Quote mining/Ensign/Ensign December 2003, p.17:Analysis

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Quote mining analysis

The quote and its use by the critic(s):

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The day will come—and it is not far distant, either—when the name of the Prophet Joseph Smith will be coupled with the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God, as his representative, as his agent whom he chose, ordained and set apart to lay anew the foundations of the Church of God in the world, which is indeed the Church of Jesus Christ, possessing all the powers of the gospel, all the rites and privileges, the authority of the Holy Priesthood, and every principle necessary to fit and qualify both the living and the dead to inherit eternal life, and to attain to exaltation in the kingdom of God” The day will come – and it is not far distant, either – when the name of the Prophet Joseph Smith will be coupled with the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth….

Analysis

  • The critics omit the reason for which Joseph's name will be "coupled" to Jesus'—not because he is Jesus' equal, but because he restored Christ's Church and is Christ's representative.