Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormons).

Born: December 23, 1805

Died: June 27, 1844

Joseph Smith was always very clear about his lack of education.

I am not learned, but I have as good feelings as any man.

Throughout his life, Smith remained steadfast in his belief in himself.

Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was. I suppose I was ordained to this very office in that Grand Council.

He also believed strongly in his message.

I see no faults in the Church, and therefore let me be resurrected with the Saints, whether I ascend to heaven or descend to hell, or go to any other place. And if we go to hell, we will turn the devils out of doors and make a heaven of it.

Perhaps because of being taunted as a child, Smith always valued the friendship of his peers.

If my life is of no value to my friends it is of none to myself.

While not everyone will share Smith’s religious beliefs, he certain spoke some words of encouragement that anyone can appreciate.
Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top.

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