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Joseph Smith: Restoration Prophet

Rodric's opinion of the Restored Gospel's doctrines change as more revelation comes. In the meantime, reasoning and perception rule the day.

Joseph has evil spoken of him for daring to say to the world that God, the Father, is a glorified man and that all humans are created in His glorious image.

Joseph Smith Junior was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont to Lucy (Mack) and joseph Smith Senior. Joseph Junior came from a family of farmers who worked tenaciously at their employ and carried with the tenacity, a respectable reputation.

Joseph Smith Senior left Vermont and moved to Palmyra, New York when in1816 looking for financial security. Setbacks financially plagued the Smiths for years leaving them nearly penniless. The Smith family's indigent circumstances forced them to fulfill their longings and desires above the toilings of life through vivid spirituality and Bible study.

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The First Vision

At the age of 14, Joseph Smith Junior was a sober child and wanted to know the best way to serve God. He attended different religious assemblies to find out what church to join for that his spiritual endeavors, wanting to secure salvation for his soul. The course of his young life was very pointedly on the subject of his eternal welfare, and he would not relent in finding out what God wanted him to do.

One day, while reading the Bible, he came to The General Epistle of James. He read in the first chapter and fifth verse:

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.

Joseph pondered on the meaning of the verse. Never before had he given himself to vocal prayer. He wanted to know with which of the religious bodies to unite. So, he went to a grove near his home to pray vocally among the trees. Immediately a dark force seized him and rendered him ineffective.

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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.

— James, the Beloved of the Meridian Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Through exerting all his faith and hope in God, a light descended upon him, which set him free. Within that light were two people side to side. In answer to Joseph's prayer, God the Father and Jesus Christ visited him, enveloping him in the presence of the Holy Ghost. He saw and experienced all three members of the Godhead at the same time!

To him, this was more than he expected, but it was what needed. God revealed Himself to mankind again in these last days through a prophet called Joseph Smith.

Joseph, just like Moses, received a waking and personal visit or vision of God and the devil in the same day so that he could know the difference between them.

Go here for the official account of the First Vision

Good and Evil Spoken of His Name

God promised Joseph would have good and evil spoken of him because of the things he would do in the name of Jesus. The truths he revealed caused the very foundations of hell to shake! He declares to the world that God and Jesus Christ are glorified men with bodies as tangible as ours. Not only that but seeing Them together answers the questions caused by the creeds over the centuries.

Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained an aspect of Joseph's infamy in the 2014 October General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Why does the Lord allow the evil speaking to chase after the good? One reason is that opposition against the things of God sends seekers of truth to their knees for answers.

The Godhead revealed themselves again because the knowledge of Them had been lost in apostasy centuries before when men took it upon themselves to define God.

Joseph has evil spoken of him for daring to say to the world that God, the Father, is a glorified man and that all humans are created in His glorious image. For revealing that mystery, Joseph flew in the face of all Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--all religious beliefs about God!

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Of course, those who disagreed with Joseph or called him "Charlatan!" derided and persecuted him. His claims did not go quietly into oblivion when he died. Hundreds, thousands then millions of people hear and believe his testimony of God.

He was 14 years of age when the supernal experience occurred. He wrote,

I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted 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 falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth?

I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation. Joseph Smith History 1:25

Why does the Lord allow the evil speaking to chase after the good? One reason is that opposition against the things of God sends seekers of truth to their knees for answers.

— Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Modern Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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Express Yourself!

Bring the World God's Truth

Joseph Smith did more for the salvation of men than any other person except Jesus Christ. Because of Joseph Smith's unique position in history, the adversary (the devil) would have the misguided worship him, or the detractors claim that the church he established worships him.

Believers reverence his name for the truths he revealed. They should not have to justify their love for Joseph, but they do most times. He saw God and Jesus and helped to clarify that God is real! He and the Savior are separate people who work for the good of all Their children. (Heavenly Father sired the spirits of humans. Jesus Christ spawned the salvation of humanity in the form of His atonement.)

No longer does humankind need to halt between who is the most persuasive orator regarding the trinity concept, unless they would rather. God revealed by Himself. No one needs to wonder if the Bible was clear on the subject because modern revelation IS clear on the subject.

