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. 49 The first thing that I can recollect was a voice speaking unto me, calling me by name. TGÂ Book of Mormon; Scriptures, Preservation of. The Angel Moroni (/ m oʊ ˈ r oʊ n aɪ /) is an angel whom Joseph Smith reported as having visited him on numerous occasions, beginning on September 21, 1823. Indeed, the whole district of country seemed affected by it, and great multitudes united themselves to the different religious parties, which created no small stir and division amongst the people, some crying, aâLo, here!â and others, âLo, there!â Some were contending for the Methodist faith, some for the Presbyterian, and some for the Baptist. 11:7. 75 We had been threatened with being mobbed, from time to time, and this, too, by professors of religion. 33 He called me by aname, and said unto me that he was a bmessenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for cgood and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. 52 Having removed the earth, I obtained a lever, which I got fixed under the edge of the stone, and with a little exertion raised it up. What is 4? First edition of The Book of Mormon, the most important original book in the history of American religion. TGÂ Priesthood, Authority; Priesthood, History of. An account written by the Hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the Plates of Nephi…by Joseph Smith Junior, Author and Proprietor Palmyra, New York: Printed by E. B. Grandin, for the Author, 1830. More â¦. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. 58 Owing to my continuing to assert that I had seen a vision, apersecution still followed me, and my wifeâs fatherâs family were very much opposed to our being married. 56 In the year 1823 my fatherâs family met with a great aaffliction by the death of my eldest brother, bAlvin. 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, … 100. Mal. Extracts from the History of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, Joseph Smith tells of his ancestry, family members, and their early abodesâAn unusual excitement about religion prevails in western New YorkâHe determines to seek wisdom as directed by JamesâThe Father and the Son appear, and Joseph is called to his prophetic ministry. 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. âBut, dear brother, think, further think for a moment, what joy filled our hearts, and with what surprise we must have bowed, (for who would not have bowed the knee for such a blessing?) The day was clear and beautiful, and sunlight filtered through the branches overhead. The Powers of Darkness. TGÂ Holy Ghost, Gifts of; Holy Ghost, Mission of. With new historical documents now available, a reappraisal of Smith and Mormon beginnings warrants attention. 11:25; Ether 2:4 (4â5, 14); D&C 34:7 (7â9). 34:29 (29â35); Hel. Featuring prophets through the ages, from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson, and sacred events through LDS history, our unframed prints are sure to bring an added measure of the Spirit into your home. More â¦, As the earliest members of the Church transitioned into their new faith, they brought with them beliefs, traditions, and values from their prior religious experience. 48 I shortly after arose from my bed, and, as usual, went to the necessary labors of the day; but, in attempting to work as at other times, I found my astrength so exhausted as to render me entirely unable. The History of the Church - All Seven Volumes - The Complete Latter-Day Saint Reference - Kindle edition by Smith Jr., Joseph, Roberts, B. H.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Immediately after my marriage, I left Mr.Â Stoalâs, and went to my fatherâs, and bfarmed with him that season. Joseph Smith’s Journal, Church History Library. 55 As my fatherâs worldly circumstances were very limited, we were under the necessity of alaboring with our hands, hiring out by dayâs work and otherwise, as we could get opportunity. Some preachers and other professors of religion reject the account of the First VisionâPersecution is heaped upon Joseph SmithâHe testifies of the reality of the vision. Although the research was exhaustive, interesting, and very t… 15:7 (7â8); Nahum 1:10; 1Â Ne. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist; so, also, were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. I copied a considerable number of them, and by means of the aUrim and Thummim I translated some of them, which I did between the time I arrived at the house of my wifeâs father, in the month of December, and the February following. TGÂ Restoration of the Gospel. James 5:10 (10â11); Mosiah 17:13 (10â20); Alma 14:26 (20â27). When, according to arrangements, the messenger called for them, I delivered them up to him; and he has them in his charge until this bday, being the second day of May, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight. In 1829 and 1830, Joseph Smith’s understanding of the priesthood as shown in the Doctrine and Covenants was about Church administration and priesthood authority and offices, McBride continued. 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. 45 He commenced, and aagain related the very same things which he had done at his first visit, without the least variation; which having done, he informed me of great bjudgments which were coming upon the earth, with great desolations by cfamine, dsword, and pestilence; and that these grievous judgments would come on the earth in this generation. I left the field, and went to the place where the messenger had told me the plates were deposited; and owing to the distinctness of the vision which I had had concerning it, I knew the place the instant that I arrived there. Nowhere; uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever! 29:13; Ezek. TGÂ Darkness, Physical. Joseph Smithï»¿âHistory 1:5â20, âChurch History,â 1 March 1842 (Wentworth Letter). 