I, for one, am thrilled to hear less about Joseph Smith and more about Jesus Christ at church! Our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, not Joseph Smith's church. I acknowledge all he did during the restoration of the Gospel and the Church in this dispensation. I honor him, as I do Moses, Peter, Isaiah and President Nelson. I do not worship him; I suspect he would be very uncomfortable with any behaviors that seemed like that.
Joseph Smith was an instrument of the Lord in the restoration of the Gospel. I am grateful to him.
Jesus Christ is my savior, redeemer and Lord.
I express my gratitude to Heavenly Father almost daily for the Prophet Joseph Smith and his associates for all the sacrifices he / they made to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. I express my gratitude for the Savior, His life, ministry, atonement, and resurrection. I thank Heavenly Father for His constant influence in my life. Finally, I am grateful for every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint who do anything at all to help build the Kingdom of God on the earth.
In 2008, while on business in St. Louis, I tuned into a local Sunday morning radio program interviewing a "Mormon scholar" about how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was distancing itself from Joseph Smith. I laughed to myself as I reflected on the 2005 celebration and scholarly conferences on his life and service.
Today, I laugh again in light of the ongoing historic Joseph Smith Papers project and the recent release of Saints.
Will Joseph become less prominent as the Church continues to mature with new revelations etc? Probably although his role in the restoration can and should never be diminished! He is the Prophet of the Restoration.
I just did a quick search of the last two conferences and found Joseph Smith mentioned 27 times in October 2018 and 22 in April 2018. The figures look comparable with the ones you posted.
Critics of the Church will always try to spin things their way.
Well, living in Nauvoo as I do, we are certainly NOT ashamed of the Prophet Joseph HERE! I see no trend anywhere else either. He IS the Prophet of the Restoration! And as much as we revere him, we do not worship him, but the Savior who revealed so many truths through Joseph.
Amen. Joseph Smith is the revered prophet of this last dispensation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord used Joseph to restore His gospel to the earth. If we turn our back on Joseph, we turn our back on the Savior Himself.
I, as a convert since 1962 attach my name to the quote you have just refered to. I was to have been ordained a priest in the church of England, but havs an active since 1962. I do not believe there is a notable increase in criticism, yet I continue to believe the restored church as the true Church of the Lamb!!!
I cannot vouch for the numbers,but I've always been a little concerned about how Joseph Smith is sung about,and talked about as though now other prophet save Jesus had accomplished anything. Ultimately I come to church to worship the Saviour and Heavenly Father - Joseph smith is an important part of that journey, but so is moses,abraham, and russell Nelson...I do worry that elevating one over another teaches a lesson we don't intend to teach.
I ill add my Amen to that!
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