It’s the Second Coming! No, It’s a Comet!

by | Jul 18, 2023

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Authentic Joseph Smith (No. 19)

Part of the Joseph Smith, Jr. Series

All blue quotes by Joseph Smith (unless otherwise noted).

General Conference – April 6, 1843

Which side will you be on?

Joseph Smith’s quote today about the Second Coming is a gem.

(1) The dawning of the morning makes its appearance in the east and moves along gradually, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. it will be small at its first appearance and gradually becomes larger until every eye shall see it. Shall the Saints understand it? Oh yes. Paul says so. Shall the wicked understand? Oh no, they attribute it to a natural cause. They will probably suppose it is two great comets coming in contact with each other

It will be small at first and will grow larger and larger until it will be all in a blaze so that every eye shall see it.

Here is another similar quote.

(2) Paul says ye are the children of the light—& not of the darkness, that that day should not overtake us as a thief in the night. —(it is not the design of the Almighty to come upon the earth & crush it & grind it to powder) he will reveal it to his servants, the prophets.

 “…all this must be done before Son of Man will make his appearance; wars & rumors of wars. Signs in the heavens above [and] on the earth beneath. Sun turned into darkness, moon to blood. Earthquakes in divers places, oceans heaving beyond their bound. —then one grand sign of the Son of man in heaven. but what will the world do? They will say it is a planet. a comet, &c. consequently the sun [Son] of man will come as the sign of coming of the Son of Man; is as the light of the morning cometh out of the east. 

  • (1) from Jim Burgess’s notebook
  • (2)From Willard Richard’s notebook

Author’s Notes

The Joseph Smith Series comes from, in part, a book called “The Words of Joseph Smith.”

Note: usually, the book costs a small fortune ($150-$250) because it is out of print. But I found it for free at the BYU Religious Studies Center. (Thank you, BYU)

(P.S. I receive no compensation for any recommendations)

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1 Comment

  1. Paul Christensen

    That’s great information. Keep it coming


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