This is the second year we are studying the teachings of Joseph Smith in our Relief Society & Priesthood classes on Sundays. My testimony has grown so much of that man and I want to tell the whole world that I know with all my heart that Joseph Smith was a TRUE Prophet of God!!
We have often be accused that we worship Joseph Smith. Not only is this terribly false but it is completely contrary to what Joseph, himself taught. He would never allow it, in fact he would strongly condemn it.
Everything that has been revealed through that man has centered on Jesus Christ. The book of Mormon is ancient scripture that spans the time period of about 2200 B.C. to 400 A.D. here on the American continent. It's purpose is "the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations."- (Title page of the Book of Mormon.)
Joseph Smith restored the principles and ordinances of the Gospel of our Savior, namely baptism, sacrament (the Lord's supper), the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood, Prophets, Apostles ordained by those who hold the Priesthood and so on. Every single one of these are performed in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. None of the sacred and holy ordinances make any mention of Joseph's name. So I don't understand why we are so falsely accused of worshiping him.
Maybe it's because he was born on the 23rd of December? Yes, we celebrate the day he was born....But do we not also celebrate the birthdays of other great men like Martin Luther King, President Washington and Abraham Lincoln?
I will not back down from my testimony of Joseph Smith for fear that people might think I'm not Christian. It is because of the teachings and revelations of this man that I have a testimony of my Savior in the first place. So I gladly sing "Praise to the man" because I know that he "communed with Jehovah, Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer." I do not worship him but I most certainly honor him!!
“Salvation could not come to the world without the mediation of Jesus Christ.”- Joseph Smith
“The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it."- Joseph Smith
“Who, among all the Saints in these last days, can consider himself as good as our Lord? Who is as perfect? Who is as pure? Who is as holy as He was? Are they to be found? He never transgressed or broke a commandment or law of heaven—no deceit was in His mouth, neither was guile found in His heart. … Where is one like Christ? He cannot be found on earth.”- Joseph Smith
“The commandments of our Lord, we hope are constantly revolving in your hearts, teaching you, not only His will in proclaiming His Gospel, but His meekness and perfect walk before all, even in those times of severe persecutions and abuse which were heaped upon Him by a wicked and adulterous generation. Remember, brethren, that He has called you unto holiness; and need we say, to be like Him in purity? How wise, how holy; how chaste, and how perfect, then, you ought to conduct yourselves in His sight; and remember, too, that His eyes are continually upon you.”- Joseph Smith
"we feel to exhort our brethren with boldness, to be humble and prayerful, to walk indeed as children of the light and of the day, that they may have grace to withstand every temptation, and to overcome every evil in the worthy name of our Lord Jesus Christ."- Joseph Smith
I love Joseph Smith's testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved the Lord with every fiber of his being. I have included this link and encourage all my readers to visit here. They will find detailed accounts of Joseph's first vision, of his mission, of other witnesses and of his own personal testimony: http://josephsmith.net/josephsmith/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=497679179acbff00VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0
God Bless You!