100. Joseph Smith experienced his First Vision in this stand of trees in the spring of 1820. 26:6 (4â6); D&C 29:9. 71 Accordingly we went and were baptized. When published in book form in 1902, it bore the title History of the Prophet Joseph Smith by His Mother Lucy Smith as Revised by George A. Smith and Elias Smith. On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, the voice of the Redeemer spake peace to us, while the veil was parted and the angel of God came down clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys of the Gospel of repentance. It is the official History of the Church's founding generation, still in print and still widely used. Col. 2:22 (18â22); Titus 1:14; D&C 3:6 (6â7); 45:29; 46:7. 26 I had now got my mind satisfied so far as the sectarian world was concernedâthat it was not my duty to join with any of them, but to continue as I was until further adirected. Lesson. 3:10. For no sooner was it known that I had them, than the most strenuous exertions were used to aget them from me. 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.. 62 By this timely aid was I enabled to reach the place of my destination in Pennsylvania; and immediately after my arrival there I commenced copying the characters off the plates. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom. No; nor has this earth power to give the joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit! Interview, Joseph Smith by David Nye White, Nauvoo, Illinois, 21 Aug. 1843, Christian Churches in Joseph Smithâs Day, Religious Beliefs in Joseph Smithâs Day. Doctrine and Covenants 2; Joseph SmithâHistory 1:27â65, Doctrine and Covenants 12â13; Joseph SmithâHistory 1:66â75, The Articles of Faith and Official Declarations 1 and 2, Historic Places: Massachusetts and Vermont, Historic Places: New York and Pennsylvania, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Joseph Smithï»¿âHistory 1:1â26, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2020), Joseph Smithï»¿âHistory 1:1â26, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources. On reflecting further it was as easy to be seen that amid the great strife and noise concerning religion, none had authority from God to administer the ordinances of the Gospel. 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)âand which I should join. Most accounts describe Joseph Smith actually testifying under oath that he really could divine the location of treasure! How old was Joseph Smith at the time of The First Vision?, Where was Joseph Smith at the time of the 1st vision?, What is one thing that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ told/taught Joseph Smith … In the month of October, 1825, I hired with an old gentleman by the name of Josiah Stoal, who lived in Chenango county, State of New York. 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 worldâI 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. He breplied to me that it was of God, and told me to go and do as commanded by the messenger. 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 Sacred Grove, Manchester, New York, USA. 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. 29:11 (11â12); Dan. But this will not seem very strange to any one who recollects my youth, and is acquainted with my native fcheery temperament. 11 While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the aEpistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 11:19; Matt. He then again related unto me all that he had related to me the previous night, and commanded me to go to my afather and tell him of the vision and commandments which I had received. Texts. Walter Rane, The Desires of My Heart, 2004, oil on canvas, Church History Museum. I then showed him those which were not yet translated, and he said that they were Egyptian, Chaldaic, Assyriac, and Arabic; and he said they were true characters. Happy New Year and Happy Monday! TGÂ Gentiles. Joseph Smith used the same seer stone as one aids to his "translation" of the Book of Mormon. The serial began in the November 1901 issue under the title “History of the Prophet Joseph Smith” and concluded in the January 1903 issue. 4:12 (7â21); JSâH 1:25. Come Follow Me - Joseph Smith History If you're looking for a way to help you and your family study Come Follow Me Joseph Smith History, use this Free Printable for the week of January 4-10. 10:22; Moses 6:31 (31â37). The Lord, who is rich in mercy, and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after we had called upon Him in a fervent manner, aside from the abodes of men, condescended to manifest to us His will. 7 I was at this time in my fifteenth year. When [Joseph Smith] knelt in solitude in the silent forest, his earnest prayer brought on a battle royal which threatened his destruction. Jer. The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement. 5 Some time in the second year after our removal to Manchester, there was in the place where we lived an unusual excitement on the subject of religion. â¦ 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. It was on the fifteenth day of May, 1829, that we were ordained under the hand of this messenger, and baptized. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming. 39 He also quoted the next verse differently: And he shall plant in the hearts of the achildren the bpromises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. Joseph Smith—History 1:15–16. 41 He also quoted the asecond chapter of Joel, from the twenty-eighth verse to the last. 13 At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in adarkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. 8:5; 3Â Ne. I started with the intention of going to the house; but, in attempting to cross the fence out of the field where we were, my strength entirely failed me, and I bfell helpless on the ground, and for a time was quite unconscious of anything. 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