Answers to Gospel Questions v1 (J. Smith)
(Answers to Gospel Questions, v1)
Joseph Fielding Smith
Compiled and edited by
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr.
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Since May 1953, President Joseph Fielding Smith has been answering the questions of readers, in a monthly page in
The Improvement Era, under the continuing title-"Your Question."
In his mail comes a multiplicity of questions of all kinds, pertaining to scripture, to doctrine, to history, and to the
interpretation of many points and problems.
He cannot, of course, answer all the questions that come. The mail is too voluminous, the questions too repetitious,
and time and strength too limited, with all the other official obligations.
But with all these limitations, President Smith has given an earnest and eminently able service in selecting from
among the many, those questions which to him seem most timely, or most significant, or most frequently repeated.
In using the pages of The Improvement Era for this purpose, President Smith has carried forward a tradition passed
on from his father, President Joseph F. Smith, who, in 1897, was one of the Era's first editors, and whose doctrinal
and other writings appeared on the "Editor's Table" and elsewhere in the Era, beginning some sixty years ago. Some
of those Era writings of President Joseph F. Smith found their way into the much read and much quoted book,
Gospel Doctrine, which has proved so significantly useful to the Church.
And now, in this generation, we are grateful for President Joseph Fielding Smith's willingness to bring his broad
background of scripture, and doctrine, and history to the Church, through th