The “One Mighty and Strong”
Who is this controversial character?
Of all the characters mentioned in scripture, no other figure has hadso much mystery surrounding his identity than the “One Mighty andStrong” spoken of in Section 85 of the Doctrine and Covenants.Indeed a statement issued on behalf of the First Presidency statedthat:“Perhaps no other passage in the revelations of the Lord, inthis dispensation, has given rise to so much speculation asthis one.”
Because of this we may all too easily ignore the importanceof this section and fail to see its relevance. Yet, because of thecontroversy which surrounds it, it is all the more important for us togain a correct understanding of this person and events it is referringto.In Section 85 we find what may be one of the mostimportant prophecies ever made by Joseph. It is up to us to study itcarefully and we must watch to be ready for the events that await us,for if we are unprepared we will not be able to meet the challengesthat are coming.We don't need to delve too deeply, or search for obscurequotes to find additional information that clarifies what is beingsaid, the scriptures and Church history available to most of us provide us with a sufficient answer. Let us begin by quoting themost disputed portion of it:
6 Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereththrough and pierceth all things, and often times itmaketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest,saying:7 And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, willsend one mighty and strong, holding the sceptre of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering,
1Deseret News, November 13th, 1905. “The words in verses 7 and 8 have, over the years, created a veritable storm of discussion; and wide differences of opinion still exist as to their interpretation.” D&C Compendium, Dr. SidneySperry, p. 410, see Messages of the First. Pres. 4:107, 1969.