Joseph Fielding Smith, Sr. (November 13, 1838 – November 19, 1918), usually known as Joseph F. Smith to distinguish him from his son of the same name, was the sixth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the last President of the Church to have personally known the founder of the Mormon faith, Joseph Smith, Jr., who was also his uncle.
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- Notwithstanding, the disciples of Jesus, excepting John the Revelator, suffered ignominious deaths, they sowed the seed of the Gospel among, and conferred the Priesthood upon men, which remained for several generations upon the earth, but the time came when Paganism was engrafted into Christianity, and at last Christianity was converted into Paganism rather than converting the Pagans. And subsequently the Priesthood was taken from among men, this authority was re-called into the heavens, and the world was left without the Priesthood-without the power of God-without the Church and Kingdom of God.
- Journal of Discourses 22:44 (February 6, 1881)