A Mormon leader, named Craig Christensen, asked Church believers to uphold and defend church founder Joseph Smith as their faith’s first prophet and reject all malicious and “erroneous” beliefs about him at the Church Conference at Salt Lake City.
He urged Mormons to remind that two centuries back Smith, had a vision of God leading to the formation of the church.
“To any who may be questioning their testimony of Joseph Smith or are struggling with erroneous, misleading, or superficial information about his life and ministry, I invite you to consider the fruits — the many blessings that have come to us through the miraculous mission of Joseph Smith, the prophet of the restoration,” the leader said.
Christensen called members to adopt Smith’s life and learn from him to meet the challenges of our present day lives.
He urged them to learn from God’s revelation as a way to guide their lives.
“Joseph’s life stands as a testimony that if any of us lack wisdom, we can ask God in faith and receive answers_sometimes from heavenly beings, but more often by the power of the Holy Ghost, who speaks to us through inspired thoughts and feelings,” Christensen said.
Members believe that its presidents are actually prophets of God, such as Abraham, Moses and Isiah and that they have gotten divine revelation from God. This made sudden ruptures from existing beliefs.
In 1890, when one of the church presidents announced that he got a revelation to put an end to the age-old practice of polygamous marriages that existed before.
Christensen added, going back to original teachings of Smith, is not something new adding that “antagonists” have long fought against Smith.
Critics against Smith’s accounts say ridicule the belief that God motivated him to translate the gold lettered writings of the original script of Egyptians into the language of the Mormon.
Smith’s polygamous rituals also came under criticism from members. It was found out that in 2014, he had married a teenager and also had others wives also.