Source: Joseph Smith Diary by Willard Richards
The Words of Joseph Smith: Page 188
Why I Choose this Quote?
This quote is funny to me because I have read the Book of Revelation several times and I have never found it to be plain, or easy to understand.
Joseph made this statement on the same day he is quoted as saying “we never can comprehend the things of God and of heaven but by revelation.” Perhaps, then, Joseph’s statement assumes one has the spirit of revelation. And if one is in tune with the Spirit of God, then I could see how the Book of Revelation would be plain to understand.
The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi made a similar statement in regards to the Book of Isaiah. He said, “the words of Isaiah …are plain unto all those that are filled with the spirit of prophecy” (2 Nephi 25:4). I find Isaiah even more difficult to comprehend than Revelation, yet somehow I think Joseph Smith would agree with Nephi and say that Isaiah is plain to understand.
Perhaps one day I’ll have the spirit of prophecy and revelation to the extent those men had it so that these scriptures will be plain and easy for me to understand and apply to my life.