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I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed bwisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects cunderstood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible. On the other hand, the Baptists and Methodists in their turn were equally zealous in endeavoring to establish their own tenets and disprove all others. I'm back again with a new printable for Come Follow Me. TG Gentiles. If I were to relate a thousandth part of them, it would fill up volumes. More …, Circa 1838 History. Historical background and the earliest manuscript of each revelation, as published in The Joseph Smith Papers. I Married Her . And as I leaned up to the fireplace, bmother inquired what the matter was. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. 70 He said this Aaronic Priesthood had not the power of laying on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, but that this should be conferred on us hereafter; and he commanded us to go and be baptized, and gave us directions that I should baptize Oliver Cowdery, and that afterwards he should baptize me. 46 By this time, so deep were the impressions made on my mind, that sleep had fled from my eyes, and I lay overwhelmed in aastonishment at what I had both seen and heard. Happy New Year and Happy Monday! Review of last week. 1 Owing to the many reports which have been put in circulation by evil-disposed and designing persons, in relation to the rise and progress of aThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all of which have been designed by the authors thereof to militate against its character as a Church and its progress in the world—I have been induced to write this history, to disabuse the public mind, and put all inquirers after truth in possession of the bfacts, as they have transpired, in relation both to myself and the Church, so far as I have such facts in my possession. Col. 2:22 (18–22); Titus 1:14; D&C 3:6 (6–7); 45:29; 46:7. 100. If any one of them be aright, which is it, and how shall I know it? Daily Triple! And he further stated that the fulness of the bGentiles was soon to come in. Joel 2:28 (28–32); Acts 2:16 (16–21). 30 While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a alight appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a bpersonage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor. 6 For, notwithstanding the great alove which the converts to these different faiths expressed at the time of their conversion, and the great zeal manifested by the respective clergy, who were active in getting up and promoting this extraordinary scene of religious feeling, in order to have everybody converted, as they were pleased to call it, let them join what sect they pleased; yet when the converts began to file off, some to one party and some to another, it was seen that the seemingly good feelings of both the priests and the converts were more bpretended than real; for a scene of great confusion and bad feeling ensued—priest contending against priest, and convert against convert; so that all their good feelings one for another, if they ever had any, were entirely lost in a strife of words and a contest about opinions. 29 In consequence of these things, I often felt condemned for my weakness and imperfections; when, on the evening of the above-mentioned twenty-first of September, after I had retired to my bed for the night, I betook myself to aprayer and supplication to Almighty God for forgiveness of all my sins and follies, and also for a manifestation to me, that I might know of my state and standing before him; for I had full bconfidence in obtaining a divine manifestation, as I previously had one. The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. The firsthand accounts recorded by Joseph Smith or under his direction are as follows: Circa Summer 1832 History. According to Smith, the angel was the guardian of the golden plates, buried in the hill Cumorah near Smith's home in western New York; Latter Day Saints believe the plates were the source material for the Book of Mormon. JSH 1:27-65. But I was guilty of dlevity, and sometimes associated with jovial company, etc., not consistent with that character which ought to be maintained by one who was ecalled of God as I had been. 12:9; 1 Ne. He wanted to be alone when he prayed, and he knew a quiet spot in the woods where he had recently been clearing trees. 38 And again, he quoted the fifth verse thus: Behold, I will reveal unto you the aPriesthood, by the hand of bElijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the cLord. D&C 2: No looking at scriptures! 53 I made an attempt to take them out, but was forbidden by the messenger, and was again informed that the time for bringing them forth had not yet arrived, neither would it, until four years from that time; but he told me that I should come to that place precisely in one year from that time, and that he would there meet with me, and that I should continue to do so until the time should come for obtaining the plates. 29:13; Ezek. His head and neck were also bare. 74 Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the ascriptures laid open to our understandings, and the btrue meaning and intention of their more cmysterious passages revealed unto us in a manner which we never could attain to previously, nor ever before had thought of. Joseph Smith described his early visionary experiences to a visitor at his home in Kirtland, Ohio, in November 1835. 3:10. 59 At length the time arrived for obtaining the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. Joseph Smith used the same seer stone as one aids to his "translation" of the Book of Mormon. 47 After this third visit, he again ascended into heaven as before, and I was again left to aponder on the strangeness of what I had just experienced; when almost immediately after the heavenly messenger had ascended from me for the third time, the cock crowed, and I found that day was approaching, so that our interviews must have occupied the whole of that night. 