Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith was the principal founder and leader Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also known as Mormonism. Smith's followers revere him as a latter-day prophet, and many consider him to be a martyr for that cause, because he was killed on June 27, 1844 by a large mob at Carthage Jail in Ilinois.

Joseph Smith's Life

Joseph Smith was raised a Christian in Vermont and New York; however due to all the different religious sects Joseph Smith became confused on which church he should join. At the young age of 14, Joseph Smith read from the Bible and one day came across the verse found in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

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After pondering that scripture and wanting to try its counsel, Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees nearby his farm and prayed to God to know which church he should join. After praying, Joseph had a miraculous vision and was visited by God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith said,

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Joseph Smith History 1:16-17)

Joseph Smith had truly had a vision where he saw God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ instructed Joseph Smith that he should join none of the churches of the day because they lacked the truth. Although they contained parts of the truth, the doctrines of those chruches had been corrupted by the philosphies of man throughout the years. Christ then told Joseph that he would be lead the restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ as it had been established when Christ lived on the earth.
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