“What can we do to follow the prophet?” Liahona, February 2021
Joseph and Polly Knight believed in Joseph Smith’s prophetic calling from the beginning. They supported Joseph while he translated the gold plates, and they were among the first to be baptized.
Their property was often destroyed, and they lost many friends, but the Knights believed in the gospel and dedicated their lives to following the prophet and establishing the Church.
In 1829, Joseph Smith received a revelation on how Joseph Knight could assist with God’s work. Joseph Knight was instructed to “seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion” with humility, love, faith, and temperance (see Doctrine and Covenants 12:6–8). How do these qualities help us follow the prophet and assist in God’s work?
The Knights never lost their faith in the gospel and steadfastly stood by Joseph Smith. Their lives were a testimony to what they knew was true. Of Joseph Knight, the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “He has been faithful and true, and even-handed and exemplary, and virtuous and kind, never deviating to the right hand or to the left. Behold he is a righteous man” (History of the Church, 5:124).