The persecution, however, became so intolerable that I was under the necessity of leaving Manchester, and going with my wife to Susquehanna county, in the State of Pennsylvania. Rom. In making this confession, no one need suppose me guilty of any great or malignant sins. On the 18th of January, 1827, we were married, while I was yet employed in the service of Mr. Stoal. Extracts from the History of Joseph Smith, the Prophet. I informed him that part of the plates were bsealed, and that I was forbidden to bring them. Thick bdarkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction. Happy New Year and Happy Monday! What scripture did Joseph read that prompted him to pray to the Lord?, What did God say to Joseph while pointing at Jesus?, When was Joseph's birthday?, What did the scripture Joseph read say? 20 He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time. Historical background and the earliest manuscript of each revelation, as published in The Joseph Smith Papers, There are two general categories of accounts of Joseph Smith’s first vision of Deity that were written during his lifetime. Come, Follow Me for Primary: January 4-10 Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26 “I Saw a Pillar of Light” Printable Lesson Materials. Mal. We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our salvation. 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. 297 pp History of Joseph Smith by His Motheris a biography of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, according to his mother, Lucy Mack Smith. The Sacred Grove, Manchester, New York, USA. Speaking of Joseph Smith’s experience with Satan, President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) taught: “The powers of darkness preceded the light. Joseph Smith experienced his First Vision in this stand of trees in the spring of 1820. 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. It was written by Orson Pratt of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and published as a pamphlet in Scotland in 1840. 14 So, in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the awoods to make the attempt. 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. In process of time my mind became somewhat partial to the Methodist sect, and I felt some desire to be united with them; but so great were the confusion and astrife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was bright and who was wrong. More Random. Joseph Smith used the same seer stone as one aids to his "translation" of the Book of Mormon. Following an 11 June 1843 public church meeting at which Joseph Smith spoke of his earliest vision, Levi Richards included an account of it in his diary. 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. Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘Interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon.’. When I came to myself again, I found myself alying on my back, looking up into heaven. His news article included an account of Joseph Smith’s first vision. 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. (Verses 66–75.). The firsthand accounts recorded by Joseph Smith or under his direction are as follows: Circa Summer 1832 History. Who is Emma Hale? Daily Triple! 66 On the 5th day of April, 1829, aOliver Cowdery came to my house, until which time I had never seen him. 4 His family consisting of eleven souls, namely, my father, Joseph Smith; my amother, Lucy Smith (whose name, previous to her marriage, was Mack, daughter of Solomon Mack); my brothers, bAlvin (who died November 19th, 1823, in the 26th year of his age), cHyrum, myself, dSamuel Harrison, William, Don Carlos; and my sisters, Sophronia, Catherine, and Lucy. 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. !Before the Angel Moroni appeared...Joseph Smith was [doing what specifically] TG Apostasy of the Early Christian Church. I was greatly surprised at his behavior; he treated my communication not only lightly, but with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil, that there were no such things as avisions or brevelations in these days; that all such things had ceased with the apostles, and that there would never be any more of them. Print. 10:10; 1 Jn. Immediately after my marriage, I left Mr. Stoal’s, and went to my father’s, and bfarmed with him that season. 11:25 (11–27); D&C 88:84 (84–85). 32 Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was aglorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like blightning. TG God, Manifestations of; Godhead; God the Father, Elohim; Jesus Christ, Appearances, Postmortal; Restoration of the Gospel; Revelation. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God,” concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would bgive liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture. 27:10; Ether 4:5 (4–7); D&C 35:18. 67 Two days after the arrival of Mr. Cowdery (being the 7th of April) I commenced to translate the Book of Mormon, and he began to awrite for me. Isa. It is part of the canonized standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). 12 Never did any passage of ascripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. 33:31 (30–33); Luke 6:46. 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. 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. Joseph Smith–History (abbreviated JS–H) is a book in the Pearl of Great Price that contains an excerpt of the autobiographical record of some of the early events in Joseph Smith's life. This document, “History, 1838–1856, volume A-1, [23 December 1805–30 August 1834],” is the first of the six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church” (in The Joseph Smith Papers it bears the editorial title “History, 1838-1856”). (The Smith family lived in seven locations by the time Joseph turned 14: Sharon, … Gen. 15:12 (1–21). 21 Some few days after I had this vision, I happened to be in company with one of the Methodist preachers, who was very active in the before mentioned religious excitement; and, conversing with him on the subject of religion, I took occasion to give him an account of the vision which I had had. 100. He had heard something of a silver mine having been opened by the Spaniards in Harmony, Susquehanna county, State of Pennsylvania; and had, previous to my hiring to him, been digging, in order, if possible, to discover the mine. Early years. This is the earliest and most personal account, and the only one that includes Joseph Smith’s own handwriting. 15:29. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus: 37 For behold, the aday cometh that shall bburn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as cstubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. For instance, a prophet is a foreteller; he has prophetic access to the future. 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. First edition of The Book of Mormon, the most important original book in the history of American religion. 50 I obeyed; I returned to my afather in the field, and rehearsed the whole matter to him. 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. 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. 63 Sometime in this month of February, the aforementioned Mr. Martin Harris came to our place, got the characters which I had drawn off the plates, and started with them to the city of New York. 9:9; Alma 27:10 (7, 10); D&C 6:11; 46:7. When I first looked upon him, I was cafraid; but the dfear soon left me. what amazement! Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The History of the Church - All Seven Volumes - The Complete Latter-Day Saint Reference. 