During the first Solemn Assembly of this dispensation, Joseph Smith promised those in attendance “that the pure in heart should see a heavenly vision”. Many saw the Savior. Some saw the Father. Some recorded their experience for us to hear.
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.
These four revelations come at a very trying time for Joseph Smith personally. He recently had to fend off the verbal attacks from Ezra Booth. Soon after, he was tarred and feathered. A few days later, he and Emma would bury another child right before Joseph left on a mission to Missouri. The words of comfort, and promises given from the Lord must have been particularly meaningful to Joseph at this time of his life.
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.
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.