Joseph Smith: BYU Speeches

Joseph Smith: BYU Speeches

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The impact of Joseph Smith’s life has been debated for decades. Listen as prophets, apostles, professors, and historians discuss the life of Joseph Smith and add their personal witnesses that he was God’s servant. This unique account commemorates the 174th anniversary of the Prophet’s martyrdom.


Joseph, the Seer| Gordon B Hinckley, Dec 1967
May 22 • 19 min
Gordon B. Hinckley shares his testimony that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet of God. There are many others whose lives testified of his call. Support the show.
What Came from Kirtland? | M. Russell Ballard, Nov 1994
May 15 • 46 min
We owe much to the Kirtland era of Church history. This time of the restoration is rich in visions, revealed doctrine, and essential progression.
Powerful Truths that make a Difference in Our Lives | Joe J. Christensen, Oct 1998
May 8 • 41 min
The revolutionary and powerful truths revealed by the Prophet Joseph Smith can change the world—and, if we are true to them, each one of us. Support the show.
Joseph Smith: A Revealer of Christ | Bruce R. McConkie, Sep 1978
Apr 10 • 37 min
Joseph Smith’s most important contribution as a revealer and the Prophet of the Restoration is his testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Support the show.
“Peace Like a River” | Heidi S. Swinton, Apr 2004
Apr 3 • 29 min
The restoration of the gospel is about hope. Heidi S. Swinton speaks of the restoration and how its message should bring “peace like a river” to our souls. Support the show.
The Value of a Good Name | L. Tom Perry, Feb 1997
Mar 27 • 31 min
The scriptures make evident the importance that the Lord places in living up to a good name. We carry the namesake of our families and of God Himself. Support the show.
The Lord God of Joseph Smith | Bruce R. McConkie, Jan 1972
Mar 20 • 39 min
The God of Joseph Smith’s time is not absent. We can come to know Him, His revelations, and His miracles, just as the Prophet did. Support the show.
The Authorship of the Book of Mormon | Noel B. Reynolds, May 1997
Mar 13 • 39 min
Noel B. Reynolds offers a sampling of scholarly evidence to date for the veracity of the Book of Mormon’s ancient authorship. Support the show.
Unlocking the Doors | M. Russell Ballard, Nov 1989
Feb 28 • 41 min
Despite intense opposition during some of the Church’s history, the gospel has been busy unlocking the doors of nations and hearts worldwide.
The Legacy of Learning (Excerpted) | Cecil O. Samuelson, Aug 2005
Feb 21 • 15 min
Although he had little formal schooling, Joseph Smith left the Church a legacy of asking and answering questions, working hard, and learning all we can.
The Ongoing Restoration (Excerpted) | Gary E. Stevenson, Aug 2019
Dec 16, 2019 • 26 min
Elder Stevenson shares his testimony of the ongoing Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It began with Joseph Smith, and it is still happening today. Support the show.
Joseph Smith Lecture 8: The Last Months and Martyrdom | Truman G. Madsen, Aug 1978
Oct 5, 2018 • 47 min
Truman Madsen covers the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and the last few months of the Prophet’s life before adding his personal testimony.
Joseph Smith Lecture 7: Doctrinal Development and the Nauvoo Era | Truman G. Madsen, Aug 1978
Sep 28, 2018 • 39 min
Truman Madsen on the lessons learned and taught by Joseph Smith in Nauvoo while the Prophet directed the saints in building the temple. © 1989 Truman G. Madsen. ℗ 2003 Deseret Book Company. All rights reserved. For personal, educational use only. No part…
Joseph Smith Lecture 6: Joseph Smith as Teacher, Speaker, and Counselor | Truman G. Madsen, Aug 1978
Sep 21, 2018 • 45 min
The qualities and experiences that made Joseph Smith a teacher, speaker, and counselor for those around him, focusing on his time in Kirtland.
Joseph Smith Lecture 5: Joseph Smith and the Kirtland Temple | Truman G. Madsen, Aug 1978
Sep 14, 2018 • 47 min
Truman Madsen describes the experiences and sacrifices of Joseph Smith and the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio while building the temple.
Joseph Smith Lecture 4: Joseph Smith and Trials | Truman G. Madsen, Aug 1978
Sep 7, 2018 • 45 min
An account of Joseph Smith’s trials and the effects of the hardship on his family, his friends, his life, and his character.
Joseph Smith Lecture 3: Joseph Smith and Spiritual Gifts | Truman Madsen, Aug 1978
Aug 31, 2018 • 44 min
Truman Madsen discusses spiritual gifts and how Joseph Smith used them to bless the Saints and teach them the fulness of the gospel.
Joseph Smith Lecture 2: Joseph’s Personality and Character | Truman Madsen, Aug 1978
Aug 24, 2018 • 47 min
Using quotes and stories from those who personally knew Joseph Smith, Truman Madsen describes the Prophet’s personality and character.
Joseph Smith Lecture 1: The First Vision and Its Aftermath | Truman G. Madsen, Aug 1978
Aug 16, 2018 • 48 min
Truman Madsen on Joseph Smith’s early life, First Vision, and life in the aftermath, including lessons, experiences, and consequences.
Joseph Smith and the Problem of Evil | David L. Paulsen, Sep 1999
Jun 29, 2018 • 40 min
