We have a work to do just as important in its sphere as the Savior's work was in its sphere. Our fathers cannot be made perfect without us we cannot be made perfect without them. They have done their work and now sleep. We are now called upon to do ours which is to be the greatest work man ever performed on the earth.
I honor and revere the name of Joseph Smith. I delight to hear it I love it. I love his doctrine. I feel like shouting Hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet whom the Lord raised up. I am bold to say that, Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth. I am his witness.
I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe 1954, 135.)