D. Todd Christofferson warns against imputing infallibility to Joseph; he was "a mortal man striving to fulfill an overwhelming, divinely- appointed mission."

Sep 24, 2013
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D. Todd Christofferson

D. Todd Christofferson, “The Prophet Joseph Smith,” devotional, BYU Idaho, September 24, 2013, accessed November 1, 2023

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We should be careful not to claim for Joseph Smith perfections he did not claim for himself. He need not have been superhuman to be the instrument in God's hands that we know him to be. In May, 1844, Joseph declared: "I never told you I was perfect, but there is no error in the revelations which I have taught." He had commented earlier: "Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs I am charged with doing: the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature, like other men. No man lives without fault. Do you think that even Jesus, if He were here, would be without fault in your eyes? His enemies said all manner of evil against Him--they all watched for iniquity in Him." Joseph Smith was a mortal man striving to fulfill an overwhelming, divinely- appointed mission against all odds. The wonder is not that he ever displayed human failings, but that he succeeded in his mission. His fruits are undeniable and undeniably good.

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