Everything you want to understand about the test of life can be found in Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life.
This year marks the bicentennial of the First Vision of Joseph Smith. This miraculous event in history has clarified so many facts about God the Father and Jesus Christ that the world was in darkness about for so long. Now, thanks to a simple prayer that was uttered by a young boy 200 years ago, we have answers to many questions about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Nephi teaches us that we can control how much of the sting we choose to feel and how to deal with those times in a manner that will be pleasing to God, and in a way that will help us to find the peace and joy we desire to have in our lives.
If prayer is only a spasmodic cry at the time of crisis, then it is utterly selfish, and we come to think of God as a repairman or a service agency to help us only in our emergencies.
It’s clear that God has a vision for His Church at this time. His prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, shared a glimpse when he said, “If you think the Church has been fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There is much more to come.”
In that moment, when others focused on what they could not accept, the Apostles chose to focus on what they did believe and know, and as a result, they remained with Christ.
At age 19, I became the only member of my family to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I had been welcomed beautifully, I could feel that I was different from the others. In many ways, I felt alone because I didn't have much in common with them in terms of religion and background.