John Taylor, 3rd President of the Church, 1880–1887
There was one man that
had a little good sense, and a spark of faith in the
promises of God, and that Joseph Smith?a backwoods man. He
believed a certain portion of Scripture which said?"If any
man lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men
liberally and upbraideth not." He was fool enough in the
eyes of the world, and wise enough in the eyes of God and
angels, and all true intelligence, to into a secret place to
ask God for wisdom, believing that God would hear him. The
Lord did hear him, and told him what to do.
Marion G. Romney, Apostle, 1951–1988
When [Joseph Smith] came out of that sacred interview he knew with certainty the nature of God. He had seen and conversed with him. From him he had received a personal introduction to his resurrected Son Jesus Christ.
Sydney S. Reynolds, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency, 1999–2005
Joseph Smith at age 14 had to be one of the least conspicuous human beings on the earth, and yet the God of heaven knew him and called him by name in the Sacred Grove. I believe the Lord knows my name and your name as well.