Early Member of the Church
Testimony of Joseph Smith
“God has set his hand the second time to recover the remnant of his people Israel, and . . . Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I am not afraid to declare it unto the ends of the earth and invite all to embrace it with all their hearts that they may receive the blessings of the gospel and be saved in the celestial kingdom of God. Joseph is a good-looking man, a man that sets good examples in his family and in the streets and labors diligently to have the church deal justly, walk humbly and to have mercy” (Jacob K. Butterfield letter, Kirtland, Ohio to Persis Butterfield, 1837 May 10, Church History Library, Salt Lake City; punctuation modernized).