7 I was at this time in my fifteenth year. On the west side of this hill, not far from the top, under a stone of considerable size, lay the plates, deposited in a stone box. 15:7 (7–8); Nahum 1:10; 1 Ne. The purpose of Primary 5 Lesson 1: Joseph Smith and the First Vision is to strengthen everyone's testimony that the Prophet Joseph Smith did actually see Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.. James 5:10 (10–11); Mosiah 17:13 (10–20); Alma 14:26 (20–27). Lesson. Joseph Smith tells of his ancestry, family members, and their early abodes—An unusual excitement about religion prevails in western New York—He determines to seek wisdom as directed by James—The Father and the Son appear, and Joseph is called to his prophetic ministry. TG Apostasy of the Early Christian Church. In the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the plates and the other things with them. But strange or not, so it was, and it was often the cause of great sorrow to myself. 49 The first thing that I can recollect was a voice speaking unto me, calling me by name. 42:6; Rom. It will be such a faith building year. 54 Accordingly, as I had been commanded, I went at the end of each year, and at each time I found the same messenger there, and received instruction and intelligence from him at each of our interviews, respecting what the Lord was going to do, and how and in what manner his akingdom was to be conducted in the last days. Sorry this page is available to subscribers only. Who is Emma Hale? His grandfather, Asael Smith, lost most of his property in Topsfield, Massachusetts, during the economic downturn of the 1780s and eventually moved to Vermont, where Smith’s father, Joseph Smith, … Mal. “No men, in their sober senses, could translate and write the directions given to the Nephites from the mouth of the Savior, of the precise manner in which men should build up His Church, and especially when corruption had spread an uncertainty over all forms and systems practiced among men, without desiring a privilege of showing the willingness of the heart by being buried in the liquid grave, to answer a ‘good conscience by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.’, “After writing the account given of the Savior’s ministry to the remnant of the seed of Jacob, upon this continent, it was easy to be seen, as the prophet said it would be, that darkness covered the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. Ex. Early accounts written by contemporaries who heard Joseph Smith speak about the vision include the following: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account. (Verses 21–26.). TG Witness of the Father. 11:8. … My father, bJoseph Smith, Sen., left the State of Vermont, and moved to Palmyra, Ontario (now Wayne) county, in the State of New York, when I was in my tenth year, or thereabouts. 36 After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament. TG Genealogy and Temple Work; Salvation for the Dead. Like many of Smith's publications, it was dictated to a scribe. Take a look through our collection and find your favorite today. When I first looked upon him, I was cafraid; but the dfear soon left me. A passage that Parrish missed while copying the first installment of the Cowdery history is supplied on a slip of paper attached to page 50 with adhesive wafers. 55 As my father’s worldly circumstances were very limited, we were under the necessity of alaboring with our hands, hiring out by day’s work and otherwise, as we could get opportunity. ’Twas the voice of an angel from glory, ’twas a message from the Most High! W hen Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, received a revelation in about 1831 in which he was commanded by God to break the law and … 100. Matt. Come, Follow Me for Primary: January 4-10 Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26 “I Saw a Pillar of Light” Printable Lesson Materials. 32 Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was aglorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like blightning. I looked up, and beheld the same messenger standing over my head, surrounded by light as before. 34 He said there was a abook deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. More …. On the twenty-second day of September, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, having gone as usual at the end of another year to the place where they were deposited, the same heavenly messenger delivered them up to ame with this charge: that I should be bresponsible for them; that if I should let them go carelessly, or through any cneglect of mine, I should be cut off; but that if I would use all my endeavors to dpreserve them, until he, the messenger, should call for them, they should be protected. 28 During the space of time which intervened between the time I had the vision and the year eighteen hundred and twenty-three—having been forbidden to join any of the religious sects of the day, and being of very tender years, and persecuted by those who ought to have been my afriends and to have treated me kindly, and if they supposed me to be deluded to have endeavored in a proper and affectionate manner to have reclaimed me—I was left to all kinds of btemptations; and, mingling with all kinds of society, I frequently fell into many foolish cerrors, and displayed the weakness of youth, and the foibles of human nature; which, I am sorry to say, led me into divers temptations, offensive in the sight of God. Jer. Print. 34:29 (29–35); Hel. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two aPersonages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was bhated and cpersecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me dfalsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? If these facts were buried, and carefully concealed by men whose craft would have been in danger if once permitted to shine in the faces of men, they were no longer to us; and we only waited for the commandment to be given ‘Arise and be baptized.’. It is part of the canonized standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Joseph Smith—History 1:5–20, “Church History,” 1 March 1842 (Wentworth Letter). Immediately after my marriage, I left Mr. Stoal’s, and went to my father’s, and bfarmed with him that season. Why the dopposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy? 29:11 (11–12); Dan. But by the wisdom of God, they remained safe in my hands, until I had accomplished by them what was required at my hand. (Verses 66–75.). Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Years ago I prepared a paper titled “Joseph Smith Among the Prophets.” 1 It attempted to present ten characterizations of prophets that are typical in Judeo-Christian literature. 56 In the year 1823 my father’s family met with a great aaffliction by the death of my eldest brother, bAlvin. 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