An important part of Joseph Smith’s preparation to do the work of the Lord was meeting and marrying Emma Hale (see Joseph Smith—History 1:55–58; see also 1 Corinthians 11:11; Ephesians 5:31; D&C 42:22; 131:1–2). Share with students an experience from your life when you were blessed by following the Lord’s timing instead of your own. Joseph Smith’s Family” in the student manual (pp. List and discuss what Moroni taught Joseph Smith regarding the Book of Mormon and its translation in Joseph Smith—History 1:34–35. Read the following statement by Elder James E. Faust, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “While Joseph sought perfection, he did not claim perfection. (For example, Moroni called Joseph by name and introduced himself, see v. 33; he briefly explained what was to be done, see v. 34; he gave Joseph insights into the importance of his work, see vv. Invite students to mark Joseph Smith’s questions in Joseph Smith—History 1:10. 36–41; he gave clear and specific instructions, see v. 42; he repeated his instructions to Joseph several times, adding new insights each time, see vv. He never wrote about his 7-year-old … Joseph Smith had to borrow money to buy a quill and a little bottle of ink during the translation of the Book of Mormon. He prepared it in 1838, and it was published in the Church publication Times and Seasons in Nauvoo, Illinois. (see D&C 3:1; 10:43; 29:36–38; Moses 1:12–22). Ask students who they would want to tell if they had an unusual spiritual experience, and why. I think a couple of contextual insights are helpful. “Your world is not Joseph’s world. Elder Marvin J. Ashton said: “Joseph Smith placed commitment ahead of life itself. Events leading up to the First Vision help explain the Apostasy and the loss of the true Church of Jesus Christ from the earth (see Joseph Smith—History 1:5–10; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3; 2 Timothy 3:1–5; 2 Peter 2:1–2; 1 Nephi 13:23–29; D&C 1:15–16). Ask students how they think Joseph felt when he received the warning in verse 59. Ask: What do all of these scriptures have in common? He wrote or assigned scribes to write four different accounts of the vision. Regular, repeated, inspired instruction and interviews regarding how to fulfill our callings are an important part of conducting the affairs of the kingdom of God. Joseph shared and documented the First Vision, as it came to be known, on multiple occasions. The account called Joseph Smith-History, as it appears in the Pearl of Great Price, tells of the Prophet's experiences from his early years through May 1829. For Joseph Smith that experience was as real as the warmth of the sun at noonday. Joseph Smith published two accounts of the First Vision during his lifetime. Ask students who they think are some of the greatest prophets of all time, and why. Invite each student to imagine the following: You have just been in a traffic accident. If he were intending to fabricate a great falsehood or wanted to perpetrate a fraud or practice deceit, would he have been so truthful about his own humanness? Referring to Joseph Smith—History 1:25, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a member of the First Presidency, commented: “There is no lack of certitude in that statement. Read Joseph Smith—History 1:53 and apply these principles of timing to Joseph’s circumstances. Joseph Smith was called by God to do His work. How can the policeman learn the truth? Primary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity Joseph never wrote about the dramatic and traumatic events in his life. Faith in the hearts of millions that this cause is true, that God is our Eternal Father, and that Jesus is the Christ, must ever be the great motivating force in our lives” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1981, 6–7; or Ensign, Nov. 1981, 7). The coming forth of the Book of Mormon continued the latter-day work of the Restoration spoken of by numerous Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon prophets (see Joseph Smith—History 1:36–41, 45; see also Ezekiel 37:15–23; Acts 3:19–21; 3 Nephi 21:1–11, 28; Mormon 8:14–16; Ether 4:17). Joseph Smith History (1832) ... Joseph Smith recorded that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a grove of trees near his parents’ home in western New York State when he was about 14 years old. Satan circulates false reports through “evil-disposed and designing” people to distort the true nature of the Church and its inspired leaders (Joseph Smith—History 1:1–2; see also Helaman 16:22; 3 Nephi 1:22; D&C 10:22–27, 28; Moses 4:4). Discuss why our younger years can be so challenging and how we can stay close to Heavenly Father during this time (see Alma 37:35–37; 53:20–21). “It is that kind of certitude that has moved this Church forward in the face of persecution, ridicule, sacrifice of fortune, the leaving of loved ones to travel to