QUOTE: “Our whole strength rests on the validity of that vision. It either occurred or it did not occur. If it did not, then this work is a fraud. If it did, then it is the most important and wonderful work under the heavens. Reflect upon it, my brethren and sisters.” -Gordon B. Hinckley, in General Conference, October 2002. [source]
QUOTE: “Between 1820 and 1840 Joseph’s friends were writing long panegyrics; his enemies were defaming him in an unceasing stream of affidavits and pamphlets, and Joseph himself was dictating several volumes of Bible-flavored prose. But no one in this long period even intimated that he had heard the story of the two gods. At least, no such intimation has survived in print or manuscript.” -Fawn M. Brodie, No Man Knows My History, p. 405. [source]
QUOTE: “He sought the Lord by day and by night, and was enlightened by the vision of an holy angel. When this personage appeared to him, one of his first inquiries was, “Which of the denominations of Christians in the vicinity was right?” He was told they had all gone astray, they had wandered into darkness, and that God was about to restore the Gospel in its simplicity and purity to the earth; he was, consequently, directed not to join any one of them, but to be humble and seek the Lord with all his heart, and that from time to time he should be taught and instructed in relation to the right way to serve the Lord.” -George Albert Smith, 20 June 1869, Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 78. [source]
COMMENTARY: If Joseph Smith said it, though, it just has to be true. I’m sure Emma would attest to that. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.