Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, Section 35, pp. 71-72; “D&C 35:17–19. “I Have Sent Forth the Gospel by the Hand of My Servant Joseph” Elder Wilford Woodruff taught clearly how the Prophet Joseph Smith fulfilled the great prophecies of the Restoration: “Here is laid the foundation of the fulfillment of that mighty flood of prophecy delivered since the days of Father Adam down to the last Prophet who breathed the breath of life. There has been more prophecy fulfilled in the last forty-three years upon the face of the earth, than in two thousand years before.”
Luke 24:27, 44; “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
This is part of our updates! We originally posted this in 2014.
Most everyone has met the person in the crowd who’s done more, jumped higher, and has had bigger, and better experiences than everyone else. Such was this case with Woodruff bragging on Joe Smith. But is it true?
Smith prophesied a lot. Of this there is no doubt, however, one would be hard pressed to compile a list of five true prophecies.
On the other hand, the Bible is filled with hundreds of prophecies just about Jesus alone! One site I recently found (AccordingtotheScriptures.org), listed 353 prophecies about Jesus, while another (MessiahRevealed.org), has as many if not more. Both sites are worthy of your time and examination, so be sure to check them out and bookmark both for future reference!
The prophecies listed on these two sites prove Mr. Woodruff a liar. No one has prophesied like those we read in the Bible. No one has the track record the Bible does, and no one points exclusively to God, so He will be glorified.
Smith didn’t prophesy of anything new mankind needed for salvation from the beginning of time. Instead, we see fallacious and antiquated prophecies that Adam is God, and obsolete prophecies still encased in their canon which are now functionally defunct (blacks are cursed in Moses 7:22). If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another prophecy they don’t adhere to because it’s illegal. See the prophecy on polygamy in D&C 132:4.
You can read Mr. Woodruff’s entire statement in the Journal of Discourses 16:267.
As a reminder, please pray! As I’m sure you probably noticed this reference came from a D&C Student Manual which means this info is being fed into the minds of young people. Pray the Lord shields their hearts, and causes their minds to ask questions!