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Saturday, January 22, 2011

New Years

Hello Everyone today I would like to start off by asking this one simple question. Why is it that a lot of people have a hard time believing in a modern day prophet? I mean honestly people have no trouble at all believing that Moses was a prophet or Noah. The reason why people have a hard time believing that the Prophet Joseph Smith was called by God is because it is too simple for them.

I would like to show you some examples from Joseph Smiths own words and experiences that might show you what to do since we are all in the spot he used to be in.

Joseph smith during 1820 is a young boy at the age of 14 years old. while he was growing up there were many different religions out there claiming they were the Lords church and that the people needed to follow their church. Jospeh smith being young as he was says in his own words. "In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be aright, which is it, and how shall I know it?" JSH 1:10

He then goes on to say "While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the Epistle of aJames, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."JSH 1:11 James 1:5

"Never did any passage of ascripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed bwisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects cunderstood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible." At length the young prophet comes to the decision that he has to go and pray to God in order to get more wisdom (Answer) to his question. JSH 1:12

He retires to the woods just by his house and he then kneels down and begins to pray and tell God the Desires of his heart. As he prays he has a remarkable experience, he says in his own words "I saw a pillar of clight exactly over my head, above the brightness of the dsun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I bsaw two cPersonages, whose brightness and dglory defy all description, estanding above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My fBeloved gSon. Hear Him!"

I bear you my witness this day that Joseph Smith Saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. Because of his faith and his humility he was able to receive an answer to his prayer. I testify to you that he was called by God to be a prophet,to bring in the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I testify to you that if you are truly humble and have  faith God will answer your prayers. If you do not believe my words, why don't you do as James tells us to do. If any of you lack wisdom let HIM ASK of God.