“False prophets – the curse and scourge of the world! How awful and awesome and evil it is when one pretends and professes to speak for God in leading men to salvation, but in fact has a message that is false, a doctrine that is not true, and a prophecy that will not come to pass.”
Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah – Book 2 (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company, 31 January 1980), 168.
“If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who wil[l]fully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed; his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false, for the doctrines of an imposter cannot be made to harmonize in all particulars with divine truth. If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would be easy to detect.”
Joseph Fielding Smith, Millennial Star – Volume 96, No. 3 (Manchester, England: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18 January 1934), 34.