Parley P. Pratt, Apostle, 1835–1857
One of the women [who visited the incarcerated Prophet] . . . turning to Mr. Smith, inquired whether he professed to be the Lord and Savior? . . . Mr. Smith replied, that he professed to be nothing but a man, and a minister of salvation sent by Jesus Christ to preach the gospel. This answer so surprised the woman, that she began to inquire into our doctrine; and Mr. Smith preached a discourse both to her and her companions, and to the wondering soldiers, who listened with almost breathless attention, while he set forth the doctrine of faith in Jesus Christ. . . . The woman was satisfied, and praised God in the hearing of the soldiers, and went away praying aloud that God would protect and deliver us."
Mary Ann Winters, Early Member of the Church
I stood close by
the Prophet while he was preaching to the Indians in the
grove by the [Nauvoo] Temple. The Holy Spirit lighted up his
countenance till it glowed like a halo around him, and
his words penetrated the hearts of all who heard him.
The Indians looked as solemn as eternity.
Lorenzo Snow, 5th President of the Church, 1898–1901
I heard the Prophet
discourse upon the grandest of subjects. At times he was
filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking as with the voice of an
archangel and filled with the power of God, his whole person
shone and his face was lightened until it appeared as the
whiteness of the driven snow.