The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Joseph Fielding Smith

"It seems to me that any member of this Church would never be satisfied until he or she had read the Book of Mormon time and time again, and thoroughly considered it so that he or she could bear witness that it is in very deed a record with the inspiration of the Almighty upon it, and that its history is true.... No member of this Church can stand approved in the presence of God who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon." — Joseph Fielding Smith, "Conference Report," Oct 1961, p. 18

"Let me not be misunderstood, when I say that there is need for repentance in Zion. ...There is constant need of warning, teaching and calling upon the people to remember the promises the Lord has made unto them; urging them to be true and faithful in all things, to his holy word that none may go astray, nor falter, or be overcome and trodden down and be cast back again into the world, to partake of the sins of the world from whence they came. And so I feel that it is my mission to cry repentance and to call upon the people to serve the Lord." — "Conference Report," October 1919, p. 88

"We are living in perilous times, in a day when the mission of the Church is perhaps more pronounced, and our message to the world more clearly defined, than ever before. As a people we stand as witnesses for Christ in a day when the world has turned from him, when they are teaching the doctrines of men and discarding the fundamental truths of the Christian faith." — "Conference Report," April 1924, p. 40

"I plead with the Latter-day Saints to stand firm and faithful in the discharge of every duty, keeping the commandments of the Lord, honoring the priesthood, that we may stand when the Lord comes--whether we be living or dead, it matters not--to be partakers of His glory." — "Conference Report," April 1935, p. 99

"But how are they to become saviors on Mount Zion? By building their temples, erecting their baptismal fonts, and going forth and receiving all the ordinances, baptisms, confirmations, washings, anointings, ordinations and sealing powers upon their heads, in behalf of their progenitors who are dead, and redeem them that they may come forth in the first resurrection and be exalted to thrones of glory with them; and herein is the chain that binds the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, which fulfills the mission of Elijah..." — "Conference Report," April 1948, p. 136

"Not all truth is of the same value or importance. Some truths are greater than others. The greatest truth, or the greatest truths, we find in the fundamentals of the gospel of Jesus Christ. First of all, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world, who came into this world to die that men might live. That truth we should know. It is far more important to know that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, that he has given unto us the principles of eternal life, than it is to know all that can be obtained in secular education." — "Conference Report," April 1955, p. 51

"The words of the prophets are rapidly being fulfilled, but it is done on such natural principles that most of us fail to see it." — "Conference Report," April 1966, p. 13

"I think if all men knew and understood who they are, and were aware of the divine source from whence they came, and of the infinite potential that is part of their inheritance, they would have feelings of kindness and kinship for each other that would change their whole way of living and bring peace on earth." — "Conference Report," April 1970, p. 4

"This City of Holiness, or Zion, was a theocracy like unto the government established by the Lord in the days of Adam. In it the celestial law prevailed, the commandments of the Lord were respected; there were no jealousies, envyings, immorality or wickedness of any kind. The people were truly happy, and only by obedience to divine law can a people be truly happy. If we, today, had the faith and willingness to serve the Lord and would love God and our neighbor as ourselves, as we have been commanded to do, we would be just as happy and blessed as were the people of the City of Zion. The Son of God would again be willing to do as he did with the inhabitants of Zion, he could dwell in our midst, in other words, we could "walk with God." It is only our rebellion and unwillingness to be obedient in all things, that keeps us from having the companionship of heavenly messengers in this latter day. Eventually this condition will come, but not until the earth is cleansed of its wickedness and the reign of righteousness is ushered in for one thousand years." — Joseph Fielding Smith, "The Progress of Man," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1964], p. 86-87

"Because the daughters of Noah married the sons of men contrary to the teachings of the Lord, his anger was kindled, and this offense was one cause that brought to pass the universal flood. You will see that the condition appears reversed in the Book of Moses. It was the daughters of the sons of God who were marrying the sons of men, which was displeasing unto the Lord. The fact was, as we see it revealed, that the daughters who had been born, evidently under the covenant, and were the daughters of the sons of God, that is to say of those who held the priesthood, were transgressing the commandment of the Lord and were marrying out of the Church. Thus they were cutting themselves off from the blessings of the priesthood contrary to the teachings of Noah and the will of God ....

"Today there are foolish daughters of those who hold this same priesthood who are violating this commandment and marrying the sons of men; there are also some of the sons of those who hold the priesthood who are marrying the daughters of men. All of this is contrary to the will of God just as much as it was in the days of Noah." — Joseph Fielding Smith, "Answers to Gospel Questions," 1:136-37

"Never in the history of the world has this truth been so greatly manifest as in the preaching of the Gospel by the weak and humble elders of the Church. They have gone forth into strength which the Lord promised them and they have confounded the wisdom of the wise and the understanding of their prudent men has been hid. (Isa. 29:14) Think of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was without training or education, only in the simple grades, so far as the learning or the world is concerned. Yet the Lord called him and educated him and he has confounded the entire religious world and brought to naught their false doctrines." — Joseph Fielding Smith, "Church History and Modern Revelation," p. 149

