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Events leading up to the First Vision help explain the Apostasy and the loss of the true Church of Jesus Christ from the earth (see Joseph Smith—History 1:5–10; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3; 2 Timothy 3:1–5; 2 Peter 2:1–2; 1 Nephi 13:23–29; D&C 1:15–16). The First Vision. Ask: What gospel principles did you learn from such experiences? By 1817, Smith's family had moved to the "burned-over district" “In this revealing account we find the Lord seeing into the heart of the young prophet, chastening him for his improper motives in respect to the plates, giving him time to repent and mature, and eventually forgiving him and allowing him to go forward with the performance of his mission” (Pure in Heart [1988], 16). He was a truthful boy. Five weeks later, 15 May 1829, they were on 3 Nephi and the Savior’s sermon on baptism to the Nephites. Joseph Smith Jr. was born 23 December 1805 in Sharon, Vermont, to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. He wrote or assigned scribes to write four different accounts of the vision. Joseph Smith’s Journal, Church History Library. 0:53 Episode 3 available NOW! Join us for Episode 3: “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers” Our guest is Dr. Michael MacKay. Discuss the following statement by Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Neither the Apostle Paul nor Joseph Smith wavered, though they faced severe trials. You may want to have students study other examples of people who asked for and received manifestations from the Lord (see Judges 6:11–24; 2 Kings 20:8–11; Mark 9:20–27; Helaman 11:1–5; Ether 3:6–16). Ask students why they think it was important for Joseph’s father to know about this experience. Have students study Isaiah 29:11–12 and 2 Nephi 27:9–10, 15–20 and tell how these scriptures relate to what happened in Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65. Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, the fifth of eleven children born to Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. (Ether 12:27),” KnoWhy 350 (August 9, 2017). We are all weak and imperfect, so we all need to constantly strive to improve (see Joseph Smith—History 1:28–29; see also1 John 1:8–9; 2 Nephi 4:17–19; Alma 7:15–16; Helaman 12:1; Ether 12:27; D&C 62:1). Read Joseph Smith—History 1:49–50 and tell students that the history written by Lucy Mack Smith (Joseph’s mother) states: “The messenger whom he had seen the night before came to him again and said, ‘Why did you not tell your father what I told you?’ Joseph said he was afraid his father would not believe him. The Prophet was commanded to translate the small plates to replace the 116 lost pages (see D&C 10:43–45)” (in Church History in the Fulness of Times, 59). The power of God is greater than the power of Satan (see Joseph Smith—History 1:14–17; see also 2 Nephi 9:8–9; D&C 3:1; 10:14, 20, 43; 76:25–29). The Choice of My Heart. God and Satan both know who we are and the roles we can play in the establishment of the kingdom of God. Discuss guidelines students should follow in sharing their spiritual experiences with others. What Were the ‘Many Reports … by Evil-Disposed and Designing Persons’?” in the student manual (pp. No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith is a 1945 book by Fawn M. Brodie.It is the first important non-hagiographic biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of Latter Day Saint movement.The book has not gone out of print, and 60 years after its first publication, its publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, continues to sell about a thousand copies annually. Ask: What are some important aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ that Joseph would learn about later? Have students read the five italicized summary statements that are found throughout Joseph Smith—History and list the major events that are described in the text. Review with students Joseph Smith—History 1:36–41. Before reading Joseph Smith—History 1:5–20, have students list the events that they can remember from the story of the First Vision, in the order the events occurred. Tell students that Joseph’s struggles are similar to the struggles many of us go through (see 1 Nephi 1:4–6; 2:16; Enos 1:2–4; Alma 22:15–18). 1990, 80–81; or Ensign, May 1990,63–64). Joseph Smith—History contains excerpts from Joseph Smith’s official testimony and history of the Church. … In our present day there are many who are sowing seeds of dissension and discord. Joseph and Emma. His brother William affirmed, ‘We all had the most implicit confidence in what he said. Testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and invite students to share their testimonies of it. Joseph shared and documented the First Vision, as it came to be known, on multiple occasions. What can go wrong when one’s timing is “off”? Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65. Review with students the material under “What Is Joseph Smith—History?” and “Who Wrote Joseph Smith—History?” in the student manual (pp. Read the following statement by Elder James E. Faust, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “While Joseph sought perfection, he did not claim perfection. List and discuss what we learn about the Aaronic Priesthood in Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72. According to these verses, what did these people do to Joseph? “Religious Beliefs in Joseph Smith’s Day,” Church History Topics. Father and Mother believed him, why should not the children?’ [in J. W. Peterson, “Another Testimony, Statement of William Smith, Concerning Joseph the Prophet,” Deseret Evening News, 20 Jan. 1894, p. 11]” (in Church History in the Fulness of Times [Religion 341–43 student manual, 1993], 34). Next, have students read Joseph Smith—History 1:1–2 and tell Joseph’s reasons for writing this history. We should be more concerned about offending God than offending people (see Joseph Smith—History 1:25; see also Acts 5:29; 24:16; D&C 3:6–8). Listen and follow along as I read the D&C aloud one section at a time. Invite students who would like to share what they thought and felt when they first heard about the First Vision to do so. In the preface of the first edition of the Pearl … 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). tells of the Prophet’s experiences from his early years through May 1829. [1987–92], 5:198). Read the paragraph about Joseph Smith—History in the Introductory Note of the Pearl of Great Price. But in like manner, if the Book of Mormon be true—and millions have now testified that they have the witness of the Spirit that it is indeed true—then one must accept the claims of the Restoration and all that accompanies it” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 5; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 6). Joseph Smith—History 1:33–35. Ask: How does Satan tempt people? You could also read with students the material under “Joseph Smith—History 1:1. Introduction “Awakenings and Revivals,” Church History Topics. Have students read Joseph Smith—History 1:21 and find another person Joseph told. Joseph Smith’s official testimony and history of the Church is found in History of the Church, volumes 1–6 (see the Introductory Note of the Pearl of Great Price). Joseph Smith experienced his First Vision in this stand of trees in the spring of 1820. He also quoted many Biblical passages, telling Joseph that all of these prophecies were about to be fulfilled (Joseph Smith—History 1:27-49). (Answers might include the keys that belong to the Aaronic Priesthood, the power that does not belong to the Aaronic Priesthood, the direction the Aaronic Priesthood functions under, and so forth.) Discuss other times that Satan used these tools to persecute the righteous and deceive the people (see Matthew 9:32–34; 26:57–68; 28:9–15; Acts 16:16–24; 1 Nephi 17:17–22; Alma 1:16–20; 12:1–6; Helaman 16:13–23; 3 Nephi 6:10–15; D&C 71 section heading). Elder Marvin J. Ashton said: “Joseph Smith placed commitment ahead of life itself. Joseph Comes to Know God. If he were intending to fabricate a great falsehood or wanted to perpetrate a fraud or practice deceit, would he have been so truthful about his own humanness? The gold plates were protected from the enemies of God by the efforts of Joseph Smith and the wisdom of the Lord. Like many of Smith's publications, it was dictated to a scribe. Let your unique identity shape each decision you make on the path toward your eternal destiny” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 97; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 75). Scot. Ask students: If any one of these statements were false, how would that affect the other statements, and why? Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video presentation 19, “Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration” (21:30), can be used to introduce Joseph Smith to students taking the Pearl of Great Price course. Invite students to consider the following quotation from President Ezra Taft Benson, and then explain the relationship between a testimony of the Book of Mormon and a testimony of Joseph Smith’s other work. Write God, Satan, and Joseph Smith on the board. 