Humanity knows more about God because of Joseph Smith! He dared to publish a book of scripture that he claimed was given to him by a resurrected being for the benefit of converting all people to Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the name of Joseph Smith for having the courage to walk away from his past and change his life to be more in tune with God. It took him years of repenting and studying to prepare to be a prophet.

It took years for the Lord to completely purge the traditions of his forefathers out of him before He could reveal the next thing for the salvation of mankind. Detractors encourage others to focus on the things he believed or practiced before he understood the nature of God.

Joseph Smith and his ministering companion Sidney Rigdon experienced a vision of God together in which they stated for the world the following:

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of Him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of Him: That He lives! For we saw Him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that He is the Only Begotten of the Father—that by Him, and through Him, and of Him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God. Doctrines and Covnenats 76:22-24

© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on December 12, 2012:

Thanks you for commenting Robert. I appreciate you reading my hub. Just to be clear, the path that I follow is through Jesus Christ to Father in Heaven. Joseph Smith is just a prophet who provided more information about God to the world. He in not way effected the atonement and is just as important as any other prophet such as Moses, Isaiah or Nehemiah. What makes him unique is that he is recent. Thomas S. Monson is currently the Lords anointed prophet today. What he has revealed lately is "May I suggest that our Heavenly Father would want each of us to render to Him and to His Son the gift of obedience. I also feel that He would ask us to give of ourselves and not be selfish or greedy or quarrelsome."

He taught that as his most recent communication. As you can see, it is not earth shattering, so most people will disregard what he is saying because all good people would say it.

God speaks to all who will listen and gives as much light as we willingly receive.

Robertr04 from Detroit,Mi. on December 12, 2012:

Hi Rodric. I really don't know what to say. You believe what you believe for whatever the reasons. For your sake, I hope that you're right. I'll not follow that path, but will pray that all find the right path. There is only one.

passingtheword on August 02, 2012:

Rodric I have to say that were are not alike. Like former Lds president Hinkley said, we don't worship the same god. My God was never a man from the planet kolob he never inspired the book of mormon. My God never discriminated against the blacks receiving the same blessings as the whites. Jesus said 2,000 years ago that there are only 2 creeds, The saved and the unsaved.

And like I shared above, there was no need for the gospel to be restored. The scripture that I shared above, Which according to the lds church is a major scripture that shows a reason for the necessity of the restoration, Shows the LDS church have that scripture all wrong. I believe that the whole LDS faith is false and is not from the Father.

Rodric I believe you are a good guy. I am speaking against the LDS Faith (the doctrine) not the people.

TruthRestored on June 23, 2012:

This a great testimony. Thank you for sharing Rodric29.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 23, 2012:

Steels Engineer, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. As a Christian, I can answer any question I have knowledge to speak on. As a man of African Heritage I am unsure what you want.

The Book of Mormon does not teach anything about black skin people having refused to fight in the pre-mortal life. Trust me, I read it frequently.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never taught that people with dark skin, black skin or any other type of skin were anything but children of God before this life and fought valiantly on the side of Jehovah and Micheal in the pre-mortal life.

Now that I have cleared that up I can answer your real question. How I know that the book is true. I asked God. It is of no concern to me if Joseph Smith skated across Lake Eerie naked citing Shakespeare, it will not change the fact that I spoke to God and he spoke to me affirming that Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw him and his son and restored his church.

It is not if I claimed Joseph came to me and told me he is a prophet. He is dead. I asked God independently of all others if Joseph's claims were true and he told me they are. Regardless of what Joseph Smith did to get things completed, it cannot change God's answer to my questions in prayer.

I fail to see how my answered prayers have anything to do with how Joseph translated the record. Even if those things about the black skin were in the book or taught by the church, which they are not, how would that change the fact that God told me the book and church are truly his work?

It seems to me I am constantly being told not to listen to God because something Joseph Smith said or did does not sound like a prophet would say or do it. I cannot see the relationship.

I pray constantly for direction from God and I do not lean to my own understanding. I test my faith each day by living the principles and asking God to reaffirm the things he has revealed to me because my memory becomes dull over time and I need it. Each time I pray the spirit witnesses to me of the truth of these things. I already know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I knew that before I learned about a person named Joseph Smith. I don't have to pray about these things everyday because God has revealed to me the truth.

