Atlantic Monthly’s 100 Most Influential Americans
I’m grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and his mission to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in the latter-days. Moroni’s prophecy regarding Joseph Smith’s name has been fulfilled in a multiplicity of ways: “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name [Joseph Smith] should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people.” Joseph Smith History 1:33
They Made America
Who are the most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100-and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.
52 Joseph Smith The founder of Mormonism, America’s most famous homegrown faith.
74 Brigham Young What Joseph Smith founded, Young preserved, leading the Mormons to their promised land.