A Look at the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

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Reviewed by Eric Johnson

During 2014, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. If you would like to see the church manual online, go here. Latter-day Saints study this material on the second and third Sundays of each month (thus, chapters 1-2 are January, chapter 3-4 are February, etc.)

Consider a few quotes marking Joseph Fielding Smith, according to the January 2014 Ensign magazine (official publication of the LDS Church) titled “True and Faithful: Inspiration from the Life and Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith”):

“As with all of God’s prophets, Joseph Fielding Smith was foreordained to come to earth according to the divine timetable of the Lord.” (p. 46)

“Joseph Fielding Smith was renowned in the Church as a scriptorian and gospel scholar. Beginning in his youth, he had an unquenchable desire to ‘seek learning, even by study and also by faith’ (D&C 88:118).” (p. 47)

“On one occasion President Heber J. Grant (1856-1945) complimented President Smith’s scholarship by stating, ‘I consider you the best posted man on the scriptures of the General Authorities of the church that we have.'” (p. 48) For more, see here.

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