Joseph Fielding Smith

“Each ordinance and requirement given to man for the purpose of bringing to pass his salvation and exaltation is a covenant.”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Doctrines of Salvation

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How consoling to the mourners when they are called to part with a husband, wife, father, mother, child, or dear relative, to know that, although the earthly tabernacle is laid down and dissolved, they shall rise again to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory, not to sorrow, suffer, or die any more, but they shall be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 52) — “Death and Life, Pioneer Perspectives on the Resurrection,” Ensign, April 2013, p. 50

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How oft have wise men and women sought to dictate Brother Joseph by saying, “O, if I were Brother Joseph I would do this and that;” but if they were in Brother Joseph’s shoes they would find that men or women could not be compelled into the kingdom of God, but must be dealt with in long-suffering,

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.241

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“No member of this Church can stand approved in the presence of God who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon.”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Improvement Era, December 1961, pp. 925-26

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The bishop should encourage every man, woman and child who earns and receives a return for labor, to honor the Lord and to prove obedient to the law of God by giving the one-tenth of that which he or she receives, as the Lord requires, so that they may have their names enrolled on the book of the law of the Lord, that their genealogies may be had in the archives of the Church, and that they may be entitled to the privileges and blessings of the house of God.

Joseph Fielding Smith

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“I feel most assuredly that our Father in heaven is far more interested in a soul—one of his children—than it is possible for an earthly father to be in one of his children. His love for us is greater than can be the love of an earthly parent for his offspring.”

Joseph Fielding Smith

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When we go home, get the family together. Let us sing a few songs. Let us read a chapter or two in the Bible, or in the Book of Mormon, or in the Doctrine and Covenants. Let us discuss the principles of the gospel which pertain to advancement in the school of divine knowledge, and in this way occupy one day in seven. I think it would be profitable for us to do this.

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Gospel Doctrine, pp. 242-243

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“Profanity is filthiness. A person is known as much by his language as he is by the company he keeps. … Filthiness in any form is degrading and soul-destroying and should be avoided.”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Doctrines of Salvation

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“Marriage is the preserver of the human race. Without it, the purposes of God would be frustrated; virtue would be destroyed to give place to vice and corruption, and the earth would be void and empty.”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 272.

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“Charity, or love, is the greatest principle in existence. If we can lend a helping hand to the oppressed, if we can aid those who are despondent and in sorrow, if we can uplift and ameliorate the condition of mankind, it is our mission to do it, it is an essential part of our religion to do it.”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Conference Report, April, 1918, p. 4

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