"Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth." (D&C 124:1.)
"The Lord usually does not call as his prophets men who are already of great renown and who are highly learned in the ways of the world," wrote Daniel H. Ludlow in A Companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants 2:325."Rather, he usually selects the young and/or relatively unlearned who are humble and worthy, and then tutors them. Joseph who was sold into Egypt, Daniel, Samuel the prophet, and Joseph Smith are all examples of prophets who were called in their youth and yet became powerful and great men under the tutelage and influence of the Lord.
"In the true church today, the missionaries sent forth to teach are often quite young and relatively inexperienced in the ways of the world. Yet if they go forth humbly and worthily, the Spirit of the Lord can make them mighty in preaching and power."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: History of the Church, by Joseph Smith; A Comprehensive History of the Church, vol. 2, by B.H. Roberts; A Companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants, vol. 2, by Daniel H. Ludlow; Doctrine and Covenants Commentary.