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If any of them be right, which is it and how shall I know it? While praying, Smith said he was first overcome by some power of darkness, then a pillar of light appeared over his head (., vs. Smith recorded: 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 spoke unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other — 'This is My Beloved Son. ' 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.In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: 'What is to be done? Joseph said this revival happened in 1820 when he was 14 years old.Who of all these parties are right; or are they all wrong together? After reading James 1:5, he went alone into the woods near his home to pray.The 1820 Revival and Joseph's First Vision Joseph Smith's story claims that in 1820 there was a religious excitement in Palmyra in which "great multitudes united themselves to the different religious parties." He said that revival caused him to ask God which church was right and that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared and told him they were all wrong.If a 14-year-old boy who had no witnesses claimed that God told him the LDS Church was apostate, would Mormons believe his story?He was jailed in Carthage, Illinois, where on June 27, 1844, an angry mob stormed the jail and shot and killed Joseph and his brother Hyrum (., Vol. But, there is historical evidence that conflicts with Smith's claims.
The angel also told Joseph about a book written on gold plates by the former inhabitants of the American continent which contained "the fulness of the everlasting gospel." With the plates were "two stones in silver bows — and these stones, fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim." The angel said God prepared these for the purpose of translating the book.
For that, the state had Joseph arrested, but he was freed by the Nauvoo Municipal Court.
Later, he was again arrested and charged with treason. Brigham Young, who was President of the Twelve Apostles, was chosen as Joseph's successor and led the Mormons west to Salt Lake City, Utah. These brief highlights of Mormonism's origin come from official LDS records.
Chapter 1 ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF MORMONISM THE STORY AS TOLD BY MORMONS Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism recorded his own story this way: I was born in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five, on the twenty third day of December, in the town of Sharon, Windsor County, State of Vermont...
My father, Joseph Smith, Sen., left the State of Vermont, and moved to Palmyra, Ontario (now Wayne) County, in the State of New York, when I was in my tenth year, or thereabouts.