Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
An important part of Joseph Smith’s preparation to do the work of the Lord was meeting and marrying Emma Hale (see Joseph Smith—History 1:55–58; see also 1 Corinthians 11:11; Ephesians 5:31; D&C 42:22; 131:1–2).
The gold plates were protected from the enemies of God by the efforts of Joseph Smith and the wisdom of the Lord. Joseph returned the plates to the angel Moroni when his work with them was completed (see Joseph Smith—History 1:59–61; see also Jacob 1:3; Enos 1:15–16; Alma 37:4, 14; Mormon 5:12; 8:14–16; D&C 42:56).
The Lord can provide timely and generous assistance in the midst of our afflictions (see Joseph Smith—History 1:61–62, 66–67, 75; see also Psalm 46:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Nephi 1:20; 17:3, 13–14; D&C 84:87–88; 112:19).
Some of the events surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon were prophesied by Isaiah and fulfilled by Martin Harris and others (see Joseph Smith—History 1:62–65; see also Isaiah 29:4–24; 2 Nephi 26:14–19; 27:4–35).
Suggestions for Teaching
Media Suggestion. “For Our Day”
Book of Mormon Videopresentation 1, “For Our Day” (11:38), can be used to teach the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the influence this sacred book has had in the lives of Latter-day Saint youth around the world (see Book of Mormon Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).
Joseph Smith—History 1:55–58. September 1823 to September 1827
Have students list the major events of their lives in the past four years. Tell students that in Joseph Smith—History 1:55–58Joseph tells us about four major events in his life. Have students identify the four events. (The death of his brother, Alvin; his job doing manual labor; the experience of digging for a silver mine; and his marriage to Emma Hale.) Discuss how each event may have prepared Joseph to receive the plates and complete his life’s mission. (For example, you may want to ask: How might the experience of courting and marrying Emma have helped Joseph in his preparation?)
Joseph Smith—History 1:59. A Charge
Read to students the story in the commentary for Joseph Smith—History 1:59–60in the student manual (p. 62). Then have students read the warnings that Moroni gave Joseph in Joseph Smith—History 1:42, 59. Ask students how they think Joseph felt when he received the warning in verse 59. What promise did Moroni give Joseph?
Joseph Smith—History 1:60–62, 66–67. September to December 1827
Discuss how Joseph received, preserved, and began to translate the plates in the midst of persecution and harassment. Invite students to report in their own words what the Lord and others did to help Joseph accomplish his work, according to Joseph Smith—History 1:62, 66–67.