The Impact of the Doctrinal Restoration: How the World Was Different after Joseph Smith


Doctrinal Restoration, Joseph Smith, Latter-Day Saints


“Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it” (D&C 135:3). What a statement! Thought stunning to some, and even shocking to others, it is not exaggeration. The Prophet Joseph Smith single-handedly changed the theological landscape of the world. It was he who, after a long period of apostasy, reintroduced the world to a true knowledge of God the Father. It was he who made known to the world the full and far-reaching saving potential of Christ’s atoning power. It was he who taught the doctrine and put back into operation the powers that enable all who so desire to reenter the Father’s presence.

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“The Impact of the Doctrinal Restoration: How the World was Different after Joseph Smith,” in Joseph Smith and the Doctrinal Restoration. Thirty-Fourth Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium (Deseret Book Company), pp. 9-33.

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Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

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