During the ministry of Joseph F. Smith as President of the Church (1901-1918), several statements were issued that could be considered expositions.1 Three of these documents fit the criteria for inclusion in this collection. In 1905, the First Presidency issued an official scriptural interpretation explaining the meaning of Doctrine and Covenants 87:7-8. In 1909, the First Presidency offered another explanation on the Church’s belief regarding the origin of humankind. Finally, in 1916, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a joint exposition on the names, titles, and roles of the Father and the Son.

  1. An exposition is a discourse designed to convey information on a topic that may be difficult to understand. For a list of some of these expositions, see “Moving Forward into the New Century” (2001), Church History in the Fulness of Times Teacher Manual, pp. 70–71, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/manual-church-history-teacher-manual/lesson-37?lang=eng , accessed June 29, 2021.