52–53). Discuss possible reasons why the Lord would want Joseph to keep a record. Read Joseph Smith—History 1:42, 46 and share this quotation from Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “When the young prophet first went to Cumorah, in 1823, the angel refused to give him the plates containing the Book of Mormon, saying it was not yet time (Joseph Smith—History 1:53). The fundamental messages of Joseph Smith—History are that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ have appeared again to mankind; that there was an Apostasy of the true Church; that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God; that the Book of Mormon is the word of God; and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17–19, 25, 33–34, 72–73; see also D&C 20:1–11; 128:19–21). Would your class benefit from reviewing the story in Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65? It is part of the canonized standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Born of Goodly Parents. Had they received the gift of the Holy Ghost? Satan circulates false reports through “evil-disposed and designing” people to distort the true nature of the Church and its inspired leaders (Joseph Smith—History 1:1–2; see also Helaman 16:22; 3 Nephi 1:22; D&C 10:22–27, 28; Moses 4:4). (For example, Moroni called Joseph by name and introduced himself, see v. 33; he briefly explained what was to be done, see v. 34; he gave Joseph insights into the importance of his work, see vv. How did Joseph Smith know that Satan knew his destiny? True followers of God will remain faithful to Him, no matter how intense persecution becomes or how long it lasts (see Joseph Smith—History 1:24, 27; see also Daniel 3:13–18; Acts 5:40–42; 12:1–11; 16:19–25; 26:19–23; Mosiah 17:5–20; Alma 20:28–30; D&C 121:7–8; 122:5–7). Invite several volunteers to tell what steps they would follow to accomplish this training responsibility. God answers the sincere prayers of those who ask in faith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:11–13; see also Matthew 7:7–11; James 1:5–6; 1 Nephi 15:8–11; 3 Nephi 18:19–20; D&C 42:68). Those who act with the authority of the Aaronic Priesthood do so under the direction of those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood (see Joseph Smith—History 1:72; see also D&C 107:13–20). Joseph Smith - History 1:1-26 read aloud from Pearl of Great Price. John the Baptist restored the Aaronic Priesthood to the earth, conferring it upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, who then baptized and ordained each other (see Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72; see also Hebrews 5:4; D&C 13 section heading; 13:1; 27:8; 84:18, 26–28). Joseph Smith History (1832) ... Joseph Smith recorded that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a grove of trees near his parents’ home in western New York State when he was about 14 years old. “Eventually [Joseph] confided his theophany [vision of God] to other family members.”. Read to students the story in the commentary for Joseph Smith—History 1:59–60 in the student manual (p. 62). God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. Primary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity “All the Church stand[s] or fall[s] with the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith was an American religious leader and the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement whose current followers include members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, and other Latter Day Saint denominations. What promise did Moroni give Joseph? You may want to review with students Mormon 8:1–7; Moroni 1:1–4; 9:20–22, 25–26; 10:1–2; Doctrine and Covenants 27:5; and Joseph Smith—History 1:33, discussing what we learn about Moroni from these verses. With half truths and slander, they are endeavoring to lead members of the Church of Jesus Christ into apostasy” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1983, 89; or Ensign, Nov. 1983,63). Have students look at the maps at the end of the Doctrine and Covenants to find and mark the places where the Smith family lived. Joseph Smith—History 1:50–53 and Joseph Smith—History 1:54, Introductory Note of the Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith—History 1:17–19, 25, 33–34, 72–73. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Have students review Joseph Smith—History 1:5–7 and 1 Nephi 13:23–29 and tell how the subject of Nephi’s prophecy contributed to the religious climate described by Joseph Smith. ‘He will believe every word you say to him,’ said the angel” (The Revised and Enhanced History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, ed. Ask if any of them have ever had such experiences or feelings. Divide the class into five groups and assign each group to study and report what one of the following scripture blocks from the Bible teaches: Isaiah 11:1–16; Joel 2:28–32; Malachi 3:1–6; 4:1–6; Acts 3:19–21. In its current form, the narrative ends with Smith translating the Book of Mormon, shortly before the foundation of Smith's Church of Christ, though the original Times and Seasons serial it is based on continued the story until the mid-1830s. Why did the Lord not reveal all those truths to Joseph during the First Vision? (see Jacob 4:8–10; D&C 98:1–2; 112:10; 121:41–42). (They were not, because the Church was not yet organized.) Invite students to read this testimony of Oliver Cowdery (or you may want to read it together as a class). Read Joseph Smith—History 1:27–29 and discuss the habits Joseph Smith said he “fell into” during these years. The First Vision is the very foundation of this Church, and it is my conviction that each member of this Church performs his duty in direct ratio to his personal testimony and faith in the First Vision” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 102; or Ensign, Jan. 1974, 87). Have each group explain the main points of their assigned scripture block and how those verses apply to the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the latter-day work. Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Reading the official canonized version of Joseph Smith’s history, the narrative describing the events that led up to and include his very first vision of God and Jesus first vision end at verse 26. It was clearly not your fault, but the driver of the other car is blaming you. It is gathering Israel on both sides of the veil. Ask students who they think are some of the greatest prophets of all time, and why. For almost all of us instructions come through authorized servants rather than from divine manifestations, but it is the same as divine messengers speaking to us (see Joseph Smith—History 1:33–54; see also D&C 1:38; 33:16; 38:23; 88:78; 107:85–89). Like many of Smith's publications, it was dictated to a scribe. Referring to Joseph Smith—History 1:25, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a member of the First Presidency, commented: “There is no lack of certitude in that statement. Point out what a great blessing it is to be able to describe one’s life in this way. After the loss of the 116 pages of manuscript, Joseph apparently started with the book of Mosiah, also found on the large plates. Discuss how each event may have prepared Joseph to receive the plates and complete his life’s mission. Read to students the following description of the translation of the Book of Mormon (you may also want to refer to the commentary for Joseph Smith—History 1:67 in the student manual, p. 64): “When Joseph Smith began translating in 1827, he evidently started with the book of Lehi from Mormon’s abridgment of the large plates of Nephi (see heading to D&C 10). Ask: What do all of these scriptures have in common? The testimony of Oliver Cowdery at the end of Joseph Smith—History is a second witness from a man who was involved in many of the early events of Church history. Trials and Persecutions. Ask: In Joseph Smith—History 1:25, what did Joseph Smith say would have been offensive to God? You may want to review with students some of the stories about Joseph Smith’s family and his early life under “Joseph Smith—History 1:3. I Was Ordained to This Very Calling. The enemies of the Church understand this clearly. “Joseph Smith–History,” The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual (2000), 54–64. Discuss ways students can help “disabuse the public mind” and “put all inquirers after truth in possession of the facts” (v. 1). Encourage students to strive to live each day with a conscience free of offense toward God (see Matthew 13:20–21; Acts 24:16; D&C 135:4). A verse-by-verse study of Joseph Smith-History 1:1-26, the 1838 account of Joseph Smith's First Vision. Tell students that the endnote that follows Joseph Smith—History is an additional witness to the early events of Church history from someone who was there. Make sure students understand the importance of asking in faith and of accepting the will of the Lord when asking for any kind of inspiration or divine manifestation. Texts. Moroni showed Joseph in vision where he could find the plates, buried in the ground in a hill near his home. Ask: How did Joseph Smith demonstrate these traits in his life? Have students list the major events of their lives in the past four years. Have students share their lists, and then quickly review Joseph Smith—History 1:5–20 to see how well the students knew this important story. Satan is a real being with power. Bear your testimony of the truth of the events described in Joseph Smith—History, and invite students to share their thoughts and feelings. 