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Joseph F. Smith, Served 1901–1918
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“We desire it distinctly understood that "Mormonism," as it is called, has come to the world to stay.”
( Conference Report, Oct. 1903, 4.)

“One of the main purposes of our existence is that we might conform to the image and likeness of Him who sojourned in the flesh without blemish—immaculate, pure and spotless! Christ came not only to atone for the sins of the world, but to set an example before all men and to establish the standard of God's perfection, of God's law, and of obedience to the Father.”
( Improvement Era, Dec. 1917, 104.)

“The men and the women who are honest before God, who humbly plod along, doing their duty, paying their tithing, and exercising that pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, which is to visit the fatherless and the widows in their afflictions and to keep oneself unspotted from the world, and who help look after the poor; and who honor the holy Priesthood, who do not run into excesses, who are prayerful in their families, and who acknowledge the Lord in their hearts, they will build up a foundation that the gates of hell cannot prevail against; and if the floods come and the storms beat upon their house, it shall not fall, for it will be built upon the rock of eternal truth.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 7–8.)

To do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all man kind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman. One is universal and eternal greatness, the other is ephemeral.
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 285.)

Pure intelligence comprises not only knowledge, but also the power to properly apply that knowledge.
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 58.)

One fault to be avoided by the Saints, young and old, is the tendency to live on borrowed light [and] to permit. . . . the light within them to be reflected, rather than original.
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 87.)

It is clear that plans which contemplate only relieving present distress are deficient. . . . Our idea of charity, therefore, is to relieve present wants and then to put the poor in a way to help themselves so that in turn they may help others.
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 237.)

There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment... There is no happiness without service, and there is no greater service than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 300.)

If you can only convince your children that you love them, that your soul goes out to them for their good, that you are their truest friend, they, in turn, will place confidence in you and will love you and seek to do your bidding.
( Conference Report, Apr. 1902, 98.)

Marriage is the preserver of the human race. Without it, the purposes of God would be frustrated; virtue would be destroyed to give place to vice and corruption, and the earth would be void and empty.
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 272.)