Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Restoration. While we revere him as a prophet, we do not worship him. God the Father and his Son Appeared to him, ushering in the dispensation of the fulness of times, with all of the blessings of previous gospel dispensations, never again to be taken from the earth. The long night of apostasy was over. God be praised for what he did with this unlearned but faithful boy who became a man. And so, fittingly, we sing the following:
1. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.
2. Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.
3. Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.
4. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.
Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872
Music: Scottish folk song
May we ever be grateful for what the Lord accomplished through the Prophet Joseph Smith. For Christ has suddenly come to his temple again, and we, and all the inhabitants of the earth, are the recipients of his priceless eternal gift of salvation and exaltation.
May we ever be grateful for that, is my prayer.
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Picture was drawn using the Prophet Joseph Smith's death mask as a pattern, and drawing from paintings then extant. Picture by Chad Winks