“Organize yourselves . . . and establish a house, even a house . . . of glory, a house of order, a house of God.” With these words pronounced in 1832, Christ commanded His poverty-stricken Saints to build the Kirtland Temple, a latter-day house of the Lord. How could they do it?
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The ancients prophesied that a book of truth would come out of the earth, that angels would restore priesthood authority, and that the Savior and the Father would appear together to begin the restoration of all things that God had spoken by the mouths of his holy prophets since the world began. Where in world history can you find anyone who has fulfilled these prophecies, other than the Prophet Joseph Smith?
In May of 1844, just 45 days before Joseph Smith would be murdered in Carthage Jail, two imposing visitors arrived in Nauvoo just before midnight. They were Josiah Quincy and Charles Francis Adams from Massachusetts, both American bluebloods, born of powerful families. Their recorded impressions of the prophet give us a fascinating view into life in the "city of Joseph."
Rebecca actively sought to share the gospel with her family, but unfortunately, they were not as receptive as she and her husband had hoped. Her father threatened to disown her and actively attacked the Church in his letters to her. In an 1834 letter, her father attacked the Book of Mormon using, apparently, the critical writings of Ezra Booth, a disaffected member of the Church.
Some critics, realizing that the Book of Mormon was beyond young Joseph Smith’s capacities, have tried to explain it by invoking the help of Oliver Cowdery. But the historical facts offer them little or no support. A glance at the last two years of his life will illustrate my point.