Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Appeared to Joseph Smith

April 2010 - Talk #1

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Appeared to Joseph Smith

Talk Submitted By: Janelle Seedall, Idaho Falls, ID


In 1820 Joseph Smith was just 14 years old when he and his family were trying to decide which church taught the right things.  They all said they had the truth, but they argued about things in the Bible.  This confused Joseph.  But he read the Bible and he learned that if you had a question, you could pray and get an answer. 


This is what he read in James chapter 1 verse 5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. . .and it shall be given to him.”  Joseph wanted an answer to his question about which church was right, so he decided to pray.  He wanted to be alone because he had never tried to pray out loud before, so he went to a grove of trees near his home. 


He began to pray to Heavenly Father.  Before he was done, Satan tried to stop him by making him feel dark and confused and he could not speak.  But then he saw a pillar of light above his head and the darkness disappeared.  He looked up he saw two people.  He knew they were Heavenly Father and Jesus because one pointed to the other and said, “Joseph, this is my beloved Son.  Hear Him!” 


When Joseph asked them the question he came to ask about which of all the churches was correct so he would know which one to join, They told him that none of them were right.  They had changed some important things in the scriptures and did not have the full gospel.


It was very special that Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared together to Joseph Smith.  All of the gospel teachings had not been on the earth for a long time.  There were no prophets called by God and the priesthood was not on the earth.  After Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus, all the blessings of the true gospel were restored.  We can pray as Joseph did and have our prayers answered too.


(Testimony)


I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.