Brigham Young's Death

Towards the end of August 1877, Brigham was ill and in pain. The doctors called his condition “cholera morbus,” but a medical historian has identified it as an infection from a ruptured appendix. Because of his pain, he was given opiates so he slept much of the time.2

Brigham was moved to a bed near an open window where he could get some fresh air, and his loved ones could gather around him. He seemed to revive a little. Brigham looked out the window and glanced toward heaven, calling, “Joseph, Joseph, Joseph,” as if he were speaking to the prophet Joseph Smith.

Shortly thereafter, the family knelt around his bed as Brigham’s brother, Joseph Young, offered a prayer. Brigham’s daughter Zina said, “I was impelled to open my eyes, and father’s face was radiant with inward glory. It seemed that a cloud of light surrounded him . . . The husband, the father, the leader, the chosen prophet of God, lay sleeping before our eyes never more on earth to give his words of counsel, of wisdom.”

The day was August 29, 1877. The Lion of the Lord was dead.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brigham's Testimony

Brigham had a testimony of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. “Believe what is recorded in the Holy Bible concerning God and his revelations to the children of men . . . then you will know that the Book of Mormon is true.”

Joseph Smith’s influence remained with Brigham all his life. “I feel like shouting Hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet whom the Lord raised up and ordained, and to whom he gave keys and power to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.” “The honest-in-heart ran together and gathered around him [Joseph] and loved him as they did their own lives.”

“I know that [Joseph Smith] was called of God, and this I know by the revelations of Jesus Christ to me, and by the testimony of the Holy Ghost.”

Brigham Young devoted his life to the gospel. He believed prayer would lead to a testimony of all truth. He knew that salvation depended on the Lord Jesus Christ through the Atonement. He had a strong testimony that the Bible and Book of Mormon were true. He loved the Prophet Joseph Smith and tried to follow his example of dedication to Heavenly Father.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


From the time of Brigham’s baptism, his whole life was devoted to sharing his testimony of the gospel. “Mormonism has made me all I am, and the grace, the power, and the wisdom of God will make me all that I ever will be, either in time or eternity.”

Our “first . . . duty [is] to seek the Lord until we open the path of communication from God to our own soul.” Prayer brings us a testimony of the gospel which includes “all truth in heaven and on earth.”

Brigham’s belief in Jesus Christ and the Atonement was foremost in his life. “The errand of Jesus to earth was to bring his brethren and sisters back into the presence of the Father.” Brigham said that we could be saved through the Atonement of Christ if we are faithful to God’ commandments. “He is now King of kings and Lord of lords, and the time will come when every knee will bow and every tongue confess, to the glory of God the Father, that Jesus is the Christ.”