100. This brief history of the Church published in the Times and Seasons, often referred to as the “Wentworth letter,” was prepared at the request of a Chicago newspaper editor. More …, When young Joseph Smith prayed to know “which of all the sects was right,” he likely had in mind a few Protestant denominations he had encountered near his hometown. Dates of events of particular interest are highlighted in the following colors: Significant Personal Events. And again, so soon as I had been baptized by him, I also had the spirit of prophecy, when, standing up, I prophesied concerning the rise of this Church, and many other things connected with the Church, and this generation of the children of men. JSH 1:27-65. TG Priesthood, Keys of; Priesthood, Melchizedek. … 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. More …. D&C 2: No looking at scriptures! 1:19 (6–19). TG Malice; Persecution. Professor Anthon stated that the translation was correct, more so than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian. (Verses 21–26.). “This was not long desired before it was realized. When [Joseph Smith] knelt in solitude in the silent forest, his earnest prayer brought on a battle royal which threatened his destruction. Smith's own "History of Joseph Smith" (edited and revised at the beginning of the twentieth century by B. H. Roberts) created an enduring image of the man and influenced Mormon theology, doctrine, and polity for generations. 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. He wanted to be alone when he prayed, and he knew a quiet spot in the woods where he had recently been clearing trees. 11:8. 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, a“Lo, here!” and others, “Lo, there!” Some were contending for the Methodist faith, some for the Presbyterian, and some for the Baptist. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Interview, Joseph Smith by David Nye White, Nauvoo, Illinois, 21 Aug. 1843, Christian Churches in Joseph Smith’s Day, Religious Beliefs in Joseph Smith’s Day. 14:26; 2 Ne. Ex. 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. He replied, ‘I cannot read a sealed book.’ I left him and went to Dr. Mitchell, who sanctioned what Professor Anthon had said respecting both the characters and the translation.”, Oliver Cowdery serves as scribe in translating the Book of Mormon—Joseph and Oliver receive the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist—They are baptized, ordained, and receive the spirit of prophecy. James 5:10 (10–11); Mosiah 17:13 (10–20); Alma 14:26 (20–27). 3:10. 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. “I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. 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. Hence arose the very prevalent story of my having been a money-digger. For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not edeny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation. JSH 1:27-65. On 24 May 1844, German immigrant and church member Alexander Neibaur visited Joseph Smith in his home and heard him relate the circumstances of his earliest visionary experience. 51 Convenient to the village of Manchester, Ontario county, New York, stands a ahill of considerable size, and the most elevated of any in the neighborhood. 31 He had on a loose robe of most exquisite awhiteness. “I considered it of the first importance that I should be right in matters that involved eternal consequences.”, Biographical facts and historical images of individuals associated with the revelations, Narrative history of events surrounding the revelations, Joseph rose early on a spring morning in 1820 and set out for the woods near his home. 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. Interview, Joseph Smith by David Nye White, Nauvoo, Illinois, 21 Aug. 1843 In August 1843, David Nye White, editor of the Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, interviewed Joseph Smith in his home as part of a two-day stop in Nauvoo, Illinois. I'm back again with a new printable for Come Follow Me. The day was clear and beautiful, and sunlight filtered through the branches overhead. December 23: Born, Sharon Township, Windsor County, Vermont. Joseph Smith—History. Martin Harris shows characters from the plates to scholars in New York. Texts. 65 “He then said to me, ‘Let me see that certificate.’ I accordingly took it out of my pocket and gave it to him, when he took it and tore it to pieces, saying that there was no such thing now as ministering of aangels, and that if I would bring the plates to him he would translate them. Where was room for doubt? 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. 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. This he forbade me, saying that I must have no other object in view in getting the plates but to glorify God, and must not be influenced by any other dmotive than that of building his kingdom; otherwise I could not get them. what wonder! 60 I soon found out the reason why I had received such strict charges to keep them safe, and why it was that the messenger had said that when I had done what was required at my hand, he would call for them. 72 The amessenger who visited us on this occasion and conferred this Priesthood upon us, said that his name was John, the same that is called bJohn the Baptist in the New Testament, and that he acted under the direction of cPeter, James and John, who held the keys of the Priesthood of Melchizedek, which Priesthood, he said, would in due time be conferred on us, and that I should be called the first dElder of the Church, and he (Oliver Cowdery) the second. The seven-volume history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titled History of the Church covers less than two decades and might better be titled "The History of Joseph Smith." Dates & Stuff. “To notice, in even few words, the interesting account given by Mormon and his faithful son, Moroni, of a people once beloved and favored of heaven, would supersede my present design; I shall therefore defer this to a future period, and, as I said in the introduction, pass more directly to some few incidents immediately connected with the rise of this Church, which may be entertaining to some thousands who have stepped forward, amid the frowns of bigots and the calumny of hypocrites, and embraced the Gospel of Christ. Although the research was exhaustive, interesting, and very t… “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. Sometimes we were at home, and sometimes abroad, and by continuous blabor were enabled to get a comfortable maintenance. And their intentions of mobbing us were only counteracted by the influence of my wife’s father’s family (under Divine providence), who had become very afriendly to me, and who were opposed to mobs, and were willing that I should be allowed to continue the work of translation without interruption; and therefore offered and promised us protection from all unlawful proceedings, as far as in them lay. 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. 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. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was bmad; and he was ridiculed and reviled. More …. 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. 22 I soon found, however, that my telling the story had excited a great deal of prejudice against me among professors of religion, and was the cause of great apersecution, which continued to increase; and though I was an bobscure boy, only between fourteen and fifteen years of age, and my circumstances in life such as to make a boy of no consequence in the world, yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me, and create a bitter persecution; and this was common among all the sects—all united to persecute me. In about four years after my father’s arrival in Palmyra, he moved with his family into Manchester in the same county of Ontario—. A few years ago, I was in Nauvoo when S. 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