In “The Vision”, the Lord personally taught Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon the Plan of Salvation. This was no ordinary “revelation”, for the Lord stood before them, and showed them the eternities. This week, I share the stories leading up to the experience, how it came to be, and the aftermath. Most importantly, I think Section 76 is a blueprint for how we can receive personal revelation.
In "Beyond Come Follow Me", I tell the Church history stories that relate to this week's Come Follow Me lessons. Knowing what was going on in Church history at the time, and what Joseph was praying for, can really help the revelations come to life, and help them become applicable to our own lives.
Ezra Booth is causing problems in Ohio by publishing untrue articles in the newspaper about Joseph Smith and the Church. The Lord reveals to Joseph how to combat these negative narratives by establishing a pattern for combating enemies of the Church. Section 73 reveals the results of doing things the Lord’s way. I also share the miraculous conversion and mission stories of Joseph’s little brother Samuel Smith.
In this weeks episode of Beyond Come Follow Me, I teach the historical context behind these revelations. At a special conference in Hiram, Ohio, the Lord reveals these four revelations. Contained within them are specific instructions to help us know how to serve the Lord and the wonderful blessings that can be ours for diligently serving Him. Also, a brief history of John Whitmer.
Joseph and Emma move to the John & Elsa Johnson home in Hiram, OH where they will live for one year. These three revelations, along with many others were received in the upstairs bedroom of this home. Personal apostacy continues in Kirtland, but John Taylor has an experience that teaches a powerful lesson which was relevant then and even more so today for when we find it hard to “doubt our doubts”. Plus, the Lord reveals his true identity as a loving, merciful Savior who is anxious to help us.
In this week’s episode of Beyond Come Follow Me, I tell the story of Ezra Booth. He, and others in Kirtland, were led away from the Church. The Lord addresses their apostacy and teaches us how to avoid similar spiritual pitfalls.