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Joseph Fielding Smith, Served 1970–1972
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“Our mission is to preach the doctrines of salvation in plainness and simplicity as they are revealed and recorded in the scriptures.”
( Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 5.)

“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.”
( “Out of the Darkness,” Ensign, June 1971, 2.)

“We must endure to the end; . . . We must so live as to acquire the attributes of godliness and become the kind of people who can enjoy the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom.”
( "The Plan of Salvation,” Ensign, Nov. 1971, 5.)

“Now I pray that our Father in heaven will bless His people—bless them abundantly and in full measure. I pray that the Saints shall stand firm against the pressures and enticements of the world; that they shall put first in their lives the things of God's kingdom; that they shall be true to every trust and keep every covenant.”
( “A Witness and a Blessing,” Ensign, June 1971, 110.)

“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.”
( “Out of the Darkness,” Ensign, June 1971, 4.)

“Our Father, pour out Thy Spirit upon these Thy children that they may be preserved from the perils of the world and kept clean and pure, fit candidates to return to Thy presence and dwell with Thee.”
( “A Witness and a Blessing,” Ensign, June 1971, 110.)

“There is one thing which we should have exceedingly clear in our minds. Neither the President of the Church, nor the First Presidency, nor the united voice of the First Presidency and the Twelve will ever lead the Saints astray or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord.”
( “Eternal Keys and the Right to Preside,” Ensign, July 1972, 88.)

“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.”
( “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, 27.)