Senator Fred T. Dubois questions Joseph F. Smith during the 1904 Reed Smoot Hearings; claims he has not received any individual revelations since becoming President of the Church.

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Joseph F. Smith
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Testimony of Joseph F. Smith, Proceedings before the Committee on Privileges and Elections of the United States Senate in the Matter of the Protests Against the Right of Hon. Reed Smoot, a Senator from the State of Utah, to Hold His Seat, 4 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1904), 1:483-84

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Fred T. Dubois, Joseph F. Smith
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Senator DUBOIS.—Have you received any revelations from God, which has been submitted by you and the apostles to the body of the church in their semiannual conference, which revelation has been sustained by that conference, through the upholding of their hands?

Mr. SMITH.—Since when?

SENATOR DUBOIS.—Since you became President of the Church.

MR. SMITH.—No, sir; none whatever.

SENATOR DUBOIS.—Have you received any individual revelations yourself, since you became President of the church under your own definition, even, of a revelation?

MR. SMITH.—I cannot say that I have.

SENATOR DUBOIS.—Can you say that you have not?

MR. SMITH.—No; I cannot say that I have not.

SENATOR DUBOIS.—Then you do not know whether you have received any such revelation as you have described or whether you have not?

MR. SMITH.—Well, I can say this: That if I live as I should in the line of my duties, I am susceptible, I think, of the impressions of the Spirit of the Lord upon my mind at any time, just as any good Methodist or any other good church member might be. And so far as that is concerned, I say yes; I have had impressions of the Spirit upon my mind very frequently, but they are not in the sense of revelations.

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