“A Man Among the Gentiles”

K. Douglas Bassett

Gospel Truths, Cannon, pp. 530-531; Christopher Columbus, Garr

“Those who heard of my emprise called it foolish, mocked me, and laughed. But who can doubt but that the Holy Ghost inspired me?” (Columbus) ((ColumbusDon Quixote of the Seas, Wasserman, p. 18
“[Referring to Moroni] This same angel was with Columbus, and gave him deep impressions, by dreams and by visions, respecting this New World. Tramelled by poverty and by an unpopular cause, yet his persevering and unyielding heart would not allow an obstacle in his way too great for him to overcome; and the angel of God helped him—was with him on the stormy deep, calmed the troubled elements, and guided his frail vessel to the desired haven.” (Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses 6:368)
“We interpret [1 Ne. 13:12] to refer to Columbus. It is interesting to note that the Spirit of God wrought upon him… . I recognize that in this anniversary year a host of critics has spoken out against him. I do not dispute that there were others who came to this Western Hemisphere before him. But it was he who in faith lighted a lamp to look for a new way to China and who in the process discovered America. His was an awesome undertaking—to sail west across the unknown seas faster than any before him of his generation. He it was who, in spite of the terror of the unknown and the complaints and near mutiny of his crew, sailed on with frequent prayers to the Almighty for guidance. In his reports to the sovereigns of Spain, Columbus repeatedly asserted that his voyage was for the glory of God and the spread of the Christian faith. Properly do we honor him for his unyielding strength in the face of uncertainty and danger.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1992, p. 52)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon