Brigham Young, 2nd President of the Church, 1847–1877
The devil and his
emissaries thought, if they could only destroy Joseph Smith,
that the system he had laid the foundation to build upon
would crumble and fall to rise no more; but it is evident to
all, that since the death of Joseph, the system has
flourished with greater vigor than before, for where there
is a testament in full force, there must also of necessity
be the death of the testator, for a testament is of force
after men are dead.
Wilford Woodruff, 4th President of the Church, 1889–1898
I have felt to rejoice exceedingly in what I saw of [Brother] Joseph, for in his public and private career he carried with him the Spirit of the Almighty, and he manifested a greatness of soul which I had never seen in any other man.
Lorenzo Snow, 5th President of the Church, 1898–1901
I knew Joseph Smith to have been an honest man, a man of truth, honor and fidelity, willing to sacrifice everything he possessed, even life itself, as a testimony to the heavens and the world that he had borne the truth to the human family