"We know that God is known only by revelation, that he stands revealed or remains forever unknown. We must go to the scriptures-not to the scientists or philosophers-if we are to learn the truth about Deity. Indeed, John's great prophecy about the restoration of the gospel by an angel who should fly in the midst of heaven says that it was to occur so that men could come to a knowledge of the true God and be taught: 'Fear God, and give glory to him... and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.' (Rev. 14:7.) In other words, beginning with the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation, men once again would be called upon to worship and serve their Creator rather than the false concepts of Deity that prevail in the world." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "The Most Important Knowledge," Ensign, May 1971, p. 2-3

"We are engaged in the Lord's work; this is his church; he is the author of the plan of salvation; it is his gospel which we have received by the opening of the heavens in this day; and our desire and whole purpose in life should be to believe the truths he has revealed and to conform our lives to them. No person in or out of the Church should believe any doctrine, advocate any practice, or support any cause that is not in harmony with the divine will. Our sole objective where the truths of salvation are concerned should be to find out what the Lord has revealed and then to believe and act accordingly." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Out of the Darkness," Ensign, June 1971, p. 2

"As the Lord's agents we are bound by his law to do what he wants us to do regardless of personal feelings or worldly enticements. Of ourselves we have no message of salvation, no doctrine that must be accepted, no power to baptize or ordain or marry for eternity. All these things come from the Lord, and anything we do with reference to them is the result of delegated authority." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Our Responsibilities As Priesthood Holders," Ensign, June 1971, p. 49

"We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of God, to do ever those things that please him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor his will by following the example he has set for us." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 27

"I wonder if we ever stop to think why the Lord has asked us to pray. Did he ask us to pray because he wants us to bow down and worship him? Is that the main reason? I don't think it is. He is our Heavenly Father, and we have been commanded to worship him and pray to him in the name of his Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. But the Lord can get along without our prayers. His work will go on just the same, whether we pray or whether we do not. He knows the end from the beginning. There are many worlds that have passed through the same experience that we are going through. He has had sons and daughters on other earths, where they have had the same privileges and the same opportunities to serve him and the same commandments that we have had given to us. Prayer is something that we need, not that the Lord needs. He knows just how to conduct his affairs and how to take care of them without any help from us. Our prayers are not for the purpose of telling him how to run his business. If we have any such idea as that, then of course we have the wrong idea. Our prayers are uttered more for our sakes, to build us up and give us strength and courage, and to increase our faith in him." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Conference Report," April 1968, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.10

"The meeting was opened by prayer and singing and then under the influence of the Spirit of the Lord the Prophet addressed them. In the course of his remarks he called attention to the great spirit of darkness which prevails upon the face of the whole earth. The Sun of Righteousness has been made obscure by the evil acts of men, but soon the light was to burst forth upon the heads of the faithful. Great blessings await the faithful members of the Church even beyond the blessings of the saints in the days of our Lord, for they had him with them and relied upon him, but through reliance on the Holy Spirit and by exercising great faith, they would be greatly blessed." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Church History and Modern Revelation," 4 vols., 3:68

"If we could see the Savior of men suffering in the garden and upon the cross and could fully realize all that it meant to us, we would desire to keep his commandments and we would love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our might, mind and strength, and in the name of Jesus Christ would serve him." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Doctrines of Salvation," 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 2:347

"In my judgment the sacrament meeting is the most sacred, the most holy, of all the meetings of the Church. When I reflect upon the gathering of the Savior and his apostles on that memorable night when he introduced the sacrament, when I think of that solemn occasion, my heart is filled with wonderment and my feelings are touched. I consider that gathering one of the most solemn and wonderful since the beginning of time." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Doctrines of Salvation," 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 2:340

“And now, my good brethren and sisters, what is our duty? To keep the commandments of God. And we are instructed to do that in our quarterly conferences, in our general conferences and in all the meetings that are held in the various stakes and wards of Zion. Even as it is, there are conditions arising which should cause us to be alert, on our guard, diligent, persevering in the keeping of the commandments of the Lord, and in instructing the members of the Church. By all means, this is needed. Satan is not dead.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1959, Afternoon Meeting, p. 19

“Satan is abroad in the land, deceiving the nations, and he will deceive us unless we are firmly grounded in the faith, unless we base our salvation on truth, unless we search for gospel knowledge. and understanding. The Lord has required of us, as he sets it forth in many of the revelations given to the Church, that we should search the, scriptures, and make ourselves familiar with the teachings they contain. If we will do this then, we will not be led astray by every wind of doctrine and foolish teaching of men in the world, but will have power to understand and discern between truth and error and choose the right, avoiding that which is wrong. Every member of this Church has it within his power to know the truth, so that he may not be deceived. This knowledge will come to us through our study, through faith, through perseverance, and through living in full accord with the ordinances of the gospel." - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” April 1928, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 68

