Joseph Fielding Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Joseph Fielding Smith and Julina Lambson
Was baptized and confirmed by his father, Joseph F. Smith, who gave him his first personal copy of the Book of Mormon
Served a full-time mission to England
Ordained an apostle at the young age of 33
Joseph Fielding Smith became president at the age of 93. He served 2 years (1970-1972)
"We are to preach the doctrines of salvation as they are recorded in the scriptures, in plainness and simplicity and as guided by the Spirit."
"Do you spend as much time making your family and home successful as you do in pursuing social and professional success? Are you devoting your best creative energy to the most important unit in society—the family? Or is your relationship with your family merely a routine, unrewarding part of life? Parent and child must ... put family responsibilities first in order to achieve family exaltation."
“There is one thing which we should have exceedingly clear in our minds. Neither the President of the Church, nor the First Presidency, nor the united voice of the First Presidency and the Twelve will ever lead the Saints astray or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord.”
“We must so live as to acquire the attributes of godliness and become the kind of people who can enjoy the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom.”
( "The Plan of Salvation,” Ensign, Nov. 1971, 5.)
"I think of the mission of our Lord, what he did for me, and when these feelings come upon me I say to myself, I cannot be untrue to him. He loved me with a perfect love, as he has done for all men, especially those who serve him, and I must love him with all the love I can."
Presidents of the Church: Student Manual, Religion 345, Salt Lake City: Church Educational System, 2003.