44–45; and so forth.). Regular, repeated, inspired instruction and interviews regarding how to fulfill our callings are an important part of conducting the affairs of the kingdom of God. Book of Mormon Video presentation 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 Guide for teaching suggestions). His Name Should Be Had for … Discuss how Joseph received, preserved, and began to translate the plates in the midst of persecution and harassment. Invite students to mark Joseph Smith’s questions in Joseph Smith—History 1:10. 54–55). BYU Studies Quarterly 59, no. Born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, Joseph Smith Jr. was the fifth of 11 children of Joseph Smith and Lucy Mack. The Holy Ghost enables prophets to prophesy of things to come and can help us understand the meaning and intention of the scriptures (see Joseph Smith—History 1:73–74; see also Genesis 40:8; Numbers 11:25; Daniel 2:28; Luke 1:67; 2 Peter 1:20–21; 1 Nephi 22:2; D&C 107:56). (They had not, because it is only given by Melchizedek Priesthood holders when confirming people as members of the Church.) Testify of the truth of the appearance of the Father and the Son to the boy Joseph. He prepared it in 1838, and it was published in the Church publication Times and Seasons in Nauvoo, Illinois. (Answers might include that they are all prophecies of the last days, soon to be fulfilled; they all predict the Restoration of the gospel; and they all speak of Christ.). Have students identify the four events. The coming forth of the Book of Mormon continued the latter-day work of the Restoration spoken of by numerous Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon prophets (see Joseph Smith—History 1:36–41, 45; see also Ezekiel 37:15–23; Acts 3:19–21; 3 Nephi 21:1–11, 28; Mormon 8:14–16; Ether 4:17). He prepared it in 1838, and it was published in the Church publication Times and Seasons in Nauvoo, Illinois. Did you know that the story of the First Vision is the second greatest story ever told? If we are a people called to prepare the world for the second coming of Christ, this is the way. Ask: What did Joseph do in verses 11–16 to get answers to his questions? What Was Joseph Smith’s Early Life Like?” and “Joseph Smith—History 1:4. A Christian Heritage. Have students search for and share information from Oliver’s account that is not contained in Joseph Smith—History. Moreover, his world, his tradition both in his family and for the time, was not one of making a recorded history,” Elder McKay said. Then have students read Joseph Smith—History 1:68, 72 and list what they learn about this “messenger.” To learn more about John the Baptist and to help students understand why he was chosen to restore the Aaronic Priesthood, briefly review Luke 1:5–25, 57–66; 3:1–20 and Doctrine and Covenants 84:26–28(see also Bible Dictionary, “John the Baptist”). ... Church History Topics: … …. Invite students to imagine that they have been assigned to teach someone to do a task that is difficult and complex, such as building a house or performing surgery. Read in scriptures: https://bit.ly/2LrLsYc. The work of translating the Book of Mormon was done by the gift and power of God (see Joseph Smith—History 1:35, 62, 67–68; see also D&C 1:29; 3:12; 20:8; 135:3). “Your world is not Joseph’s world. The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. Oliver’s testimony helps establish the truthfulness of the account of the Prophet Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History endnote; see also Matthew 18:16; 2 Nephi 11:3; Ether 5:4; D&C 6:20–28; 17:1–9; 18:1–5; 24:10–12; 28:1). Our only motive for Church service should be to build the kingdom of God; otherwise, the work we do will not prosper (see Joseph Smith—History 1:46; see also Proverbs 16:3; Moroni 7:6–7; D&C 4:2, 4–5; 88:67–68). Born into a poor farming family, he was the fifth child of 11 — nine of whom survived childhood. God Answers Joseph’s Prayer. 1984, 92–93; or Ensign, May 1984, 68; see also Carlos E. Asay, in Conference Report, Apr. Seeking God’s Truth. Ask students how they could apply in their own lives what Joseph Smith did. Have students read Helaman 16:22; 3 Nephi 1:22; Doctrine and Covenants 10:22–27; and Moses 4:4 and list what Satan does to try to keep people from the truth. The First Vision. 