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 take multiple wives, he at first resisted. tells of the Prophet’s experiences from his early years through May 1829. Invite students who have had the opportunity to teach investigators about the First Vision to share their experiences. 2, Special Issue on the First Vision, 2020 “Hear Him,” Saints, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth Primary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity, Joseph Smith Papers … What can go wrong when one’s timing is “off”? Then have students read Joseph Smith—History 1:68, 72 and list what they learn about this “messenger.” To learn more about John the Baptist and to help students understand why he was chosen to restore the Aaronic Priesthood, briefly review Luke 1:5–25, 57–66; 3:1–20 and Doctrine and Covenants 84:26–28(see also Bible Dictionary, “John the Baptist”). 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. He told Joseph about a book buried in a hill near the Smith farm, written on gold plates and containing the fulness of the gospel (see Joseph Smith—History 1:30–35; see also Revelation 14:6; Mormon 8:1, 4, 12–14; Moroni 1:1–4; 10:34; D&C 20:6–10; 27:5; 128:20). A revised edition appeared in 1971, and on the … (Answers might include that they are all prophecies of the last days, soon to be fulfilled; they all predict the Restoration of the gospel; and they all speak of Christ.). How did Joseph Smith feel about these years? BYU Studies Quarterly 59, no. What Were the ‘Many Reports … by Evil-Disposed and Designing Persons’?” in the student manual (pp. (They were not, because the Church was not yet organized.) Book of Mormon Central. Have students study Isaiah 29:11–12 and 2 Nephi 27:9–10, 15–20 and tell how these scriptures relate to what happened in Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65. Invite students to tell how sharing experiences with their parents has helped them in their lives. Moreover, his world, his tradition both in his family and for the time, was not one of making a recorded history,” Elder McKay said. 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). Yesterday. Introduction “Awakenings and Revivals,” Church History Topics. 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. Remind students that all those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood also have authority to function in the Aaronic Priesthood.). The incidents described in Joseph Smith–History include the First Vision and the visitation of the angel Moroni. Have students search for and share information from Oliver’s account that is not contained in Joseph Smith—History. “Christian Churches in Joseph Smith’s Day,” Church History Topics. 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. Disclaimer. The early life of Joseph Smith covers his life from his birth to the end of 1827. (Ether 12:27),” KnoWhy 350 (August 9, 2017). We should share our spiritual experiences with righteous parents, who can help and encourage us to do what is right (see Joseph Smith—History 1:49–50). Have students find and mark what Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were able to do because of the Holy Ghost. How would you feel toward that witness? Book of Mormon Video presentation 1, “For Our Day” (11:38), can be used to teach the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the influence this sacred book has had in the lives of Latter-day Saint youth around the world (see Book of Mormon Video Guide for teaching suggestions). 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. We should be cautious about how and with whom we share the stories of our spiritual experiences (see Joseph Smith—History 1:21–23; see also Matthew 7:6; D&C 6:12; 10:37; 41:6). Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 21:1 and find what the Prophet Joseph Smith was commanded to do. Joseph Smith’s Family” in the student manual (pp. 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). 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. Invite students to imagine that they have been assigned to teach someone to do a task that is difficult and complex, such as building a house or performing surgery. (If any who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood do not raise their hands, ask them why they did not; and if any Melchizedek Priesthood holders do raise their hands, ask them why. Like many of Smith's publications, it was dictated to a scribe. 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). Joseph never wrote about the dramatic and traumatic events in his life. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. The Sacred Grove, Manchester, New York, USA. 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. The Lord can provide timely and generous assistance in the midst of our afflictions (see Joseph Smith—History 1:61–62, 66–67, 75; see also Psalm 46:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Nephi 1:20; 17:3, 13–14; D&C 84:87–88; 112:19). In the preface of the first edition of the Pearl … 1), and then invite students to ponder how their lives have been influenced by this singular event. 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). Invite students to read this testimony of Oliver Cowdery (or you may want to read it together as a class). They are separate, distinct, glorified beings with bodies of flesh and bones (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17; see also Acts 7:55–56; D&C 76:20–23; 130:22). “By the time we get to Nauvoo, Joseph Smith is teaching that the priesthood is also about bringing the power of … The First Vision is the very foundation of this Church, and it is my conviction that each member of this Church performs his duty in direct ratio to his personal testimony and faith in the First Vision” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 102; or Ensign, Jan. 1974, 87). Read Joseph Smith—History 1:49–50 and tell students that the history written by Lucy Mack Smith (Joseph’s mother) states: “The messenger whom he had seen the night before came to him again and said, ‘Why did you not tell your father what I told you?’ Joseph said he was afraid his father would not believe him. Tell students that the endnote that follows Joseph Smith—History is an additional witness to the early events of Church history from someone who was there. We should be more concerned about offending God than offending people (see Joseph Smith—History 1:25; see also Acts 5:29; 24:16; D&C 3:6–8). Ask if any of them have ever had such experiences or feelings. (see 2 Nephi 28:30; Alma 12:9). Have each group explain the main points of their assigned scripture block and how those verses apply to the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the latter-day work. The Lord teaches His people “line upon line.” We should remain faithful to the direction we receive from the Lord until He gives us further instructions (see Joseph Smith—History 1:26–27; see also 2 Nephi 28:30; D&C 42:61). Invite students to mark the phrase “no one need suppose me guilty of any great or malignant sins” (Joseph Smith—History 1:28). https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng 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). Joseph Smith Jr. was born 23 December 1805 in Sharon, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. Ask students who they think are some of the greatest prophets of all time, and why. Write the following five statements on the board: God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ have appeared to mankind in modern times. 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). Read to students the last part of Joseph Smith—History 1:20, which begins “It seems as though …” and ask who of these three people knew who Joseph Smith really was and why he was here on earth. Why do people sometimes give in to temptation? (Answers might include that they stirred up prejudice, inflicted great persecution, excited the public mind against him, and so forth.) What blessings can we receive by doing things in the Lord’s proper time and way, rather than our own? BYU Professor, Historian, and Editor, Dr. Steven Harper, takes us on a deep-dive into Joseph Smith History. Have students read Joseph Smith—History 1:25–26 and list the truths that Joseph Smith said he learned from his experience. 53–54). Did you know that the story of the First Vision is the second greatest story ever told? Discuss how our motives can help us resist Satan’s temptations. The fundamental messages of Joseph Smith—History are that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ have appeared again to mankind; that there was an Apostasy of the true Church; that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God; that the Book of Mormon is the word of God; and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17–19, 25, 33–34, 72–73; see also D&C 20:1–11; 128:19–21). 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. Listen and follow along as I read the D&C aloud one section at a time. You could invite a class member to summarize it, or class members could tell the story to each other in pairs or small groups. Joseph Comes to Know God. 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. Joseph Smith—History 1:25. Ask: How did Joseph Smith demonstrate these traits in his life? I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it Joseph Smith—History 1:25. 1990, 80–81; or Ensign, May 1990,63–64). 26). Three years elapse unrecorded when Joseph Smith picks up the narrative once more. Read the following to students: “Eventually [Joseph] confided his theophany [vision of God] to other family members. “Who is the Servant of Isaiah 49/1 Nephi 21? That conviction motivates today as it has done from the beginning of this work. They are to be guarded with care and shared only when the Spirit itself prompts you to use them to the blessing of others” (“The Candle of the Lord,” Ensign, Jan. 1983, 53; see also Matthew 7:6; D&C 6:12; 10:37; 41:6). Have students read the five italicized summary statements that are found throughout Joseph Smith—History and list the major events that are described in the text. Bear your testimony of the truth of the events described in Joseph Smith—History, and invite students to share their thoughts and feelings. Read Joseph Smith—History 1:42, 46 and share this quotation from Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “When the young prophet first went to Cumorah, in 1823, the angel refused to give him the plates containing the Book of Mormon, saying it was not yet time (Joseph Smith—History 1:53). ... Church History Topics: … 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). It is part of the canonized standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). After the loss of the 116 pages of manuscript, Joseph apparently started with the book of Mosiah, also found on the large plates. [1987–92], 5:198). 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. How did Joseph Smith know that Satan knew his destiny? Ask students why the information in Joseph Smith—History 1:3–4 is important and helpful to know. Let your unique identity shape each decision you make on the path toward your eternal destiny” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 97; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 75). He had just begun the book of Mosiah when Oliver Cowdery was sent to him in early April of 1829. 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). Tell students that the angel Moroni had such an assignment with young Joseph Smith. We are all weak and imperfect, so we all need to constantly strive to improve (see Joseph Smith—History 1:28–29; see also1 John 1:8–9; 2 Nephi 4:17–19; Alma 7:15–16; Helaman 12:1; Ether 12:27; D&C 62:1). 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). (They had not, because it is only given by Melchizedek Priesthood holders when confirming people as members of the Church.) According to these verses, what did these people do to Joseph? The First Vision. Have students list the major events of their lives in the past four years. Why did the Lord not reveal all those truths to Joseph during the First Vision? 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). “Joseph Smith–History,” The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual (2000), 54–64. Read in scriptures: https://bit.ly/2LrLsYc. Discuss how we can recognize and overcome these negative influences today. Scot Facer Proctor and Maurine Jensen Proctor [1997], 108). From Joseph's humble beginnings to facing overwhelming odds, we see Joseph Smith as the hero of a great story, one that includes each one of us. (The death of his brother, Alvin; his job doing manual labor; the experience of digging for a silver mine; and his marriage to Emma Hale.) Testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and invite students to share their testimonies of it. 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). 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. Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, the fifth of eleven children born to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. 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