Joseph Smith


See also First Vision Accounts

As a young boy in 1820, Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was true. As he searched the Bible for help, he read that he should ask of God. Acting on this counsel, Joseph went into the woods near his home and prayed. Suddenly, a light shone above him and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. When Joseph asked which church he should join, the Savior told him to join none of the churches then in existence because they were teaching incorrect doctrines. Through this experience and many others that followed, the Lord chose Joseph to be His prophet and to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church to the earth.

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As Joseph Smith proved his worthiness, he was given a divine mission as a prophet of God. Through him, the Lord accomplished a great and marvelous work that included bringing forth the Book of Mormon, restoring the priesthood, revealing precious gospel truths, organizing the true Church of Jesus Christ, and establishing temple work. On June 27, 1844, Joseph and his brother Hyrum were killed in an attack by an armed mob. They sealed their testimonies with their blood.

For a testimony of the restored gospel to be complete, it must include a testimony of Joseph Smith's divine mission. The truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rests on the truthfulness of the First Vision and the other revelations the Lord gave to the Prophet Joseph. In the Doctrine and Covenants we learn, Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it (D&C 135:3).

Knowing the truth of Joseph Smith’s testimony requires each earnest seeker of truth to study the record and then exercise sufficient faith in Christ to ask God in sincere, humble prayer whether the record is true. If the seeker asks with the real intent to act upon the answer revealed by the Holy Ghost, the truthfulness of Joseph Smith’s vision will be manifest. In this way, every person can know that Joseph Smith spoke honestly when he declared, “I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it” (Joseph Smith—History 1:25).

See also Prophets; Restoration of the Gospel

—See True to the Faith (2004), 89-90

The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

scriptures

Read the story of the Restoration in Joseph Smith’s own words.

Prophetic Teachings

Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon

 

Joseph Smith’s Testimony of the First Vision

The Prophet’s accounts of his first vision offer us a picture that is rich in testimony and supported by history.

Joseph, the Man and the Prophet

 

The Translation Miracle of the Book of Mormon

 

Joseph Smith among the Prophets

He is the preeminent witness of Christ in this, the final dispensation.

Joseph’s Family

From an October 1991 general conference address. We should show honor, respect, and gratitude to the Prophet Joseph Smith and his family for the roles they played in restoring the fulness of the gospel.

My Servant Joseph

 

Joseph Smith: Restorer of Truth

 

Joseph Smith, The Prophet

Young, unlearned, but humble, Joseph Smith was the instrument the Almighty used to reestablish His work in these, the latter days.

What Hath God Wrought through His Servant Joseph!

 

Additional Study Materials

Joseph Smith Web Site

Resources include stories, research articles, quotes, and other historical information, as well as photographs, paintings, and archive documents.

A Personal Witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, Chapter 2

To Seal the Testimony

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, Lesson 32

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (Multiple Media Formats)

Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, Chapter 9

President Brigham Young's Witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, Chapter 47

This Generation Shall Have My Word through You

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, Lesson 13

The Divine Calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, Chapter 10

The Mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, Chapter 2

I Had Seen a Vision

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, Lesson 3

Joseph Smith

Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Living God

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, Chapter 8