Except for Jesus Christ Himself, the Prophet Joseph Smith Has Done the Most for the Salvation of Mankind in This World
Doctrine and Covenants 135:3
3 Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. . . .
President Brigham Young said:
“Who can justly say aught against Joseph Smith? I was as well acquainted with him, as any man. I do not believe that his father and mother knew him any better than I did. I do not think that a man lives on the earth that knew him any better than I did; and I am bold to say that, Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth. I am his witness. He was persecuted for the same reason that any other righteous person has been or is persecuted at the present day.”
(“Remarks,” Deseret News, Aug. 27, 1862, 65.)