When Moroni delivered the Book of Mormon plates to Joseph Smith in 1827 (on the night and early morning of September 21-22), it was the first day of the new Fall season. That date was not chosen by chance. The coming forth of the Book of Mormon was the signal that a new season of spirituality was about to dawn across the earth. Besides being the first day of Fall, that date was important for another reason.
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From beginning to end, the Savior’s chief focus was doing—without compromise—the will of His Father. Similarly, the Prophet Joseph Smith was totally devoted to doing the will of the Savior and of the Father. In 1832, the Prophet wrote a letter to W.W. Phelps and stated: “I am a lover of the cause of Christ”. We can all strive to become the same: totally devoted to the cause of Christ.
A new volume of the Joseph Smith Papers has been published by the Church Historian’s Press. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 8: February–November 1841 is the latest volume in the documents series. As explained by Brent M. Rogers, one of the volume’s editors, 1841 “was a relatively peaceful and quiet year for Joseph Smith.” Much of the Prophet’s activity during this year focused on building Nauvoo, Illinois and getting a foothold in the cultural and political landscape of early-1840s Illinois.
If anyone had reasons to be overcome with melancholy and gloom, it was the Prophet Joseph Smith, who seemed to face opposition at every turn. But Joseph wrote that from his youth he always had a “native cheery temperament” (JS-Hist. 2:28). "What can one say in a few minutes to capture the magnitude of this giant prophet? One could talk at length on just his qualities alone. One of the things I like best about Joseph Smith is that he was hard to discourage."
Many years ago, I was impressed by an article summarizing testimonies of various Prophets about the Prophet Joseph Smith as a restorer of truth. The cause that Joseph Smith was called to proclaim was not something he made up, nor imagined, nor contrived. He did not manufacture the Restored Gospel and he was not the first to look forward to or see the need for a return of ancient truths. See what Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon had to say on the subject.
The modern manifestations of God’s powers still follow those who believe. When faith is present and sufficient and the desire of a disciple coincides with God’s will, miracles occur. The following is an Editorial in The Merlin, a non-Mormon paper, published in Merthyr Tydvil, Wales, under the caption of an "Extraordinary Occurrence:"
March 26th, 2030, is not only the 200th anniversary of the publishing of the Book of Mormon, it is also the date of the fulfillment of one of the most important prophecies in world history. Both Enoch and the Savior foresaw this event, and declared it to be the sign of the beginning of the Lord’s work, to get the world ready for the Second Coming.