Saturday, February 27, 2016

The First Vision

One of the most amazing events on this earth is that of Joseph Smith's First Vision.  It was when God the Father and his Son appeared to him and it is referred to as the First Vision.  The story is miraculous and so spiritual.  

If you have studied it, you will love this video.  If you have never heard of it, you'll be amazed at the faith of this young boy.

Joseph Smith History Chapter 1:15-20
After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction — not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being — just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. 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!
My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong) — and which I should join.
I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof."
He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time. When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven. When the light had departed, I had no strength; but soon recovering in some degree, I went home. And as I leaned up to the fireplace, mother inquired what the matter was. I replied, "Never mind, all is well — I am well enough off." I then said to my mother, "I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true." It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me? Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy?

During his life, Joseph Smith Jr Never once denied what he had seen.  There are so many amazing stories that surround the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith, but this is my far the most amazing and sacred.  My family and I have been to the Sacred Grove in Palmyra NY.  It was one of the most spiritual places and experiences of our lives.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Meet the Mormons

Meet The Mormons

I loved this movie!
I'm excited that it's available to everyone now!
Have a look!

You might have some questions answered and you will love it!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Samuel the Lamenite

This part of the Book of Mormon is so exciting!  It's getting close to the time that Christ is born.  At this time the usually good Nephites, are not so good.  It happens.  It's all because things were going so well that they became prideful and then forgot their God.  This happens over and over in the Book of Mormon.  Now usually the Lamenites are the unrighteous jerks.  They murder and steal.  But every time I read this part of the Book of Mormon I'm struck by the fact that they won't swear an oath to not attack. Even when the alternative is to be killed if they don't. And they still won't. Based on the fact that they know they won't keep that oath. Amazing right?

So, the times, they are a changing. The Nephites are bad and the Lamenites are good. Twist!  One of the coolest stories is the story of Samuel the Lamenite.  He risks it all and goes over into Nephite territory to spread the word, that its' time to repent because Jesus Christ is about to be born!

Ever tried to point out that someone needs to change their lifestyle?  It's probably not met with hugs and laughter. Good times, I'm sure.  I don't know.  I haven't ever told someone they need to repent.  Cuz, that's kinda my thing. To not get people angry with me.
Anyway, I am assuming it takes a lot of faith in God to travel to another city, climb their wall and prophesy (yell it out) that it's time to repent.

Not so surprising is that the Nephites are not liking this message.  In fact they try to kill him for pointing out that their lifestyle is wicked and needs to stop.  They shoot arrows at him.  And not one hits him.  Not even one.  He just keeps pleading with them to repent.  And he gives them the signs of the Saviors birth.  All while on top of the wall that encircles their city.

It's such an exciting part of the scriptures!
I found this video on YouTube of two missionaries singing a song about Samuel the Lamenite.  I'm assuming that they wrote it?  I have no idea.  I've never heard it before but I love it. It's actually a great song!

If you'd like to read something a little more fun than the presidental election. Click on the link below.
Helaman 13