In addition to the Book of Mormon, Joseph translated and clarified other ancient writings. By revelation, he made clear and illuminated certain portions of the Bible, restoring truths that had been lost. The Book of Moses and Joseph Smith—Matthew, found in the Pearl of Great Price, are portions of that inspired translation of the Bible. Also in the Pearl of Great Price is the book of Abraham, which Joseph translated from ancient Egyptian papyri.
"I was but a man," Joseph told the Saints in 1842, "and they must not expect me to be perfect; if they expected perfection from me, I should expect it from them; but if they would bear with my infirmities and the infirmities of the brethren, I would likewise bear with their infirmities" (History of the Church, 5:181).
Joseph possessed many spiritual gifts, including heavenly visions and the power to translate the Book of Mormon. He discerned evil spirits and cast them out. He administered priesthood blessings to the ill, many of whom were healed. He spoke in tongues and interpreted them. He made prophecies too numerous to list. Most importantly, he enjoyed the gift of the Holy Ghost, which we can all share. He explained: "We believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost being enjoyed now, as much as it was in the Apostles' days; . . . we also believe in prophecy, in tongues, in visions, and in revelations, in gifts, and in healings; and that these things cannot be enjoyed without the gift of the Holy Ghost" (History of the Church, 5:27).