Alexander Neibaur, Journal, 24 May 1844. 4:12 (7–21); JS—H 1:25. JSH 1:27-65. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the cpersecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise. 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 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. Significant Church History/Doctrinal Events. “This was not long desired before it was realized. 61 The excitement, however, still continued, and rumor with her thousand tongues was all the time employed in circulating afalsehoods about my father’s family, and about myself. 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. 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. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. By the time of his death, 14 years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religion that continues to the present with millions of global adherents. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. 9:5 (5, 18–19); 3 Ne. 49 The first thing that I can recollect was a voice speaking unto me, calling me by name. More …, Journal, 9–11 November 1835. 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 looked in, and there indeed did I behold the aplates, the bUrim and Thummim, and the breastplate, as stated by the messenger. 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.. Joseph Smith’s Journal, Church History Library. 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. More Random. 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. TG Witness of the Father. 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. 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. 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. 10:10; 1 Jn. Joseph Smith Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. TG Priesthood, Keys of; Priesthood, Melchizedek. 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. 14:26; 2 Ne. What joy! Professor Anthon stated that the translation was correct, more so than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian. The First Vision, 1913, stained-glass, Church History Museum. !Before the Angel Moroni appeared...Joseph Smith was [doing what specifically] Lesson. The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast is a six-part miniseries from the Joseph Smith Papers Project that explores the history and legacy of Joseph Smith’s first vision. This account borrowed language from Orson Pratt’s A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions (see below). 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. Joseph Smith experienced his First Vision in this stand of trees in the spring of 1820. 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 … 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. More …. Apr 5, 2020 - Pictures of Joseph Smith's first vision. 31 He had on a loose robe of most exquisite awhiteness. TG Genealogy and Temple Work; Salvation for the Dead. “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. 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. 56 In the year 1823 my father’s family met with a great aaffliction by the death of my eldest brother, bAlvin. 23 It caused me serious reflection then, and often has since, how very strange it was that an obscure aboy, of a little over fourteen years of age, and one, too, who was doomed to the necessity of obtaining a scanty maintenance by his daily blabor, should be thought a character of sufficient importance to attract the attention of the great ones of the most popular sects of the day, and in a manner to create in them a spirit of the most bitter cpersecution and dreviling. 9:9; Alma 27:10 (7, 10); D&C 6:11; 46:7. 33:31 (30–33); Luke 6:46. 42:6; Rom. What is 4? 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. Col. 2:22 (18–22); Titus 1:14; D&C 3:6 (6–7); 45:29; 46:7. James 5:10 (10–11); Mosiah 17:13 (10–20); Alma 14:26 (20–27). 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. TG Apostasy of Individuals; Hardheartedness; Hypocrisy. Jer. The Powers of Darkness. 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." 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. TG Earth, Cleansing of; World, End of. 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. 15:29. While he was conversing with me about the plates, the vision was opened to my bmind that I could see the place where the plates were deposited, and that so clearly and distinctly that I knew the place again when I visited it. 11:25; Ether 2:4 (4–5, 14); D&C 34:7 (7–9). I replied, “Never mind, all is well—I am well enough off.” I then said to my mother, “I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true.” It seems as though the cadversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me? It was originally titled Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, and His Progenitors for Many Generationsand was published by Orson Prattin Liverpoolin 1853. 10:22; Moses 6:31 (31–37). 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. TG Priesthood, Authority; Priesthood, History of. Daily Triple! I informed him that part of the plates were bsealed, and that I was forbidden to bring them. 5:36; D&C 110:3. 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. More …, 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. Ex. 11:8. 32 Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was aglorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like blightning. 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. “But, 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?) Mal. He stated to me that having been teaching school in the neighborhood where my father resided, and my father being one of those who sent to the school, he went to board for a season at his house, and while there the family related to him the circumstances of my having received the plates, and accordingly he had come to make inquiries of me. 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. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My fBeloved gSon. “Church History,” 1 March 1842 (Wentworth Letter). 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, … 3:10. 