Select Page


LDS faithful immediately know you’re mentioning Joseph Smith when you speak the two words “The Prophet.” Yet, we’re hard-pressed to find a singular fulfilled prediction by this charlatan.

This unfulfilled prophecy of Joseph Smith is 200 years old: 

Zion will be built with its temple at Independence, “in this generation.” This generation shall not all pass away until the temple will be built upon the spot (see D&C 84:2-5, 31; 22-23 September 1832).

George Albert Smith reiterated the goal in 1861 (Journal of Discourses 9:71), and George Q. Cannon did it in 1864 (Journal of Discourses 10:344).

Orson Pratt reiterated the prophecy in 1870 – some thirty-seven years after Joseph’s words:

“God promised in the year 1832 that we should, before the generation then living had passed away, return and build up the City of Zion in Jackson County; that we should return and build up the temple of the Most High where we formerly laid the corner stone. He promised us that He would manifest himself on that temple … We believe in these promises as much as we believe in any promise ever uttered by the mouth of Jehovah.”

Orson Pratt – 5 May 1870, Journal of Discourses – Volume 13 (Liverpool, England: Horace S. Eldredge, 1871), 362.

Richard Packham