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Joseph Fielding Smith, Served 1970–1972


“Now, as one among you who has come to know, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that the Lord has restored His gospel and set up His kingdom again on the earth for the last time, I bear my testimony to the truth of these things.”
“I know that God lives; I know that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten of the Father; and I know that Joseph Smith and his successors have been the instruments in the Lord's hands of making the blessings of heaven available to men on earth in this present day.”
“And I pray that the Lord's purposes on earth, both in and out of the Church, may speedily be brought to pass; that He will bless His faithful Saints; and that the hearts of hosts of men who seek truth and whose hearts are right before the Lord may become inheritors with us of the fullness of the blessings of the restored gospel.”
“I say this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
( “Out of Darkness,” Ensign, June 1971, 4. )

“As I stand now, in what I might call the twilight of life, with the realization that in a not-far-distant day I shall be called upon to give an account of my mortal stewardship, I bear testimony again of the truth and divinity of this great work.”
“I know that God lives and that He sent His Beloved Son into the world to atone for our sins.”
“I know that the Father and the Son appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith to usher in this final gospel dispensation.”
“I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet; moreover, that this is the Lord's Church, and that the gospel cause shall roll forward until the knowledge of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.”
“I am sure that we all love the Lord. I know that He lives, and I look forward to that day when I shall see His face, and I hope to hear His voice say unto me: 'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.' (Matt. 25:34.)”
( “Let the Spirit of Oneness Prevail,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, 136. )

“Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the great Exemplar. Our mission is to pattern our lives after Him and do the things He wants us to do. ". . . what manner of men ought ye to be?" He asked His Nephite disciples, and then He answered: "Verily I say unto you, even as I am." (3 Ne. 27:27.)”
“I rejoice in the privilege of following in His footsteps. I am grateful for the words of eternal life which I have received, I am very glad to say, in this world, and for the hope of eternal life which is mine in the world to come if I will remain faithful and true to the end.”
“All my life I have studied and pondered the principles of the gospel and sought to live the laws of the Lord. As a result there has come into my heart a great love for Him and for His work and for all those who seek to further His purposes in the earth.”
“I know that He lives, that He rules in the heavens above and in the earth beneath, and that His purposes shall prevail. He is our Lord and our God. As He himself said to Joseph Smith: "The Lord is God, and beside Him there is no Savior.”
“Great is His wisdom, marvelous are His ways, and the extent of His doings none can find out. ”(D&C 76:1–2.)
“I feel to say with Job of old, whose knowledge came from the same source from which mine has come: 'For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth,' and that 'in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold. . . .' (Job 19:25–27.)”
“And as I join my testimony with that of Job, may I also unite with Him in thanksgiving, for the cry, uttered out of the anguish and sorrow of His soul: '. . . the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.' (Job 1:21.)”
“I pray that we may all be guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may walk uprightly before the Lord, and that we may inherit eternal life in the mansions and kingdoms that are prepared for the obedient.”
( “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, 27. )