Before the first branch for the deaf was organized in 1917 in Ogden, Utah, deaf Latter-day Saints maintained strong faith in the gospel, despite little or no opportunity to magnify their Church membership. Little-known first-person accounts from these Latter-day Saints, as well as reported accounts, record their declarations of faith.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who served for many years as an Apostle, taught that a measure of one's discipleship is found in how completely he or she believes in the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It was from the revelations of the Restoration that the fire of Bruce R. McConkie's testimony was kindled, and it was from these revelations that the power of his testimony of Jesus Christ came.
While serving as general president of the Relief Society, Julie B. Beck had the opportunity of visiting with Latter-day Saint women throughout the world. Experiences from the lives of these faithful sisters provide inspiration for all Latter-day Saint women, and their love of the gospel of Jesus Christ ties all women together as daughters of our Heavenly Father.
Erastus Snow, a leader and colonizer in the Church, was responsible for opening the Scandinavian Mission in 1850 and for the translation of the latter-day scriptures into Danish. A biographer declared that Erastus Snow was "in every sense of the word, truly an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ."
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