God hath not revealed any thing to Joseph, but what he will make known unto the Twelve & even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them.Joseph Smith

Date: 27 June 1839
Source: Willard Richards Pocket Companion
The Words of Joseph Smith: Page 4

Why I Choose this Quote?

I love this quote. It speaks of spiritual self-reliance. Joseph Smith was a great prophet to whom the Lord revealed marvelous things, and there is nothing God revealed to Joseph that he won’t also reveal to me as soon as I’m ready. What a wonderful thought. What a humbling thought. I need to better prepare myself to be able to bear all that the Lord wants to reveal to me.

Additional Context

Joseph made these comments while talking about what Willard Richards labeled “The Doctrine of Election” or what we might call today having your calling and election made sure or being sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise. Joseph Smith had just quoted Ephesians 1:13-14 where St. Paul talks about the Saints of his day being sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise.


  1. Thank you again Brother Smith for another wonderful site to share with my ward, family.Lily, and friends. Thank you for using your impressive talent to put your testimony into action and to help others do the same.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I have found the study of Joseph Smith’s words to be very inspiring, and I enjoy sharing these quotes.

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