Brigham Young, 2nd President of the Church, 1847–1877
It was decreed in the counsels of eternity, long before the foundations of the earth were laid, that he, Joseph Smith, should be the man, in the last dispensation of this world, to bring forth the word of God to the people.
Joseph F. Smith, 6th President of the Church, 1901–1918
I come nearer the
possession of the actual knowledge that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God, through the testimony of Joseph
Smith . . . that he saw Him, that he heard Him.
Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th President of the Church, 1995–present
I know that he [Joseph
Smith] was foreordained to a mighty work to serve as an
instrument of the Almighty in bringing to pass a restoration
of the work of God of all previous dispensations of time.