On page 23 of the January 1989 Ensign, it reads:
“Malachi prophesied of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s role as the Lord’s ‘forerunner’ to the latter days, when he recorded the Lord’s words: ‘Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.’” (Mal 3:1.)
We must not only allow interpret passages based on their context, but we must allow scripture to interpret scripture. Matthew 11:10-11 says this was talking about John the Baptist, not Joseph Smith. It reads,
“For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist.”
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