Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writes what he calls a "sketch of the rise, progress, persecution and faith of the Latter-day Saints." Listen to this book and experience the events of his life, as Joseph did.
In this emotionally-charged letter you can feel Joseph's heartbreak as mobs destroy their homes, steal their livestock, and murder their families. Experience Joseph's frustration as he petitions local government leaders for help and protection with no avail. But through it all, Joseph never gives up hope. He never falters in his faith and has a perfect brightness of hope for the church, for missionary work and for the well-being of his people. Feel his hope for the future as he describes the progress of the gospel being restored in these latter days. Within this work Joseph describes many of the significant events of his life, including his birth and upbringing, the First Vision, Angel Moroni's visit and the Gold Plates,the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, an overview of the Book of Mormon story, the organization of the Church, persecution of the Saints, Joseph's plans for Nauvoo and the progress of missionary work around the world. But unlike any document of its kind, Joseph introduces for the first time the Standard of Truth and the Articles of Faith.
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The letter is the letter, written by Joseph Smith Jr. but the addition of music and the vocal inflection offered by the narrator gives it a melodramatic sound like that of a children's book being read. If we listened to the Declaration of Independence or another solemn writing using the same techniques, they would, likewise, sound ridiculous. How can a group of supposedly educated people think that adding cheesy music and 'happy-go-lucky' voice while describing the rapes, robberies, murders and thefts perpetrated on these poor people makes it sound good? Why don't we hear this kind of crap when listening to the story of the 'Donner Party'? You should know why.You've cheapened it.Thanks a lot.(not)
I believe. My heart strings play a gentle and peaceful tune, and to submit to the invitation herein is both daunting and liberating. Surely I will study more. The collective dogmas of Christ and his nature are too varied, and contradict his nature. It seems then, that he either is not God, or there is a single Church or doctrine that is actually his. Very few churches can reconcile this, as very few claim an exclusive truth, and by their apologetics, disqualify themselves as true, or completely true.
This message is the bold declaration of exclusive truth. Is it egomania? Well, yes.---Unless of course, this story is true... And my heart yearns for true. I am going to go read this "Book of Mormon" and test the claim further. ---and at the thought, my heart sings the same gentle peace, and burns with light. What have I got to loose???
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