Testimonies of the Latter-day Prophets


“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.”

Joseph Smith, Jr. D&C 76:22–24

“I can bear testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true; and the word of the Lord, whether written or spoken, is true.

“… There is one class of people, and one only, that live upon the face of the earth, who do know it; and that class of men and women are those that keep his commandments, and do his will.”

Brigham Young Journal of Discourses 1:37–38

“I know that God rules and reigns in this nation and among the nations of the earth, and that He will direct all things, according to the counsels of His will. I know that the work which God has commenced in these last days will continue to go forth despite the powers of darkness and all the fiends of hell.”

John Taylor Journal of Discourses, 25:286

“I feel to bear my testimony to this work. It is the work of God. Joseph Smith … received his appointment from before the foundation of the world, and he came forth in the due time of the Lord to establish this work on the earth.”

Wilford Woodruff The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pages 281–282

“We testify to the whole world that we know, by divine revelation, even through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and that he revealed himself to Joseph Smith as personally as he did to his Apostles anciently.”

Lorenzo Snow Journal of Discourses, 18:298

“I desire to bear my testimony to you; for I have received an assurance which has taken possession of my whole being. It has sunk deep into my heart; it fills every fibre of my soul; so that I feel to say before this people … that God has revealed unto me that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Redeemer of the world.”

Joseph F. Smith Conference Report, April 1901, pages 72–73

“There is one thing that is true and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Lord gives to men and women if they keep His commandments, a knowledge that it is true.”

Heber J. Grant Gospel Standards, page 24

“I have been in the valley of the shadow of death in recent years. … The nearer I went to the other side, the greater was my assurance that the gospel was true. Now that my life has been spared, I rejoice to testify that I know the gospel is true, and with all my soul I thank the Father of us all that he has revealed it to me.”

George Albert Smith Conference Report, October 1921, page 42

“The gospel of Jesus Christ, as revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, is in very deed, in every way, the power of God unto salvation. It is salvation here—here and now. It gives to every man the perfect life, here and now, as well as hereafter.”

David O. McKay Conference Report, October 1915, page 70

“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.”

Joseph Fielding Smith Ensign, June 1971, page 4

“This is (the Master’s) church. Where else would he rather be than right here at the headquarters of his church? He isn’t an absentee master; he is concerned about us. He wants us to follow where he leads. I know that he is a living reality, as is our Heavenly Father.”

Harold B. Lee Ensign, January 1973, page 134

“I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

“He is my friend, my Savior, my Lord, my God.

“With all my heart I pray that the Saints may keep his commandments, have his Spirit, and gain an eternal inheritance with him in celestial glory.”

Spencer W. Kimball Ensign, November 1978, page 73

“I testify that Jesus is the Christ and that He stands at the head of His Church today, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I testify that He will come again in power and great glory and that He will leave nothing undone for our eternal welfare.

“May we daily be the manner of men He is and thus be prepared to meet and dwell with Him, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

Ezra Taft Benson Ensign, May 1987, page 7