Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration

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. 

The Most Important Change of All

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.”

To Whom Shall We Go?

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.

How Can We Create a Culture of Inclusion at Church?

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.  

Change of Heart, Change of Friends

When I opened my eyes again, I had a moment of clarity. I watched my friends acting foolishly and no longer saw myself belonging to that group. I left and decided to stop drinking and going to parties. That meant I would need to change my group of friends, which was not easy. But I did it.

Careful versus Casual

As the influences of the world increasingly embrace the evil, we must strive with all diligence to stay firmly on the path that leads us safely to our Savior.

The Godhead: One In Purpose

This experience turned out to be one of those moments when I knew that God had a plan for me and part of that plan was for me to learn of the true doctrine of Jesus Christ's Church.  I didn't know it at that moment, but the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead Himself, testified to me that what I was learning from the missionaries was indeed true.  I thirsted for more!  

Exaltation Is a Family Matter

My journey to the temple was not an easy one.  Try explaining to your strict Catholic-Italian father that not only will he not be able to walk his oldest daughter down the aisle, but that he will not be able to enter the temple to watch me be married either! 

Doubt Not, but Be Believing

When these tests arise, we can remember that it’s normal and okay to have sincere questions. The Lord loves us. As we learn to look to Him for answers to those questions, He can help us resolve our concerns and develop greater faith and testimony.

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