distant lands to carry the gospel message. tells of the Prophet’s experiences from his early years through May 1829. Invite several volunteers to tell what steps they would follow to accomplish this training responsibility. (For example, you may want to ask: How might the experience of courting and marrying Emma have helped Joseph in his preparation?). (They were not, because the Church was not yet organized.) Invite students to read Joseph Smith—History 1:49–54 and tell how they think Moroni helped Joseph examine and refine his motives for obtaining the gold plates (see also the commentaries for Joseph Smith—History 1:50–53 and Joseph Smith—History 1:54 in the student manual,pp. How did Joseph Smith know that Satan knew his destiny? Father and Mother believed him, why should not the children?’ [in J. W. Peterson, “Another Testimony, Statement of William Smith, Concerning Joseph the Prophet,” Deseret Evening News, 20 Jan. 1894, p. 11]” (in Church History in the Fulness of Times [Religion 341–43 student manual, 1993], 34). The testimony of Oliver Cowdery at the end of Joseph Smith—History is a second witness from a man who was involved in many of the early events of Church history. Like many of Smith's publications, it was dictated to a scribe. “Eventually [Joseph] confided his theophany [vision of God] to other family members.”. How would you feel toward that witness? Oliver’s testimony helps establish the truthfulness of the account of the Prophet Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History endnote; see also Matthew 18:16; 2 Nephi 11:3; Ether 5:4; D&C 6:20–28; 17:1–9; 18:1–5; 24:10–12; 28:1). BYU Professor, Historian, and Editor, Dr. Steven Harper, takes us on a deep-dive into Joseph Smith History. Compare what certain scribes and Pharisees asked of the Lord in Matthew 12:38–39 to what Joseph Smith asked for in Joseph Smith—History 1:29. The prophet Moroni, the last writer in the Book of Mormon, appeared as a glorified, resurrected being to Joseph Smith. You may want to review with students some of the stories about Joseph Smith’s family and his early life under “Joseph Smith—History 1:3. Discuss how Oliver felt about these experiences. Then have students read the warnings that Moroni gave Joseph in Joseph Smith—History 1:42, 59. The early life of Joseph Smith covers his life from his birth to the end of 1827. Read to students the following description of the translation of the Book of Mormon (you may also want to refer to the commentary for Joseph Smith—History 1:67 in the student manual, p. 64): “When Joseph Smith began translating in 1827, he evidently started with the book of Lehi from Mormon’s abridgment of the large plates of Nephi (see heading to D&C 10). Scot. Remind students that all those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood also have authority to function in the Aaronic Priesthood.). Compare what Joseph learned to what he was confused about or did not know before his vision. Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video presentation 19, “Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration” (21:30), can be used to introduce Joseph Smith to students taking the Pearl of Great Price course. The Choice of My Heart. Five weeks later, 15 May 1829, they were on 3 Nephi and the Savior’s sermon on baptism to the Nephites. Tell students that Joseph’s struggles are similar to the struggles many of us go through (see 1 Nephi 1:4–6; 2:16; Enos 1:2–4; Alma 22:15–18). The first of these, known today as Joseph Smith—History, was canonized in the Pearl of Great Price and thus became the most well-known account. Ask students to list the truths we learn from Joseph Smith—History 1:14–20 (see also James E. Faust, in Conference Report, Apr. Review with students the material under “What Is Joseph Smith—History?” and “Who Wrote Joseph Smith—History?” in the student manual (pp. Have students share their lists, and then quickly review Joseph Smith—History 1:5–20 to see how well the students knew this important story. This is why they go to such great lengths to try to disprove the Book of Mormon, for if it can be discredited, the Prophet Joseph Smith goes with it. It is part of the canonized standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Invite students who would like to share what they thought and felt when they first heard about the First Vision to do so. He was a truthful boy. Discuss other times that Satan used these tools to persecute the righteous and deceive the people (see Matthew 9:32–34; 26:57–68; 28:9–15; Acts 16:16–24; 1 Nephi 17:17–22; Alma 1:16–20; 12:1–6; Helaman 16:13–23; 3 Nephi 6:10–15; D&C 71 section heading). What promise did Moroni give Joseph? Ask students why they think it was important for Joseph’s father to know about this experience. Historical background and the earliest manuscript of each revelation, as published in The Joseph Smith Papers. … Whenever the Lord set His hand to perform any work, those powers [of the devil] labored to overthrow it” (in Brian H. Stuy, ed., Collected Discourses Delivered by President Wilford Woodruff, His Two Counselors, the Twelve Apostles, and Others, 5 vols. Ask: Why is the combination of our righteous choices and the power of God always greater than the power of Satan? Read or sing “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” (Hymns, no. In 1832 he looked back on this period and wrote: “‘I had been tempted of the advisary and saught the Plates to obtain riches and kept not the commandment that I should have an eye single to the glory of God therefore I was chastened and saught diligently to obtain the plates and obtained them not until I was twenty one years of age’ (D. Jessee, The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, p. 7). Satan uses whatever means he can to try to thwart us from attaining our divine destiny (see Joseph Smith—History 1:20; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:3–10; Moses 7:26). Replace Joseph Smith with You on the board, and discuss the following statement by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “There is great protection when you know who you are, why you are here, and where you are going. Testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and invite students to share their testimonies of it. What blessings can we receive by doing things in the Lord’s proper time and way, rather than our own? [1987–92], 5:198). You may want to have students study other examples of people who asked for and received manifestations from the Lord (see Judges 6:11–24; 2 Kings 20:8–11; Mark 9:20–27; Helaman 11:1–5; Ether 3:6–16). “Who is the Servant of Isaiah 49/1 Nephi 21? Encourage students to strive to live each day with a conscience free of offense toward God (see Matthew 13:20–21; Acts 24:16; D&C 135:4). Yesterday. (1 Nephi 21:3).” KnoWhy 24 (February 2, 2016). Joseph Smith was an American religious leader and the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement whose current followers include members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, and other Latter Day Saint denominations. Have students read and ponder the last sentence of verse 23. 0:53 Episode 3 available NOW! Join us for Episode 3: “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers” Our guest is Dr. Michael MacKay. Did you know that the story of the First Vision is the second greatest story ever told? 53–54). https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng (They had not, because it is only given by Melchizedek Priesthood holders when confirming people as members of the Church.) Invite students to tell how sharing experiences with their parents has helped them in their lives. Have students find and mark what Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were able to do because of the Holy Ghost. Ask: What gospel principles did you learn from such experiences? Point out what a great blessing it is to be able to describe one’s life in this way. Franklin D. Richards, an early apostle, extracted this part of Joseph Smith's history from the much longer History of the Church printed in the times and seasons (T&S 3:726), and published the extract in 1851. Read or sing “The Morning Breaks” (Hymns, no. Satan uses ridicule, false doctrine, lies, and prejudice to persecute the humble followers of God (see Joseph Smith—History 1:21–25; see also Isaiah 32:6–7; 1 Timothy 4:1–2; 3 Nephi 1:6, 22; D&C 109:29–30). Joseph Smith’s official testimony and history of the Church is found in History of the Church, volumes 1–6 (see the Introductory Note of the Pearl of Great Price). No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith is a 1945 book by Fawn M. Brodie.It is the first important non-hagiographic biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of Latter Day Saint movement.The book has not gone out of print, and 60 years after its first publication, its publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, continues to sell about a thousand copies annually. Have students search Joseph Smith—History 1:22–23, 27 for who else eventually heard about Joseph’s vision, and how. Ask students: If any one of these statements were false, how would that affect the other statements, and why? With half truths and slander, they are endeavoring to lead members of the Church of Jesus Christ into apostasy” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1983, 89; or Ensign, Nov. 1983,63). Foreordained of God. Joseph Smith 1805-1844 Born on December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph Smith Jr. grew up on a series of tenant farms in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. Any person who sincerely studies, ponders, and prays about the truthfulness of the accounts given by the Prophet Joseph Smith may know by the power of the Holy Ghost that they are