“A prophet is a prophet, only when he [is] acting as such.”

“I am subject to like passions as other men, like the prophets of olden times. Notwithstanding my weaknesses, I am under the necessity of bearing the infirmities of others. …”

“I told them [the Saints] I was but a man, and they must not expect me to be perfect; if they expected perfection from me, I should expect it from them; but if they would bear with my infirmities … I would likewise bear with their infirmities.

Joseph Smith


Conversation with some Saints, February 1843; Documentary History of the Church 5:265.
Discourse, July 1843; DHC 5:516.
Advice to newly arrived Saints, October 1842; DHC 5:181.

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