Today marks the birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was born on December 23, 1805. You may have heard before how his birthday was on winter solstice, the time in winter when the days starting getting longer (more light fills the earth). And then he died during summer solstice, the time in summer when the days start getting shorter. I love the symbolism of this, but was unable to verify online if it was true or not (the solstice days are not always on the same day every year).
In the January 2009 Ensign there are testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency. This one is my favorites, from President Thomas S. Monson:
"Step by step, facing opposition at nearly every turn and yet always guided by the hand of the Lord, Joseph organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He proved courageous in all that he did.
"Toward the end of his life, as he was led away with his brother Hyrum to Carthage Jail, he bravely faced what he undoubtedly knew lay ahead for him, and he sealed his testimony with his blood.
"As we face life's tests, may we ever emulate the undaunted courage epitomized by the Prophet Joseph Smith."
Happy Birthday Brother Joseph!
Scripture of the Day: 1 Nephi 1:7-8