Speeches by Topic Topics | Joseph Smith
In 1823 the 17-year-old Joseph Smith was visited by the angel Moroni, who declared “that [Joseph’s] name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken among all people” (Joseph Smith—History 1:33). Nowadays nearly 20 million internet references to the Prophet verify Moroni’s prophecy: Some claim, often with vitriol, that he was a racketeer, a false teacher, an ignoble man. Others honor, defend, and praise him as the founder of their faith, the translator of the Book of Mormon, a prophet especially sent by God to usher in these, the latter-days. Still others, says Terryl Givens, including “secular scholars, and Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and presumed atheists—in many nations and in many tongues—speak good of Joseph’s name.” Who was this Joseph Smith, and why is there such intense interest in his life and teachings? You’ll find that our rich collection on the Prophet features more than a half century of exploration by professors, philosophers, and prophets about many facets of Joseph’s life and teachings, from his theological enlightenment of the problem of evil to his role as Jesus Christ’s chosen prophet and seer—and even a bit about his humor. This is great material for those seeking inspiration—and answers.
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