President Dallin H. Oaks shared the following message on social media on March 24th, 2020.
Given current circumstances, many of us are now spending more time at home. I invite you to take advantage of this time by studying the Restoration as we prepare for this unique general conference. I wish to share some of what I have learned about the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith’s comparative youth overarched his prophetic ministry. He was 14 at the time of the First Vision, 21 when he received the gold plates, and just 23 when he finished translating the Book of Mormon (in less than 60 working days). Over half of the revelations in our Doctrine and Covenants were given through this prophet when he was 25 or younger.
Joseph Smith declared, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded upon direct revelation, as the true Church of God has ever been” (Source: https://t.co/J72vfrgB3e). pic.twitter.com/BrVP86S4qG
— Dallin H. Oaks (@OaksDallinH) March 24, 2020
He was 26 when the First Presidency was organized and just over 33 when he escaped from imprisonment in Missouri and resumed leadership of the Saints gathering in Nauvoo. He was only thirty-eight and a half when he was murdered.
The key to the uniqueness of Joseph Smith’s message and the Restoration is revelation. Revelation is the foundation of our Church doctrine and governance. Joseph Smith declared, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded upon direct revelation, as the true Church of God has ever been” (”Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith“ , 195).
In our day, revelation continues to guide the Church. Likewise, each of us can receive revelation for our own lives. May we each utilize the gift of personal revelation in our lives and truly seek to #HearHim.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded upon direct revelation, as the true Church of God has ever been
Are you spending any of your extra time at home preparing for General Conference? If so, how?