I pray anyway because I like to tell the Lord that I believe him, his answers to my prayers--it's like I am bearing testimony to him about it. As I do, the spirit reaffirms my faith. I constantly ask him if he is watching me, and he reminds me he is through his spirit.

I have a witness that the Bible is the word of God also. I prayed about it after I read the Book of Mormon and found it to be true. The only reason why I did so was because in the Book of Mormon it says that the Bible is true. I found Christ through the Book of Mormon. It is my favorite book of scripture. I would not be a Christian without it because the Bible meant nothing but confusion and misinterpretation. Now that I have the gift of the Holy Ghost, I know the Bible teaches truth and I have a clear understanding of its teachings.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on June 23, 2012:

Thanks for posting Passingtheword. It is fine that you do not believe the great apostasy has happened yet. It is true what you say about Christ not leaving us alone, he left the Holy Spirit. He influences us any time we hear the truth and allow it to enter into our hearts.

We can focus on what we share in common and come to a unity of faith that way--focus on our shared faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ and his healing touch if wee allow his teachings to guide our life. The spirit reveals the truth to our hears and our minds. He speaks peace to our hearts and pure knowledge. It is true that we must be open to receive that knowledge. Let us receive the confirmation of the knowledge of Christ in hour minds together that he lives. We can iron out the wrinkles later since everything besides Jesus crucified and Resurrected for our sins is just an appendage.

passingtheword on June 23, 2012:

hello.

I just want to share something I shared before.

for the past few years people have seen me questioning the church and have told me to find a testimony of Joseph Smith. That his truth will make me believe. But there is no way that i could find out about him. All I can do is dissect his word in order to believe in him and his message he said he received. And what stands out is the teaching of the Great Apostasy. If the teaching and the point of view of the church is false then The LDS church is false.

I use this a lot but it shows that the LDS' thoughts of the apostasy is false.

the Great apostasy has not happen yet.

John 15:2, Every branch (believer, disciple, true Christian) that beareth fruit, He (God) shall prune it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (The true Word of God will continue forever.) The branches are the believers and/or teachers and the fruit are those who are taught. God will get those people ready (prune) and the cycle will continue forever.

This is what God promised.

The Great apostasy is talked about in 2 Thessalonians Ch 2. When the people thought that the day of the Lord had already began.

2Thess 2:3

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (The Great apostasy) AND that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (Satan).

The Great apostasy (the Great falling away) will happen when the anti christ (the son of perdition "damnable to die") comes and teaches his false doctrine (Rev 13). The people will be tricked into worshiping the beast (satan) and will be turned away from the true Christ. The great Apostasy.

Jesus promised us that he would never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5, And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; John 14:16 we will always have the Holy spirit we will always have Jesus

Steel Engineer from Kiev, Ukraine on June 22, 2012:

Also, I want to challenge you, being a black man, regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith. He claimed to translate the golden tablets.

If those golden tablets are wrong, even just a little, can they be from God?

Those tablets say that black skin is a punishment for those who refused to fight against the devil in the rebellion. They said "white and delightsome" to contrast with black skin... which is then NOT delightsome.

That is ridiculous!

Jesus said he came not to create peace but to separate families, 2 from 3 and 3 from 2. If part of a family will believe and join the Body of Christ, and part will refuse... How can skin color or any genetic trait at all have anything to do with it?

Smith translated those tablets by placing them in a black hat with a special rock. He placed his face over the hat and dictated the words to a scribe. He is the only person who ever saw the foreign words transform into English. He is 1 of 3 to ever claim to have seen these plates.

So, one of these is true:

Joseph Smith lied.

Blacks are lower beings because they were lazy cowards in Heaven.

It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? I'm even ashamed to write that! It is a lie from Hell.

In fact, to be honest, I have found greater faith in the black church than in white churches.

Steel Engineer from Kiev, Ukraine on June 22, 2012:

Rodric,

Man needs no church, not any denomination, to know my Father in Heaven. If any -you, I, or any person - put a man between himself and God, a serious error has been made. Joseph Smith, John Calvin, Ellen White, and many others have created new, separate factions from the simple, God-first Body of Christ.

My advice to all who desire to know the one Jesus called "My Father in Heaven" is to seek Him directly.

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