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. Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65. 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 … 27:10; Ether 4:5 (4–7); D&C 35:18. Nowhere; uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever! In 1828, Joseph Smith copied some of the characters onto a … 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. 100. 16 But, exerting all my powers to acall upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into bdespair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being—just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of clight exactly over my head, above the brightness of the dsun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. His head and neck were also bare. 75 We had been threatened with being mobbed, from time to time, and this, too, by professors of religion. A few years ago, I was in Nauvoo when S. Michael Tracy, author of the bookMillions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again, gave a power-point presentation on a possible photograph of Joseph Smith that had surfaced within the Community of Christ. Having related these things, he again ascended as he had done before. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to cpray dvocally. He quoted also the third chapter of Acts, twenty-second and twenty-third verses, precisely as they stand in our New Testament. I looked up, and beheld the same messenger standing over my head, surrounded by light as before. Ex. But strange or not, so it was, and it was often the cause of great sorrow to myself. Gen. 15:12 (1–21). 25; D&C 64:23 (23–24). 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. Moroni appears to Joseph Smith—Joseph’s name is to be known for good and evil among all nations—Moroni tells him of the Book of Mormon and of the coming judgments of the Lord and quotes many scriptures—The hiding place of the gold plates is revealed—Moroni continues to instruct the Prophet. He said that that bprophet was Christ; but the day had not yet come when “they who would not hear his voice should be ccut off from among the people,” but soon would come. 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. Who is Emma Hale? He wrote the text in English, relying heavily on Pratt’s A[n] Interesting Account, and translated it into German for publication. Martin Harris shows characters from the plates to scholars in New York. Early accounts written by contemporaries who heard Joseph Smith speak about the vision include the following: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account. 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? 57 During the time that I was thus employed, I was put to board with a Mr. Isaac Hale, of that place; it was there I first saw my wife (his daughter), Emma Hale. After I went to live with him, he took me, with the rest of his hands, to dig for the silver mine, at which I continued to work for nearly a month, without success in our undertaking, and finally I prevailed with the old gentleman to cease digging after it. ’Twas the voice of an angel from glory, ’twas a message from the Most High! The Sacred Grove, Manchester, New York, USA. 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. We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our salvation. 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. See more ideas about joseph smith, lds art, the church of jesus christ. I was, therefore, under the necessity of taking her elsewhere; so we went and were married at the house of Squire Tarbill, in South Bainbridge, Chenango county, New York. While we were thus employed, praying and calling upon the Lord, a messenger from heaven descended in a ccloud of light, and having laid his dhands upon us, he eordained us, saying: 69 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the aPriesthood of bAaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of cbaptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth until the sons of dLevi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in erighteousness. 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. When I came to myself again, I found myself alying on my back, looking up into heaven. More …, Maps and information about places associated with the revelations from The Joseph Smith Papers, Historic Sites, and other helpful sources, Timeline placing each revelation in the context of key events in the Church’s first century. 14 So, in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the awoods to make the attempt. 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. It was written by Orson Pratt of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and published as a pamphlet in Scotland in 1840. If possible, show students the accompanying picture, which shows examples of characters that were written on the gold plates. 40 In addition to these, he quoted the aeleventh chapter of Isaiah, saying that it was about to be fulfilled. But what was my surprise when again I beheld the same messenger at my bedside, and heard him rehearse or repeat over again to me the same things as before; and added a caution to me, telling me that Satan would try to btempt me (in consequence of the indigent circumstances of my father’s family), to get the plates for the purpose of getting crich. 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. He breplied to me that it was of God, and told me to go and do as commanded by the messenger. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was aseized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. 71 Accordingly we went and were baptized. Amos 7:14 (14–15); Acts 5:38 (38–39). 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. Principles And Questions. Joseph Smith marries Emma Hale—He receives the gold plates from Moroni and translates some of the characters—Martin Harris shows the characters and translation to Professor Anthon, who says, “I cannot read a sealed book.” (Verses 55–65.). 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. 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