I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lesson 3: “I Had Seen a Vision”

Lesson 3: “I Had Seen a Vision”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide, 4

Reading assignment: Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26; Our Heritage,pages 1–4.

After Jesus Christ was crucified, His Apostles presided over the Church. But soon persecution, divisions, and apostasy increased. Within a few decades, there was a falling away from the Church, as the Apostles had prophesied (Acts 20:28–30; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3; 2 Timothy 4:3–4). This falling away is known as the Great Apostasy.

Scripture Chain: The Apostasy and the Restoration

Amos 8:11–12

D&C 1:14–17

Acts 3:20–21

D&C 128:20–21


Julie said...

I'm glad there's a link to Our Heritage because I don't have that book! Okay, I probably have it, but it's packed somewhere in a box with my missionary stuff.

Julie said...

Okay, I know I'll get some eye rolls here, but I think we see a lot of verse 6 in politics nowadays. We can learn something here, don't you think? We can't just pretend to respect one another (in politics or religion or parenting or whatever) then break off in our little groups to deride and mock those who don't agree with us. To really experience progress, we have to listen, respect, and consider each view, then decide for ourselves which is best and offer the same opportunity to everyone else around us. I wonder what would have happened had this been the case in Palmyra when Joseph was a teen. Would more people have believed him and listened to the remarkable things he had to say? What am I missing out on when I choose not to really consider others' ideas and views?

TaLaisa said...

Julie, no eyerolls from my corner. That is a great point. I think we miss out on a lot of opportunities for growth when we quickly dismiss anothers' views as too different from our own. I think that is one trait of a willing learner, like a child, they are willing (most of the time) to hear the entire story before making a judgment call.

I've often thought about the first vision and the naysayers that mocked Joseph for telling his story. Would I have been open to hearing him out? Would I have been living close enough to the spirit to hear it bear witness? I believe I would.

Another thing that jumped out at me (be it circumstance or state of my mind) was the approval. Joseph did not have overwhelming approval when it came to the hearts and minds of man. But he was speaking God's words and his approval was greatest of them all. How often am I afraid to say something or do something because of the fear of man? Where would we be if Joseph too had given into the fear/approval of all men?