Friday, February 10, 2012
Life Of Joseph Smith The Prophet By George Q. Cannon
In the fall of 1842, young George Q. Cannon, a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois, where the Saints were headquartered. There he met the Prophet Joseph Smith. He writes:
“The author sought with a boy’s curiosity and eagerness, to discover those whom he knew, and especially to get sight of the Prophet and his brother Hyrum, neither of whom he had ever met. When his eyes fell upon the Prophet, without a word from anyone to point him out, or any reason to separate him form others who stood around, he knew him instantly. He would have known him among ten thousand. There was that about him, which to the author’s eyes, distinguished him from all the men he had ever seen.”
From that moment, George Q. Cannon bore strong testimony of the divine calling and the accomplishments of the Prophet and the gospel that had been restored to the earth through him.
In Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet, the author presents firsthand, accounts, letters, and memories of those who knew and loved the Prophet. The story follows the life of Joseph, from his birth in Vermont in 1805 through his martyrdom at Carthage, Illinois, in 1844. In concluding the book with the Prophet’s death, President Cannon writes:
“The enemies of truth were sure that they had now destroyed the work. And yet it lives, greater and stronger after the lapse of year! It is indestructible for it is the work of God. And knowing that it is eternal work of God, we know that Joseph Smith, who established it, was a Prophet, pure and holy.”