“Among Them That Are Born of Women There Hath Not Risen a Greater than John the Baptist”

Matthew 11:11

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

President Thomas S. Monson said:

“John’s public ministry moved toward its close. He had, at the beginning of it, condemned the hypocrisy and worldliness of the Pharisees and Sadducees; and he now had occasion to denounce the lust of a king. The result is well known. A king’s weakness and a woman’s fury combined to bring about the death of John.

“The tomb in which his body was placed could not contain that body. Nor could the act of murder still that voice. To the world we declare that at Harmony, Pennsylvania, on 15 May 1829, an angel, ‘who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament’ (D&C 13, section heading), came as a resurrected personage to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. ‘The angelic visitant averred that he was acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, the ancient Apostles, who held the keys of the higher Priesthood, which was called the Priesthood of Melchizedek’ (D&C 13, section heading). The Aaronic Priesthood was restored to the earth.”

(“Preparing the Way,” Ensign, May 1980, 8.)