In my own words, this is the story of Joseph Smith……
The year is 1819, Eastern United States. At this time the country was exploding with religious excitement, especially in this area of the United states. There were various groups and sects proclaiming various things about what they termed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One preacher might interpret one scripture one way while a preacher down the block would interpret a scripture in a totally different way. This resulted in confusion and contention between the people and different churches (Click here to find out why there were so many churches in that day, and even today). These were the surroundings while Joseph Smith Jr. was growing up. As a 14 year old boy he showed an unusual interest in religion and wanted to know what he needed to do to be “saved”. He asked questions, researched different religion, and even studied the Bible for himself. His family was even split in their decision to unite with one specific church. Young Joseph had the one burning question: Which church is true? He understood that they can not all be true.
One day while studying from the bible. He came across the verse found in James 1:5 which reads, “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 later recalled how no other scripture had entered his heart as strongly as that scripture did at that time. He decided to do exactly as James Directs, that is to ask of God. So on a warm and sunny spring day in 1920 he went into a grove of trees near is home and offered up a prayer, an expression of the sincere desires of his heart. What happened on that day changed the world. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ literally came and appeared to Joseph Smith. To Latter Day Saints this even has been now come to be known as ‘The First Vision’ . Joseph Smith describes the event best in his own words when he says, “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!” (to read more about Joseph Smith’s History and his desire to learn more click here).
During this experience Joseph asked what he had came there to ask. He asked which church to join, that is, which church was Christ’s true church upon the earth. I don’t think Joseph Smith ever planned on getting the answer that he got. The answer was non of the churches were the one true church. They all lacked the authority to act in His name. Joseph Smith was called to be the next prophet, the prophet to restore Christ’s church to the earth again. Through the next years Joseph Smith was able to receive the priesthood and organize Christ’s one true church onto the earth again. That is where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons, comes from.
As far fetched as this story may seem to some, I know that it is real. It is not some fable or fantasy. I can bear my simple and sober testimony that I know that Joseph smith literally saw our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Not a doubt in my mind. I know that he was called to be a prophet and to restore Jesus Christ’s church once again to the earth. I know that he Translated an ancient record called the Book of Mormon. I also know that you can know. That you can do as Joseph Smith, or as James directs, to ask God. Our Heavenly Father can not and will not lie to us. Ask him if this is true. Ask Him if the Book or Mormon is a true book. I know that if you ask and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost (Moroni 10:3-5). So give it a try, first i would learn more. There is much more to Joseph Smith then I can include here, Learn about him, learn about Jesus Christ. Learn about His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I can promise that you wont regret it!