This book, based on a BYU Church History Symposium held
March 2012, features more than twenty messages, including keynote
addresses by Elder M. Russell Ballard and Joseph Fielding
McConkie. Elder Ballard, great-grandson of Joseph F. Smith,
describes how the Lord prepared this beloved man to lead the
Church. Brother McConkie and other scholars such as Richard O.
Cowan, Kenneth Alford, Scott Esplin, Reid Neilson, and David
Whitchurch highlight aspects of President Smith’s life, including his
boyhood and adolescence; his family and personal relationships; his
doctrinal contributions, Church government, and initiatives taken
during his presidency in the areas of education; building construction;
the building of the temple in Hawaii; the creation of the seminary
program; and public outreach.