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. They are separate, distinct, glorified beings with bodies of flesh and bones (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17; see also Acts 7:55–56; D&C 76:20–23; 130:22). Joseph Smith had to borrow money to buy a quill and a little bottle of ink during the translation of the Book of Mormon. Foreordained of God. Book of Mormon Central. (Answers might include that Satan is a real being who seeks to stop the work of God; God appears to man; man is made in the literal image of God; Jesus is a personage, separate and distinct from Heavenly Father; there was an apostasy of the Church that Jesus Christ established during His mortal ministry; the true Church was not on the earth in 1820; the Lord keeps the promise found in James 1:5; direct revelation from the heavens has not ceased.) Joseph Smith–History (abbreviated JS–H) is a book in the Pearl of Great Price that contains an excerpt of the autobiographical record of some of the early events in Joseph Smith's life. What blessings can we receive by doing things in the Lord’s proper time and way, rather than our own? Disclaimer. Share this quotation from President Wilford Woodruff: “There are two powers on the earth and in the midst of the inhabitants of the earth—the power of God and the power of the devil. Who did Joseph Smith tell about his vision? There was an apostasy of the true Church. W hen Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, received a revelation in about 1831 in which he was commanded by God to break the law and take multiple wives, he at first resisted. Faith in the hearts of millions that this cause is true, that God is our Eternal Father, and that Jesus is the Christ, must ever be the great motivating force in our lives” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1981, 6–7; or Ensign, Nov. 1981, 7). 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). Invite students to read what the Lord said about the work of translating the Book of Mormon in Doctrine and Covenants 1:29; 3:12; 17:6; 20:8, and what other witnesses said about it in “The Testimony of Three Witnesses” and “The Testimony of Eight Witnesses” in the front of the Book of Mormon. Discuss how Oliver felt about these experiences. Ask students if they would have liked being in Joseph Smith’s family, and why. Scot Facer Proctor and Maurine Jensen Proctor [1997], 108). Ask students who they would want to tell if they had an unusual spiritual experience, and why. From Joseph's humble beginnings to facing overwhelming odds, we see Joseph Smith as the hero of a great story, one that includes each one of us. The First Vision. Compare what Joseph learned to what he was confused about or did not know before his vision. He worked on the family farm in Vermont and later in western New York. 1), and then invite students to ponder how their lives have been influenced by this singular event. He told Joseph about a book buried in a hill near the Smith farm, written on gold plates and containing the fulness of the gospel (see Joseph Smith—History 1:30–35; see also Revelation 14:6; Mormon 8:1, 4, 12–14; Moroni 1:1–4; 10:34; D&C 20:6–10; 27:5; 128:20). Invite each student to imagine the following: You have just been in a traffic accident. Discuss why the timing of things is so important. (For example, you may want to ask: How might the experience of courting and marrying Emma have helped Joseph in his preparation?). Events in the lives of Joseph Smith’s family members during his early years reveal the guiding and protecting hand of the Lord (see Joseph Smith—History 1:3–5; see also Proverbs 3:5–6; Romans 8:28). (1 Nephi 21:3).” KnoWhy 24 (February 2, 2016). Ask students how they think Joseph felt when he received the warning in verse 59. (see D&C 3:1; 10:43; 29:36–38; Moses 1:12–22). (Answers might include that they stirred up prejudice, inflicted great persecution, excited the public mind against him, and so forth.) Ask students what they would say if somebody asked them why there are so many different churches. We should share our spiritual experiences with righteous parents, who can help and encourage us to do what is right (see Joseph Smith—History 1:49–50). The Lord teaches His people “line upon line.” We should remain faithful to the direction we receive from the Lord until He gives us further instructions (see Joseph Smith—History 1:26–27; see also 2 Nephi 28:30; D&C 42:61). Three years elapse unrecorded when Joseph Smith picks up the narrative once more. He had just begun the book of Mosiah when Oliver Cowdery was sent to him in early April of 1829. 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