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A Brief History Of Mormonism (The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints)

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“I am not learned, but I have as good feelings as any man.” – Joseph Smith Jr. It was Joseph Smith who brought the Mormon religion about again. It was about while Christ was alive but fell away as people only took part of what he said and created their own religion. As time passed it was forgotten and only came about again after God prophesied to Joseph Smith and told him what to do. Joseph Smith became the first prophet and brought the Mormon religion back to the surface. Now the Mormon religion relies on their history to teach of Joseph Smith, the Mormon trail, and of Mormons today.
Being raised in a very religious home, young Joseph Smith Jr. was always taught to attend church, pray, read ...view middle of the document...

“I had barely begun when I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me and had such a force and influence on me as if to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Than a thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time that I were to sudden destruction, but exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me.” Joseph Smith was talking about the power of Satin or the devil, and how Satin tried to stop him from praying with fear and destruction. But after fourteen year old Joseph was able to ask god to deliver him out of despair, he saw a pillar of light that descended gradually until it fell onto him. He was no sooner delivered out from the hands of the devil and saw two personages, or two beings whose brightness and glory defied all description, standing above him in the air. Then one of them pointed to him, and called him by his name and said; “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, Hear him.” So Joseph was able to ask them which of the churches to join and was told none of them, for they were all wrong. He was then told about how he was to begin the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But it would all happen over time.
Three years later, Joseph Smith was visited by angel Moroni in his room. He called him by name and said that he was a messenger of God and that God had work for him to do. Moroni then told him about the golden plates that gave an account of former inhabitants of the continent. Joseph was told that he was not to receive them until he was twenty four.
When Joseph was finally twenty four he was visited again by angel Moroni and was told it was time to get the plates. But it was dangerous, for there were many people who didn’t believe Joseph Smith was called of God and wanted to get the “golden plates” for themselves. But Joseph Smith was able to get the plates safely from where they were buried in the hill Hilcamora. But then Joseph had to translate them and his wife Emma Smith was the scribe for a little bit. All during this time, more and more people were joining the church and believed in Joseph Smith and what he was teaching. Soon he was baptizing many people and giving priesthood to those who were worthy of holding it. But lots of other people thought this was rubbish and didn’t want them in their town, so they were driven from their homes in Palmyra, New York to Kirkland, Ohio in hopes to find Zion (a place of peace and prosperity). There more people joined the church, but even more people weren’t happy about the Mormons settling in their town. There were mobs and murders and Joseph Smith was taken from his home in the middle of the night and was tarred and feathered by the people who wanted him to leave. So they were forced to leave the home they had built again and traveled to Jackson, Missouri.
As they traveled, winter came upon them and they were forced to keep moving. Many loved ones died and many got sick and...

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