I feel like I gain treasures of knowledge every week just by attending church, but I rarely post about it. So here’s a few things that were meaningful to me from church today. This first quote from Joseph Smith wasn’t read in its entirety but the first part of it was and I really liked it, so I looked it up:
“Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is. … In knowledge there is power. God has more power than all other beings, because He has greater knowledge;
“…The things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity—thou must commune with God. How much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart! …
“… Let honesty, and sobriety, and candor, and solemnity, and virtue, and pureness, and meekness, and simplicity crown our heads in every place; and in fine, become as little children, without malice, guile or hypocrisy. And now, brethren, after your tribulations, if you do these things, and exercise fervent prayer and faith in the sight of God always, He shall give unto you knowledge by His Holy Spirit, yea by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost [see D&C 121:26].
(Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith)
This quote from Elder Andersen was also brought up at church today and I love it, also about Joseph Smith, in answer to Joseph’s critics:
“…questions concerning the Prophet Joseph Smith are not new. They have been hurled by his critics since this work began. To those of faith who, looking through the colored glasses of the 21st century, honestly question events or statements of the Prophet Joseph from nearly 200 years ago, may I share some friendly advice: For now, give Brother Joseph a break! In a future day, you will have 100 times more information than from all of today’s search engines combined, and it will come from our all-knowing Father in Heaven. Consider the totality of Joseph’s life—born in poverty and given little formal education, he translated the Book of Mormon in less than 90 days. Tens of thousands of honest, devoted men and women embraced the cause of the Restoration. At age 38, Joseph sealed his witness with his blood. I testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Settle this in your mind, and move forward!”
I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he did see God the Father, and Jesus Christ. I know this is true, I love hearing the words of the prophets and Joseph Smith’s prophetic teachings are among the greatest. I feel the more I study his life and teachings, the more I realize how powerful they are– all pointing to Christ, His life and His mission. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and know He is our Savior!