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10 Powerful Quotes from Joseph Smith the Prophet

10 Powerful Quotes from Joseph Smith the Prophet

Joseph Smith was made aware from a very early age that his “name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people.”

As part of our mission at Mormon Light, we feel it our obligation and great honor to be a small part in fulfilling Moroni’s prophecy that his “name should be had for good.”

Here are just 10 of the many powerful quotes that have been uttered by Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration.

10 Powerful Quotes from Joseph Smith the Prophet



The Prophet called on all who held the Priesthood to gather into the little log school house they had there. It was a small house, perhaps 14 feet square. But it held the whole of the Priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were then in the town of Kirtland. … When we got together the Prophet called upon the Elders of Israel with him to bear testimony of this work. … When they got through the Prophet said,

‘Brethren, I have been very much edified and instructed in your testimonies here tonight, but I want to say to you before the Lord, that you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe upon its mother’s lap. You don’t comprehend it.’ I was rather surprised. He said, ‘It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see here tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America—it will fill the world.’


quotes by joseph smith the mormon prophet

“The devil flatters us that we are very righteous, while we are feeding on the faults of others…if you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another.” – Joseph Smith

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And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—That by him, and through him, and of him, the worldsare and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God. – Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24


Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame. It has spread with increasing rapidity. Proud of the cause which they have espoused and conscious of our innocence and of the truth of their system, amidst calumny and reproach, have the elders of this Church gone forth and planted the gospel in almost every state in the Union.

It has penetrated our cities; it has spread over our villages and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates and be governed by its sacred truths. It has also spread into England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, where, in the year 1840, a few of our missionaries were sent, and over five thousand joined the Standard of Truth; there are numbers now joining in every land.

Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear; till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done. – Wentworth Letter


quotes by joseph smith the mormon prophet

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching. – Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 191


If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves. – History of the Church, 6:303


quotes from joseph smith the mormon prophet

I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth?

I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation– Joseph Smith History 1:25


It is a time-honored adage that love begets love. Let us pour forth love—show forth our kindness unto all mankind, and the Lord will reward us with everlasting increase; cast our bread upon the waters and we shall receive it after many days, increased to a hundredfold. – History of the Church, 5:517.

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It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me? Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy? – Joseph Smith History 1:20


“Tell the people to be humble and faithful, and be sure to keep the Spirit of the Lord, and it will lead them right. Be careful and not turn away the small still voice; it will teach you how to do and where to go; it will yield the fruits of the kingdom.

Tell the brethren to keep their hearts open to conviction, so that when the Holy Ghost comes to them, their hearts will be ready to receive it. They can tell the Spirit of the Lord from all other spirits; it will whisper peace and joy to their souls; it will take malice, hatred, strife, and all evil from their hearts; and their whole desire will be to do good, bring forth righteousness and build up the kingdom of God.

Tell the brethren if they will follow the Spirit of the Lord they will go right. Be sure to tell the people to keep the Spirit of the Lord; and if they will, they will find themselves just as they were organized by our Father in Heaven before they came into the world. Tell the people to be sure to keep the Spirit of the Lord and follow it, and it will lead them just right.”

What did we miss? Is there a favorite quote you have from Joseph Smith that we should add to the list?


Calvin Higgins

Sunday 30th of October 2022

Joseph Smith taught that “a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.” In the eternal perspective, the blessings obtained by sacrifice are greater than anything that is given up.

Sunday 15th of July 2018

The quote that stands out to me is where the prophet Joseph Smith said "For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it". This is how I felt when the Holy Ghost confirmed to me that the Book of Mormon is true. I didn't see him, but I felt his presence. I was very aware of his presence and I knew he was aware of mine. The spirit was so strong that I could never deny it, nor would I dare... My experience was earlier this year, and I've given this testimony and have it written in my journal. I didn't know until now that Joseph gave a similar testimony.

John Kail

Thursday 21st of July 2022

If your light is darkness how great is that darkness

Ben Arkell

Monday 16th of July 2018

That's really neat that you feel similarly! I've always loved this quote and felt such sympathy for Joseph because of how sad it must have been to have so many know his story but have so few that believed him.

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

Thank you for this article.

Ben Arkell

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

You bet! I love the prophet Joseph.