“To know the way to eternal life is far more important than all the learning that the world can give. We find that in the sacred principles which have been revealed for the last time, and in these ordinances which are being performed for the last time—that is, in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times—for the gospel will never be restored again. It has been restored to remain. The Lord has ordained his servants, and has given them authority to execute his laws, to preach his gospel, to cry repentance, to call upon men to humble themselves and receive these fundamental principles of eternal life.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” April 1955, Afternoon Meeting, p. 51

“I would like for a few minutes to offer a few observations in regard to the question of tolerance and broadmindedness. We hear so much in these days about being tolerant and broadminded. I suppose the world will never know how many crimes have been committed through a misinterpretation and misunderstanding of these terms. Satan is very ‘broadminded,’ extremely so as long as he can get people to do evil and avoid the truth. He will teach any kind of theory, or principle, or doctrine, if it doesn't conform to the fundamental things of life–the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is even willing to teach some truth if he can join that truth with error, and by teaching the error with the truth lead men astray. This is how broadminded he is, and that is how the apostasy came about in the primitive church.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1936, Second Day–Morning Meeting, p. 59

“The world is full of philosophy. One prominent and intelligent writer has called these theories ‘scientific fiction.’ I think he is right. We have the theories of evolution, of higher criticism, the ideas that prevail in the schools throughout our land that are dangerous, that are striking at the fundamentals of the gospel of Jesus Christ, trying to destroy the faith in the minds of the students who attend the schools. We are troubled with it…, and the colleges throughout the country are full of it, and the professors teach it; they believe in it, at least they profess to believe in it; and it seems to me that the sole purpose of it is to undermine and destroy the gospel of Jesus Christ.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Doctrines of Salvation,” 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 1:320

“The world is rapidly coming to its end, that is, the end of the day of wickedness. When it is fully ripe in iniquity the Lord will come in the cloud of heaven to take vengeance on the ungodly, for his wrath is kindled against them. Do not think that he delayeth his coming. Many of the signs of his coming have been given, so we may, if we will, know that the day is even now at our doors.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p. 29

"There should be no sin in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No man should attempt to excuse himself because he has this failing or that. If we have a failing, if we have a weakness, there is where we should concentrate, with a desire to overcome, until we master and conquer. If a man feels that it is hard for him to pay his tithing, then that is the thing he should do, until he learns to pay his tithing. If it is the Word of Wisdom, that is what he should do, until he learns to love that commandment." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Conference Report," October 1941, Afternoon Meeting, p. 95

"The Saints have not too much time to save and redeem their dead, and gather together their living relatives, that they may be saved also, before the earth will be smitten, and the consumption decreed falls upon the world." - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Conference Report," April 1948, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 136

We were in bondage, through Adam's transgression. He and his posterity after him became subject to death. Death had dominion over us, and if that had continued, hell would have had dominion over us. What did Christ do? He ransomed us. He restored us. He brought us back through his atonement, through the shedding of his blood. He paid the price, as Paul says. He rescued us from captivity and bondage. That is what ransomed means. He liberated us from death. He paid the price that death required; and we, through his redemption, were recovered by the payment of the shedding of his blood. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Doctrines of Salvation," 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie, 1:124

We believe it is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do, and that building upon the foundation of the atonement of Christ, all men must work out their salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Out of the Darkness," Ensign (CR) April 1971

Our position is one of strength because it is founded on eternal truth. We need not fear the fiery darts of the adversary, nor be troubled by world conditions, as long as we walk in that light which a gracious Father has so abundantly shed forth upon us in this final gospel dispensation. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," Ensign (CR) June 1971

To the world I say: These are the last days. They are days of trouble and sorrow and desolation. They are days when Satan dwells in the hearts of ungodly men, when iniquity abounds, and when the signs of the times are being shown forth.

And there is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope for peace, for temporal and spiritual prosperity, and for an eventual inheritance in the kingdom of God is found only in and through the restored gospel. There is no work that any of us can engage in that is as important as preaching the gospel and building up the Church and kingdom of God on earth. - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Counsel to the Saints and to the World,” Ensign (CR) May 1972

I think it is understood by many that the great suffering of Jesus Christ came through the driving of nails in His hands and in His feet, and in being suspended upon a cross, until death mercifully released Him. That is not the case. As excruciating, as severe as was that punishment, coming from the driving of nails through His hands and through His feet, and being suspended, until relieved by death, yet still greater was the suffering which He endured in carrying the burden of the sins of the world—my sins, and your sins, and the sins of every living creature. This suffering came before He ever got to the cross, and it caused the blood to come forth from the pores of his body, so great was that anguish of His soul, the torment of His spirit that He was called upon to undergo. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Conference Report," April 1944, Afternoon Meeting, p.50

With all my heart I say to those who are keeping the commandments, who are serving faithfully in the Church, and who are working for the good and betterment of mankind generally, with all my heart I say: The Lord bless you; and you may rest assured that if you continue in the paths of truth and righteousness, he will welcome you into his eternal kingdom and give you an inheritance with the prophets and saints of all ages. - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” April 1970, General Priesthood Meeting, p.58

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