Examining the life of Joseph Smith can help us learn to find meaning in our suffering, maintain hope, and trust God. In the face of evil, we can find peace.
Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet | James A. Cullimore, Jan 1977
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
In an incredible testament to Joseph Smith’s divine calling, James A. Cullimore retells several events from the life of Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet.
Joseph Smith: Lover of the Cause of Christ | Heidi S. Swinton, Nov 2004
Jun 27, 2018 • 29 min
Heidi Swinton delivers a powerful call to stand by the Prophet Joseph Smith by living for the cause he loved: the cause of Christ.
Lessons from Liberty Jail | Jeffrey R. Holland, Sep 2008
Jun 26, 2018 • 44 min
What lessons does Joseph Smith’s experience in Liberty Jail teach us about God’s love? How can our trials be both a prison and a temple?
Joseph Smith—the Chosen of God and the Friend of Man | Ivan J. Barrett, Aug 1975
Jun 25, 2018 • 31 min
Joseph Smith’s character is perhaps one of the best manifestations of his calling. He was not only chosen of God, but a loyal friend of man.
Joseph Smith: The Prophet | David B. Haight, Mar 1986
Jun 22, 2018 • 43 min
Elder David B. Haight offers a stirring testimony of Joseph Smith: the Prophet of the Restoration. The courageous and selfless giving of his life is evidence of Joseph’s devotion to the Lord and to the Saints.
Joseph Smith’s Christlike Attributes | Jack H. Goaslind, June 1995
Jun 21, 2018 • 34 min
Joseph Smith’s Christlike attributes attest to the fact that this his greatest desire was to emulate the Savior and do His will.
The Prophet Joseph Smith | Preston Nibley, Dec 1958
Jun 20, 2018 • 31 min
Without the Prophet Joseph Smith, the entire state of Utah—not to mention the entire world— would be a different place than it is today. Preston Nibley narrates accomplishments of Joseph’s life and proves that he was a man of sincerity and determination…
Joseph Smith and the Lighter View | Leonard J. Arrington, Nov 1974
Jun 19, 2018 • 22 min
Although Joseph Smith was raised in an overly pious and sanctimonious society, his jovial nature, sense of humor, and zeal for life show the Saints that this life is for men to have joy.
The Profile of a Prophet | Hugh B. Brown, Oct 1955
Jun 18, 2018 • 26 min
If you had to create the profile of a prophet, what would it look like? Joseph Smith’s character and works testify of his prophetic calling.
Parallel Prophets: Paul and Joseph Smith | Richard L. Anderson, Aug 1983
Jun 15, 2018 • 30 min
Richard Lloyd Anderson shares how, in many ways, the apostle Paul and Joseph Smith are similar. Both of these prophetic figures received revelation, demonstrated devoted service, and were persecuted and ultimately martyred for their testimonies.
Stand by My Servant Joseph | Cecil O. Samuelson, Jan 2005
Jun 14, 2018 • 19 min
The Lord’s commandment to stand by Joseph Smith with true loyalty applies to each of us as builders and defenders of God’s kingdom.
Joseph Smith: “Praise to the Man”| Gordon B. Hinckley, Nov 1979
Jun 13, 2018 • 29 min
Gordon B. Hinckley shares his powerful testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith. The most important evidence of his calling is the witness of the Spirit.
The Life and Character of the Prophet Joseph Smith | William E. Berrett, Apr 1964
Jun 12, 2018 • 33 min
Using stories from the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith to illustrate the fact that there is no man—save it be Christ—who has done more for the world, William Berrett explains that one need only to look at the life and character of the prophet to find an…
Joseph Smith: Seer, Translator, Revelator, and Prophet | Alexander L. Baugh, Jun 2014
Jun 11, 2018 • 32 min
Using scripture and the personal histories of the Prophet and his associates, Alexander L. Baugh offers an explanation of Joseph Smith’s distinct but complementary roles as seer, translator, revelator, and prophet.
Lessons from Joseph Smith | Bonnie L. Oscarson, Dec 2016
Jun 7, 2018 • 23 min
Joseph Smith’s life teaches us about our potential, standing up to criticism, and repentance. A testimony of this prophet brings us closer to the Savior.
But for Joseph | Katherine D. Pullins, Jun 2000
Jun 6, 2018 • 32 min
Associate law school dean Katherine D. Pullins shares her story of conversion to the gospel and Church that Joseph Smith restored. But for Joseph and his contributions, she testifies, not only would the world be vastly lacking, but so would our individual…
Joseph Smith: “A Choice Seer” | Neal A. Maxwell, Mar 1986
Jun 5, 2018 • 47 min
Elder Neal A. Maxwell bears powerful testimony of the choice seer Joseph Smith and his role in revealing essential truth about our Savior Jesus Christ.
Joseph Smith, The Prophet | Richard C. Edgley, Aug 2005
Jun 5, 2018 • 39 min
Richard C. Edgley delivers a powerful summary of the accomplishments of Joseph Smith—the Prophet whose revelations, achievements, and trials are all a testament to his calling.
“Lightning Out of Heaven”: Joseph Smith and the Forging of Community | Terryl L. Givens, Nov 2005
Jun 3, 2018 • 40 min
Joseph Smith ignited something in thousands of men and women that connects them to God and to each other in powerful ways.