Joseph Smith Quotes
I was born . . . of goodly parents who spared no pains . . . instructing me in the Christian religion . . . and being in indigent circumstances [we] were obliged to labor hard for the support of a large family, having nine children. And as it required the exertions of all that were able to render any assistance for the support of the family, therefore, we were deprived of the benefit of an education. Suffice it to say I was merely instructed in reading and writing and the ground rules of arithmetic, which constituted my whole literary acquirements.
While . . . in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor.
He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. . . . His whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. . . .
He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do. . . .
He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants.