Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

What if the Church Leaders Denied Their Testimonies? I asked my seminary students and gospel doctrine classes this question: “Suppose that the prophet announced at general conference that the church is not true. Therefore, the prophet asked that the members sustain the general authorities and officers in dissolving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … Continue reading Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

After their deaths, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young visited their successors. Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. Brigham Young appeared to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. Here are some accounts: Visitation of Joseph Smith to President Brigham Young On February 17, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, three years after his … Continue reading Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

The scriptures foretold the return of Elijah the prophet before the Second Coming. Malachi 4:5-6            Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord [Second Coming]:                And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to … Continue reading Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

Geography: Overwhelming Complexity and Consistency The Book of Mormon contains over 600 geographical references to over fifty separate geographical locations. (See: Mormon’s Codex, John L. Sorenson, p. 119) The book often describes the relative locations of these places with their directions and distances from other locations.  For example, Bountiful is south of the land Desolation, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

Jesus Appears to Lorenzo Snow

One of the most sacred and rare spiritual experiences is a personal visitation of the Lord. This is not to be confused with a "mere" dream, dream-vision, or vision.  (See: previous article on dreams and visions). This is an actual visitation where the Lord is personally present.  At least two dozen prophets, and others,  in ancient … Continue reading Jesus Appears to Lorenzo Snow

Visions, Dreams, Visitations (1 Ne. 8:2)

 The Book of Mormon prophet Lehi shared an important gospel gem with his family when he announced, “Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision.” (1 Ne. 8:2)  Lehi went on to describe his spectacular Vision of the Tree of Life.  This verse is a “scripture gem” because … Continue reading Visions, Dreams, Visitations (1 Ne. 8:2)