true (see 2 Nephi 32:3–5; Alma 5:45–47; Moroni 10:3–5). Born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, Joseph Smith Jr. was the fifth of 11 children of Joseph Smith and Lucy Mack. Read Joseph Smith—History 1:27–29 and discuss the habits Joseph Smith said he “fell into” during these years. Have students look at the maps at the end of the Doctrine and Covenants to find and mark the places where the Smith family lived. In the preface of the first edition of the Pearl … Discuss how each event may have prepared Joseph to receive the plates and complete his life’s mission. A series of remarkable spiritual experiences prepared him for his prophetic calling. Joseph Smith - History 1:1-26 read aloud from Pearl of Great Price. The text of Joseph Smith–History was excerpted from the first five chapters of the first volume of Joseph Smith's History of the Church (also known as Documentary History of the Church), edited by B. H. Roberts and published in its current format in 1902. Would your class benefit from reviewing the story in Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65? Discuss the following statement by Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Neither the Apostle Paul nor Joseph Smith wavered, though they faced severe trials. God and Satan both know who we are and the roles we can play in the establishment of the kingdom of God. Book of Mormon Central, “How Does Grace Help Us Overcome Weakness? Like many of Smith's publications, it was dictated to a scribe. Show students pictures of temples that have a statue of the angel Moroni on top, and invite them to tell what they know about Moroni’s mortal and postmortal life. Had they received the gift of the Holy Ghost? Bear your testimony of the truth of the events described in Joseph Smith—History, and invite students to share their thoughts and feelings. The gold plates were protected from the enemies of God by the efforts of Joseph Smith and the wisdom of the Lord. How did Joseph Smith feel about these years? The Prophet was commanded to translate the small plates to replace the 116 lost pages (see D&C 10:43–45)” (in Church History in the Fulness of Times, 59). (Answers might include that Satan is a real being who seeks to stop the work of God; God appears to man; man is made in the literal image of God; Jesus is a personage, separate and distinct from Heavenly Father; there was an apostasy of the Church that Jesus Christ established during His mortal ministry; the true Church was not on the earth in 1820; the Lord keeps the promise found in James 1:5; direct revelation from the heavens has not ceased.) He is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University in the Department of Church … God answers the sincere prayers of those who ask in faith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:11–13; see also Matthew 7:7–11; James 1:5–6; 1 Nephi 15:8–11; 3 Nephi 18:19–20; D&C 42:68). For almost all of us instructions come through authorized servants rather than from divine manifestations, but it is the same as divine messengers speaking to us (see Joseph Smith—History 1:33–54; see also D&C 1:38; 33:16; 38:23; 88:78; 107:85–89). Events in the lives of Joseph Smith’s family members during his early years reveal the guiding and protecting hand of the Lord (see Joseph Smith—History 1:3–5; see also Proverbs 3:5–6; Romans 8:28). God Answers Joseph’s Prayer. Moroni showed Joseph in vision where he could find the plates, buried in the ground in a hill near his home. A verse-by-verse study of Joseph Smith-History 1:1-26, the 1838 account of Joseph Smith's First Vision. He worked on the family farm in Vermont and later in western New York. Have students read Joseph Smith—History 1:25–26 and list the truths that Joseph Smith said he learned from his experience. Have students use Doctrine and Covenants 63:8–12 to explain why Joseph received his manifestation, while others, such as the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 12, did not. Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. 52–53). He also quoted many Biblical passages, telling Joseph that all of these prophecies were about to be fulfilled (Joseph Smith—History 1:27-49). His brother William affirmed, ‘We all had the most implicit confidence in what he said. BYU Studies Quarterly 59, no. Those who act with the authority of the Aaronic Priesthood do so under the direction of those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood (see Joseph Smith—History 1:72; see also D&C 107:13–20). The Lord commanded Joseph Smith not to join any church because all of them were wrong (see Joseph Smith—History 1:18–20; see also 2 Timothy 4:3–4; Mormon 8:28, 32–38). Make sure students understand the importance of asking in faith and of accepting the will of the Lord when asking for any kind of inspiration or divine manifestation. 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