Tuesday, November 4, 2008

About Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith was a living prophet of God just as Moses, Isaiah, Abraham, the other prophets in the Old Testament; and Peter, Paul, and John in the New Testament. In the spring of 1820, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph, answering the age-old question, “Which church is true?” Jesus Christ told Joseph that the church that He established on the earth when He lived, the church that was “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20) did not exist on the earth at that time. Following the death of Peter, James, Paul, and the other apostles, the fullness of Christ’s teachings-the gospel-had been lost from the earth, along with the priesthood-the power to act in Christ’s name and perform saving ordinances. The Father and the Son subsequently called Joseph Smith to be a prophet and through him restored fullness of the gospel, the priesthood, and the organization of Their Church once again on the earth. Joseph Smith translated the ancient record called the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and received numerous other revelations concerning the gospel and our pathway to eternal life. Following the death of Joseph Smith, God called another man named Brigham Young to be His prophet. God has called and continues to call prophets even now, His prophet today being Thomas S. Monson, for, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God; he did, in fact, see God the Father and His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. I know that through Joseph Smith, the true church-the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-was restored to the earth and now that the fullness of the gospel is once again on the earth, we may all receive the fullness of happiness and blessings that the Lord sees fit to give us.

See http://josephsmith.net